A complete skateboard weighs between 3 – 4,5 kg. The skateboard deck weighs 1-2 kg, while the trucks, griptape, wheels, bearings, bolts, and nuts weigh around 1,5 kg.
You may wonder why we address this topic, but the weight of the skateboard is a key factor in skating performance, plus it’s nice to know the cold facts, especially if you often find yourself traveling with your skateboard on a plane.
A regular skateboard deck weighs around 1.2 kg, but naturally bigger boards weigh more. Most skateboard decks are made from 7 layers of compressed maple, glued together, but a few are made from bamboo which is a bit lighter.
Some are made with just 6 layers of wood, which might bring the weight down, but most times the extra glue balances it out. The lightest skateboard deck is Element Helium Endeavor that uses Element’s Featherlight technology. It is built with a hollow air chamber for reduced weight.
Many claim that the efforts made towards lighter are lost, as they introduce a new problem as the boards break more easily. Normally a board does not break no matter how much your way, but when you start to jump downstairs, etc. the board cant always withstand the pressure.
Skateboard trucks weigh proximately 350 g. The lightest truck weighs 231 g (Tensor Mag Light Lo), while a normal Indy Standard weighs 377 g. Remember that you always need two Skateboard trucks, this means the overall weight is around 700 g.
Skateboard trucks are usually made from steel, titanium, aluminum, and magnesium, and the weight of the truck depends on the choice of materials as some are lighter than others.
In order to reduce the weight of the trucks a hollow axle and kingpin further decrease the amount of steel used. Using a hollow axle and hollow kingpin will give your skateboard a lighter feel, that will pop slightly higher and flip a little faster.
Finally, the design of the trucks matters on the weight of the trucks. If you choose low, medium, or high trucks it all affects the weight, as the bigger the truck, the more overall weight.
Four skateboard wheels typically weigh 200-250 g. This is the standard weight for 4 midsized 50 mm wheel with a hardness of 100A (durometer). Bigger longboard wheels weigh up to 400 g.
A skateboard bearing weighs 12-14 g, so the total weight is 100 g (8 bearings pr skateboard). The weight also depends on the material of the balls (steel or ceramic), or if the outside of the bearing is made from normal steel or chromium.
Usually, griptape weighs 130 g. depending on the manufacturer. The total weight of the brand new griptape is 150 g. but after the plastic has been removed and excess griptape has been cut off, it is estimated that the remaining griptape weighs roughly 130 g.