Longboard Risers - Buying Advice
The main purpose of risers is to stop wheel bite. When you turn your board (or maybe try a
trick), you take advantage of the flex in your deck to bend slightly.
When your deck bends, thereﾒs a chance it can hit your wheels if they get too close. When this
happens, your wheels stop dead, generally messing with the flow of your ride (or sending you
plummeting to the ground, which is pretty awkward).
When you install risers, it lifts the deck away from the wheels, hopefully stopping wheel bite
from happening at all.
Another purpose for risers is that they can absorb the shock of impact, meaning your hardware
doesn't constantly work itself loose.
There are several different sizes of rises, and itﾒs best to experiment to see which will suit your
individual skating style.
You also have a choice between angled risers and flat ones. A flat riser will give you extra room
between your deck and wheels, but also compromise on manoeuvrability.
Angled, or wedge risers, will allow you to take a little more control over how your longboard
turns. Angling them in different positions will allow you to increase or decrease the strength of
your turn. Again, experiment! Create something that suits you as an individual and makes the
most of your kit.
Remember, if you buy risers for your board, youﾒll need longer hardware to fit it. Hereﾒs a rough
No Riser - 7/8" to 1" hardware
1/8" Riser - 1" to 1 1/8" hardware
1/4" Riser - 1 1/4" hardware
1/2" Riser - 1 1/2" hardware
Make sure you have the right hardware to suit your risers. Otherwise, your nuts and bolts could
work themselves loose.... Not ideal in the middle of a skate!