Retro Cruisers - Buying Advice
Retro cruisers are relatively new to the market and taken the scene by storm, thanks to majorﾠ
brands like Penny.
Like the 1970s banana boards but with a modern twist, retro cruisers are designed for easyﾠ
outdoor riding, taking you from A to B with minimal hassle.
Retro cruisers are generally smaller and lighter than a standard skateboard or longboardﾠ
(although ﾑextra largeﾒ versions are also available, if you feel you need the additional inches forﾠ
stability and control). The deck is usually made of a plastic composite, ensuring it carries noﾠ
extra weight while remaining super strong. So, donﾒt be fooled by its small frame ﾭ The majorityﾠ
of retro cruisers are suitable for both kids and adults.
Retro cruisers range from cheap nﾒ cheerful to pro quality (and pro price). Itﾒs important toﾠ
consider what you actually NEED from your product. If itﾒs just to act as a childﾒs toy, donﾒt worryﾠ
about investing any more than ﾣ50. If you want to ride it regularly around town, donﾒt skimp onﾠ
quality and look at the ﾣ60 bracket. Youﾒll get stronger, lighter parts for your money, and theﾠ
payoff is a more enjoyable ride.
As with all skateboards, parts are interchangeable. Various wheels are available, and a basicﾠ
rule of thumb is to remember that a large, wide wheel with give maximum stability and roll. Aﾠ
smaller wheels will offer tighter turns and agility. So, it all depends on what YOU need as aﾠ
As for trucks, the general consensus is that you want your setup to be as light and strong asﾠ
possible. Most quality cruisers trucks are made of aluminium, cutting any unnecessary weightﾠ
from your ride, while still allowing it to be strong enough to take some kerbs. The only otherﾠ
thing to consider is which colour you want to make your setup pop!
You may also choose to change your bushings if you need a little extra turning power. Softerﾠ
bushings on your trucks will allow them to pivot a little easier, meaning you donﾒt need to pressﾠ
as hard on the deck to get a reaction from your wheels. Have a look to see which durometerﾠ
your original cushions are and go for a lower number if youﾒre craving a bit of extra bite.