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Welcome to CCS's Skate headquarters! Here you'll find all the information you'll need to construct your deck, get hyped on dope vids, or shred up the local spot. From Portland, Oregon to the East Coast, CCS has you dialed in. You didn't come here just to read, so chill out with the Portland pro himself, Silas Baxter-Neal. Later groms!

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Your First Deck

A skateboard consists of a deck, trucks, wheels, bearings, hardware, and griptape. All parts come in a variety of sizes, graphics, colors, and signature pro series. The deck is the essential part of any skateboard. The deck ranges generally from 7.5" to 8.5". Skaters choose their board size for many reasons, but the basic deciding factor comes down to style of skating and foot size. Transition skaters usually ride a wider deck, while street skaters tend to go with a smaller deck. Skate brands such as Girl, enjoi, and Plan B offer a wide range of boards in regards to sizes and graphics. Skateboard trucks come in either a high or low setting, and also in a range of widths. The main factors in a truck, are how well they turn, and how well they grind. Independent,Venture, and Thunder, are truck brands that are well known for their turning and grinding capabilities. The skate hardware is generally either Phillips head or Allen key bolts. The skateboard wheels range from 50mm to 60mm. Some brands offer smaller and larger sizes, but 50-60mm is the general range. Like the deck sizes, wheel sizes depend on the skater's choice of terrain: Transition skaters tend to ride bigger wheels, while street skaters usually go with smaller wheels. Spitfire,Ricta, and Autobahn wheel companies all make wheels for any terrain, whether you're a street shredder or a park burner. Skate bearings follow the ABEC rating system, which includes grades 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9. Bones and Quickies are some of the top bearing brands in the skate market. CCS proudly carries all these brands, and many more.

Build It, Shred It!

Regardless of your skating ability or style, CCS is the definitive place for the best skateboard decks around. With more than 200 in stock, take your pick from some of the sickest decks available! Alien Workshop, Baker, Deathwish, Element, Enjoi, Girl, Plan B, and Real are among the most popular offered. Additionally, notable brands such as Almost, DGK, Flip, Krooked, Mystery, Skate Mental, Zero, and Zoo York are available for all your skating needs.

Customize Your Deck Set-Up

Sizing plays an important role in the performance of any deck. A large majority range in size from 7.75" to 8.5" in width. These will provide a great platform for shredding any obstacle and will excel in street and skatepark environments alike. For those who prefer a smaller board, decks are offered down to 7.5" in width- benefiting people with smaller feet or the technical skater. Conversely, those looking for a wider board will enjoy our selection ranging up to 8.9" wide. Larger decks will accommodate those with very large feet, as well as offer an amazing experience for cruising and shredding large ramps and transitions. Check out our easy sizing chart for the best fit.

Skate Decks, Trucks, Wheels & Parts
DECK WIDTH TRUCK WIDTH WHEEL SIZE
7.25" 4.75 (7.5") 48mm-52mm
7.50" 4.75 (7.5") 48mm-54mm
7.63" 4.75 (7.5") or 5.0 (7.75") 50mm-54mm
7.75" 5.0 (7.75") 52mm-56mm
7.88" 5.0 (7.75") or 5.25 (8.0") 52mm-56mm
8.00" 5.25 (8.0") 52mm-58mm
8.25" 5.25 (8.0") 54mm-60mm
8.5" 169mm Independent (9") 56mm-60mm
9.00" 169mm Independent (9") 56mm-60mm
Skateboard Dimensions

DECK WIDTH - Most common/popular deck size is 7.75". When ordering a deck measuring 8.5" or larger an Independent 169mm truck should be used.

HARDWARE - A 1" set of hardware will fit up to a 1/8" riser. Use a 1 and 1/8" set of hardware for additional space/thread on bolt.

RISERS - Risers are optional, however we recommend the use of a 1/8" set of risers for wheels sizes 54-60mm for proper clearance between the deck and the wheel when turning. (a.k.a. wheel bite!)

*these are general recommendations, sizing and set ups differ to personal preference.













Choose Your Construction

In this modern era, manufacturers are incorporating hi-tech processes and top-shelf materials into the construction of the skateboard. Companies such as Almost have several versions of hi-tech decks such as the Impact, Double Impact, and Uber Light Series. Element makes Highlight decks with inlayed fiberglass beams, and Foundation has its signature Fiberprime decks. Other manufactures such as Flip, Habitat, Plan B, Skate Mental, and Zero offer boards with high-end P2 Construction. Hi-tech decks differ from traditional 7-ply Maple in that they are inlayed with Carbon Fiber, Fiberglass, Poly Ply, or Kevlar to produce a stronger skateboard with more pop. For more options, head over to our stellar selection of Hi-Tech Decks!

Although hi-tech decks have made a strong presence within the market, standard 7-ply Maple remain the gold standard. This is due to the solid feeling and pop afforded through layering 7 Maple wood veneers together. The large majority of skateboard decks offered are constructed of 7-ply Maple. Most board manufacturers offer both high-tech decks and standard 7-ply Maple. No matter what you desire, CCS offers a complete selection in multiple sizes, shapes, and construction types!