Shaped Skateboard Decks
Shaped skateboard decks are celebrating a revival that makes many skaters shake with the heads. These days, no matter which skate brand look at, the extraordinary shaped decks are more popular than ever. These cool vintage style decks are also available at skatedeluxe. But what is it about the trend that has the classic popsicle shape slowly taking over?
Popsicle or Shaped Deck - Which skateboard deck offers more?
Simple, functional and, above all, versatile. It’s not without reason that the nearly symmetrical popsicle shape has dominated the skateboard market for decades. When nollies and riding switch became popular in the early 90’s, one needed a board that could do both. Complex tricks required narrower and agiler boards.
If you look at the skateboarding scene today, it quickly becomes clear that it could not get any more diverse. Skateboarding has become exceedingly individualised. Many skaters choose to sacrifice skating switch in favour of a more relaxed ride with a wider tail. What one might see as a constraint, is a for shaped deck riders a welcome change to the monotony of skateboards in recent years.
In addition, shaped decks inspired by old-school skateboards unite recent trends as well. Here you get a deck, which is suitable both for transition and street skating. Not to mention, they make a suitable cruiser. Shaped decks are the answer to core skaters’ aversion to controversial cruisers and longboards! Shaped decks are also ideal for beginners who want to try their hand at skateboarding.
Is there a "right setup" for Shaped Decks?
The basic principle for shaped deck setups is, "Everything’s possible, nothing’s a must". When you’re choosing the setup for your shaped deck, it is all about your personal preferences. The default street setup can be used here without any problems. However, if your shaped deck is going to be a cruiser, larger and softer wheels will work just fine. Thanks to the typically longer and wider tail, both 58 mm and 54 mm wheels work equally as well on a shaped deck as they do on a standard deck. To avoid wheelbites, however, you should consider using shock pads in your setup. You can also find the right skateboard wheels, trucks and shock pads for your shaped deck setup in the skatedeluxe Online Skate Shop!
Shaped decks promote a renaissance of the early years of skateboarding without limiting you to bowl and transition skating. Thanks to their versatility, the boards are also suitable for street skating, giving you a completely new feeling – in addition to the added style factor and excellent deck graphics. Sound good to you? Click through shaped decks from Welcome, SK8DLX, Polar, Santa Cruz, Cliché and more in the skatedeluxe Skate Shop!