At Déjà vu we offer a rad skate range, everything from Completes to cruzers and from Decks to Helmets. We have a mini ramp in our Essendon store so if you want to come in for skate, or if you are just a beginner and looking for your first set up and want a bit of help we have plenty of guru’s hanging out at the shop ready to answer any questions. So If you cant find something in our range or need help with any decisions don't hesitate to give us a buzz on (03) 9351 0013 or email us.
Complete Skateboard Packages
We offer a range of pre-constructed packages that are in store and available on line, so if you don’t want the hassle of constructing the set up from the deck tape down check out our line of completes to get you started.
Creating your dream deck…
If you’ve been skating for a while you may know exactly what you need but if you need a hand here’s a 5 step check list to what you need for your set up.
Deck & Tape :
If you are a beginner to skateboarding, choose your deck according to the width, not the length or wheelbase. The width you need depends on your size, skating style and personal preference. Here are some general guidelines.
7.0” to 7.5” – Shoe sizes between 4-8
7.5" to 8" - Standard board for adult riders skating streets or doing more technical tricks
8.0" to 8.25" - Skating pools, ramps and parks
8.25" and larger - Vert, pools, cruising and just going old school
Grip tape is a gritty, sandpaper-like material that is applied with adhesive to the top of the skateboard deck to provide traction. Grip tape allows the rider's feet to grip the surface of the skateboard deck and helps the skater stay on the board while doing tricks.
There are several parts that make up the skateboard trucks. The axle is the pin that runs through the trucks to which the wheels will attach. The hanger, usually made of metal, is the largest part of the skateboard truck that is somewhat triangular in shape. The axle runs through the hanger. The kingpin is the large bolt that holds these parts together and fits inside the skateboard bushings.
Skateboard wheels vary in color, size and durability. Skateboard wheels are most commonly made of polyurethane. The diameter and durometer of the wheel affect the way the board rides. The diameter and durometer are a matter of personal preference and skating style.
Most bearings are measured by an ABEC rating. The higher the ABEC rating, the more accurate and precise the bearing will be.
ABEC 1 skateboard bearings tend to be the least expensive, most crude and the least precise.
ABEC 3 skateboard bearings tend to be inexpensive and do not roll very smoothly or fast.
ABEC 5 skateboard bearings are the norm in skateboarding. With this rating you get a good amount of speed at an average cost.
ABEC 7 skateboard bearings are very fast and smooth and tend to be slightly more expensive.
ABEC 9 and higher skateboard bearings are extremely fast and are used more for downhill skating and skaters that want to go insanely fast.
Bolts & Risers :
Skateboard hardware is used to connect the skateboard trucks to the skateboard deck where each set includes 8 bolts and 8 locknuts. The screws can have an Allen or Phillips head. Skateboard hardware come in many different lengths, and often include one different color bolt so that the rider can mark the nose of the skateboard.
7/8" to 1" hardware - no riser
1" to 1 1/8" hardware - 1/8" riser
1 1/4" hardware - 1/4" riser
1 1/2" hardware - 1/2" riser
A riser is a flat plastic pad that can be mounted between the skateboard truck and the skateboard deck. Riser pads increase the space between the truck and deck, raising the board up so that you don't experience wheel bite. Wheel bite occurs when the wheel touches the skateboard deck during a sharp turn and stops the wheel from rotating.