Mini-Skateboards - What Are Mini-Skatebords, Advantages, How-Tos, and more

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Over the ages, skateboarding has developed into a blooming canvas, painted with countless forms of the hobby. From the beginning of the sport to present date, skating companies and manufacturers have been re-shaping decks; longboards are now a huge part of the skating industry. With the constant tweaking and development of the standard shape of a skateboard, mini-skateboards, also known as shortboards, are thriving in the present times as they once were at the beginning stages when skating first hit mainstream markets.

  • What is the definition of a mini?
    Mini skate decks are usually shorter than the standard skate deck size, which is usually in the range of 30 to 32 inches. The decks have various shapes, some even replicating kick flip decks with symmetrical kick tails at both ends. Others are replicas of early designs that were being skated before the kick flip deck existed.
  • Components and Complete Setups
    Trucks with shortened lengths fit these small boards to imitate the original feel of a true, classic, mini skateboard. There are certain mini decks on the market that will not be compatible with the larger and softer longboarding wheels. Adding riser pads to the trucks will remove wheel bite, opening up the possibility to add virtually any size wheel to a mini skateboard setup. Simplicity is the key to shortboards; however, skaters have experimented with the decks several times over. Adding longboard trucks and changing bushing combinations can totally change the feel and ride of a mini skateboard setup.
  • Mini Boards vs. Skate Decks vs. Longboards
    Individuals who want to Ollie or do flip tricks like their favorite pro skater should invest in a standard skate deck. Those who are interested in experiencing "surfing on concrete" will be drawn towards the longboarding market. Any person who is in the decision-making process between a longboard deck and a skateboard deck should consider a mini skateboard as well. Mini boards can be used to complete technical street tricks, as well as making the travel to a favorite skating spot smooth and quick. The simple differences between all three of the board types:
    • Size – length, width, shape
    • Components – wheels, trucks, hardware size
    • Skating Style – Flip tricks vs. General commuting and cruising vs. A combination of all of the above
  • Advantages of a Mini
    Many college students are passionate about skating and use a board to get to class; professionals in the workforce ride bikes and longboards to work. A mini skateboard can be ridden, hidden, transported through airports, and thrown into carrying cases and book bags. The transportation efficiency based on the board's size is unmatched by any other type of "non-auto" transportation. The mini skateboard is also cost and eco-friendly due to the deck's use of less material in the production process.

    The Mini market is continuing to grow. Some companies, such as GFH Boards, make the mini board their premiere model and have several different mini models to offer. Other companies do not bother with the old school mini concept. Several people are discouraged by the board’s size and underestimate the capability of the design. Like any other product in any other market, one must educate oneself and try equipment out before making a valid judgment. Check out the market today and try something new, fun, environmentally sound, and health conscious!