World’s Best Ripstiks (2020): Top 10 Gems Picked From 20+ Field-Tested Units Reviewed for Pro Athletes, Learners & Beginners Alike
Are you looking for a new way of skateboarding? Maybe you’ve never tried any kind of skateboarding but want something to keep you fit and active or just want to have more fun. Or, perhaps you’re looking for an awesome gift for your kid that they’ll just love. In any case, you'll be thrilled to try caster boards (RipStiks in particular, developed by Razor ™) and we can't wait to tell you everything we know about it.
When looking for a caster board, it is important to get one that matches your style, weight, and most importantly, your budget. Today, we'll explore all the superior options, making recommendations that will suit adults and children alike and even those on a budget. So, let’s delve right in to hear all about these fab boards and help you find the best RipStik for you!
What You Will Get Here
- Best Ripstik Comparison Chart (Updated 2020)
- Why You Should Trust Us
- How We Picked These Products
- Our Top 10 RipStik List
- Editor’s Choice: Razor RipStik Ripster Caster Board
- Budget Choice: Razor RipStik Brights Caster Board
- Choice for Kids: Razor RipStik G Caster Board
- For Pro Skaters: Razor RipStik Electric Caster Board
- A List of 6 Other Products We Reviewed
- Other Tested Products
- What are RipStiks?
- RipStik: A Comprehensive Buying Guide?
- RipStik Maintenance Tips
- RipStik Riding Tips
Best Ripstik Comparison Chart (Updated 2020)
Razor RipStik Ripster Caster BoardRead Full Review
Razor RipStik Brights Caster BoardRead Full Review
Razor RipStik "G" Caster BoardRead Full Review
Razor RipStik Electric Caster BoardRead Full Review
RipStik Caster Board Groundbreaking 15055002Read Full Review
Razor RipStik RipsurfRead Full Review
Razor Ripstik Caster Board (Red) 15055060Read Full Review
RipStik Caster Board - Blue 15055040Read Full Review
RipStik Caster Board - Pink 15055061Read Full Review
WhipTide Dual Deck Caster Carve BoardRead Full Review
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How We Picked These Products
First, we spent over 22 hours online looking for the top-rated Ripstiks with the maximum number of advanced features and positive user reviews. That way we hunted down 20 of the most popular and widely reviewed models that we decided to look at in detail by testing them ourselves.
I say ‘ourselves,’ but we had a willing group of volunteers with us to help our team. We closely monitored the build quality, speed, stability, balance, maneuverability, ergonomics, gripping capacity, and overall performance of each testing unit during our tests. Based on these points, we championed 10 choices from the rest.
We also consulted with celebrated Ripstik skaters and other industry experts to have their insights into our list. They guided us finalizing our list by ranking the models based on their distinctive features.
After this stage, we came up with our top ten best caster boards and proceeded to write full reviews on them detailing our experience with them.
Our Top 10 RipStik List
We're often showered with questions like- How much does a RipStik cost? Which RipStik is the best? However, in the following section, we've arranged full reviews on our top list carefully enough to provide you with the right answers. Please read carefully.
This RipStik is brought to the market by Razor, a company that has had legendary products flood the market such as their A Model Kick Scooter. They combine cutting-edge tech and innovation with top-quality materials. This caster board has the tag line “Small Stance, Big Ride.”
It is a compact caster board that has a shorter wheelbase so it is perfect for those who are shorter or who want more control for doing tricks.
The RipStik is made from a high-tech polymer material and has removable deck plates and a torsion bar which is made from steel. The torsion bar also features rubber padding over the steel. The caster trucks are inclined and move a full 360 degrees with a pivoting deck.
The deck plates themselves are concave in shape and are ‘slip-resistant’ meaning that you’ll (hopefully!) stay on, even when learning and especially when attempting more difficult maneuvers. The shape gives you the utmost level of control. There’s even a kick nose and tail.
The wheels measure 66mm and are made from high-grade urethane, featuring ABEC-5 bearings for the highest level of performance.
As for its size, the product measures 27” x 9” x 4.5”, showing that, as mentioned, it is perfect for those of us with narrower stances or for those who want to try some tricks. This goes with its lightweight too, as it weighs only 4.5lbs. Finally, no assembly is needed. You can get going as soon as you get your RipStik.
As for its popularity: you’ll soon see why it is our number one choice of caster board. On Amazon it has an average of 4.7/5 stars, which is hugely impressive, especially when based on over 1100 reviews (at the time of writing). Not many RipStiks can claim that! The price is also reasonable too and you’ll usually find this one in retailers for under or around $50. This makes it a great choice for beginners or those trying it out for the first time given that there is not much initial cost outlay.
Whether a beginner or an experienced caster border, you could not go far wrong with our number 1 choice, one of the best-rated models on Amazon. It is ideal for trying out those new skills, given it’s lightweight and small in size. Made by the reputable Razor company, this one has pretty much everything you need in a caster board, coupled with an excellent rating and decent price! With this, you get the full package.
This is a classic RipStik caster board that is available in bright and contrasting colors, making the rider really stand out from his/her peers. The plates are made from a high-tech polymer material and are removable for easy switching or even cleaning them up. The pivoting deck features caster trucks that are inclined and spin a full 360 degrees, meaning it is easy to move, rather like carving through the waves when surfing or through the snow when snowboarding only on the street!
The wheels, made from high-grade urethane, can be removed or changed and can withstand even the heaviest of tricks, twists, and turns. The removable decks are concave in their design to provide stability and utmost control and have a slip-resistant surface (so you can caster board even in wet weather too!).
The board measures 34” x 4.5” x 9” and weighs 5.8lbs. It’s, therefore, a little heavier than our number one choice and is also a little longer in the length. It is also a popular choice among caster borders as it has an average Amazon rating of 4.6/5 stars at the time of writing, for a total of 286 reviews. It hasn’t been reviewed as many times as our top choice RipStik, but it still has plenty of positive reviews and a great average! Lastly, it comes in at under $45, so is a real contender if you are on a limited budget.
This caster board is a great budget choice because it features pretty much everything that you are looking for in a RipStik: 360 degree tilted wheels, removable concave decks, lower price, good ratings, good quality materials, etc. It is a little heavier and longer than our top pick and for some, this may be a good thing (especially if you are a taller adult). But, here, the main attraction is the original quality of the caster board for the price. You really get bang for your buck here with this one of the cheapest models.
This RipStik is marketed with kids in mind and is also known as an “extreme grind machine”. This RipStik features a spinning G-Tube made from aluminum to give smooth grinds, allowing the rider to carve the pavement and rip up the rails with ease. The twist and go action is therefore smooth and easy for kids to get to grips with.
The caster board’s deck plates are removable and made from a high-tech polymer material with a torsion bar made from steel. As mentioned, there is the spinning gold-colored G-tube, which is made from aircraft-grade aluminum. The pivoting deck has inclined casters spinning a whole 360 with ease. The wheels, at 76mm, are bigger than our top pick’s 66mm but are still made from the highest grade urethane. Their bigger size makes them ideal for kids who are just getting to grips with caster boards or who are learning from the beginning.
There are a kick nose and tail and high-performance, top-quality ABEC-5 bearings too. The product measures 34” x 9” x 4.5”, a rather standard size for a RipStik. It weighs 8lbs which is much heavier than our top pick and budget choice, but it does give it rather more stability for kids who are just learning or who are inexperienced caster boarders.
This one has great reviews, averaging at 4.5/5 stars on Amazon for the 326 reviews that were present at the time of writing. It costs up to around $90, so it is not as cheap as some of the other caster boards out there today.
If you’ve kids that want to RipStik then this would be an excellent choice. The bigger wheels, longer boards, and heavier weight offer more stability for a child who is unsure or new to caster boarding. It also has excellent reviews and is made from materials of excellent quality. The only downside that we can see is that it is on the more expensive side, especially given that it is our kids’ choice caster board. But, we firmly believe that this is a great model for sale offering good value for money.
This Razor RipStik offers something different: it is electric. With the tagline “Amp Up the Carving Action”, you really should not be surprised that skating with this caster board is easy and effortless, once you find your balance.
With an innovative motor hub supported by a lithium-ion battery, this motorized caster board lets out a continuous stream of power for all your twisting and carving needs for up to a maximum of 40 minutes.
It is completely wireless with a hand-held 2.4 GHz remote control allowing you to get up to 10mph in speed. The 22v battery is rechargeable and comes with a charger too. Power Core Technology is maintenance-free. There are no difficulties associated with chains, chain tensioners, or alignment problems. There are even patents pending too. The construction is made from fiber-reinforced polymer with a urethane wheel at the front and an airless tire (also made from polymer) at the rear with the hub motor. The traction deck is molded and there is even a molded carry handle. The motor is a kick-start motor too. It does not need assembling before you begin and can take riders of up to 143lbs. The recommended minimum age for use is 9 years and over. This weight limit means that, unfortunately, it is not suitable for some adults.
It measures 32.3” x 7.1” x 10.7” and weighs 11.44lbs. The rating on Amazon is not as great as others in our list at 3.1/5, hence its position in our top ten. It also costs over $125, so is a little more expensive too.
This Ripstik certainly won’t be for everyone. It is heavy and can only be used for 40 minutes a time. Plus, there’s the weight limit to consider. However, what you are getting is a patent-pending electric Ripstik, taking out some of the hard work for you and allowing you to do tricks and travel at greater speeds. We don’t think this one is for the pros; it’s more of a novelty item for those looking to change up their caster boarding experience. But, it certainly does have a lot to offer.
A List of 6 Other Products We Reviewed
The 5th Ripstik in our top ten list is the RipStik Food Fight Special Edition Caster Board. It is a ‘riff’ on the traditional caster board and has two types of fast-food graphic designs to choose from-- pizza and fries! It includes in-line casters as well as a pivoting deck, which is perfect for carving like a snowboard or surfboard that you just can’t get on regular skateboards. This one is a special edition too, giving the rider a different slant on style. The most difficult part is deciding which to choose! The pivoting decks are supported by 360-degree casters and there are a kick nose and tail too. The decks feature slip-resistant material and have a concave design for ease of use, comfort and control. The recommended age for this product is eight years and older, with a maximum rider weight of 220 pounds.
This is a popular product an Amazon rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars based on 164 reviews. It measures 33.9” x 8.7” x 4.6” and weighs 7.3lbs when shipped.
With this caster board, you will really stand out from the crowd! Who doesn’t like pizza and fries, right? All that boarding, ripping and grinding, will surely make you hungry! This board is also from Razor, the famous Ripstik brand. So, with it, you will know just what good quality you are getting. And, of course, the reviews back this up, with a 4.6/5 star rating on Amazon at the time of writing. Whet your appetite for caster boarding with this one!
This Ripsurf caster board has a patented design, letting the rider cut and carve like a surfboarder but on dry land. It is a bit different from ripstiks but the basic formula is the same for both types of boards. It is made by those who know best about this as it hails from surfing-paradise California. It has patented one-piece torsion technology with a light-weight textured traction deck with a kicktail design. Made from a single piece of industrial-strength fiber-reinforced polymer, it features two urethane inclined wheels with full 360-degree movement. You really will make waves with this authentically-styled caster board.
It measures 32.2” x 10.7” x 6.0”, so is a little larger than some other Ripstiks in our list and it weighs just 5.25 pounds. You don’t need to assemble it either! You can let it rip straight from the box! It is recommended for riders aged eight and over and not for adults whose weight exceeds 220lbs.
What is more, it has an amazing Amazon star rating of 4.8/5 stars, which is a rarity for things with over 170 reviews (at the time of writing). Additionally, it is stunning to look at, with its one-piece board in a clean white with bright colors (yellow, purple and blue) stripes at the rear. There’s a rear foot grip pad there too and the whole board features a textured pattern to help with control and maintaining grip. With this one, you can be sure that you’ll feel like the surfers in Cali but on dry land, as you watch them whilst skating down Venice Beach. It currently retails for over $100, so it is a little pricier than some of our top ten best caster boards in this list.
This one really has the wow-factor in its design. Not only is the technology patented, but it is really striking and eye-catching too. The one-piece torsion technology gives the rider ultimate control, allowing them to swoop and slide, surf, and glide on pretty much any surface. We think it is more than worthy of its 4.8/5 star rating online. But, there is the ever so slight catch of its more-expensive-than-average price. One this is for sure, this ripstik does not compromise over quality and design.
The tagline for this Ripstik is Twist and Go! And you certainly can! I really love this one. It is so clean looking, shiny, and red. This one is a smooth ride, like carving through the snow or the waves but right on terra firma. It has a pivoting deck with those innovative 360-degree caster wheels underneath its shiny top board.
It is made from a high-tech polymer and has removable decks. The 76mm high-grade urethane wheels include top-performing ABEC-5 bearings. The decks are slip-resistant and in a concave shape and the steel torsion bar is also padded with rubber. Smart ride, huh? Additionally, there’s the kick nose and tail to think about. Traction pads with spikes mean you’ll have a great grip too. It does not require assembly (which is a great plus!) and it measures 34” x 9” x 4.5”, so is a standard-sized caster board. It weighs less than 8lb, which is similar to others in our top ten list. Lastly, it has a great rating of 4.6/5 stars on Amazon at the time of writing.
And, whilst we really LOVE it in its shiny red color, if that is not for you, then it does come in three other colors too. There really is a ripstik for everyone. This one is aimed at ages eight and over and for those weighing less than 220lbs. It costs around $80.
This caster board is so attractive and will appeal to pretty much everyone due to its four color options in blue, pink, red, and white. It has everything a beginner needs and pretty much everything a pro would need too. With traction and grip very important, it has what you need to get maximum control out of the caster board. This makes it the best ripstik for beginners. It really does give a smooth ride for everyone though, once you have got to grips with it of course! It certainly is up there as a ‘best ripstik buy’.
This is another of RipStik’s ground-breaking caster boards that is a snowboard-skateboard hybrid. With its 360° caster trucks and pivoting deck, you can carve like you would a snowboard. With 86A inline-type 76mm high-grade urethane wheels, ABEC-5 sealed bearings, and a high-tech polymer deck plate that is removable, you will be sure to have your Ripstik for the long-term thanks to its high-quality build. Additionally, it has a steel torsion bar that has been padded with rubber.
For ultimate control and movement, there are spiked traction pad areas and a kick nose and tail as well as its concave-shaped deck. You won’t even need to push off as its tagline says, you just ‘Twist and Go!’ Indeed, you can get going right from the box as it requires no assembly at all. It measures 34” x 9” x 4.5”, so is the same size as other Ripstiks in this list. It weighs around 8lbs.
It comes with a recommendation for riders aged eight and up and for adults weighing less than 220lbs. Lastly, this product comes with a How to Ride DVD included. This one has a rating of 4.5/5 stars with 386 reviews and comes in at a cost of under $80.
If you like the classic Ripstik design and want a lovely, shiny blue color, then this one is a great choice. It is from the same Razor collection as others in our list, namely numbers 7 and 10! So, if you like those, then you will like this one too. It is always great to have a color choice. The great thing about this one is that it comes with a free How to Ride DVD, which others on
our list do not. This is fantastic because, if you are new to caster boarding, it is most definitely a little tricky to master at first. However, if you don’t opt for this one, we do explain how to ride a Ripstik further down on our review page.
Another RipStik caster board by Razor sneaks into our last place of our Top Ten. Well, how could we resist the quality and popularity of the classic RipStik designs? Like the others, this one has plastic deck plates and a steel torsion beam. Underneath are 86A urethane wheels complete with ABEC-5 sealed bearings. The casters spin a full 360°, as to be expected. There are the kick nose and tail and the spike traction pads on top with a concave design so that you can do (or attempt) all those tricks! It really will give you that snowboard-surfboard carving thrill that you so desire but can’t usually get on dry land.
As with other caster boards, there’s a 220lbs weight limit and it is not recommended for anyone under the age of 7. It has a 4.6/5 rating on Amazon with 214 reviews at the time of writing, which is most pleasing. The negative reviews, which are few and far between, do report falls and broken bones. But, we do not believe that this is unique to this caster board; rather it is a possibility of riding any caster board if you do not have a lot of experience and take a lot of care. It comes in at around $70-75, as with the other caster boards in this range.
Some might say the best thing about this ripstik is its bright pink color. Suitable for boys and girls alike, it will really be a talking point at the skate park or on the street.
With any Razor Ripstik product, you are going to get a good quality product. This one is no different: it just happens to be pink! As with all caster boards, inexperienced users need to take care. Yes, a few reviews mention broken arms and fingers but this is the same no matter what model you choose to get. This one is a great product and the 4.6/5 star reviews generally do speak for themselves. If you are concerned about falls, read our section on how to ride a ripstik below.
This WhipTide caster board features the hottest, newest technology for boarding. Its engineering and design are unique, featuring two decks with four professional-style inline wheels measuring 80mm for the ultimate stability and control. It also features a patented design detail: a flex neck! It is lightweight and allows for full 360-degree rotation and pivoting on aluminum trucks. With all of this, the pros and aspiring pros can create carving motions like those on a snowboard or surfboard. The turns are smoother and sharper. It is not called the ‘WhipTide’ for nothing!
The 4 wheel board is durable and much more flexible than a regular surfboard. It is made from ABS plastic, which is virtually indestructible. The wheels also have high-performance and high-tech ABEC-5 bearings. There is also grip tape to give you a perfect hold and spiked zones for traction and optimum foot control. It measures 33” x 9” x 4.4” and weighs 9 pounds. On Amazon, it is rated 3.9/5 stars.
This one is the best caster board up there in terms of quality for experienced riders who are wanting a bit more out of their ripstiks. This one features double 80mm wheels for each deck and a patented flex gooseneck, making it really stand out from the crowd. The materials are great and are practically indestructible, making this ripstik a really long-lasting ride, even when put through its paces time and time again. If you’re looking for a little bit more than your average ripstik, then this one could be the best ripstik choice for you.
Other Tested Products
- 01Ripstik Caster Board - Silver
- 02Deluxe Junior Caster Board
- 03ENKEEO Caster Board with Hand Grip
- 04RipStik DLX Caster Board
- 05Razor RipStik Air Caster Board
- 06 Razor DLX Mini Board (Mini Ripstik) - Color: Blue
- 07 BLACK Razor RipStik Air PRO Caster/Wave Board
- 08 SPIDERMAN Limited Edition Razor Ripster
- 09 Hi Tide Caster Board
What are RipStiks?
You may have some idea already of what a RipStik is. But, if you’re new on the caster board scene then an explanation always goes a long way too. A RipStik actually has many names, two of which you’ll have seen me use already. They are all essentially the same thing: RipStik, caster board, vigor board, wave board, or even J-board. Some of these names, like RipStik, have derived from a brand name. They were first invented in Korea. People often confuse a RipStik with a RipSter, though they're different in many ways.
These boards a human-powered with two wheels and are similar to a skateboard. Unlike a skateboard, though, a RipStik has two platforms, which are also called “decks”, which are joined together with a “torsion bar”. This bar is a rubber-coated metal beam that has a strong spring within it. There’s one wheel on each of the decks with a caster, meaning that the individual wheels can rotate independently from the other, with an axis that’s usually titled at a slant of around 30° from vertical.
To move a RipStik, you need to twist the board backward and forward by moving either your front or back foot side to side in a sinusoidal motion. This, coupled with the board’s torquing motion, generates motion forward. The action is similar to how someone would skate when wearing inline skates. The board is pushed upwards by the rotation of the wheels when faced with the mounts’ gradient, creating potential kinetic energy. This is released back down with the weight of the rider, causing the wheels to point straight again. The rider won’t really notice this slight change of height unless the rider pushes too hard, which will momentarily reduce stability.
RipStik: A Comprehensive Buying Guide?
If you have never bought a caster board aka RipStik before you might be wondering exactly what it is that you should be looking for. We’re going to help you out here by explaining the different features that a RipStik usually has and what you should be looking for to best suit your own individual circumstances, needs, and, of course, budget.
1. Board Weight
It is important to consider how much the board itself weighs. Choosing a board that is heavier may mean it is more difficult to move but, if you are a beginner, it may offer more stability and reassurance when starting out.
2. Weight Limit
This is an important one. A fully-grown adult will need a board that is able to hold their full weight. There are specific children’s boards that have a weight limit and, as such, are not suitable for adults. Ensure that you have a board that fits your own weight. This is why following the age range helps a lot.
You may wonder why the dimensions of the board are mentioned. Surely they’re all the same, right? Wrong! The dimensions are important too. There are boards that are specifically made for shorter people (hand up right here!) and those with a narrower stance. A broad-shouldered, tall person would need a longer board otherwise they would not be able to get the necessary movement needed as easily.
Your RipStik’s wheels should be removable. This is because, over time, they will no doubt become worn down with repeated use. You can buy replacement wheels for most RipStiks really easily and they often come in multipacks of eight, despite you only needing to use two at a time. Then there are 4-wheel ripsticks out there breaking the norm. They’re essentially ripsticks with two wheels on each side.
5. Pivoting Deck & Caster Trucks
This is something that is mostly considered by experienced caster boarders. There are different types of pivot decks and caster trucks to consider purchasing. Most of us, however, opt for a standard type.
If you want top speeds, you might be best with an electric RipStik to give you a helping hand. One is featured in our top ten best caster boards, so, take a peek! Of course, there are many factors in the speed that you are able to travel on your RipStik. Mostly, it comes down to technique and experience.
7. Torsion Bar
The torsion bar is a very important part of the RipStik. It is a bar that connects the two decks (or footplates) together. It is essentially a metal beam, most often coated in rubber. Inside, there is a strong spring mechanism for movement adjustment.
As with all products of this type, we recommend you take some safety precautions when riding, no matter how cool you think you look without. It is essential that a skater wears a suitable helmet. We also recommend that you wear knee pads, elbow pads, shin guards, and gloves while using your caster board, especially when driving off-road. Unless you are using a model with a handlebar, falling is a frequent occurrence, even for experienced riders at times! This is why you must follow the national safety guidelines before starting to roll.
9. How Much Does a Ripstick Cost
So, how much do ripsticks cost? Of course, most of us don’t have money to burn and are looking for a bargain. Generally speaking, however, the majority of RipStik boards cost around $40 to $100. There are more expensive ones too, though! Some of them are custom made. Price may also depend on how much customization is made.
RipStik Maintenance Tips
If you own a ride-on or a mechanical device of any kind, it is essential that you know how to maintain it and that you maintain it properly if you want to ensure its safety and longevity. Let’s face it, if you have bought a board you want it to run trouble-free and smoothly. Also, let’s not forget that RipStiks are largely toys made for younger users. We all know that toys get a lot of use and abuse!
So, how do you maintain a caster board such as the RipStik Classic? There is not a lot to go on if you look online but we will try our best to explain how you can look after your RipStik once you have it. It will take less than a couple of hours and is well worth your time. Let’s break it down into the parts: A torsion bar, two face plates/decks, side grips, caster mechanisms, and wheels. To be able to repair or maintain your board you will need some Philips screwdrivers, a flat-head screwdriver, 4mm, and 6mm hex keys, 14mm socket and ratchet, grease, teal, red and blue Locktite and oil.
Maintaining Deck Plates:
Firstly, turn the board to the floor and take out all of the screws with the Philips screwdriver. There may be two different lengths of screws (on the RipStik Classic this is the case). The shorter of the screws remove the deck plates. On the Classic, there are 4 screws for the front deck plate and 5 for the rear which is in the board’s middle. Be careful as some of the stickers may hide screws and screw holes. Use your flat-head screwdriver to lift the deck plates gently. They should come out without force, so take care. The last thing you want is a snapped plate! There may also be two tabs for each of the plates that you need to slip out away from the torsion bar.
The side grips have longer screws. The grips are pretty large plastic pieces and you can push them free easily with a screwdriver after you have taken out the screws. You should wash all the deck plates and the grips from dirt with regular soap and water. If there appears to be any rust on the bolts, brush this off with any type of scrubbing brush. Make sure all the parts are stored where they won’t be lost or broken.
Torsion Bar Maintenance:
To maintain the torsion bar you will need to turn the board so that the wheels are face up. The bar is usually attached by hex-head bolts, usually 6mm long. Remove the bolts and the bar will be released. You need to clean off any dirt and rust from the bar and repaint any areas that need painting. Also, if you cover the bar in grease it will not rust up as quickly again. Make sure you reattach the bolts using the blue Locktite.
You will most likely need 4mm hex keys to remove the wheels. There are usually two bolts, one on each side. They will need a bit of force as they will have been fixed using blue Locktite. The bolts have a female and a male side and there are two bearings in each wheel which are held apart by a spacer that is cylindrical in shape. If you are reusing the bearings, make sure you take extra care not to damage or lose them. You could soak them in mineral spirits or varsol if they are dirty. Then, you should lube them up with the oil. Once you have cleaned up the caster and the parts you can reassemble.
Maintaining the Caster:
When the wheels are off, the caster bolt is visible. With the 14mm socket and ratchet, you can remove it. Make sure you wash all the parts but take care not to lose pieces, especially the ball bearings. You can use regular soap and water to wash the pieces. Make sure you use 400 sandpaper to sand both sides lightly to remove rust. The ball bearings need to be dried thoroughly or they will rust too.
When everything is reattached, including the cylindrical spacer in the main bearing, make sure everything is greased. You can use automotive translucent bearing grease. When you reattach the bolts once reassembling you should use red Locktite and tighten the bolt until the bracket doesn’t move and the caster has a smooth spin.
And that’s it, all done! Make sure you check all the bolts and screws after you’ve used it again to check that it’s all still there and as it should be. Also, get the rider to clean it up a bit after they have used it each time – it’ll make it easier next time you come to maintain it!
RipStik Riding Tips
If riding a RipStik is new to you, you may be surprised to learn that it isn’t actually that difficult, especially if you have skateboarded, surfed, or snowboarded before. Make sure that, before you start, you have some safety equipment. A helmet and a good pair of shoes are essential and we also recommend knee and elbow pads too.
Next, make sure you are somewhere that is flat. RipStiks are designed primarily to be ridden on gentle slopes and carving corners. If you are new to it, choosing somewhere steep or a rocky place is not a good idea. Once you have the right place, you’re good to go.
To start, put the RipStik in front of you with your front or leading foot at the board’s nose. The front foot should be the one that is your weakest or least stable. Your dominant foot will go at the board’s rear.
Make sure that your toes face the side, at a right angle to the board’s direction. Stand with your feet in the center of each of the sections and start to move them backward and forward so that the ends turn in different directions. This means the board will start to move forward. Once you have gained some momentum, you can lean into the direction in which you wish to travel and can begin to cruise. You don’t need to push off like with a skateboard. You can accelerate by making these repetitive movements.
To stop, you just need to hop off! If you need to slow down first you could head to some grassy. Learning how to start is probably the trickiest part. But, once you have mastered it, you will soon be able to do tricks and turns and keep moving!
Our Final Words
In our reviews, we have told you all about the wonderful world of caster boards: what they are, what features they have, how to use and maintain one, and, most importantly, which ones we recommend! We hope that, with our recommendations, you will soon be rip riding down the street with the rest of us. It really is such a fun activity for anyone to enjoy.
If you are one of the beginners at caster boarding, our Budget Model should be the ideal choice for you. You'll be able to learn quickly without having to spend megabucks. Our kid’s choice is a buy too! However, if you still can’t decide, you really cannot go wrong with our number one choice! The RipStik RipSter really is the best RipStik around as it ticks so many boxes.
Of course, the first thing that any of our readers need to do when deciding to buy is to assess your own needs. Once you have identified what you need and what you are looking for, you're half-way through the right track.