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How Much Does It Cost to Build a Skateboard?

how much does it cost to build a skateboard
Written by Kevin Gerard

As a passionate skater,  you might like different accessories than what comes with your board. By the time you change the accessories, you’re surprised by how much it has eventually cost you!

But if you consider building a skateboard yourself, you can add the accessories you want and customize them your own way!

Let’s check out everything you need to build your own skateboard.

How Much Does It Cost to Build a Skateboard?

Deck price

The deck is the skateboard’s most important component and $30 – $45 is the average price for a deck.

Price of skateboard deck

Price of wheels

Wheels are essential to a skateboard. What are you going to do without them? Cost is determined by three major factors – the size, the shape, and the formula. Wheels usually cost $15 to $35.

Price of Skateboard wheels

The cost of trucks

A skateboard’s trucks ensure a smooth ride and they cost around $15 to $30.

The cost of skateboard trucks

Bolts and nuts

The hardware is made up of bolts and locknuts. The bolts and nuts attach the deck to the truck.  They cost between $4 to $10 per set.

Bolts and nuts price of a skateboard

Griptape price

Typically, the grip tape is pretty cheap, around $10. The price rises if you want a grip with a pattern or design. Whichever brand you choose, make sure it’s a reliable one.

Skateboard Grip tape price 

Additional accessories

  • Bushings

You can expect to pay about $5 a set for cheap, budget sets, but good quality sets can set you back $50

  • Bearings

Your skateboard needs bearings if you want it to roll smoothly without you having to constantly push it.  They cost between $18 and $140.

Build vs bought: Which type of skateboard is cheaper?

Skateboards are usually cheaper when purchased as a whole.  A professional-grade complete is highly recommended for beginners. Pre-assembled skateboards are usually less expensive and more suitable for new skaters.

Once you’ve mastered the sport and come to know what you like and don’t like, building your own board is the best option. It will be easier to find parts that you like, and you’ll only have to spend money on the broken parts

Learn what you like about trucks, wheels, bushings, and bearings, and keep upgrading your board. As soon as you start skateboarding with confidence, you should invest in high-quality parts.

How to save money buying skateboards?

Understand what you need

Before buying a skateboard, you should find out what you need. What is your purpose for the skateboard? Identifying the skateboard’s purpose will help you avoid wasting money on boards you won’t use.

Obtain blank gears and decks

Wheels and decks without brand names or logos are blank gears and decks on skateboards. They usually come in one color and are cheaper than those with brand names.

Take advantage of discounts

Discount skateboards are often available, especially in the holiday season. You can get decent skateboards at a reasonable price with big discounts!


1. What is the most expensive skateboard?

Ans. The “World’s Most Expensive Skateboard” named “The Supreme Mundi” was created and sold by British artist Adrian Wilson ($20,000). Embossed with a knockoff of the Supreme skate logo, the deck is made of a wooden artist’s palette.

About the author

Kevin Gerard

I started off my career as a mechanical engineer at a scooter manufacturing company back in 2012. I’ve been into kick scooters and swimming since the early years of my life. Over time, I quit the latter for the love of the former and soon started to be recognized as a kick scooter expert!

I wanted to take scooter designing professionally but my family forced me to study engineering. Luckily, I decided to study mechanical engineering! That made way for me to work in the field of kick scooter designing as a core researcher and developer.

I am one of the founding members of Scooterlay and I contribute to the website as the head of the research team. I am currently working on my first book on the basics of kick scooter riding. This is a guide for beginner riders that will soon be published by Warner House Press, Arizona.

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