Best Longboard Bushings – Longboard Bushings reviews
What are bushings?
Bushings are basically colourful rings made out of urethane that are inserted into your longboard trucks to enhance your skating experience and increase control, rebound and responsiveness. Most longboards and skateboards will have two bushings on each truck.
Bushings serve two functions: One bushing controls the flexibility and springiness of the truck and make it easier to turn and steer, and the other smaller bushing helps you tighten or loosen the truck. A tight truck is better for doing tricks, whereas if you just want to curse around a looser truck will be better.
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Why would I want to buy them?
You have to change your bushings now and then because they become less springy and responsive as time goes on, which can ruin your general longboarding experience. Luckily replacing your bushings is cheaper than most other aspects of longboard management, so it’s not a big sacrifice and will make your longboard more comfortable, easier to adjust and general more fun to use.
Different types of bushings
The two most important factors when it comes to Longboard bushings is durometer (or hardness), and shape.
Longboard bushings come in two main shapes; cone and barrel. Cone bushings come in cone-like shapes and are typically used for cruising because they have a smaller mass and provide less resistance when you make a turn. They are best suited for lighter users.
Barrels come in ‘barrel’ like shapes (the top and the bottom will have the same width), they provide greater stability and they are popular for most longboard riding styles.
The durometer refers to the amount of resistance your bushing can give you. Harder bushings provide the most resistance and are better suited to larger users, whilst softer bushings have less resistance and are better for smaller individuals. It is very important to use the right durometer for your weight, or the longboard will be harder to control and could even be dangerous. Most bushings come in at least three levels of durometer, and can be selected based on the weight they support.
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If you’re new to long boarding, or you just don’t want to waste time researching different bushings, don’t worry. We’ve reviewed some of the best longboard bushings with all the information you need, so read on to make a more informed choice.
Orangatang Nipples ~Longboard Truck Bushings
Orangutang Nipples are sold on a relative hardness scale, because due to their dimensions Nipples respond slightly differently to many of their equivalents. The softest nipples are the orange ones which weigh 80-180 Ibs, then you have the medium purple (160-230Ibs) and then last but not least there are the hard yellow nipples (200-270 Ibs).
Orangatang Nipples are compatible with any truck that accommodates 1-inch diameter bushing with h=0.66 (bottom) and h=0.56 inch (top), but they work best with Paris, Gullwing Charger II, pre-2010 Bear trucks and Tracker Fastrack.
They are not compatible with Post-2010 Bear trucks, Indy’s, or regular Gullwing Chargers.
The Nipples are popular and come highly recommended. The lowest rating these bad boys got on Amazon was 3*’s. Customer comments tend to be very positive, with some praising the nipples responsiveness and great rebound. Reviewers have also said that the nipples are better for tricks/downhill rides than cruising, so keep that in mind depending on your individual longboarding preference.
The only negatives seem to be the price, which is a little on the pricey side in comparison to other longboard bushers. If you are after quality and have a bit of money to spare, you should buy yourself a pack of nipples.
BONES(TM) Wheels HardCore Bushings
Bones bushings differ from other bushings for several reasons. Whereas with most trucks only one side of the bushing is typically being used at any one time, Bones double-action truck bushings connect the two sides by harnessing a chemical bond through the HardCore insert, which makes your ride more resistant. This should make your trucks more responsive, your ride smoother and your trucks performance generally better.
Like the Nipples, Bones HardCore bushings come in three sizes. The softest bushing has a durometer of 81A, medium size is 91A, and the hardest bushings are 96A. Bones work with all standard trucks, but you may want to check the specifics of your own trucks to make sure they’re compatible. The bones come in two sets for two trucks.
Bones HardCore bushings have positive reviews, with a 4.5 out of 5 average and 77% 5* rating on Amazon. Customers praise these bushings smoothness and durability, with several people saying they are still working years after the initial purchase. They are particularly good for older people who may be a bit out of shape and are just getting back into longboarding, because the high-quality resistance makes it easier to learn without fear.
Riptide Cone Bushings
Riptide Cone Bushings come in a variety of colours and durometers. We are reviewing the green 97.5A, but you can also buy these bushings red, blue, and black etc. APS stands for Animated Polymer System, which is a type of compound bushing that gives you a solid rebound with greater predictability and is ideal for quick turns. These cones are in the top 144 longboard bushings, and they are made out ofurethaneurethene which is designed to increase your trucks performance.
The bushings are .602, which means they are a great fit for Randals, Paris, Bear Grizzly 852, Calibers and other reverse kingpin trucks.
The Riptides aren’t as well known and popular as the previous brands, but they still have generally positive reviews and a high 5* rating on Amazon. One thing to note is that the bushings are a bit softer than they test, so if you want greater stability perhaps go a bit harder than normal. These cones are perfect for cruising, but not work as well as some when it comes to complicated tricks or downhill rides.
Shorty’s Blue Doh-Doh Bushings 88a soft (2 sets) For Skateboards & Longboards
Shorty’s Doh-Doh’s are made from high-quality urethane to increase their durability. They are made with round edges, which stops them chipping and helps make them last even longer. Doh-Doh’s come in a variety of colours, including blue and white, and different sizes depending on your individual weight.
You can buy these Doh-Doh’s in two sizes (88A and 98A). These bushings are very firm and are great for skaters who weigh a little bit more, and they are also great for anyone who wants to do some hardcore tricks with minimal impact and maximum comfort.
Shorty’s Doh-Doh’s come in a pack of two, with each pack containing a top and bottom busher. One pack can only be used for one truck, so if you need to replace the bushings in both trucks you will need to buy two packs. These bushings generally have positive ratings, with a 63% 5* rating on Amazon, and users praise the Doh-Doh’s toughness and stability. Shorty’s are great for cruising, but are not ideal for tricks or downhill rides, so keep this in mind before you buy and make sure your bushings match your longboarding style.
That brings us to the end of our longboard bushing reviews. We hope you have found this information helpful and you are now able to pick the right longboard bushings for your personal weight and preferred longboarding style. Want more information, or know of a great brand we haven’t mentioned? Let us know in the comments below.