What Are Longboard Bushings?
What are the bushings on your longboard? The bushings are small rubber parts that are found in the center of the truck attached using the kingpin which is a threaded screw that goes through the middle of your truck. Despite your bushings being very small, they are an essential part of your truck that allows you to bend the trucks when turning your longboard and depending on the bushing, they can make your longboard feel a lot softer or harder.
You should have two bushings on every trucks, top and bottom. The bushings can vary in shape depending on what type of bushings you get!
The two main bushing shapes are cone and barrel. The cone bushings are great for many reasons but mainly for its turning ability. With cone bushings you will find turning into corners a lot easier and smoother. Barrel bushings on the other hand provide you with more stability and are great for all-round performance due to the combination of one cone and one barrel bushing.
Which Longboard Bushings Should I Get?
When it comes down to the shape of the bushing. There is no better or worse longboard bushings. It all comes down to the personal preference. However, there are other factors that you should consider such as the hardness of the bushings and the style of riding you have.
The hardness of bushings is measured in durometer just like the wheels. The lower the durometer, the softer the wheel which will essentially give you less resistance when riding. It is important to take your weight into account when looking at bushing hardness. The bigger the weight, the harder the bushing should.