Full set up / Complete Skateboards from £54.95 including delivery @ Route One
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Full set up / Complete Skateboards from £54.95 including delivery @ Route One

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Found 18th May 2017
Right... This is something we don't see very often on here and being an Ex-skateboarder, I thought I'd see what I could find. Now, to those that don't know, not every skateboard is equal. There are different woods, metals (Trucks), wheel compounds, bearings, griptapes, bushings and board widths.

They all have a big affect on the ride and how well tricks can be performed. If the wood is too soft, getting it off the ground can be more difficult. Maple is king! Cheaper boards tend to soften up too, especially in damp conditions. Even with decent boards like these though, keep them as dry as possible to get the longevity out of them

So yeah, you can pick up a skateboard for £20, but there will be a massive difference for the rider over a more expensive quality board. Prices here look good for what you get and they include delivery.

When I used to skate I was paying around £100 for the parts and building it myself, some of the decks alone can be upto £60+, so sometimes buying a complete can save you some dosh and time.

Maybe something to consider for the older kids that are showing an interest or those that already skate - As far as I can tell these brands are still "Down with the kids" Unlike myself I'm normally down in the shed

Darkstar Faded Complete - 7.5"

7.5" is the width (Which was my ideal back in the day)

Bearings are Abec 5
Long story short, the higher the abec number the tighter the tolerances are and effectively the faster they can go. (Abec ranges are 1,3,5,7 and 9) Was a fan of 5 or 7s myself
Trucks: Darkstar - raw/black
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Birdhouse Hawk Crest Complete - 7.5"

7.5" Complete
US Graphic
Ready To Ride
Birdhouse Trucks
Birdhouse 52mm Wheels
ABEC 7 Bearings

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Rodney Mullen

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A little while ago they had a similar deal on Almost completes, like this a good deal, and much better than a "toy" skateboard complete from a toy shop.

I remember my first skateboard was a Variflex complete, I'd love one of these, but I'd be in deep trouble now if I went skating Not so much the going skating but the phonecall to explain to the missus why I'm in casualty
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admars

A little while ago they had a similar deal on Almost completes, like this … A little while ago they had a similar deal on Almost completes, like this a good deal, and much better than a "toy" skateboard complete from a toy shop.I remember my first skateboard was a Variflex complete, I'd love one of these, but I'd be in deep trouble now if I went skating Not so much the going skating but the phonecall to explain to the missus why I'm in casualty



Yeah, The superhero models, They were really good last time.
Had my fair share of falls and a shattered ankle back in the early 2000's! Was all part and parcel at that point

Love the Globe - Opinion section with Rodney Mullen, it was his style that influenced me back then. I was never amazing at doing tricks down steps, but not awful. Flat-landing it and spinning around like crazy though... LOVED it
Heyyyyy a 180 tailgate !!!!

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Voting hot as its a skateboard deal but these are very much beginner boards and about the going price for them.


supasta

Voting hot as its a skateboard deal but these are very much beginner … Voting hot as its a skateboard deal but these are very much beginner boards and about the going price for them.


Fairly Certain The Birdhouse setup is Good value for money and i would rate it very much a mid range setup.

Anyways - I'm adding heat as any reason to get the kids outside like we used to be is well worth the money IMO.


Rodney Mullen https://media3.giphy.com/media/uVYcvX7G221Rm/giphy.gif?response_id=591db1532ad545620b6062b1


This is what busted my mouth open and why i still have a chipped tooth today - eventually nailed it but was a painful learning curve!

any one here in their 20's or early 30's would have had inspiration from the Playstaion tony hawk days #skatefam!
Edited by: "Tahae_T" 18th May 2017
damn boarders, I'll stick to my fruit boots lol. miss my skater days
mullen invented pretty much every trick known to man, watched a vid of him recently....like a fine wine....still awesome at his age. i love skateboarding but as a 35 year old dad people would laugh, had a go on one other day and landed a kickflip. made my day haha. voted hot for nostalgia
Edited by: "rsta2004" 18th May 2017
just got my alien workshop deck out of storage, with its grind king trucks and zero wheels...if only i had the time and lack of fear...
x skater from the 80's what a great deal! heat from me.
Bought my snowboard from these guys. No complaints.
Brilliant write up!

Brings back the memories of being a kid and always desperately trying to have the highest number abec bearings!! X)

Seems pretty good deal too!
Any recommendations for a beginner longboard? Just moved to Devon and there's lots of flat seafronts that seem like they'd be fun to cruise up and down.
I miss my blueprint and all star set up, I had 68mm, most people thought I was mad but I prefer big wheels.
the other thing I miss is my youth, also left that in the 90's.

Is it wrong that I'm contemplating buying the joker board just to add to my everything joker collection?
Don't pay any attention to the ABEC rating of the bearings. The higher the number will not make your skateboard go more quickly. This rating system has very little relevance to skateboarding since the bearings are spinning at a very low RPM compared to other applications that bearings are designed for.

When I was heavily into skateboarding in my teens many skater friends fussed over the ABEC rating in their wheel bearings but most of them didn't actually use spacers in their wheels which means that the bearings weren't actually doing anything to improve their ride as they would just be spinning around as a whole unit on the axle without the ball rarings inside being utilised at all.
damn I miss skateboarding
Loved skateboarding. Not sure if this is value anymore as I'm so old but heat for a great write up
I miss my blueprint deck, best deck I bought from Route One. These types of decks years ago cost so much I'm really surprised to see them at such a good price for a complete set. Then again I may have just been very poor as kid spending my money on silly stuff! But I miss skating. Tempted to get that Tony Hawk Deck!
Seems like a good deal for a good setup. A setup like this makes such a difference over the toy ones. (Not to be confused with Toy Machine!).

Though turning 40 this year I personally hate these newfangled skinny skateboards. 7.5" is not enough for me, being 6'6" with feet to match. While I have many setups like this nothing has worked as well for me as the Double Vision I had (2x tails instead of 2x noses) that was awesome. I think the last deck I bought in this style I really got on with was the Chapman P-tip which was pretty amazing.

I would love to get back in to skateboarding again, but don't know if my body would still take the beating. Maybe it's time to get a longboard!

Thanks for the deal OP - Makes me happy!
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i found an old santa cruz deck i forgot i had, a 1980s fat one, shame the graphics are knackered. many of the old 80s decks have been reissued over last few years and make great wall decorations for us old timer skaters
anyone remember deathbox, alva posse, H street , vision etc. those were the days, i used to get hand me downs of my sisters mates as was about 7 or 8. in my teens when the skinny decks came out is when i learnt decent tricks. those old decks werent great in comparison for flips etc.
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anyone remember deathbox, alva posse, H street , vision etc. those were … anyone remember deathbox, alva posse, H street , vision etc. those were the days, i used to get hand me downs of my sisters mates as was about 7 or 8. in my teens when the skinny decks came out is when i learnt decent tricks. those old decks werent great in comparison for flips etc.



LOVE!

I actually gave my last ever full setup away to a kid as I left my house for the gym one morning back in about 2004. I had no time for it. His face lit up and he'd just been given £100 set up for nothing. His parents looked perplexed but pleased by it I saw how mashed up his current board was and he was giving tricks a good bash.

Never saw them again, but I like to think I did my bit to get that little dude kick-flipping and such.
Edited by: "NeoTrix" 19th May 2017
Heat from me, brings back memories. Santa Cruz Decks, bones wheels tracker trucks.....oh happy days
What's the best one for a large old timer that needs something to keep up with the son's scooter and balance bike? Probably this one: routeone.co.uk/sal…htm?
Not a bad price for a full set up, from a professional brand.
It's just a shame, a lot of the companies who make their own completes (Darkstar, Almost, Blind, World Industries etc), have gone down the route of using Chinese Maple wood, and it just feels crap compared to standard Canadian Maple.

But I agree, a much better route to get one of these, compared to anything sub £40 from shops like Sports Direct, Argos, Tesco etc.

Great write up.

Advice please guys, my 9 and 13 year old boys would like skateboards and I don't have a clue!

They are complete newbies... what should I get them?


Edited by: "Shahie" 29th May 2017
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