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Independent Trucks Buyers Guide 2021

Independent Trucks Buyers Guide 2021
Posted by Matt Broadley5 min read
Thursday, February 25, 2021

Buying Independent Trucks can be a pretty simple process once you have the correct information - and that is what this buyer’s guide will provide. Independent are one of the most popular skateboard truck brands for good reason, they have over 40 years of manufacturing experience and a wide selection of options suitable for all types of skateboarding.

In this simple guide, we will outline the different types of trucks offered by Independent, as well as breaking down the sizes, terminology and other potentially confusing details.

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Independent Truck Size Guide

To understand the size of the differing Independent Trucks, it is found in the title. The attached number, such as Independent 129, 139, 149 and so on, represents the width of the truck axle and this matches up with the width of your skateboard deck. So, for example, for an 8" deck, you want a pair of Independent 139's. See this Independent size guide for more:

Independent Trucks Buyers Guide Size Chart

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The Different Models of Independent Trucks:

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Independent Trucks - Standard Trucks

Independent Standard Trucks

Independent Standard Trucks are available in a range of sizes from 109 up to 215. You might notice they are called Stage XI - Stage XI simply means the eleventh version of trucks manufactured by Independent, all of the trucks in the current range are Stage 11. They’re a durable, all-purpose truck that is suited to all types of skateboarding, they sit at 55mm tall and feature a 356 aluminium hanger and baseplate, a solid 4140 chromoly axle and a grade 8 kingpin.

- 55mm tall

- 356 aluminium hanger and baseplate

- Solid 4140 chromoly axle

- Grade 8 kingpin

- Available in sizes 109 up to 215

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Independent MiD Trucks

Independent Trucks - MiD Trucks

The MiD is the latest truck of the Independent range. These feature a lower profile hanger, the idea behind this is to create the optimal contact point on the nose and tail for tricks, a wheel size of 53mm and under is recommended here. Indy MiDs are also the first Independent truck with an inverted kingpin, the kingpin can be used with either 5.5mm Allen key or a standard 9/16” hex wrench. The new Shaft Nut design is intended to create a rigid and durable solution to lateral movement and also to increase adjustability. These trucks measure 52mm in height and is built of Independent’s famous geometry with full size cushions for maximum turn. The Independent MiD truck is available in 129-159 sizes.

- 52mm tall

- 356 aluminum hanger and baseplate

- 4140 chromoly steel axle

- Inverted Grade 8 kingpin w/ 9/16” and 5.5mm allen

- Steel shaft nut with nylon locking insert

- Available in sizes 129-159

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Independent Hollow Trucks

Independent Trucks - Independent Hollow Trucks

Indy Hollow trucks are a lighter weight version of the Stage XI standard trucks. This means they feature both a hollow axle and a hollow kingpin. Stage 11 Hollow trucks are 7% lighter than the standard Independent trucks, giving you the option to noticeably reduce the overall weight of your set-up. The Hollow trucks are available in a variety of styles and colours, including pro models from the likes of Lizzie Armando.

- 55mm tall

- 356 aluminium hanger and baseplate

- Hollow chromoly axle

- Hollow chromoly kingpin

- Available in sizes 129-169

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Independent Forged Hollow Trucks

Independent Trucks - Independent Forged Hollow Trucks

These are a super light weight mid-profile truck, coming in at 10% lighter than the standard Independent truck. As with the regular hollow trucks these also feature a forged baseplate and hollow axle and kingpin. As a mid-profile truck they’re slightly lower than the standard - measuring 53.5mm tall. Available in a variety of colours and sizes, as well as in pro model versions from top pros such as Chris Joslin.

- 53.5mm tall

- 356 aluminium hanger

- Forged 6061 aluminium baseplate

- Hollow chromoly axle and kingpin

- Available in sizes 129-169

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Independent Forged Titanium Trucks

Independent Trucks Buyers Guide - Independent Forged Titanium Trucks

The lightest truck in the Independent range, these weigh around 15% less than the standard Indy trucks and offer the highest strength to weight ratio of any truck offered by Independent. As with the Forged Hollow versions, these are a mid-profile truck measuring 53.5mm high. Available only in the classic Independent silver.

- 53.5mm tall

- 356 aluminium hanger

- Forged 6061 aluminium baseplate

- Solid titanium axle

- Hollow chromoly kingpin

- Available in sizes 129-169

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