Bushings are the small circular pieces of urethane that surround the kingpin and act as cushions to support the wide range of twisting and turning skate trucks are subjected to. There are two bushings per truck, one above the hanger and one below. These are most commonly referred to as the boardside and roadside bushings.
The boardside and roadside bushings both provide suspension, hold the hanger in place and control turning.
The boardside bushing takes more of the weight of the rider, while the roadside bushing has a great effect on rebound, lean, and turn.
Bushing selection has a huge impact on the way your trucks will ride and feel. Because of this we ensured that the Atlas truck is compatible with most aftermarket bushings.
Atlas Trucks are supplied stock with 89a barrel Atlas bushings which features our proprietary high-rebound urethane formula that excels in many types of riding.
If you choose to order directly on the Atlas website you’ll also be able to choose from a full range of Venom bushings. As a general rule of thumb we suggest you run slightly higher durometer bushings in Atlas than you usually might with your current trucks.
Cones: Conical shaped bushings offer the least resistance and stability. Cones are great for increasing turn or the “carviness” of your set up. Run two cones paired for an extremely carvy setup or try cone-barrel for a setup with great lean and moderate stability.
Barrels: Barrels are the most universal bushing shape. They offer a good balance of stability, rebound, and lean. Barrel- Barrel is a great “Do everything” setup. This is our stock Atlas bushing setup and great for everything from cruising to freeriding.
Eliminator: Eliminators are great for maximum stability but reduce overall responsiveness and become more restrictive the further the rider leans. This bushing works great for downhill setups.
Stepped Cones: Stepped Cones are good for freeride and downhill setups. The bottom of the bushing fills the bushing seat, eliminating slop and increasing resistance, while the wide conical top end offers stability with better response than an eliminator.
There are countless bushing combinations that suit every rider weight and riding style. Buy multiple packs of bushings so you can change your trucks to suit any riding conditions.
Experiment and build your Atlas your way to create the perfect setup for you!