Whether you’re a novice looking to really start improving your street skating style, or a veteran looking to shred and work on those technical tricks, buying your own mini or full sized skateboarding rail might be the best decision for you! So many different style of rails come into the options list, from different shapes, style of metal either tube steel, or pipe, the height of the rail, length, stability when set on concrete, additional ramps attached to the rail, coloring, and slant if there is any at all.
Pricing for your average skateboard rail, is going to run you around $25 on the low end, upwards of $200 for a more technical rail. Pricing varies depending on the grade of steel, adjust ability of the ramp, additional features, such as a ramp, or incline rail and style of the rail. If you are looking for the absolute cheapest option, contact a welder and buy the metal and have them fabricate you a rail to your preference; due to mass production companies some rails may be cheaper than a welder, but some rails can be VERY pricey and are up charged by lots of vendors.
Generally skateboard rails are practically indestructible. Fabricated from strong grade steel or metal tube piping. While the steel structure may be nearly unbreakable, that doesn’t mean baseplates, and adjustable legs are going to last. I’ve had my skateboarding rail for nearly 7 years now, and because of the amount I spent to pay for quality, it will easily last the rest of my skating career and well onto its next generation of skateboard users.
Almost all rails are made from the steel materials, for most of the time rails are square or round tube piping, some weld, the stainless steel clips on the leg height adjustment, plastic end caps, and the non chip slick paint.
Skateboard rails are fabricated in a welding shop or by a automatic welding machine in a assembly shop. The rail is cut from thick gauge tube steel, square or round, to the exactly length. The rail is then welded to its legs, and adjustment features are added, some rails don’t have the adjustment options, finally steel baseplates are added, which are an important component of the rail, if the are added by a bad welder, then the baseplate could be warped so extra care is needed when installing the final feature.
Some additional features some skate rails offer are, incline rails, adjustable legs, duel rail option, ramp to rail set up, curved rails. Generally most skateboard rails are straight and don’t offer much as far as features; but a few different rail companies offer a more diverse range of boards for if you are looking for a more customized rail.
First pick: Fresh Park Grind Rail
The Fresh Park Professional Skateboarding Grind Rail is an incredibly high quality multi purpose rail, unequally designed with an oval bar, allowing for smooth transitions between tricks, and a perfect roundness to acquire a perfect balance. The 6 foot, adjustable 9 to 19, weighing in at about 24 pounds. This rail is a personal favorite, and a rail I have been ridding for many years now; and having skated many rails, park, and pre-fabbed trick rail, this is a classic any skater would love to have for their garage skating, or friendly games of SKATE with friends. The Fresh park professional Skateboarding Grind Rail has the added benefit of its multiple attachment and add-ons with fresh park add-ons such as fresh parks quarter pipes, kicker, and ramps using their patented modular linking system. Made with a high grade tensile steel coping, that is coated with a baked on powder coating, this grind rail is well equipped and ready to take hard smashes from both Skateboarders and BMX bikers alike. This rail for its price and quality earns its way to #1 on this review, coming in at about $140 on amazon.com is a perfect pick for a skater who is looking to spend around the same price as a complete skateboard.
Runner Up: Element Flat Bar
Coming in second but one could argue not behind in quality is the Element Flat Bar Skate Obstacle. Element has been a lead producer in skateboarding gear for years, starting their company in 1992 by Johnny Schillereff, since then becoming one of the lead manufactures in skateboarding gear for the past decade. This 6 Ft, 32 pound rail, comes a little bit heavier than your average Skateboarding rail due to its thicker grade steel and higher quality manufacturing fabrication, which in trade means a much more durable rail that could quite possibly last a lifetime. This classic all black rail, has professional engineered aspects that not many other rails on the market offer, such as custom made baseplates that provide for a better hold and less slide when skating on blacktops. Although this board doesn’t come with attachment for ramps, if you’re looking for a quality skateboard rail that will fits any professional standard, then the Element flat bar Skate Obstacle prices at $139.99 on amazon.com is a choice decision for a gift, or rail for a personal purchase.
Third Pick: X Factor Driveway Skate park Grind Rail
If you’re looking for a very circular rail, look no further. The average skater is usually trying to get their deck, gear, and equipment on the cheap, therefore the third rail on our review is the X Factor Driveway Skate park grind Rail. This rail still the average 6ft, weighing in much less than your average rail at about 10 Lbs., making the X Factor rail a much better option for young skaters who may have a difficult time lugging around a heavy rail, without sacrificing much strength. This rail isn’t built to last more than a few years, as constant smashing with skateboards or scooters make cause denting. For $64.99 the X Factor Driveway Skate park Grind Rail is an incredibly economic decision for your skater or gift buyer on budget or empty wallet. This rail is perfect for a junior or new skater who isn’t quite ready for that professional quality rail without sacrificing functionality.
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