The 32 Inch board is Penny's crossbreed of a cruiser and traditional skateboard.
But there are some things you need to know about this board. You're in the right place though, because I'll be covering everything you need to know.
Is this board worth it? Or should you not even bother?
That's what I'll be answering in this 32 inch Penny board review.
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Where To Buy?
You have two solid options when it comes to buying the 32 inch.
You can either buy it from their Amazon page.
Or you can get it from their official website.
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Who's It Best For?
I'd recommend this board to anyone that wants more of a traditional skate feel but isn't consistently going to be doing tricks.
If you want something solely for doing tricks, I'd recommend going with a real skateboard that has a wooden deck. The reason is that the plastic deck flexes a good amount when you go to ollie. This is a weird feeling and something I can't stand.
The 32″ Penny board is a solid option if you want to get into skateboarding with a heavier focus on cruising.
However, for most people, I'd recommend checking out the Landyachtz Dinghy.
Who Is It Not For?
Looking for a board to learn flip tricks or something to take to the skatepark?
If that's the case, then you're gonna want to get a traditional skateboard that has a wooden deck. A wooden deck will allow you to get more pop when doing tricks.
If you're someone that wants to start taking skateboarding more seriously, then this is not the board to get.
The 32 inch Penny board is best suited for people that will mainly be cruising, but doing some tricks here and there.
In every review, I completely take apart each board and inspect the quality of the parts. From the bolts to bearings, in this section, I'll be going over each component that makes up this board.
The hardware they used for the 32″ is your typical skate bolts and nuts. It's always nice to see the nuts coming with a self-locking plastic to ensure they don't loosen.
Sometimes speed washers are skipped here and there, but all eight were accounted for. There's not much more you could ask for with this hardware.
The trucks are 6″ wide and made of A-grade 356 powder-coated cast aluminum. I love the look of the matte black finish and the simplistic Penny logos are a nice touch.
They're thinner than the typical Penny board trucks, making them more light-weight.
The deck is made from Penny Skateboards plastic/fiberglass formula.
It has a defined nose and tail, making it easy to know which way is which. The deck's rail curves up, which I'm not a huge fan of, especially if you want to learn flip tricks.
They claim to have added a glass spray for extra grip, but honestly I really can't tell a difference. If you want to get a better grip, I'd recommend picking up some grip tape.
The wheels are made of the same polyurethane material that all of their wheels are made of. The major difference is the size, which is about half of their other wheels.
I get it since they're going for a more traditional skateboard feel, but if you want to make it a better cruiser, then I'd suggest replacing these with a thicker set.
The other thing I noticed was it was extremely easy to take out the bearings. It almost felt like they could easily fall out. Compared to to their other boards, the bearings were much easier to take out, which could be a good or bad thing (depending how you look at it).
The same bushings that every Penny board comes with. They're soft enough to make smooth turns and the quality is as good as you can get.
Penny uses the same ABEC 7 bearings with every board they offer. They're solid bearings that do the job. Honestly you're not going to notice a huge difference in bearings.
It's always good practice to take them out of your wheels and clean them. Especially if you're riding near the beach, where salt and sand can erode them quicker.
The one thing I wish they did with their bearings was cap both sides. Right now they only have the outside capped. Though the insides aren't exposed, overtime they'll wear down faster.
Overall, the quality is solid for this board. The board is lighter than most of the other boards that Penny Skateboards offers.
It would be nice for them to offer a version where you can get thicker wheels, to make it even better for cruising.
Personally, if I didn't review this board, then I wouldn't have bought it.
If you want a cruiser board that's closer to the traditional skateboard, then this could be a solid option for you. However, if you want it solely for the purpose to learn tricks, I wouldn't recommend it.
It's mainly a cruiser board and if you want to pop up a curb here and there, then it could be a good option.
Below are some things I like/dislike about it, that I think you should be aware of.
Contrary to popular belief, Penny Skateboards does actually make boards with high quality parts.
I think the masses have the perception that they're cheap because the name “Penny Board” is often associated with cheap knockoff Amazon brands. Plus not to mention, the word Penny obviously is the cheapest coin, so there's that.
Once I got this board, I took it outside and rode it like a traditional skateboard. I immediately noticed the flex when I ollied on it.
You're not going to get as good of pop as you would on a wooden skateboard deck. The tail bends, making it harder to do tricks on.
If you read the wheels section above, then you already know they are smaller than the ones that come with all the other Penny boards.
It's not a big deal, but I wish they figured out a way to add more width to the wheels. Although, I get they're going for a more traditional skateboard look.
You might be able to add bigger wheels but will probably have to add riser pads to prevent wheelbite.
Personally, I'm not a fan of the shape of the board. I get that it's a crossbreed between a cruiser and a traditional skateboard, but I wish it wasn't as awkward.
The first thing I noticed when riding it for the first time was the awkward concave it has. It might be fine for a person with smaller feet (I'm a size US 11) but for me, it's weird.