Should You Get A Cheap Penny Board?

By Billy | Updated: May 2, 2020

When I first started researching to buy a Penny Board, I wasn't sure whether to get the fake or real one.

And I couldn't find any good resources out there to help make my decision.

So, I ended up buying both – you can find the full comparison here.

Technically this board is called the Retropspec Quip. But, let's be real, it's an identical replica of a Penny Board.

There were a bunch of positive reviews, so I thought to myself… could it possibly be that good for $30?!

I took it apart, inspected the quality, took some photos, and shredded it.

Who Is It Best For?

This fake penny board is best for anyone who wants to feel what a Penny Board rides like but isn't going to use it a lot. If you're gonna ride it a bunch, the quality will definitely wear out quickly. For younger kids, then the 22″ will probably be fine, but for most people, I'd recommend getting the 27″. It'll give you more deck space to balance.

However, if you want a Penny Board that will last, then I'd suggest you get a real Penny Board. For example, if you're gonna be riding it around campus or town, I really wouldn't suggest getting the fake ($30) one since the quality isn't as good. Especially since some of the nuts aren't self-locking and could unscrew.

The Specifics

This fake penny is 22.5 inches long by 6 inches wide with a maximum weight limit of 220lbs. Like every other type of complete skateboard, it comes with the deck, hardware, trucks, bearings, and wheels.

The first step of every review I do is strip the whole board and inspect the quality of each part. From the deck to the bearings, I'll let you know what I think about each.

Parts Breakdown

Deck

The classic waffle print grip is almost identical to the real Penny Board. The flexibility is very similar to the original Penny, however I noticed after riding it, there's a slight difference. You can tell this deck is made of cheaper material since it bends more.

Hardware

The hardware is your basic type of bolts and screws. However, I did notice that the small truck nuts don't have a self-locking plastic. The downside of this is that the bolts could loosen over time. And when you're riding, you definitely don't want them coming off.

The two main truck nuts and four wheel nuts do have a self-locking plastic, which is good to see. Because if those fell off, the whole truck or a wheel would fall apart.

Trucks

Next, we have the fake penny trucks, which are made of metal. However if you compare them to the real Penny trucks, they're cheaper quality. If you look closely, the manufacturing process isn't as precise.

Not to mention the base plate is thinner than the original Penny. Overall though, there's not a huge difference with these trucks and the genuine ones.

Bearings

Though the bearings say they're ABEC 7, they definitely don't spin like them. I have a feeling that the Chinese manufacturer just engraved ABEC 7 on the bearings for marketing purposes.

When I go to spin them they almost immediately stop. This would be a solid part to replace if you get this board and want to improve it. I do have to say, I wasn't expecting them to include spacers. Even though they're a vital part of a skateboard, for $30 I didn't think they would have them.

Bushings

The bushings are pretty similar to the real Penny bushings. They're slightly harder but it's honestly hard to tell. The bushings metal caps are basically identical to the genuine Penny ones. There's really not much you can innovate when it comes to bushings.

Wheels

And the wheels aren't too bad, although one of my wheels came with a small hole in them. The manufacturing process probably isn't as rigorous as the real Penny since it's so much cheaper.

Not to mention if you compare it to the original Penny, there's a solid difference in thickness. The fake ones don't have as much polyurethane, so over time, they'll wear down faster.

While riding the fake Penny, the main difference you feel is the harsh feedback when going over bumps. If you ride over a crack on these, you'll really feel it since these wheels don't have as much polyurethane. When you ride over a crack on a real Penny Board, it's much smoother.

Parts Summary

At the end of the day, when you're spending a third of the price that a real Penny Board would be, the quality isn't gonna be the best. I do have to say, for $30ish the way this board rides is very similar to a genuine Penny.

However, over the longterm, it's just not gonna hold up as well as a real one would. There's a noticeable quality difference between each part. If you want to see a side by side comparison, check out this article I wrote.

My Personal Opinion

The deck is flexible and narrow, making it hard to ride for most people. Though for the price point (about $30) it's not too bad. There's a solid difference between this and a real penny board when it comes to quality. You get what you pay for.

Here are some main things about the fake penny board.

Price

The best part about this board was the price. For only 30 bucks, it’s hard to believe the seller can even profit off of these. So, for a third of the price of a real penny board, you can get something pretty dang similar.

Obviously, if the board was only $30, there’s gonna be some quality issues. Below are the main things I disliked about it.

Deck Flex

I weigh around 165lbs and this thing feels super sketchy to ride. If I were to buy again, I'd go for the 27″ instead of the 22″. The deck flexes a good amount, so I have to keep my feet directly above each truck. When I compared it to the real Penny Board, the deck was a bit more flimsy.

Narrow Deck

Not only does the deck flex a solid amount, but the width of it is only about 6 inches (at its widest point). My feet hang off the edge and sometimes hit the wheels when turning, which is why I would recommend buying the 27″ for most people.

Overall Quality

The overall quality of this board, from the deck to the trucks just doesn't compare to a real Penny Board. There are some similarities, especially when riding it (it feels almost identical).

For $30 the parts aren't the definition of quality. But, it's hard to say you're getting ripped off, when it's only $30. I'd honestly suggest this board for anyone who wants to see what a Penny Board rides like but isn't going to use it a lot.

Where To Buy?

Check your local shop and see if you can buy it through them. It’s always good to support local.

The best place to buy a fake penny board is off of Amazon.

I personally got it from there since it was the best price and if you have Prime, it’ll ship super quick. However, if you'd rather buy a real Penny Board, I bought mine from here. Or you can get it from Penny's official website.

If you buy using the link above, I will receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you). If you found any useful info in this article I’d really appreciate it since its the main way I make money. It helps me to continue doing these reviews.

Well, there you have it, my fake penny board review.

It honestly just comes down to how you're gonna use it. In most cases, I'd suggest going for the real Penny, but the fake one also serves a solid purpose.

What up I'm Billy. I've been skating, surfing, and snowboarding for over 15 years. My goal is to shred, then share my honest thoughts. Hope it helps ya!