Nickel Board Review (Bought & Shredded)

By: Billy James | February 27, 2024 | Cruiser Skateboards

The nickel board is Penny Skateboard’s 27″ cruiser.

It’s the step up from the original 22″ Penny Board, which is why it’s called the ‘Nickel’.

So, after buying it, taking it apart, and riding it, here are my thoughts.

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Who Is It Best For?

The Penny Nickel (27″) is best for most riders who want the traditional Penny look but want more deck space. I originally bought the 22″ Penny Board, but it felt too tiny after riding it for a while.

So, I’d recommend the Penny Nickel for most people since it’s larger, making it easier to balance on.

The only time I’d recommend getting the traditional 22″ Penny is for younger kids or if portability is important to you.

penny nickel board
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Parts Breakdown

Length: 27“ (68.58cm)
Width: 7.5“ (19.05cm)
Wheelbase: 14 5/8” (37.1cm)

Below you’ll find a summary of each part of the Nickel board.

nickel board parts


The screws, nuts, and washers are your typical skate hardware. They’re solid quality. It’s always nice to see that the nuts have plastic self-locking, which will prevent them from loosening.

penny nickel board hardware


The trucks are 4 inches and A-grade 356 cast aluminum powder-coated. Compared to the 22″ Penny Board trucks, they’re about 1″ wider. It’s tough to tell the difference, though.

The Penny logos are on the front of the trucks and both sides of the base plates. Overall, well-made trucks!

penny nickel trucks


The deck is your classic waffle print grip Penny board. The difference between this and the 22″ is the 5″ size difference. It also has a wider deck at about 7.5″ versus the 22″ is just under 6″.

The Nickel’s deck size is why I prefer it over the traditional 22″ Penny. It gives me much more deck area to balance. But I’m not gonna lie; it still feels like there is not enough deck space for my personal preference. My favorite board they make is easily their 29″ surfskate.


The Nickel’s wheels are the same as all the other wheels that Penny Skateboards offers. They’re a standard 59mm 83A polyurethane wheel. They make for a smooth ride, so I really can’t complain. They do exactly what they’re supposed to – offer a smooth ride for cruising.

penny board wheels


Similar to the wheels, the bushings and washers are exactly the same as all the other Penny boards. They’re soft enough to do turns and well-made. I guess there’s really not much more to say about bushings.

penny board bushings


The bearings are their standard ABEC 7 Penny bearings, which are solid.

penny board bearings

Parts Summary

The main difference between the traditional 22″ Penny board and this 27″ Nickel board is the deck and truck size. The deck’s length and width make it way more enjoyable to ride for me (and probably you). The 22″ is best for younger kids.

The other parts (hardware, wheels, bushings, and bearings) are exactly the same as on the 22″ and other boards that Penny offers.

Main Takeaways

If you want to stick to the traditional-looking Penny Board, you have two options…

And it all comes down to size. The 22″ is a solid choice for younger kids. Remember, it’s tiny (only 6″ wide)! The portability is easily its greatest strength.

For most people I’d recommend going the 27″ Nickel board since it has much more deck space. Although if you need something smaller, the 22″ has the edge regarding portability.

The ability to pick up your Penny, cruise wherever you need to go, and easily stash it away makes these cruisers so popular.

Soft Wheels

Possibly one of my favorite parts about all Penny Skateboards is their wheels. The size is big enough to cruise over bumps without absolutely eating it.

When I compared it to the knockoff ($30 Amazon) Penny, the wheels were way better.

Lifetime Warranty

It’s always refreshing to know that the company stands behind its product. Penny Skateboards offers a lifetime warranty for any defects you might encounter while riding their boards.

Just make sure you buy a genuine Penny Skateboard to register it on their website.

And there you have it, the Penny Nickel board review.

Billy James

I've been skating for over 20 years and it's had an incredibly positive impact on my mental health. My mission is to show the world the power of cruising and carving.

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