Real vs Fake Penny Board (Tested & Compared)

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

Wondering if you should get a real or fake penny board?

I decided to buy the real ($100) and the fake ($30) penny board.

I took apart both boards and compared them. Here’s my in-depth comparison of a real vs fake penny board.

Which one should you get?

Obviously, it will come down to your budget and what you use it for.

If you want a penny board just to mess around and won’t use it a lot, then go with the fake one.

But you should get the real one if you want something more durable. The quality is much better and will last longer. And if anything breaks, you’re covered under a lifetime warranty.

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How to tell if a penny board is fake?

Contrary to what many think… Penny Skateboards is the name of the company that originally came up with the concept. They’re so popular that now the style of the board is referred to as a Penny Board.

The main difference between a fake penny board and a real one is…

On a real Penny Board, a logo will be on the top of the deck, front/bottom of the trucks, and on the bottom of the tail.

The truck logo will just have ‘Penny.’ but on the top of the deck, it’ll have “Penny Australia”. If the board doesn’t have this, it’s not the real/original Penny Board.

real penny board bottom logos
real penny board top logo


After taking these boards apart and riding them, here are the most similar things about them.


I’m not gonna lie; it’s pretty crazy how identical the decks are. It seems like they’re made of the same plastic and mold. Everything on the deck is the same except for the logos. However, when you ride them, the fake one bents slightly more than the real one.

real vs fake penny board top of decks
real vs fake penny board bottom of decks


The fake bushings (red ones) are a little harder than the real bushings (black ones). This makes a slight difference in turning the boards. But honestly, it was pretty hard to tell a difference while riding. They’re basically the same size and shape.

real vs fake penny board bushings


The overall look of the fake and real penny board is very similar. Though the parts aren’t close when it comes to quality, they still look identical. You can see by the side by side photo below, they’re so similar.


Now that you know the similarities between the two boards, here are the main differences.


When it comes to the quality of the trucks, the fake ones are cheaper quality. Not only can you see this in the truck itself, but if you check out the truck’s base, it’s thinner than the real penny board truck. This would concern me if I would ride the board every day.

If your trucks break, you’re pretty much guaranteed to fall.

real vs fake penny board truck hangars
real vs fake penny board truck baseplates


The wheels are just about the same size, but the quality once again just isn’t the same. My fake penny came with a small hole in one of the wheels that went all the way down to the metal. The quality check process probably isn’t as thorough as the real penny board.

Not to mention the fake wheels have less polyurethane, which makes them harder to ride over bumps. When you cruise over pebbles or cracks on the real Penny Board, it’s much smoother.

real vs fake penny board wheels
real vs fake penny board wheels and trucks


The real penny has bearings that are single plastic capped. Whereas the fake one has double metal capped bearings.

While you probably won’t notice a big speed difference in the bearings, maintenance will be easier with the real penny bearings. This is because removing one plastic cap will be easier than the metal caps.

real vs fake penny board bearings


Though the hardware is a similar length, it’s not on the same level regarding quality.

real vs fake penny board hardware


The most annoying part about getting the fake penny board ready to ride was that it was wrapped in plastic. And you’d think you could just peel it off, right?

Nope, not the case.

I ended up having to take the board completely apart since the plastic was stuck under the hardware screws. Not a huge deal for me since I was gonna take it apart anyway.

But if you want something as simple as grabbing out of the box and go ride, the real penny board takes the cake. The real one wasn’t wrapped in annoying plastic.

Warranty & Service

Here’s where spending the extra 70ish dollars actually comes into play. The real Penny Boards will stand behind their product and offer a lifetime warranty. Compared to the fake penny board, which only offers a 30-day warranty. So if you break something after 30 days, you have to buy a new one, which gets you even closer to what you’d spend for a real one.

The real Penny Board also has a section on their website that teaches you how to replace their deck, wheels & bearings.

Bottom Line

It will all come down to your budget and what you’ll use it for. To be honest, they ride very similarly.

But if you want a Penny Board that will last for a while, go with the real one. If you don’t care and just want to try it out without spending $100, go with the fake one.

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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