I am wondering if you have tried the bustin ibach. My friend got one and i tried it and it carves as well as any board i have ever ridden. It carves differently too, it feels like there is no limit on how tight you could turn. He had it set up on paris 180's which I know are good for carving but i have tried the same trucks on a top mount and it didnt even carve that well. Just wondering if you know what causes that board to turn so well, cause i thought drop decks were supposed to be inferior to top mounts when it came to carving.
Does he have the Adam Colton Paris trucks? I believe they have different bushings than standard Paris trucks. Also, the amount a board turns has to do with the wheel base as well as the concave. With more concave, you will be able to get more leverage over the trucks and it will trun more.
I find that bigger wheels can help though.(pennys are 60mm i believe). personally, i would get something like the earthwing miniglider. its smallish, has a nice dampening flex, and can probably run bugger wheels.
Bearings dont really affect rollspeed much, just get something cheap.
I could use some input on bearings. I am looking at the Renegade Frankys because they are on sale or I am also looking at getting the Deville Knuckleheads, as they are made here in Mesa, AZ I like to support the hometown company. Have you used either one or have a suggestion if one is better than the other?
Not really. bearings are bearings. I think the best would be the ones tried and true. Example Bones Swiss, Bones Reds, Biltin Bearings, Zealous Bearings are really good.
If you want to support local get the Devilles. I've personally have had no experience with them, but again bearings are bearings.
As far as the Renegades, I'm running the Renegade Abec 9s and they work just fine
For longboarding best quality bearing is a one of the part of the board. Superior quality bearings are durable and speedy. As you use qualited bearing you can need less time pushing around and get more time riding.
that's not true. Quality is important, but it's a plateau. The top bearings do not make a difference in speed, and if so it's in the 1-5 second range. Free spin is also a factor that does not account for on the ground pushing. Simple cruising might allow you to use anything from an Abec-7 to Bones Super Swiss or Tungsten, but it won't make a difference for the casual cruiser. For the downhil racer looking to shave a couple seconds off his or her time, then maybe the $100 investment into bearings becomes important. However, by the time those seconds become important then you already picked up a sponsor willing to give supply your bearing needs.
I agree, while I would stay away from cheap ebay bearings, I think that any reputable company with bearings is most likely going to be a safe bet. I did try knucklehead bearings and they are great so you can add those to your list of good quality bearings for a good price!
I was wondering if you had an idea of a good lower speed slide wheel.
I would just go with a bit softer of a duro, I personally like Deville Salty Balls, they are an 79a duro and similiar to the Butterballs but in my opnion even better, the Deville Bombers are also good, just an older version of the trucks.
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