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Post by Barry Gourley » Sat Dec 13, 2003 5:45 pm

Hi all,
newbe here and with another question on trucks. Is what im looking for is a pretty much "do all" truck. hehehe I know,I want to do some down hilling,soalom,ride concret bowls, well anyway you get the picture.
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Barry

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Post by Barry Gourley » Sat Dec 13, 2003 5:57 pm

I guess i forgot to ask another question,from what i read Seismics and randals are pritty good D/H trucks. Do the spring trucks work on hi speed wobbles? Which truck would do what im looking for in my above post?
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Post by Adam Trahan » Sat Dec 13, 2003 6:16 pm

Yes for both.

Take a look at this web site and the specialized forum for each catagory involved in the sport of skateboard slalom. More than likely you will find a post that addresses your question or a person who you may want to query about a topic that they are a specialist in.

As you develope a taste for the different attributes of each truck and each discipline of the sport, you will find that you will specialize your equipment.

Randal's and Seismic's are both good for downhill.

Many of the downhill guys use "drop through" decks utilizing Randal trucks. I personally use Seismic trucks for every aspect of skateboarding.

In the early 80's where I would challenge ANYONE locally to a imprompteau downhill skateboard race and there was a core group of us who did just that, I used Independant and Magnesium Tracker Sixtracks on a concave "Rodger Hickey" downhill specific board. Man those where the days.

I will leave this post here for a bit and then move it to the appropriate forum, the General truck forum.

For further reading, there is an excellent web site on the subject of downhill skateboarding. Try this link for the downhill forum.

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Post by Rich Stephens » Sat Dec 13, 2003 7:16 pm

The biggest problem you will face is the width of the trucks. Most slalom guys ride quite narrow trucks and I've never seen anyone doing slalom on trucks that are as wide as typically used in a pool/street board. Likewise, downhill guys seem to use big wide trucks for stability as well.

Of course no reason you can't do everything on skinny trucks - people did in the 70s. I know I'm never going to go as fast as Hutson and Hester and those guys did back then on skinny boards in stand up positions and we all know that pool skaters didn't get wide trucks for quite a while either. So you could skate bowls on a 7-8" wide deck with Indy 101s and use those for slalom as well. If the 101a seem to narrow for the pool deck you can run wide wheels like the BDS dub-con double conicals or Abec 11 flashbacks. I don't see any reason you couldn't use the tracker slalom trucks on a vert board either.

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Post by Seth Levy » Sat Dec 13, 2003 8:41 pm

The seismic trucks are great everywhere. The springs make it so that you never get speed wobble and they are amazing in pool/bowl riding as well. If you want to use one set of trucks for all types of skating, then these are the ones to use

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Post by John Gilmour » Sun Dec 14, 2003 3:21 am

IMHO The ultimate compromise? Tracker Ex-tracks.

They are reasonably good for everything you mention.

Stable enough for some downhill, good for longboarding, good for GS slalom and Hybrid, turny enough for bowl riding and bigger bowls. Great cruiser truck.
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Post by Chris Barrett » Sun Jan 08, 2006 9:24 pm

okay, sorry to dig up old posts, but I got a question for you wise-guys. Just had a buddy mill down a randal to 90mm. Pumps very very well, and is a quick truck. Now I'm a little skeptical as to its performance as a front, but I'm dying to try. What do you guys think? Waste of time, or try it? I noticed its geometry and castor is similair to a very small degree to a radikal... thoughts?
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Post by Donald Campbell » Sun Jan 08, 2006 10:30 pm

it's not a radikal and will never be.
remember that difference between a radikal and other stock trucks?
it's the bearing between the bushings.

best would be to stick to any decent truck you like and really use it for a very long time.

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Post by Chris Barrett » Sun Jan 08, 2006 11:39 pm

Donald Campbell wrote:it's not a radikal and will never be.
wasn't my intention to imply it was, except for the fact that the only slalom front I've seen (I've only been riding a year) to utilize a inverse kingpin geometry has been the radikal. From what I can tell...anyways. This method along with a positive castor is pretty well known for providing quite a bit of leverage and output from very little physical input.

As for the bushing seat bearing, you're right, it aint there. It's still washy and whatnot. From what I could tell from the few seconds I tried the randal feels remotely similair to my radikal front, albeit much much much less precise. The board has the familair lean into the turn, and the response is snappy. I like it so far... I was really just wondering if this has been done by other people and if so what cons they noticed to using this against say a standard stock rt-x or indy.
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Post by Chris Favero » Mon Jan 09, 2006 3:31 am

chris,cool name.i find as far as a front goes,there is a lot that works.between bushings,wedges etc you can get a lot of different brands to work well.how diiferent is what you did from a splitfire?besides the price?for me the issue is rear traction,thats where the dragon's tail rules over others with the trailing link design.my 2 cents,cf
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Post by Tod Oles » Mon Jan 09, 2006 3:34 am

Chris,

Maybe Chris Bara will chime in here....... he had a few done to 90mm also.

Dave gale had one on the front of a little Turner that I rode in the hotel parking lot in NC......
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