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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-30-2011, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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New Skate Deck... NOT Longboard

I know there's plenty of longboarders here but this doesn't apply to you

I'm gonna put together a deck to ride bowls, small half pipe and some street. Thinking of something slightly wider than norm (8 1/4 - 8 1/2?), some independent trucks (which are wider too) and gonna find some bigger, softer wheels to deal with some of the older, rougher bowl surfaces here in Van.

Can anyone give advise as to whether this sounds like a good plan? Am I thinking along the right lines? Anyone have a nice setup like this... keen on some feedback, wheel sizes to look for etc.

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I would go with an 8 if you plan on riding street or park at all, or even doing flip tricks. I have a size 13 foot and I only ride an 8. Anything bigger than that just feels like a boat. If vert and bowls is all you wanna do, then the bigger decks will be fine. The Indy's are a good choice for trucks since they make some of the widest ones out there. You may also want to look at Gullwing, and Destructo. As for the wheels, again, it depends on terrain. If bowls and vert only, then something along the lines of a 56 or 58mm is fine. I personally like a 54mm. I find it to be a good size for all around riding. Works in vert, park, and street. As for softness (durometer), again, it all depends on what you plan to primarily ride. Softer for ramps, harder for street. Skateboarding is very different from longboarding. The same rules just don't apply to both.

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Hey NW thanks for the input. I ended up getting a boat! Lol, actually should be fine, no flip tricks here
Gonna be cruising some bowls and snake runs with a bud, pretty low-key. But not longboarding for sure.
I got a pretty massive board, 8.6" with the indys and some G-Bones (64mm )
Should be a fun deck!
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No prob on the input. You definitely bought a big one. With 64mm wheels it almost sounds like a longboard. That being said, I bet it kills as a nice stable ride for filming.

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I was gonna drop some suggestions but you already copped. Yeah, you'll be good with that for what you want. I'm about to do some serious pool riding after my new knee pads arrive. I haven't ridden with pads in years... this will be interesting.
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i dunno man, i used to skate park with a few guys who would ride 8.25's and i rode 8.10s for a while and never had a problem with flip tricks haha
sounds like a sick setup thu
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Music, I never rode with pads until last year. I started skating when I was about 5 and I just turned 30. Kneepads were pretty much the best decision I ever made for myself involving a skateboard. Now the only way I ride without them is when I'm just messing around on the mini quarter my friend keeps in his garage. Hell, I even dirt jump my BMX with them on.

Myschisms, I've ridden them that big as well. I just feel that an 8 is a better size for a good all-around deck. Nothing wrong with the larger size though. I owned a Beer City 8.5 that had more concave than most 7.5's. The thing was crazy huge and would flip for days. I don't ever see 8.5's shaped that way anymore though.

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Yeah, I used to wear them when I skated vert ramps and when I would try new things on larger mini ramps. I've decided to back off of raw street because at 38, my body is really starting to yell at me. In order to skate many city park pools, pads are required, but that's good because (sometimes) mentally I'm still that kid that needs to be told to wear his pads, lol.
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