Paris Vs Ronin
Posted on 2018-12-29
With the savant 43s being around the same price bracket as the cast katanas, that's what I'm gonna pit them against. Both trucks dive HARD and are very responsive. The savants come with a sleeved roadside washer, and slop stopped on the boardside bushing. The katanas have their famous support pin that essentially does the same thing for stability, while keeping the unrestricted bushing feel. Both have a race inspired pivot joint, and both have 96a tubes to go along with them. In classic Paris style, the savants sit taller than the competition, around 5mm above the katanas. This helps give me better wheel clearance, and increases turn, compared to ronin's crazy amount of lean. Because of this, I find myself running my savants more than my katanas. They help eliminate too much wheel bite, if you cruise between spots, or use your dh setup as a casual board now and then. BUT if you're solely looking for an affordable, hardcore downhill truck, I take the katanas. Especially if you have a drop deck that you don't need to worry about bite on. For clarity, my setups I've tested these trucks on are a DB contra 35 with a 27" wheelbase, and a 2019 Madrid dominant with a 26" wheelbase.