Evan

Specializing in Freeride, downhill

Bio:

  • AKA:
  • Go-To setup: 44 degree Arsenal Cast, bones swiss bearings, 2014 Bustin EQ 36 Hollowcore, 88a Seismic Crybabies
  • Favorite hill: Dutchtown Zion
  • Favorite park: Fleichmann Skatepark
  • Quiver: Bustin Yoface, Bustin EQ 36, omen Barfight, Madrid Nessie v1, Bustin Modela
  • YouTube : Lbibass
  • Weight: 115 pounds
  • Go-to setup: 2012 Bustin eq 36, either 50 degree Calibers or 50-44 split, seismic crybabies, RIPTIDE BUSHINGS ALWAYS!

Product Reviews:

Black 44
Posted on 2016-03-31
I have one thing to say. GET THESE. They feel so much better than any other truck I have. They turn more, MOREthan my 50° Paris or Calibers. Sure, they cost more money, but THEY ARE WORTH IT!! Good Responsive. I believe that I would pick these over just about any other truck I own, even for cruising. They feel responsive, even at lower speeds between 5-25 mph. (I have yet to try them over 25 mph). Even with Riptide Aps bushings on a 29 inch wheelbase, they feel more responsive than 50° Calibers on a 16 inch wheelbase. But, they have an amazing centerpoint, so no worries if you like to go fast. Precise.They feel like Paris, but with more turn and less slop. Lean. They lean for forever. You can thank the tall bushings for that. These were my first set of trucks with tall bushings, and I loved them. Bad The cost is a little high for a cast truck, especially one with such awful stock bushings. Bushings. Ok, they are awful. Just putting it out there. As with any truck, I recommend upgrading to aftermarket bushings. I love riptide, especially in raked trucks. You can't run a washer boardside without the hangar being flipped. Paint. Ok, at this point I'm just nitpicking. But they should at least do an anodized type thing, like Paris and Caliber. Powdercoat can throw off the tolerances of a truck. What's the point of precise casting if you are going to throw it away with the paint? Until they go thinner, I would recommend going with the raw trucks until they do this, so you can take advantage of how amazing these are. I had one bigger problem with these trucks. No, not everyone might have this problem however. The threads were too deep into the axle. This caused the wheels to be slightly wobbly unless you cranked the axle nut very hard. Again, this could be the fault of the thick paint! If anyone else has this problem, you might want to contact them if it affects the performance of your wheels. I did, and they handled the problem very well. Lbibass Out
Review of caliber pivot cups
Posted on 2016-01-05
I have one word for these, and it is amazing. My current pivots have been in for a year, and provide an amazing amount of slop reduction and stability, without compromising the turn. When I first put these in, I kept on falling off because I was not used to such a consistent lean. They might be pricey, but they will make your trucks feel amazing. Pair these with any of riptide's bushings, and your friends will be jealous of how good your trucks feel. (Mine are)
88a 64 mm review
Posted on 2015-12-02
Good. Lots of thane. These wheels thane the most out of any other wheel I have owned so far. (Getting the 84a soon so that might change) I have gotten thane dust on my hangers after a 45 minute session of 20 mph slides. Keep in mind that I am 110 pounds, so they will thane even more for heavier people. They are also ridiculously consistent. Over one of the largest cracks in my neighborhood, the wheel doesn't hook up unexpectedly. Easy kickout and hookup. You can tell about 5 seconds beforehand when the wheels are about to hookup. Once you warm them up, the kickout is just barely enough to grip around corners, but you can kick it out at any time to shave a tiny bit of speed. If you haven't warmed them up by doing a couple of small slides before each session, the kickout and hookup are a little more abrupt. Once you warm them up though, it becomes a chalkyish, butteryish slide. Small size. You can fit it on any setup. If 64 mm is still too big, don't worry. It will be smaller soon. Very soon. Also, these wheels are great for a park/pool setup in a pinch. On concrete, they are fast, but grippy due to their soft-ish duro for a park wheel. Bad Lots of thane. If you hold your slide at 90°, prepare for flatspots/ovals. But if they aren't too bad, you can do some long, glovedown slides below 90° to get rid of them. Also, you will have to rotate your wheels often so the size of all 4 are close to the same. Small size. Not for downhill. Not stone ground. I know, with the way they thane, it doesn't take long. It took me 30 minutes in 30 degree Fahrenheit weather doing 10 mph slides. For a heavier rider, or someone doing faster slides, it won't take nearly as long. Slide feel The slide feels very interesting. (In a good way) It is not quite in the pavement, but it isn't gliding over top like some other wheels I own. It almost feels like the center point of the wheel is gliding over the pavement, but the lip is dragging in the pavement. This makes the initiation very easy, like a icy wheel, but the actual slide very sugary. Slide length The slide is very long, and doesn't kill too much speed. (Not like some other wheels I own. Looking at you 86a Keanu.) But, because it is long doesn't mean it isn't controllable. If you are doing a toeside standup, you can easily pull it in whenever you want. You can also push these wheels past their normal hookup point if you want a little extra steeze. However I have found that if you do that, the wheels are more likely to flatspot. (That might just be the way that I push them out a bit more though) All in all, this is one of the best wheels I think you can own if you like long sliding, thany wheels. Lbibass out. (I couldn't post it on the 64 mm, wouldn't let me)
88a seismic crybabies
Posted on 2015-11-19
Pros. These wheels thane the most out of any other wheel I have owned so far. (Getting the 80 or 84a soon so that might change) I have gotten thane dust on my hangers after a 45 minute session of 20 mph slides. Keep in mind that I am 110 pounds, so they will thane even more for heavier people. They are also ridiculously consistent. Over one of the largest cracks in my neighborhood, the slide is still practically the same. Easy kickout and hookup. You can tell about 5 seconds beforehand when the wheels are about to hookup. Once you warm them up, the kickout is just barely enough to grip around corners, but you can kick it out at any time to shave a tiny bit of speed. If you haven't warmed them up by doing a couple of small slides before each session, the kickout and hookup are a little more abrupt. Once you warm them up though, it becomes a chalkyish, butteryish slide. Small size. You can fit it on any setup. If 64 mm is still too big, don't worry. It will be smaller soon. Very soon. Also, these wheels are great for a park/pool setup in a pinch. On concrete, they are fast, but grippy due to their soft-ish duro for a park wheel. Cons Lots of thane. If you hold your slide at 90, prepare for flatspots/ovals. But if they aren't too bad, you can do some long, glovedown slides below ninety degrees to get rid of them. Also, you will have to rotate your wheels often so the size of all 4 are close to the same. Small size. Not for downhill. Not stone ground. I know, with the way they thane, it doesn't take long. It took me 30 minutes in 30 degree Fahrenheit weather doing 10 mph slides. For a heavier rider, or faster Slide feel The slide feels very interesting. (In a good way) It is not quite in the pavement, but it isn't gliding over top like some other wheels I own. It almost feels like the center point of the wheel is gliding over the pavement, but the lip is dragging in the pavement. This makes the initiation very easy, like a icy wheel, but the actual slide very chalky. Slide length The slide is very long, and doesn't kill too much speed. But, because it is long doesn't mean it isn't controllable. If you are doing a toeside standup, you can easily pull it in whenever you want. You can also push these wheels past their normal hookup point if you want a little extra steeze. However I have found that if you do that, the wheels are more likely to flatspot. (That might just be the way that I push them out a bit more though) All in all, this is one of the best wheels I think you can own if you like long sliding, thany wheels.
Peewees
Posted on 2015-11-16
The Peewees are THE best wheel for lighter riders attempting to slide farther and get more techy. I have had mine for almost a year now, with about 50 hours on them. They are around 50 mm, so they wear about a millimeter a month for a 110 pound kid. They leave the perfect amount of thane lines. Just light enough that you can see how far you have slid, but not enough for insane wear. The roll speed is also really surprising. It's really fast, just like the slide. The slide, whew. Amazing is an understatement. When I first got these, I rolled out of my driveway, and did a turn so I wouldn't hit the curb. I thought that I had felt them start to slide out, so I just tried a little kickout. They slid out immediately, whipping me around in a 180. I was amazed. Within 45 minutes, I was holding out slides 5-10 feet longer than ever before. Now, I can do stand up slides triple the length of my previous slides. Because of the Peewees, now I can do long slides on not just them, but also many of my other wheels. Because of them, I have improved dramatically. I believe that any skater should own these. You will improve if you haven't been able to increase the length of your slides in a while, as I had. The best thing? 30 dollars.