Moronga is Spanish for Slide — Orangatang Moronga Review

Moronga is Spanish for Slide — Orangatang Moronga Review

Hello Students of Radness,

The chipper group over at Orangatang recently dropped another wheel sensation; the Moronga. A bunch of people in the community are saying that Morongas are basically Balut 2.0 and they may be saying that with some good reasons. The Moronga and the Balut have the same diameter, the some contact patch, and use the same urethane formula. However, I think that saying Morongas are a just a tweaked version of the Balut is kind of a simplification and that it glosses over the fact these wheels are, in fact, better than Baluts in a variety of ways.

I was lucky enough to be granted not one but three sets of Morongas. Which has allowed me to shred one wheel in each durometer and therefore give you the most complete review and overview possible.

Let’s get into the technical specifications of the wheel. Morongas come in the three signature color-durometer combinations offered by Orangatang: Orange 80a, Purple 83a, and Yellow 86a. The lower number, of course, being the softest and the higher number coming in as the hardest. Unlike the majority of Orangatang wheels Morongas are poured with a Euphorethane formula and not the standard Happythane. The core of the wheel is very large, wrapped in thane, and topped off with a rounded but relatively thick lip. In addition, the bearing seat is centerset which means the wheels can be ridden in any direction. Morongas have a 72.5mm diameter and a 35mm contact patch with a width of 44mm.

Well now that we have got the techy stuff out of the way, let’s talk about how these bad boys handle in the field.

Commute
Morongas are a great wheel for cruising through town and impressing all the soccer moms with your commuting steeze. Coming in at 72.5mm they are a bit taller than your average wheel, which adds to your top speed, but they have a more narrow contact patch. This narrow contact patch translates to a wheel without a lot of weight behind it which means that you can get Moronags up to speed very quickly. I really like the fact that I can slide to a stop for a traffic light and push back up to my regular speed with minimal effort on these wheels. Unfortunately the Euphorethane formula in conjunction with that large core does have a little bit of a downside, that combination makes your wheels feel really hard under your feet. So if you commute over terrible pavement or lots of bumps the vibrations will start to rattle you after a few miles.

I have found that the Purple, or 83a, Morongas are my favorite hardness to push for a long time. Mostly because harder wheels are faster than softer wheels and soft wheels can eat up vibration. Purple Morongas are right in the middle and allow you to achieve a nice balance between speed and vibration dampening. This balance is great for pushing between classes or for my 2 mile push to work every day.

Freestyle
In my opinion, when it comes to freestyle longboarding the lighter the wheel the better. Which is why Morongas kind of rock for freestyle. That narrow contact patch we talked about earlier makes them a hair lighter than other 72mm wheels. It is really noticeable when trying to hit serious flip tricks like bigspins and kickflips. The first time I slapped my Morongas on my Chubby Unicorn,after rocking 4Presidents, I kept over-rotating all my tricks because I wasn’t used to how light my setup had become haha.

 

Another nice aspect Morongas can offer all you freestylers out there is how easily you can pop them into a 180 powerslide. When I freestyle and link tricks I like being able to throw my board in and out of a switch stance through slides (much steezier than pivots) and Morongas let me do that without a problem.

Yellow, or 86a, Morongas are undoubtedly my favorite durometer to freestyle on. Being nice and hard is just so nice for flatland. Mostly because, as I mentioned, I like to kick out into 180 slides like it is my job. The Yellows are definitely the easiest durometer to bust out a slide on the flats with and I dig it.

Downhill
I can tell you this much, while the Morongas are certainly not a downhill shape they can definitely get you from the top to the bottom. The 72.5mm diameter means that these wheels are going accelerate quickly and sustain a slightly higher top speed than your average 70mm longboard wheel. However, these wheels don’t have much bulk to them, which means they are not very massive, so they are not going to get as much momentum going as a wider wheel would.

I don’t think that Morongas are going to be anyone’s go to race wheel anytime soon (unless you’re racing some crazy technical course). That being said, I was very surprised at how much grip you can get out of Morongas when you want to, mostly with the softer durometer. I was surprised because the wheels are so slidey in general but if you really spend some time on them you can easily learn their grip-slide patterns. If nothing else Morongas are predictable, which is fantastic when going fast and you need to know exactly what your wheels are going to do.

If you are looking to downhill on these wheels then I highly recommend the Orange, or 80a Moronagas. They have the most grip out of the three and drift beautifully. I tried going fast on my Yellow Morongas a couple times, it was scary, haha, they cannot offer the predictability and smooth drift at speed that the Orange ones can.

Freeride
I think that we all know what Morongas were really meant for… slides on slides on slides. Morongas eat freeride for breakfast and poop out silly long standies. You might think that was a joke but I am deadly serious.

Having such a narrow contact patch give you less resistance against the ground when looking to hit slides. That’s just plain and simple science. In addition to that narrow contact patch Morongas are rocking a pretty sweet lip shape. The lip is rounded and thicker towards the outside of the wheel relative to the inside near the bearing seat. This allows the contact patch to remain consistent down to the core of the wheel (note: I have not been able to core these wheels yet because they are so durable. I know the aforementioned information based on the design of the Moronga itself). The core is very large, it is the same spoked core as the Balut, and works in conjunction with the lip shape to offer exceedingly minimal wheel deformation while sliding. Which all boils down to a very very consistent wheel and slide.

In addition to being inherently slidey due to their contact patch and lip shape Morongas are also poured in Orangatang Euphorethane formula. Euphorethane is definitely one my favorite thanes out there because it is so freaking durable. The trade off in durability is that Morongas do not dump thane like some less durable wheels on the market, but that is not a problem for me. I don’t need to measure my thane lines to have fun.

How do they slide?
Morongas slide fantastically all the time. However they feel different based on how you are sliding them. If you are using your Morongas without going very fast they are going to be a little noisy. Now, I think this kind of scares people off because they think noisy means chattery, but let me be clear in that they are not chattery. They may let out a majestic call, much like a hawk, when being slide at slower speeds but the slide is still smooth and consistent.

However, if you are going fast enough to hold a slide out for more than 5 feet or so they quiet  right back down. They jump from the noisy zone to what I call the sugar zone. What is interesting about Morongas is that when they truly break free after a few feet of sliding, into the sugar zone, you can hardly feel the transition. I have noticed with many other wheels that the transition between trying to grip and breaking free can be kind of jerky and weird. Morongas have no such problem and are very predictable under your feet.

When it comes down to freeride I think that any color Moronga would serve you well, it all depends on how you ride. If you are just learning how to hold out long slides go with the harder Yellow ones. For those of you who have been enjoying freeride for a while now but don’t hit slides over 25mph I would consider the Purples. People who love to hit a billion foot slides after going 45mph should definitely get the Orange. I personally rock the Purples and love them! However, always remember that I cannot give you a definite recommendation on durometer because in the end it all comes down to preference.

It cant all be good…
Nothing is perfect; and Morongas, although awesome, are no exception to this rule. I would say the only real downside I have come across with this wheel is on the commute. The large core and dense Euphorethane formula makes for a rough ride over bumpy pavement. Morongas can shake your teeth out of your head after a mile of rough pavement, haha.

The Bottom Line
Would I recommend Morongas to a friend?
I think that Morongas are fantastic wheel and that they suit the needs of a very diverse group of riders. If you are into freestyle grab yourself a set of the Yellows. If you like to freeride then either the Purple or the Orange will suit you at whatever speed tickles your fancy. If you havent taken the time to try Orangatang products then there has never been a better time than now. Morongas are killing it!

Thanks for Reading!
Any Questions, Comments, Concerns, Hatemail, Spam???
Send it my way!

Stay Awesome,
Wayne

My Current Favorite Setups:

Commute:
-Bustin Sportster
-Surf-Rodz RKP176mm 50*
-ORANGATANG MORONGA 83a
-Venom Bushings
-Daddies Bearings

Downhill:
-Loaded Chubby Unicorn
-Surf-Rodz RKP176mm 45*
-ORANGATANG MORONGA 80a
-Venom Bushings
-Daddies Bearings

Freeride
-Loaded Chubby Unicorn
-Surf-Rodz RKP176mm 50*
-ORANGATANG MORONGA 83a
-Venom Bushings
-Daddies Bearings

Freestyle
-Loaded TanTien
-Paris V2 180mm
-ORANGATANG MORONGA 86a
-Orangatang Nipples (soft)
-Daddies Bearings

the Reckless Vandal — Rayne Vandal Review

the Reckless Vandal — Rayne Vandal Review

Hey Party People,
I recently got my hands on a Rayne Vandal a board so ready for steeze that it may make you feel like going way bigger and harder than normal… one might even say it makes you feel like a reckless vandal. (see what I did there?) The Vandal really is an awesome board for both freeride and downhill and it has all sorts of nooks and crannies to keep your feet nice and comfy no matter what type of situation you might find you and  your board in.

However, per usual, before we get into how the Vandal handles on the ol’ black top let’s get into the technical specifications of the board.

Specs:

Rayne Vandal

Length

35.5in

Wheelsbase

25.75, 26.5, or 27.25in

Width

10in

Special Features

Tub Concave, 3D Wheel Wells, 3D Gas Pedals, Mounting Options

The Vandal is a direction topmount board with everything you need to go fast and go sideways and even some surprising attributes to make it pretty fun in other applications.

Commuting
This board is a pretty dope board to cruise through town on. It is small enough to be nimble on sidewalks but has more than enough room to steeze things out with. Something I really like about Rayne construction is the use of bamboo and pre-tensioned fiberglass. This combination makes their boards both strong as an ox and light as a feather. Being so light is really what makes this board so nice to commute on because it takes like no energy to get moving.

The Vandal also has some nice adjustable wheelbase options, so if you know that you are going to be riding through some close quarters pretty frequently you can dial the wheelbase in nice and tight. This allows you the ability to whip 180 and check slides with little no effort.

Freestyle
Most people would be kind of surprised to know that the Vandal, although definitely not intended to be a freestyle board, has some nice traits for tricks. You can reel the wheelbase down real low to give your Vandal a little tail. Now the tail is not kicked but it is super functional. you can boneless, tigerclaw, shove, and manual with this little tail all day long. In addition something one of my buddies did that was kind of cool is put a footstop on his vandal. This footstop was meant for intense freeride/downhill time but it doubled as an “ollie block.” He would pop an ollie and then slide his foot up against that footstop to get a little more leverage on the board and add height to his jump. There’s a little pro-tip if you’re ever trying to take you Vandal up curbs, haha.

Downhill
The Vandal is fast. There are no “ifs,” “ands,” or “buts” about it. This board was built for speed and lots and lots and lots of it. Having never actually ridden a Rayne before this Vandal when I heard that it was made of bamboo and fiberglass I immediately thought of more flexy cruiser type boards and couldn’t picture it being stiff. However, the second I stepped on the board all my thoughts of flex dissolved. The Vandal is nice and stiff and has super comfy foot pockets. The board was molded with such thought and foresight that I felt very comfortable going at about my max speed on this board the day I got it.

Freeride
Where does a Vandal truly shine? Well, to be perfectly honest it was quite a close call between downhill and freeride, but in the end I think the Vandal’s true forte is going sideways (and feel free to disagree with me). The platform on this board is something else, the wheels wells form awesome 3D gas pedals that you can really dig your feet into for slides. They feel great for spinning around and transitioning between heel and toeside slides and also make you feel really confident when leaning into bigger slides. The shape of the wheel wells is so intuitive and natural that you don’t find yourself needing to monkey foot (when you wrap your toes or heel on the rail of a board to get more leverage) hardly at all. I still do it out of habit when I am going slow (check out some of my pictures), but at high speeds my feet stay on my platform at all times even when switching my slide direction.

Let’s Get to that Bottom Line:
Who would I recommend the Rayne Vandal to? I think that this board is great for all those folks out there who are looking to go fast and go sideways. While the Vandal is pretty good for commuting and even has some nice feature for some light freestyle, it is really all about speed. Speed while downhilling and speed while pulling off impossibly large powerslides. The Vandal is currently my topmount of choice because I know when I step on the board I am going to be locked in for any speed I might hit and ready to hit a slide at a moment’s notice.

If you are looking for a directional topmount board that can do a little bit of everything but really excels at downhill and freeride then I would humbly recommend the Vandal. It has everything you need to go super fast and slideways. Plus, to top all of that off the construction on the board is great and I know that my Vandal will last me a long long time.
Photo Cred: Flerine!

Any Questions, Comments, Concerns, Loveletters, or Memes???
Hit me up!
Stay Awesome,
Wayne

My Current Favorite Setup:
-RAYNE VANDAL
-Surf-Rodz 176mm RKP Trucks
-Orangatang Baluts 80a
-Venom SHR Bushings
-Daddies Board Shop Bearings

All Hot and Bothered — Fireball Incendo and Beast Wheels Review

All Hot and Bothered — Fireball Incendo and Beast Wheels Review

Hey My Friends,
I have been checking out some new wheels lately have been rocking these sick new sets of Fireball wheels the Incendos and Beasts. These wheels are pretty interesting wheels in that preform well in a variety of skating styles and look good to boot. They have a really nice urethane formula that begs to be slid on and are a fun all around skate wheel. Let’s get into the specifications of these wheels.

   All Fireball wheels come in 3 signature color/durometer combination with the softest being the white 81a, followed by the red 84a, and finally the black 87a. They also all come slide prepped with a nice stone ground surface so you can slide these bad boys on day one. They have an interesting lip shape, but I’ll talk more about that in a second. There are two varieties of Fireball wheels the Incendos and Beasts. Incendos are offset and 70mm with a 44mm contact path and Beasts are offset 76mm wheels with a 49mm contact path.

I mentioned that these wheels can perform well in many of the different situations a rider might encounter on the road which makes sense because Incendos were designed to be an all around wheel. Unfortunately I have heard some guys who like to hold those long standies out for days complain about Fireballs. Well when I was talking with some of the crew over at Fireball they informed that these wheels weren’t meant to freeride specific. However, they told me that may have something along those lines in the works so all you guys who only like to hold out standies can look forward to those, because although these wheels aren’t the best shape for freeride the thane formula is soooooo smooth. But I digress, let me tell how these wheels perform in the many different styles of riding you might want to put them through.

Commuting
I really enjoy commuting on both Incendos and Beasts for different reasons. If you like to whip some check slides and do flip tricks on your commute you are going to love the Incendos they are lighter and accelerate nice and quickly. If you like the whole push, push coast dealio then you are going to dig the Beasts. They take a little bit of work to get up to speed since they are larger but they hold speed great. It’s really nice for longer commutes and skater who aren’t into flippy tricks or doing quick slides.

Freestyle
If you are into freestyle longboarding then you are probably going to prefer the Incendos. They are light, nimble, and break out into quick little slides like it is their job. I really like these wheels for longboard flip tricks and flatland powerslides when I am freestyling. They leave thane so easy, it’s kinda cool, you can see your thane lines after quick 180s. The best freestyle application for the Beasts that I have found are that they are dope for dancing. That nice long coast I was talking about means that you can cross-step the day away without having to put your feet back down for pushing. Oh yeah!

Downhill
Now this is a discipline that these wheels were made for! Incendos are great for hitting hills that aren’t super long and that you are going to need to get up to your top speed quickly due to their smaller 70mm diameter. Beasts are, well… they are beastly at downhill. They have great top speed and hold that speed very well. That 76mm diameter, as I mentioned, makes them great for sustaining speed and the wide contact path allows them to corner pretty well too. Both Incendos and Beasts come with a stone ground finish so I would not recommend trying to grip through a hard corner going super fast, because you’re going to slide. Now, I am not a downhill racer, but I have taken both sets of wheels through some tight turns going fast and they drift beautifully! This is where I think that these wheels really excel over the competition, they are so freaking smooth and predictable!

Freeride
I touched on this earlier in my review, but what is interesting about Beasts and Incendos are that they are not meant to be a freeride specific wheel. Despite this, what is great about these wheels is that they are both awesome to freeride anyways. I really enjoyed the urethane formula of the wheels because it is smooth as hell. These wheels are not the very best wheels I have ridden to hold out loooong standing slides, but they are definitely aren’t the worst and I would still say that you should give them a try. What is really interesting is that they are super sick for 180 slides. I will 180 down a hill all day long on these wheels and enjoy every second of it.

So would I recommend Fireball brand wheels to a friend?
Absolutely I would!

I would recommend the Incendos to anyone looking for a nice all around wheel that can really hold its own in all types of riding. I ride my Incendos on my every day do-anything board and they are a perfect fit. I can meet my friends on the hills, to freestyle, or just to cruise around and be confident in my wheels meeting my requirements.

I would recommend the Beasts to someone looking for a wheel that hold speed nicely and drift well. If you live in an area where you need to hit some speed and then take a drifty corner, check out some Beasts. Additionally if you are a strict commuter looking for a nice set of wheels to cruise on grab a set of Beasts for that smooth ride!

Per Usual, if you have any questions whatsoever, comments, recommendations, hatemail, loveletters…
Hit me up!

Stay Awesome,
Wayne

My Favorite Setups:
-Original Drop Beast
-Paris 195mm
-Purple Nipples
-Bones Reds Bearings
-FIREBALL INCENDOS

-Bustin Ibach
-Surf-Rodz 200mm RKPs
-Venom SHR 86a
-Surf-Rodz Pro-Series 10mm Bearings
-FIREBALL BEASTS

 

Photo Credit: Tyler Pollard

Matt Fagan, Agent of Orange — Bombsquad Agent Orange Review

Matt Fagan, Agent of Orange — Bombsquad Agent Orange Review

 This review is by Mr. Matt Fagan, an awesome dude with some equally awesome insights about the Bombsquad Agent Orange

 

Hola!
My name is Matt and I like to play skateboards. What probably makes my typical game of skateboards different from yours is that I live in Boone. That means if I want to skate, I’m probably going to be skating a fast hill. Unlike some places where you seek out the fastest hills, in Boone you’re surrounded by fast hills and have to find ones you’re comfortable skating. This could be finding ones with nice pavement, little traffic, ones that don’t end blind intersections, ones that friendly people live on, ones that don’t have cliffs to the outside or rock walls to the inside of corners, etc. The hills are not particularly fast, but going fast in a straight line requires different gear and skills than going fast around tight corners, or going fast through sweepers before predrifting a hairpin. This means a setup must be stable but able to turn fairly tight at speed and grippy but still able to be slid to shave off speed. This brings us to the Bombsquad Agent Orange, and how it works for my type of riding, and what is does not do as well at. Bombsquad is a smaller manufacturer based in Texas. They make noseguards, footstops, and stiff boards out of maple, and used to make aluminum boards.Hola.

 

Specs

Length

37.25in

Width

9.75in

Wheelbase

28.5in, 27.5in, 26.5in

Concave

5/8in

   The basic shape of the board is nothing particularly unusual. It is the classic directional topmount speedboard that has been around for a long time. It’s on the shorter side based upon the wheelbase options, but the standing platform is about 28in, so it does not feel cramped for me at all. The board is fairly wide, but not more so than other similar boards. Compare it, for example, to the Comet Voodoo Doll, which is 10.25in at the widest point. The widest point of the Agent Orange is where you need it. Full width is not far behind the front bolts. A lot of similar boards (the previously mentioned Voodoo Doll as well as many of the Sector 9 Downhill Division boards) are at their widest much closer to the middle. This is probably a vestige of their pintail roots, as width there is not particularly usable. That the Agent Orange has tapered a bit by then is useful for several reasons. First, it is simply less wood to carry back up the hill or push around. Second, it makes footbraking at speed significantly easier. It allows you to keep your leg closer in, similar to a waist on many popular freeride boards. Taper also helps with stability a little bit by reducing leverage under the back foot. It just lets you weight up your back foot in a turn for grip without wobbling through them.

The Agent Orange has multiple wheelbase options to adjust based on personal preference. I have found that I like the shortest (26.5in) option the best, but some of my taller friends who have messed around with the board prefer one of the three longer options. I’m short and have a fairly short stance, but some others find the slightly longer wheelbase make sliding easier. The shorter wheelbase and wide nose mean you can get right up on top of the front truck. This makes you more stable and, combined with the width and concave, give you massive amounts of leverage.

   Speaking of the concave, I find it to very comfortable. It’s not super mellow like the Comet Voodoo series, but it isn’t super aggressive. It’s definitely there, but it does not make the board uncomfortable for pushing. I have really small feet, so concaves probably feel different to me than other people, but this is one of the few I’ve stood on that instantly felt right. The only others that have for me are Incline cave and Bustin EQ cave. I’ve heard that the board is pressed in the same concave mold as the Earthwing Supermodel, which has a concave that gets progressively steeper towards the edges. I’m not sure if it is actually pressed in that mold, but it does feel like it could be. The concave doesn’t feel quite as extreme though because the board is narrower, particularly in the back. The middle of the deck feels flat enough for comfortable pushing, with no W. While there may be no W or concave-killing gas pedals, the rails are pretty sharp (only rounded enough for you to not cut yourself), so dig your heel in or monkey-toe that slide.

   The board doesn’t have any noticeable flex for me. It’s only 8 ply, which keeps it fairly light, unlike the 1,140,593 ply Evo or 10 ply Greaseshark. The shorter wheelbase and concave seem to keep it stiff. I have ridden a lot of 9 ply boards that have more flex. A lot of people get sketched out about riding a shorter wheelbase faster because short wheelbases are less stable, but I certainly feel more stable on a smaller, stiff board than a longer one with a little flex. Topmounts are supposedly less stable too, but the Agent Orange makes up for that with grip, huge foot platforms, and the leverage to turn hard or kick out a slide.

   So the Agent Orange excels at going around corners rather quickly, but is it any good at going slow? Some speedboards, such as the Evo, feel good going fast and absolutely dead at lower speeds. A lot of this depends on truck and bushing setups, but the Agent Orange can actually be fun at lower speeds. Being a topmount, it isn’t the easiest board to push, but with the right truck and bushing setup it can be super carvy. Like I said before, the concave isn’t so aggressive that pushing is uncomfortable on your feet; it’s just more work because you have to bend your knee more. On the other hand, getting used to footbraking on a topmount makes you able to footbrake from any speed on a drop-through or drop-platform deck. It also isn’t exactly a freestyle board, but the nose and tail are pretty functional, especially on the shorter wheelbase. Tricks involving the nose and tail are obviously a lot easier on something lighter with kicks such as a Tan Tien, but they’re not too difficult on the AO. The nose and tail are about as functional as those on an Apex 37, which is much more of a freestyle board. Being a good downhill board, it is also a good freeride board when setup for slidey freeride action.

   I have noticed a few weaknesses of the board. First, the sharp rails get torn up pretty easily. I’ve had the board come out and flip over during faster slides (due to lack of skill/practice and nasty pavement) and the rails got pretty scraped up fast. This is particularly a problem at the back wheelwells right before the cutouts, as the board is only a couple plys thick and that’s the highest area on the back of the board. I can’t comment as to how the board stands up to being curbed, as most of the roads I skate don’t have curbs (sometimes they have cliffs to fall off though). The sweet graphic also comes off pretty easily.

   I also experienced my board warping after a couple months. I hadn’t ridden it in the wet and I had only owned it over the colder months so no hot trunks to warp it. I took a couple pictures and emailed Bombsquad explaining the situation. Within 30 minutes, I got an apologetic response asking for my address to send a new one. No requests to send the board in for examination, just an apology and offer for a new one. This is why I would buy another board from them. If there’s a problem, they’ll fix it as quickly as possible.

   As far as set-ups go, I’ve tried Paris, Randals, and Gunmetals on the board. I’ve messed around with all the wheelbase options and some different baseplate angles. I enjoyed the board the whole time, but my two favorite setups were split angle Paris and 46* Gunmetals. I ran the Paris with a 50* front and the rear at 42-43*. With the fat nose that lets you get your front foot right up by the front truck, it works well having the front do more of the turning while the back grips and stays stable. I really like the Gunmetals because I find 46* to be a great middle ground for stability and lean at high speeds and carvy fun at low speeds. I can cruise and carve around at pushing speeds and do 40mph+ runs without messing with anything. Both of these truck setups gave me more confidence than others that I could go faster than I’d ever been before while still being able to turn quickly when I needed to.

   Talking trucks brings up another question, “What about the dreaded topmount wheelbite?” Well, the wheelwells are super deep, as in they go into the third ply from the top, almost through it at the deepest point. The only problem is that they are not particularly long. They match up perfectly with Randals and worked well with Paris (I could run ~75mm wheels with double cones sloppy loose with only a shockpad). I have had wheelbite issues with my Gunmetals though. Gunmetal v2s will lean forever though (I get about the same turning circle with the Gunmetals as a Paris or 50* Randal on the same bushing setup due to leaning so far, despite getting less turn from the lower angle). The 46s are ¼ inch lower than Paris trucks, which is good because I needed ¼ inch riser to get clearance without running tighter trucks or harder bushings than I like. Gunmetals shorten the wheelbase just enough that the deepest point of the wells is not where the wheel hits. This is really just an issue because I like soft barrels and the inner wheelbase with super leany trucks that don’t quite work with it. A fatcone or venom freeride shaped bushing would probably fix the problem too. I have no doubt that Bears or Charger IIs would have no wheelbite issues on the board. Supposedly 50 Calibers work fine as well, but I would imagine the 44s would have problems on the shortest wheelbase, but be fine on the longest option.

   All in all, I really like this board and will probably continue to ride it for a long time. As much as I enjoy other boards, this is what I feel most comfortable on going fast. The only wobbles I’ve gotten on my current set-up were due to flatspots on the front wheels causing vibrations at 35-40 in a turn. While I love the ease of pushing and sliding drop-throughs, I won’t take anything else as fast as I do my Agent Orange. The shape is just so simple and functional. The only addition I’ve made so far has been a little Vicious 3D concave pocket/reference point for my back foot in a tuck to give myself something to push against, making tucking easier. My current favorite setup is below, although I’m thinking about going back to split angles with a slightly larger split soon. Maybe I’ll try more like 50/40 or 46/35 and mess with the wheelbase options again. The variety of setups this board works well with is only made even more tunable by the multiple mounting holes.

Favorite set-up:
Bombsquad Agent Orange
Gunmetal Mac10s with venom barrels (87a bottom, 86a SHR top)
Abec11 Grippins
MHS bearings and spacers

Thanks for the great Review Matt! You rock our socks!