Modify your Trucks to Skate Bigger Wheels
Wanna skate bigger wheels on your Pivotboard, but having trouble because they don’t fit? No Problem, watch our video above, and I’ll show you how to customize your trucks to fit any wheels at all.
Ever since the release of the Dimension Streetboards Demon truck (and also the Muñoz Ballbreaker) it’s been an issue.
I have no idea why the people designing trucks decide we don’t need to skate wheels bigger than 58mm, but it’s been a pain-in-the-ass ever since.
Message to Truck makers: If there’s any truck manufacturers reading this article, I urge you to get rid of the fin in the way, so we can skate ANY size wheels we want to. Please.
There are so many reasons why you’d want to skate bigger wheels. Here’s a few examples that spring to mind.
Halfpipe riders need a minimum of a 60mm / 83A wheel, and usually skate bigger wheels than most.
Many of them skate a larger, wider wheel, that’s just a little softer.
Mini Ramp riders can air much higher and grind a lot faster when skating bigger wheels. Especially if they’re skating a slightly bigger mini ramp, known as a Midi Ramp, as airs and spins are the best on these ramps.
Bowl Skating absolutely sucks with smaller wheels. carving those corners with bigger faster wheels is the only way forward.
Bigger wheels with the fastest bearings possible will allow bowl skaters to actually get some HUGE AIR. When you’re dealing with pool coping, bigger wheels ride over that coping easier, and make airs a lot better.
Smaller harder wheels in bowls can often lead to a weird hit off the coping, which sends your balance off. On a Pivotboard, this is the WORST.
You’re sent off into the air flapping your arms like a seagull in a cross wind, literally trying to air-swim back to safety.
On big jumps and launch ramps, like the skatercross course in Clairemont, CA, you’ve gotta get down that roll-in with as MUCH speed as humanly possible.
The bigger the wheels, the faster and higher you go, the less bumps affect you, the less effort it takes to generate speed. You’re also less likely less likely you are to hit an air-swimmer, like when smaller wheels get a weird hit off the jump.
For jumps like skatercross, bigger and harder is better.
Street Cruising / Transportation / Carving
People that want to ride their boards around on the street, as transport or for cruising, would DEFINITELY want to skate bigger wheels, 60mm at least ranging from 72-85a.
These wheels would cruise smoothly through the streets at speed, smoothly eating up bumps and cracks relentlessly. This makes street riding a lot more pleasurable.
Riders that want to skate bigger gaps and jumps, definitely should be riding bigger, softer wheels.
Bigger, softer wheels go faster, ride over cracks and bumps with no problem, and absorb the impact of the landing.
This means less heel bruising, and less impact on the board, so fewer board breakages. Not as many bent axles, and much more.
‘Jaws’ Special Set-ups
Aaron ‘Jaws’ Homoki does so many big street gaps in skateboarding. I’m sure you’ve seen videos of these crazy gaps, everywhere. If not, here’s one of him jumping the famous 25 stair gap in Lyon, France.
Aaron actually has a special set-up for these big gaps. Read this article about his special set-ups and soft wheels on the Ride Channel web site.
His gap board has a longer wheelbase, big soft ATF (Bones All-Terrain Formula) wheels, and padded insoles in his shoes.
Remember guys, we can’t just push more, like skateboarders can. Every bit of motion transferred from our body to our boards, needs to be used with as much efficiency as possible.
We’re strapped into our boards. The smaller and harder the wheels are, the more bumps affect us, and the more likely we are to end up on the floor.
Oh, and it’s probably worth learning commando rolls, if you haven’t already.
Anyway, enough from me.
Watch the video to modify your trucks in a professional way to fit 60mm and bigger wheels on your trucks.
With a bit of luck the truck designers will change their designs. We then won’t need to take files to brand new trucks.
Until then refer to this video to get this modification right.