BoardUp – folding longboard

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Got to play on a good friend’s new board, an interesting folding longboard from BoardUp.

I was initially quite sceptical about how good it would be, but was happily surprised – the folding mechanism was great and worked really well, but more importantly the board was fun and stable. There was a lot of flex in the board, but nothing that spoiled the ride or control. Not a board I would want to downhill race on, but this is for urban cruising and worked just fine.

I was puzzled as to why it comes with traditional kingpin trucks (TKP) and not reverse kingpins, plus the ABEC9 bearings felt cheap and were not as free running, under stress, as they should be IMO; but that is easy to fix.

Overall I was impressed and would happily own and use one. Well done BoardUp pulling the idea off.

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Hecs Decks Fish Arrives

My Hecs Decks Fish, well that’s my name for it until Hector comes up with a real name.

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Beautifully made with a bubinga topping and bottoming, with two walnut layers (yes, I am watching great British Bake Off right now). Lovely balance of stiff over flex.

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Walnut in the beautiful layering

I put on some spare 180 Paris V2s and my Hawg Mini Monsters. The 180s are a little too wide and will get some 165s for it long term. Will also Lucid spray-grip it.

Very pleased; thanks, Hector.

Ordered New Deck: Hecs Decks

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Sometimes the stars align and you have to seize the day (to mix as many metaphors as I can) – I contacted a few makers over the last few days looking for a new deck with a single or double kicktail, including the small UK maker (are we supposed to call small makers “boutique makers”?) Hecs Decks, who shared that they have just started making an evolution of their short cruiser; yet to be named, but with a kicktail. So, hey, seize the day and ordered one with a gloss Bubinga finish. 🙂

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Details from the very helpful Hector (hey, just got it: Hec’tor):

  • 835mm length (33″) with a wheelbase of 505mm.
  • Big round tail with a mellow angle.
  • Mellow concave which curves towards a peak just forward from the centre of the board.
  • 12 ply with thin layers (“so that it’s stiffer”)

Photos of his stunning walnut first cut (and what convinced me).

Have a spare set of Paris 180cm V2s and some 4President wheels to try on it when it arrives, but may drop down to some slightly narrower trucks. Will see what it is like before deciding on what to do with the face/top; which is probably just leave it and only ride it easy and dry, like the Hackbrett, although I do have some ideas on fancy grip patterns after gripping the Kaliber.

So that’s a Zenit AB, a Jungle Board pintail and now a Hecs Decks all to come and join the growing family collection… wupps 🙂

 

Decks with a kicktail

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Time to find the next deck… it struck me a while back, while negotiating up a small pavement, that none of the longboards we have currently in the family have a nice big kick tail; hence, time to search for one. Classic skateboards excluded, it is interesting that most longboards rarely have them, especially when you consider how many longboards are used for simple urban cruising.

Some of the big US makes, like Arbour, Landyachtz, and Mindless, make models with good sized kicktails.

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My main interest, however,  is in the rarer European boards, and preferably something that does not look like a stretched-out skateboard. A few that I have found, and that have caught my eye, are a King Lui Native, Skate Timber’s Shred Sled and the Hecs Decks Cruiser.

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King Lui The Native

 

 

 

 

 

Alfie finally built

Finally got to complete Alfie, top and bottom.

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Added the stunning red 50° Paris 180cm trucks and big Orangatang Kegel wheels (with Bones Race Red bearings); although I am not sure of the wheels, they aesthetically dominate too much for my liking. I may replace with slightly smaller and darker wheels like the Hawg Mini Monsters on my Hackbrett.

The grip tape work is my own with a bit of help from some pre-cut shapes (the black pieces) which were meant for a Loaded Dervish.

Now let’s see how Alfie rides; it will be nice to have some grip with the wet weather after the ‘too beautiful to grip’ Hackbrett.

Update: Trucks & Wheels for Alfie

Finally, made the call on the trucks and wheels for the new gripped Alfie (Kaliber Wild Africa Affe deck) and possibly the Zenit AB deck to come. I need to see Sam’s Jungle pintail deck first before I order the trucks and wheels for that.

 

As always, the choice was a combination of riding style and aesthetics; and given my casual riding style, more form, than function.

The trucks are to be red 50° Paris 180cm, the wheels big 80cm Orangatang Kegals. Have gone and my usual bearings of Bones Race Reds, with the built in spacers.

 

Ordered from the ever excellent Skatedeluxe (the best range of gear I have found so far for the UK/Europe and great service).