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New Slalom Set Ups


Check this out. I don't know if there's anything to this observation or not but I just found some interesting facts regarding my current slalom quiver.

After running cones yesterday, a little Tight and Slalom, I realized my Tight board felt a little tippy. The front wheels where rubbing on the mounting hardware on deep heel side turns and not only that, I felt the board rock up in front as the outside front wheel came off the asphalt on hard turns. Now, I haven't made any adjustments to my Tight board in wheel width for quite some time. Now that I have bolted the Radikal rear up, taken some runs, I realize adjustments were imminent. The turn my board is able to accomplish now is way quicker and tighter than ever before with the prior Radikal front and Tracker off-set rear combo. After taking half a dozen runs or so, I decided I needed to add some width to the wheels (½” edge to edge) and after that adjustment, I took some measurements.

My GS board has a wide point of 9".
Rear wheels are 8 7/8" (edge of wheel to edge of wheel)
Front is 8 1/8"
Difference in width from widest point of deck to rear wheels is 1/8"

My Slalom Board has a wide point of 8.8".
Rear wheels are just under 8 1/2"
Front is 7 7/8"
Difference in width from widest point of deck to rear wheels is 1/4"

My TS Board has a wide point of 8".
Rear wheels are 7 1/2"
Front is 7 1/4"
Difference in width from widest point of deck to rear wheels is 1/2"

Like I said, I'm not sure if this amounts to anything yet. Being that the TS board is untested right now...we'll just have to see. I simply thought the trend in set up was interesting.

Anyone have anything to add??
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Re: New Slalom Set Ups


Nothing really to add-but, it has been announced officially that Maysey is now a TEAM RADIKAL rider.

How does it feel?

Are you stoked about theses trucks?

Why?

Tell us how they are so much more superior than standard trucks...

Thanks brother Mike!

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Re: New Slalom Set Ups


Radikal is the original high performance slalom truck. It feels pretty cool to be a team member for a product that rocks so hard. The trucks are simply superior to anything out there. Mainly it comes down to the way they articulate. There are bushings and bearings at key points making them super accurate...no slop at all like a conventional truck.

Skated today on my 2 hills...ran some fast slalom and some TS. The more I ride the trucks, the more I'm stoked on them. They keep me on course and are there whenever I need them to bail me out.

Gearing up right now for the Gorge Games in Hood River Oregon. Can't wait to race that one.
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Re: New Slalom Set Ups


Mikey! You are SO correct in the equipment you choose-and for the reasons for choosing it.

I always thought that NOTHING beats a traditional rollerskate-style truck like Indy 88's, 101's, 109's, Bennett HiJackers and Pros, ACS's or Tracker Halfs, Mids, and Fulls...

I always thought you could make any of these trucks turn and rebound killer by doing the old wedge/bushing combo...which can really dial in any truck for the situation at hand.

BUT, the biggest difference that I can see in the new trucks like RADIKAL et al...is that they do not get speed wobbles at higher speeds like traditional trucks do. This is key because modern slalom is much faster and more extreme than it has ever been in the history of the discipline. The wheels are faster and grippier, the bearings are faster, the courses are gnarlier...so, my point is...this old dinasaur finally has a new-found appreciation for modern advancements in slalom truck design-which allow us all not to crash and burn because our traditional trucks were just too damn loose.

Because of the fact that RADIKAL's have no play, give, or slopiness like the old trucks-we can all hall arse down a sick hill and not die at the bottom.

End of Rant

davO

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