Best Downhill Trucks- Maintain Control and Flexibility with Our Top Picks [2020]

Looking to get into downhill skating? Well, today I’ll be talking about the best downhill trucks for beginners. Trucks are one of the most important parts of your setup and must not be overlooked – a good set means less chance of wobbles at speed. Check it out below.

Best downhill longboard trucks for beginner skaters

Paris 43 trucks

Paris trucks are the best all-around trucks in longboarding. You can use them for dance, freestyle, cruising, and everything else. And yeah, they’re great for downhill too.

They turn a lot and do so very smoothly. You can set them up for them to be stable or for them to be very turny. The Paris V3 43* trucks, in particular, are impressively smooth, stable, and strong – they’re quite the upgrade from the old V2. They are also some of the strongest cast trucks ever made. They’re made with a proprietary process which makes them lighter and stronger than other cast trucks.


For downhill, you’re going to want to go for the versions with 43* baseplate, paired with the  180mm, or 165mm hangers. These will give you the most stability and control when you start picking up speed.  


However, the Paris trucks might not be everyone’s cup of tea. Some people find them to be a bit harder to control as they can get twitchy at speed. I didn’t enjoy them for speed too much when I was a beginner, I preferred the Caliber trucks below as they felt a bit more stable. The Paris will be best for all-around riding though – great when you aren’t going downhill.

You can pick up a set of the 165mm, 43* versions here at

Arsenal 44 degree trucks

Arsenal trucks are considered by many as the best beginner truck for pure downhill skating. A lot of people say they’re both stable and turny – which is desirable in most trucks. They also use tall bushings (as opposed to standard bushings like the Paris and Calibers), so they have very deep lean. You’re never gonna feel like your setup is too stiff and like you can’t engage your bushings. Finally, some people have said that they feel like they turn more than Paris and Calibers – which is saying something.


They come in two mains sizes. You have the 50* and 44* baseplates, with 165mm and 180mm hangers. For downhill, you can go with either the 165mm or 180mm hangers, as both will work fine but your choice will be determined by the width of your board. Anything under 9.5inches will work best for the 165mm, and for anything over that width, the 180mm trucks will be better suited.


One major drawback of these trucks is that they cost a little more than the others, this isn’t good if you’re on a tight budget, but worth it if you want an all-out downhill truck.

Check out the Arsenal trucks here on 

Caliber 44 180mm longboard trucks

Caliber trucks are one of the most popular longboard trucks on the market. Most people starting downhill and freeride will opt to get a set of them. Because of their geometry and how low they are to the ground, they are stable and feel super safe when you take them up to speed (around 35mph). When I started learning downhill I picked up a set of Caliber trucks. These trucks gave me a lot of confidence and I become a better skater because of them. I think they’re the most beginner-friendly option for downhill skating.


But because they’re super low to the ground, it’s easy to get wheelbite on them. And because of their geometry and the tight bushing seat, they can feel dead and unlively at low speeds – they’re not a very good all-around truck. The Paris trucks above will feel better outside the downhill skating environment.


For downhill, they only have the 180mm, 44* trucks available. Though they have 160mm trucks available, you can’t get a pairing with the 44* baseplates. In short, you have to pick the 180mm trucks which only work well with boards 9.5inches or wider. 

Find out more about the Caliber trucks here on



Bear Gen 6 40* trucks

New for 2020, Bear trucks have improved upon their generation 5 trucks to produce what they claim to be the best cast truck they’ve ever made. After skating them for a few weeks, I have to agree with them. They are great.


The Bear gen 6 trucks skate like a hybrid between the Paris and the Caliber trucks. They are quite stable and solid in a straight line like the Calibers, but dive and turn hard (like the Paris) when you start leaning on them. I’d even say they turn deeper and have a carvier feel than the Paris. 


I think these are the best cast trucks on the market at the moment. However, it’s not easy to get your hands on them – especially for people based in the USA. Covid-19 has put a big damper on people getting these trucks as the supply lines are messed up. Hopefully, that is fixed soon.


For downhill, you should pick the 40* version with either the 155mm or 180mm hanger. They also come with a 30* plate (not available to all yet), which will add a ton of stability when placed in the rear. They’re a cast truck that you can use to work your way up to fast 50mph+ speeds. 

Check out the Bears here on

Gullwing Reverse trucks

These are the least popular trucks on my list – but I think they are extremely underrated. They have a smooth turn but remain stable at speed and some riders even prefer them over the Paris and Calibers. Not sure why many people don’t use them (mainly cause of lack of marketing), but they get the job done well.

Louis Pilloni – a downhill skateboarding legend had a hand in designing them. He regularly skates them up to really fast speeds (50mph) and rips on them.

They’re also the only truck that is good for all types of riding. And I mean ALL. They have a thicker hanger that sits higher than the kingpin and a 47* baseplate angle. This allows them to be turny enough for riding and cruising at slow speeds, and the thick hanger allows you to do grind tricks. Yes, that’s right! You can grind these, do tricks on coping, and slide down rails on them. 

On most RKP (reverse kingpin) trucks, the kingpin sits higher than the hanger and you can’t use them for grinding. These were designed with grinds in mind.


However, whilst they’re great for all-around skating (with downhill as the main focus), they only come in the 180mm hanger width and 47* baseplate. They’re only gonna be good for decks 9.5-10inches wide. Check out the Gullwing reverse here on


Rogue cast trucks

Rogue cast trucks are the creation of Zak Maytum. Zak is one of the best all-around skaters in the world – He’s great at slalom, great at downhill skateboarding, and rips at pool and transition skating. He made the Rogue cast trucks.

These trucks work with a urethane insert that goes between the hanger and the kingpin. These serve to reduce slop and give the trucks a precise turn and stability at speed. They reduce slop which is an unwanted movement of the hanger which can cause speed-wobbles when you fast. 


The insert makes these great trucks for going fast. They’re very stable at speed and have a solid center feel. Because they have tall bushings and an open (basically flat) bushing seat, they lean VERY deeply whilst having good turning – and it can sometimes feel like there is an “extra turn” where short bushing trucks don’t have any.


Like the Arsenals above, these are an all-out downhill truck. And like the Gullwings, these only come in one size, 186mm with a 47* baseplate. You don’t have a lot of choices with them. Another big drawback is its limited availability – Covid has been hard on most companies and you can’t get these too easily at the moment.


How to pick downhill longboard trucks

Reverse kingpin trucks are usually best

With skateboard trucks, you can choose either the traditional kingpin trucks or reverse kingpin trucks. 


Traditional kingpin (TKP) trucks have a thick hanger and an inward-facing kingpin. The kingpin sits lower than the hanger and it is designed to be beefy enough to take repeated slams without bending – this is one of the things that makes them good for doing tricks, they can take impacts. You can also grind on them safely without damaging the kingpin because of the hanger height. Finally, TKPs have a progressive turn and turn quite nicely at slower speeds. However, this progressive nature makes them unstable at higher speeds.

So whilst you’ll see TKPs on skateboards, you won’t see them on most longboards built for speed and downhill. 


On the other hand, reverse kingpin trucks (RKP) have an outward-facing kingpin. The kingpin is usually taller than the baseplate because RKPs use taller bushings than TKPs. 

RKPs have a linear sort of turn – they don’t turn suddenly or dive too hard at the end of the lean. This makes them suited for speed as you have direct control and input over your board.

You’ll see most longboards built for downhill with reverse kingpin trucks.

Get the correct angle baseplates

Not all baseplate angles are going to be good for downhill. The higher the baseplate angle, the more the truck will turn. The lower a baseplate angle, the less a truck will turn. So a truck with a 50* baseplate will turn more than a truck with a 44* baseplate.


More turn is bad at speed. If you have too much turning available, it will be easier for you to get wobbles at speed. This is because your inputs/motions on board are amplified at speed. Every small shift you make has an impact on how the board steers. So it’s very easy for a beginner to get wobbles at speed.


Thusly, trucks around the 44* angle that turn less are best. You can still downhill with 50-degree trucks, but the 44 are best.

Pick the right size trucks

Make sure you pick the right size trucks for your board. As I mentioned briefly above, you want 150mm trucks for a 9inch board, 165mm for anything between 9-9.5inch, and 180mm for anything 9.5-10inches.


Getting the wrong size won’t change how the board performs way too much, but you get the best results with the right size trucks.


Most beginner trucks are going to be in the $50-$70 range. This is best and they should perform appropriately for your level of skill. 

If you’ve looked around a bit, you’ll know that some trucks go for $150 and even $400. Most of the trucks that are $150 are forged trucks, finished in a CNC. The trucks that go for $400 are precision trucks, cut out of a block of aluminum by a CNC machine. 


These trucks have improvements that make them better suited for downhill and speed. Whilst they are better, most beginners aren’t going to be able to make the most out of them. And will be paying a lot for trucks they can’t make the most of. Best to stick to the $50 trucks and work your way up with time.

Get name brand trucks

If you pick any of the trucks on my list you will be ok. Knock off trucks aren’t gonna perform as well, and they’re gonna have slop which is gonna make them perform inconsistently and will likely lead to wobbles at speed. Off-brand trucks (and generally low-quality equipment) should be avoided if you want to do downhill skating. In summary, any truck on my list will do.

What do you think? Which truck sounds right for you?

Whilst I think the Bears are the best truck on the market right now, the Paris are the safest option you can buy – the majority of people like them. Calibers if you want the easiest time for riding and Arsenal if a truck that turns very deeply sounds good to you. I hesitate to fully recommend the Bears because the majority of people haven’t tried them yet – thanks to covid. But if you can get your hands on them, you won’t regret it.


Finally, this guide mostly focuses on affordable, cast trucks for beginners. There are certainly more expensive options that would certainly be more stable and turny, but those start at $150. That price isn’t reasonable for most people just getting into the sport, but they will be covered soon enough. Until then, happy skating.


New Aera RF-1 Longboard Trucks

Aera Trucks presents new RF-1 Longboard Truck for DH, Freeride and Carving

Aera Trucks, the synonym for precision and response just released their newest Aera RF-1 Trucks. After years of development, these bad boys finally hit the market and longboarders from around the globe are already putting them to the test.


Aera Trucks RF-1 DownhillCold forged, machined axle and kingpin, ultra high-end production truck. Stocked with Hardcore Bushings, and is sold fully assembled.
129,95 € per truck


Aera Trucks RF-1 NarrowCold forged, machined axle and kingpin, ultra high-end production truck. Stocked with Hardcore Bushings, and is sold fully assembled.
139,95 € per truck

The RF-1 Aera Trucks feature cold forged hangers and bases with CNC cut axle holes, permanent kingpins, and bushing seats. These are said to be stronger than other machined or CNC varieties with nearly the same level of precision.

Cold forging is the process of stamping a hardened aluminum material with 30,000lb of pressure – this nets a very precise part, and also one that is stronger since the material flows into its final shape.  ~ Aera Trucks

The unique pivots on the RF-1 are paired with in-house poured urethane pivot cups that allow deeper carves, more lean and greater stability.  Aera’s RF-1 are completed by Hardcore Bushings and Grade 8 hardware.

Furthermore, the Aera RF-1’s are available in three models in two colors and sold individually so riders can mix and match:

Aera RF-1 DH (Downhill)  feature 46˚ bases and a 176 mm width, paired with 93a Bushings. As the new go-to truck for downhill at high speeds or heavier riders, these feature the hardest Hardcore bushings of the bunch.

Aera RF-1 FR (Freeride) provide 46˚ bases, a 180 mm width, and 90a Bushings. Known as the all-arounder in the lineup, these can be used by the majority of riders for intermediate downhill and freeride.

Aera RF-1 Carve (Dance or Commute) consist of 50˚ bases, a 180 mm width, and 88a Bushings. Designed for the masses as great trucks to start with, these can be used for all varieties of longboards thanks to its versatile baseplate. This set-up is promoted to be easy to carve, have fun in the city or do some easy freeride and downhill.


Aera Trucks RF-1 CarveCold forged, machined axle and kingpin, ultra high-end production longboard truck. Stocked with Hardcore Bushings, and sold fully assembled.
136,50 € per truck


Aera Trucks RF-1 FreerideCold forged, machined axle and kingpin, ultra high-end production truck. Stocked with Hardcore Bushings, and is sold fully assembled.
129,95 € per truck

JayKay E-trucks review with Susan Heine

JayKay e-trucks: yet another electric longboard company?

I used to not be a fan of motorized longboards, mainly because of how they look; they aren’t elegant, have a lot of plastic parts and the shape and look of the boards I saw on the market mostly don’t appeal to me. In addition, they are bulky and usually very heavy.

A start-up company named JayKay from South Germany made me reconsider my feelings towards electric longboards. They invented an elegant and practical solution. Instead of making a classic longboard motor, the drive is hidden inside the trucks.

JayKay e-trucks mounted on wooden decks

At a first glance, they appear to be like normal longboard trucks and, what I like most about them, they can be mounted on any longboard deck, top mount or drop through, with standard skateboard hardware.

JayKay e-trucks test drive

A few months ago I got to try out their early prototype. I mounted the JayKay trucks on my own favorite Icone Longboards deck and all I could see was my beautiful wooden longboard with a pair of trucks – no plastic battery pack housing, no nothing.

Compared to other electric longboards, the setup was very light with a total weight of about 5.5 kg. The e-trucks can be mounted with standard skateboard hardware and the bushings are of a standard size too, so they can be replaced if desired.

Before my first ride, I was worried about how the trucks would feel. I expected them to have no turn as if they were designed only to house the battery and other components. But to my surprise, this was not the case. The truck geometry offered a pleasant, agile riding experience.

JayKay E-trucks - Wheel prototype as seen on ISPO 2018

JayKay has just received their new urethane wheels. For now, the wheels come in 78a with a contact patch of 61.5 mm and in two colors, red and white. I can’t comment on the wheels and how they slide since I’ve only tested the first prototype, but I think it should be possible to do checks and little slides.

However, it must be considered that this is more of a urethane “ring” than a wheel, meaning it could wear down quite fast if someone should choose to slide them a lot.

How it works

Let me briefly explain the technology. Basically, the motor is integrated into the wheels and the battery is hidden inside the hanger. I know this sound a little delicate but on the test rides I did, the trucks surprised me with their strength and power. The baseplate and material of the hangers used is a high-resistant cast and tempered aluminum alloy.

According to the inventors, it will be possible to do tricks with the e-trucks, it is, however, to be considered that your longboard setup would be heavier than usual.

You accelerate and brake with a remote control that recognizes finger or arm gestures, depending on the type of control the customer chooses, which will be either a finger ring or a stick.

If the rider should fall off the board, the electric drive will automatically stop once the distance between the trucks and the remote control reaches a certain distance.

JayKay E-trucks - Components as seen on ISPO 2018

The e-trucks have an auto-on function, which means that the drive switches on after you push off and the wheels start to roll. This allows for a smooth start and makes it easier to find balance. In this context, it should also be pointed out that the wheels roll freely, so if the batteries should die after a range of up to 15 km, you can still ride it by pushing.

Also, the trucks can be driven in both directions and have an integrated light at the front and back for better visibility in the dark.

Final thoughts

What convinced me was the fun I had while test riding. Like most of you, I am a passionate skateboarder and I love pushing my board everywhere I go. There was no room for such a fancy thing as an e-drive for my longboard.

However, after testing these electric longboard trucks, I was genuinely stoked about this new sensation of “driving”. So if you ever have the chance to try it out, you should definitely give it a go!

JayKay e-trucks are still in a development stage but can already be pre-ordered on their official website. They are about to go into serial production within the next months.

JayKay e-truck features:

  • Top speed: 30 km/h / 18.6 mph (on a flat surface)
  • Three modes: sport, eco and slow
  • Range: 12 – 15 km / 7.5 – 10 miles
  • Number of motors: 4
  • Weight: approx. 2 kg per truck
  • Charging time: 1 hour (fast charging), 3h (normal)
  • Remote: ring, stick or smartphone via Bluetooth
  • Battery life: 3 hours (battery-saving mode)
  • Mounting: top mount or drop through with standard skate hardware
  • Freewheel mode: use the electric drive or push like normally
  • Can be driven in both directions

To stay on track with JayKay, you can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Aera K5 Longboard Trucks review by Ben Stainer

Aera K5 longboard trucks review by Ben Stainer

Longboard trucks have come a fair distance. From resembling great large hunks of metal, looking as if Thor had a drunken rage, to metallic pieces of artwork and enough precision to make a Swiss watchmaker cry.

Related: Aera Trucks RF-1 longboard trucks

Having said this, it’s essential to note that the longboard industry, especially for truck manufactures, has seen a decline in recent years. The reasons why could in themselves create another article altogether and when the conversation does spark, creates a debate more heated then the question of does pineapple belong on pizza.

With this in mind, the quality of longboard trucks has been rising significantly, with many new players entering the game and some old faces closing up shop. These new truck manufacturers such as Skoa and Rouge have been giving the old crew on the scene (Rey, Paris, Bear, Aera and Randall to name but a few) a better reason to come up with more ideas then the creative team at Disney on Adderall. Sadly, Rey are no longer around, but from their demise, a great deal of research and development has shone through.

Aera Longboard trucks baseplates

Aera K5 longboard trucks

Aera’s new K5 truck has been making the rounds on Longboard Porn 2.0 ever since a photo of Byron Essert’s front truck with Matt Kenzie directly behind him in a race heat touched down in 2016. The Clinching of the IDF No.1 by Carlos Paixão on the new trucks has also had many both excited, but also dreading how many limbs/years of savings would be needed to afford the K5, with a flurry of selling of old skate gear and prized possessions in order to leap onto the Skate one website faster than a cheetah in the Serengeti.

Which brings us neatly onto the beginning of the review! Having K5s shipped across the Atlantic to England terrified my frilly arse for two reasons. Firstly, will I be made bankrupt by the Taxman slipping the customs duty under the door like a silent assassin and secondly, will FedEx ‘Lose’ the parcel the second it leaves the warehouse?

The ordering process and setting them up

Ordering them, I had a general sense of bewilderment, but also elation.

I can feel my wallet getting smaller than the surface area of a dice adding the sums, but I feel stoked that I’m getting them.

It’s a feeling so bizarre that I ended up looking at the mirror after clicking the PayPal button and wondering why I had done it. Nonetheless, after just three days, the FedEx man did arrive with the trucks, with my inner child proceeding to run inside and rip the box open with delight.

Aera K5 Longboard trucks

Set-up was super easy, the kingpin sitting super far into the baseplate meant that at first I thought that I was sent the wrong length of axle, but after gentle persuasion with a skate allen key and the tool, the two kingpins rested super well, the new pivot cup design, after a bit of squeak, snuggled the hangers pivot pin like a sleeping bag.

Aera K5 Longboard trucks

The trucks do come with 88a hard core bushings, with a soft side and a hard side, in other words witchcraft dual duros. I decided to try them out, despite usually riding 95a/92a owing to weighting 95kg.

Longboard dance test

Dancing on the K5s is incredibly stable and one of the great surprises of the review, going along the pathways, I thought that I would be struggling at lot with a 164mm hanger, but it was not to be.

Aera K5 Longboard trucks - testing for dance and freestyle tricks

The extra-large pivot cup and the reaction to pop shuvits, Peter pans and cross steps was predictable and flowed through the truck more fluently then the notes out of a grand piano.

Aera K5 Longboard trucks

I would say that if you are going to use the K5s for partially this purpose or to carve a lot, 168/174 mm would be better suited, since the 164 mm hangers do not have the turning radius to perform the tight circles that a great deal of longboard dance demands. Nonetheless, a brilliant truck for this purpose, even if it’s not a discipline from which you first assume Aera trucks.

Freeride / Downhill test

Initially, I was worried about doing freeride on such narrow hangers, I thought that the trucks were going to jolt me more aggressively than a Taser. However, the trucks, even on their narrowest width, perform much the same as an Aera K3, but with the stability and precise slide expected from the K4.

Aera K5 Longboard trucks - DH and freeride testing

Even at slow speed, the trucks didn’t feel like they wanted to jerk back and throw me away and in tight cornering, the truck can be aimed like a laser, taking the racing line and holding you onto it like a limpet.

The 46 degree baseplate is as stable as a bridge foundation and provides a good mixture of downhill and freeride capability, although two lower baseplate options (42 and 30 degree) and a higher option (50 degree) are there for you to decide upon.

Conclusion / Customer Service

Overall, the Aera K5 has had a lot of expectations and demands. The years of debate and speculation have finally been answered and, in my own eyes, the K5 has lived up to those expectations.

A design more sexy then the contents of playboy magazine and an all-round truck that delivers in freeride, downhill and, most surprisingly, dance. Years of research, development and incessant questions have come through with a design that will keep Aera in the game for a very long time.

Worth the hundreds of dollars? That’s entirely your discretion, but fuck yeah in my personal opinion!

Also 5 Star service to Aera for making sure that I had everything on my trucks and for tolerating my incessant emails.

For more about Aera Trucks see their official website at

The Alchemist - precision longboard trucks by Revolt

The Alchemist – precision longboard trucks by Revolt

The Alchemist – precision longboard trucks by Revolt

Simplicity, effectiveness and a down-to-earth design is not something that today’s market is focusing on. Usually brands try to fill their products with lots of features (which isn’t a bad thing) together with making them look as best as they can, but maybe skimp on the actual ride feel of the product. Revolt is now introducing their first trucks, made to be simple, effective and cheap. Let’s take a look at what their trucks have to offer.

The Alchemist – Features

The Alchemist precision trucks by Revolt have a 175mm wide flippable hanger with a 1.8mm rake, all on a 42° baseplate, making them snappy and responsive, but still stable and controllable enough at high speeds. The board- and roadside bushings are sitting inside a non-restrictive bushing seat which allows for both regular, as well as fat/chubby style bushings.

The Alchemist precision trucks by Revolt

Positively raked (axles further away from the deck) trucks give a more lively and direct feel, negatively raked (axles closer to the deck), they give a more solid and stable ride.

We didn’t over-do the rake so I see it more as a little tuning option to fine-tune your setup, depending on your own preferences and your riding style – from full-on downhill, to slower, “techy” hill-bombing. ~ Mathijs Baars, Revolt Innovations founder

The trucks come equipped with Riptide pivot cups and Riptide KranK bushings. KranK’s are known to have amazing riding behaviour, no matter how far you tighten your trucks. The trucks are sold in three different bushing setups; fat cones, chubby barrels or regular barrels, each with two durometer options.

You can also order the Revolt trucks with any combination of bushings, they will be put together according to your wishes and delivered on request. Also added in the mix are custom CNC cut speed rings, spacers and washers, made out of high-grade steel. However the trucks are set up, downhill or freeride orientated, they will offer amazing riding behaviour for all kinds of bushing/washer setups and riding types.

The trucks are available in 4 colour combinations. You can pick between a blue hanger on a silver baseplate, silver hanger on a blue baseplate, a funky purple hanger on a green baseplate and the traditional all-black version.

Video – Germany Trip

The idea behind Revolt

What started as a simple idea to make a pair of great, down to earth, simple, yet effective, downhill trucks later grew into a whole brand based around this concept.

The longer I spent designing the trucks, the more I learned. I started talking to riders about their preferences in trucks.” ~ Mathijs Baars

After two whole years of designing, a basic design of the trucks with promising downhill capabilities and versatile bushing seats was laid out.

I think weight reduction and looks are two useless concepts for downhill trucks, it only makes them more expensive and doesn’t add anything to the ride feel. Weight really is a matter of taste in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong though, these trucks are made for downhill.

The trucks are sold as a mid-priced precision truck, coming in at 320€ for a complete set. People often compare them to bigger brands but I find that really odd, since they offer a very different style of products. Often they sell bare metal trucks (with over engineered kingpins). Nothing against that but it is a different market. We sell a high-standard complete package with, what I see as, really cool bushings, cups, washers, speed rings and spacers. ~ Mathijs Baars

I asked Mathijs to tell us something more about Revolt, how it grew over time, what it’s vision for the future looks like, what they are all about… Here’s what he told us:

We got some young and talented riders, who were willing to grow as riders, as Revolt grew as a company. They helped us with the development of the prototypes. After that, large scale production started and we started to grow our Revolt brand, go to events, talk to people, get our stuff out there, into the world.

My amazing girlfriend does most of the artwork, which I am really fond of. Our first T-shirt is a great example. Another friend of mine helps me with designing the products. Us three make the core of Revolt.

We had some struggles getting the business stuff right, but it turned out our awesome camera man from the Germany trip could support us with that.

For the future? Glad you asked. I don’t like where longboarding is going (sue me). Revolt will be about innovations and a certain, unique style. I want a bit of the skate culture to be revitalized and most of all to lose the arrogance I find so many companies show in both their products and merch. ~ Mathijs Baars

Where to buy Revolt Alchemist trucks

At the moment of writing this article, the price for a set of Revolt Alchemist precision trucks is 320 Euros and you can purchase them via Revolt’s official website.

Smart Truck Assembly Tool

Concept: Smart Truck Assembly Tool

Have you ever put off changing your deck or trucks because of the amount of time it takes to mount everything together? Well I have.

Normally for me it’s a time consuming process where I almost always loose a nut and feel disinclined to be doing it. And when I just gave in to the idea that nothing on this planet will speed up the process I saw a magical concept on the Interwebz.

S.T.A.T. is short for ”Smart Truck Assembly Tool”, a universal multifunctional skateboard tool that promises faster truck assembly, so you can spend more time skating and not get frustrated when you have to do some maintenance on your skateboard.

It’s a brainchild of three skaters and has everything you need plus more in comparison to your ordinary skate tool.

Changing or mounting your trucks will take roughly 30 seconds and it looks super easy. The tool consists of a bottom and top piece, with which you can screw or unscrew all four of the bolts and screws, or just one by removing three of the magnetic allen key / screwdriver bits on the top piece. The bottom piece is also magnetic so you don’t loose any hardware in the process.

The sides of the bottom tool piece are conveniently designed to adjust the wheel bolts and the kingpin when it gets too loose for your comfort.

Although this is just an idea in an infinite space on the internet, I find it pretty cool and would love to try it someday. Check it out and if you like the concept support the idea and help make it a reality.

You can help funding this project via

Bolzen Trucks V2 lineup & Omen Longboards collab

Bolzen Trucks V2 lineup & Omen Longboards collab

Bolzen Trucks announced the upcoming release of the new Bolzen trucks V2. Designed by Heiko Schöller and Frank Beste, the new trucks promise to be even more playful, turny and agile, while being based on the same proven and trusted geometry, we already know from them.

Bolzen V2 longboard trucks

Bolzen trucks V2 180mm 50°

This truck is the workhorse in the Bolzen’s lineup and this year they plan on adding 2-3 new colour options to it. Very agile, responsive and turny, but still stable enough for some faster runs, the Bolzen 180mm 50 degree trucks offer a great choice for riders with many different styles. The new German-engineered bushing seat allows the hangar to turn very far and come back to the centre quickly. They come stocked with 85a double barrel bushings, making them soft and responsive right out of the box.

Based on the specs and recommendations, the Bolzen 180mm 50 degree trucks make a good choice for freeride, freestyle, dancing or mid-sized city cruising setups.

Bolzen trucks V2 180mm 45°

Same hangar and features as the 50° trucks, but with a 45° baseplate for some added stability at speed. Planned colours will be black and black/ raw (for now) with more options coming up. Best used for downhill or freeride setups. The bushings that come with it are 90a double barrels, making the trucks more stable at higher speeds.

If this truck can deliver on their high promises, popular choices like the Caliber II 44° might get some serious competition in in the cast truck market.

Bolzen trucks V2 155mm 50°

The Bolzen 155mm 50 degree truck makes an ideal choice for 8-9” wide city cruiser setups. Because of the more narrow hangar these trucks will feel snappy and responsive under your feet. They come with 85a double barrel bushings, same as the 180mm big brother. The new bushing seats return the trucks quickly to the the center and eliminate unwanted wiggle room.

Bolzen & Omen Longboards collab

From now on, Omen Longboards will be equipping their completes exclusively with Bolzen trucks and making their completes perfect out of the box.

Omen Longboards and Bolzen trucks collab

For more check out the Bolzen’s website or follow them on Facebook or  Instagram.

GUGA Black Lotus street luge trucks

Guga Trucks with Mikel Echegaray – Black Lotus, the Spanish luge truck

I met Mikel Echegaray Diez for the first time in 2011 at Kozakov and we both immediately noticed how alike we think about luging and racing, even though he was Longboardalm luge team‘s and my biggest rival on the track.

Mikel Echegaray at Teolo. Shot by
Mikel Echegaray at Teolo. Shot by Vincenzo De Santis

From then on, the Spanish crew visited me at my place in Austria, Mikel and I travelled the 2012 Euro tour together and I visited him in beautiful Donostia in the Basque Country. During this time, we became really good friends and our friendship still goes strong.

GUGA Black Lotus street luge trucks
GUGA Black Lotus street luge trucks

At that time I also got the GUGA Black Lotus trucks for my street luge. What an eye opener!
I never thought that I could ride lines like that, with tons of grip. One of the main features that makes this truck one of my favourites is the second pin which holds the hanger in position. They also feature the adjustable hangers (175 mm, 185 mm and 195 mm) with 10 mm axels. Baseplates are available in 40, 50 or 60 degrees.

Read through to find out more about the GUGA trucks, the people behind it and Mikel’s Pro Model, the Black Lotus,  from the man himself.

Mikel Echegaray shot by Ruben Otero
Mikel Echegaray shot by Ruben Otero

Hi Mikel! Tell us a bit about Guga Trucks and how you guys came up with it.

For sure. So, the Guga trucks is being run by a slalom-downhill rider Inigo Amuchastegui and myself (Mikel Echegaray). It all started as a small project of developing a truck that would originate from the Basque country and would take in count all of our experience and riding skills.

We wanted to create a stable and grippy truck and we created the first model “Sustrai”. After this one we noticed that 205 mm truck was too wide for skateboarding and we decided to build “The Fugu”. This is a spacebar 172mm truck with the same technical aspects as the “Sustrai”.

With the help of Asier Esnal, who joined Guga to help us develop “The Slalom Series” trucks we built our slalom specific truck. We made it with a spherical bearing on it to avoid the slop problem.

I noticed that this could be a good idea for a street luge specific truck. And we did it. We applied a geometry truck similar to Randal’s, with the spherical system and spacer-able. That is Black Lotus.

The Black Lotus comes from a mixture of some parts of other trucks that we like. Based on Randal Comp truck with a good bushing seat, spherical bearing…spaceable.

What was/is your part on the development of the Black Lotus?

I had the main Idea of doing a Randal based truck, because Randal has been the best truck for street luging. I wanted to put the second kingpin on it to get more grip and more precise turn. Asier Esnal was the guy who designed it and gave it the main technical ideas.

Why did you decide to use 10mm Axles on the Black Lotus?

Because 10 mm axles are stronger than 8mm, especially when you want an spacer-able truck.

Guga Trucks are not sold in stores, how can one buy them?

We are not actually selling the trucks. Making this trucks in Spain in small series is very expensive. We are only selling them at production price to close friends and riders we know. Actually, we are not making any money from this project.

What are your future plans for the Guga trucks and your racing season 2016?

We are gonna make a very small series of trucks and we will see what happens. Regarding the racing season, the main idea is to race in North America, Europe and maybe South America.

That’s great Mikel. Thank you for chatting with me.

Last year we made a video overview of Mikel’s street luge setup, check it out.

There you have it folks. I suggest you give the Guga trucks a try if you get the chance. If you’re interested to find out more about the Guga Trucks and Mikel, follow them on Facebook:

Guga Trucks on Facebook
Mikel on Facebook.

Setting up Sabre Trucks properly with Jernej Podgoršek

It has been 2 years since I got my first Sabre Trucks cold forged hangers in the mail and I still use them daily! They were the blue 180 mm version but since then I also got my hands on the 190 mm and 170mm hangers. Read through to find out more about them and how to properly set them up.

Jernej Podgoršek


All of the Sabre trucks I have perform as they did on the day I got them, they are still straight and perfect. Despite them being one of the lightest trucks out there, they turned out to be one of the strongest in the industry as well. Sabre was the first company which started producing a fully cold forged longboard trucks and the fact that you see other brands following their path proves that they were right, pioneers even.


All of the hangers come out of the same mould and are identical in strength and design, what separates the is the axle placement. The axles are made as precisely as they can be and you will notice that immediately. When I put the bearings on, I actually had to lubricate the axle so that the bearings could slip on easier. That’s as tight fit as it gets!

Sabre Trucks

The 180 mm and 170 mm hangers have 3mm rake and the 190 mm hangers are rakeless. But if you have something special in mind, you can drop them a message and maybe the will whip a special on-off hanger just for you. I’ve seen that happen 🙂

Setting up the Sabre trucks

The bushing seat is pretty shallow. I suggest you take the time to set them up properly. Poorly set up truck could have too much lean which might lead to using too hard bushings.

Sabre Trucks - Bushings

With my current setup, I use a 86a/90a Sabre king cone bushings boards-side with a wide flat washer and a 86a king cone bushings with a wide flat washer roadside. Yes that`s right, Double King 🙂

Anyway, why this kind of setup? As I already mentioned, the bushing seat is very shallow and in order to get some restriction buildup at the end of the lean you need big bushing. In contrast to setup with smaller and harder bushings, this one feels much better.

A very important detail are the washers. The Sabre trucks don’t come with a board-side bushing washers, but I think they really should. The fat part of the bushing is wider than the baseplate and without a wide washer it does not provide enough restriction. You can get these washers at any hardware store and they are very thin, so it will not affect the geometry. Use them roadside as well!

Sabre Trucks

All of the recent baseplates (48 and 38  degree) feature urethane pivot cups and they are snug but very fluid. If I recall correctly, they are even self lubricating. No pun intended 🙂

So, to summon it up… Use fat bushing in the vein of king cone, fat cone, eliminator and so on, get them as soft as you feel comfortable, preload them a bit and away you go. I use double thick riser, in total of 12mm on 38 degree baseplates and I am wheel-bite free even with the Cult Rapture wheels.

Grip n`slip

The general opinion is somethig in lines of, rakeless and wide is for hauling ass, and thin n`raked if for freeriding. I agree to some extent but I use my trucks in the exact opposite way, but than again not so much really 🙂

Sabre Trucks

Firstly, about the grip. I think it depends a lot on the type of a board you’re using. Matching the width of your board and trucks is important if you want to grip hard. When the rail of your board is in line with the end of the axle it means that you have maximum leverage over it along with the wheels and it will grip the most. That is for hauling ass, gripping lines king of grip.

Then we have release and hook-up point, which is something that riders often make a mistake and mix up with grip. The narower the truck, the more agressive the release point will be and the more sudden is the hook-up.

How I use them

I use the 170 hangers for downhill because the board will want to get back under my ass as soon as I have scrubbed enough speed. It also makes it more responsive so it’s great for the type of the roads I do DH on. I mostly use them with the Cult Rapture wheels.

Jernej Podgoršek

My other 180 mm trucks reside on a board which I usually use to skate one of my favourite runs on a steep, narrow, tech-DH alpine road. I mostly use Cult Deathray wheels on that track. 80% standup, 20% hands down.

I use Sabre’s 190 mm trucks on a board which I use mostly for slide sessions. They have the cleanest transition from grip to slide and are the most forgiving when hooking up. You can really stretch out your slides and it will have the most non twitchy and a seamless hook-up. I use them mostly with Cult Classics or Cult Creators with 78a duro.

Sabre Trucks - Forged Precision

I hope that this write-up will be useful to new Sabre trucks users and maybe convince some to become one. The Bristol boys are as honest as it gets and stand strong behind their products, so buy with confidence. You are not getting only a great product but a great support as well. If there is something that you feel I haven`t covered it this write up, leave a comment bellow and I’ll reply to it.

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