Pearse D’Arcy – Rapture Love

Pearse D’Arcy – Rapture Love

If we think of Irish right now we see football fans singing lullaby’s for baby’s in train stations or funny odes to the Swedish beauty. In times without football madness around the controversial UEFA we maybe have in our minds a beautiful countryside, a lot of rain and green, yes St. Patrick’s Day I mean too, people who love to drink Guinness and dance crazy just with their feet.

Pearse D’Arcy getting stoked and ready to drop in.
Pearse D’Arcy getting stoked and ready to drop in.

But boys and girls brace yourself, they have some serious shredding going on over there. I for myself was pretty overwhelmed to see a try road in between dinky and old stone walls. So follow down Irish ripper Pearse D’Arcy who chucked on some Cult Rapture 73A to hit the concrete hard and heavy.

Get ready for a straight, fast raw run which will make your legs flounder cause afterwards you wanna put on some grippy wheels and get shacked like Pearse does. As a bonus they put some square and forward going hip hop song on to underline his reckless skating.

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Cult Rapture 74mm / 73A

The leading light in Cult’s product range when it comes down to excessive and extreme downhill racing. The Rapture is 74mm tall and 66mm wide.

Cult Rapture longboard wheels, 74mm 73a

The super ultra-sharp lips make you pull your butt a little bit tighter while going into the slide (especially with the 73A ones, they get more and more nicer the harder they are).

The high end quality Warp Core was especially designed by the Doctor just for this wheel. Infinite roll speed, massive hook up, long lasting urethane are the attributes for this wheel and is reason why I for myself trusted many many times into this wheel.

One last word from my experience: Despite the massive grip Cult Rapture wheels slide super clean and pleasant if you are sturdy enough for them.


Related: Are Cult Rapture wheels any good for street luge?


Cult Rapture wheels review for street luge

Are Cult Rapture wheels any good for street luge – Review by Tikialex

Wheels are one of the most important things when it comes to the performance of your street luge and whether you street luge or buttboard, you always look for as much grip and speed as possible from them. Do the Cult Rapture wheels qualify? Read through to find out.

When Cult Wheels released the Raptures, a brainchild from the top racers of the British Wheel Collective, they gave the lugers a new kind of “weapon”. The combination of the big open offset core with the huge contact patch of 66mm and 74mm diameter give this wheel the best disposition to be any luger’s favourite wheel of choice.

The Doctor was curious how the Raptures would work for luging, so he gave me 2 sets of the 79a wheels to play around. Man, I was excited!

Agnosine, the first freeride and race of the year in Italy took place on the first weekend of April on a rough and steep road with 3 hairpins – a perfect place for to test them out.

I started with a few runs on the RAD’s Advantage I used the season before to get the feeling I knew from the last year at this road and have a look at the other lugers.

After changing wheels a laid-back run was on plan to get a feel for the wheels, but after the first hairpin all that safety thoughts where gone by gripping through the corner hard on the inside. I had a blast the whole Saturday afternoon. Sunday – race day and the game was on!

Cult Rapture wheels duros: 77a, 75a and 73a
Cult Rapture wheels duros: 77a, 75a and 73a

With my bad starting I had to race from the back, but I had no problems overtaking most of the pack in the first corner on the outside. Yes, that’s right – on the outside! So, I got second in the first heat, won the second heat and got crashed out in the first corner by another rider in the last heat.

I used the same set of wheels at Agnosine, 2 days at Alpenrauschen freeride and the whole week at Voss Ekstremsportveko for all my filming service runs. Even when the edges of the wheels were worn down, they still had tons of grip.

Tikialex at Bela Joyride. Photo by CK Photography
Tikialex at Bela Joyride. Photo by CK Photography
Tikialex at Bela Joyride. Photo by CK Photography
Tikialex at Bela Joyride. Photo by CK Photography

At the IGSA World Championship I raced with the Raptures in 73a duro on butt board for the first 2 rounds, but then I noticed that as the road temperature was rising, they would get a bit slower and wasn’t able to advance to the finals. Going back to the purples (79a) improved speed and brought me the win of the small final with a huge lead.

The 79a Rapture my weapon of choice for racing and for onboard filming where I really have to blindly trust the wheels as I have to focus on filming and have only one hand free for the steering action. Tons of grip even with broken edges and fast rolling speed. For acceleration you will find faster wheels, but you can go faster through corners.

Cult Rapture wheels on Randal Comp Hangers
Cult Rapture wheels on Randal Comp Hangers

There’s only one thing you should be aware of before getting a set of Cult Rapture: If you’re still riding Randal Comp Hangers, you might get some problems in corners with hanger/core bites (as seen on the photo above).

Watch the Video to get some more impression.

Stay tuned for the next review on the Hawgs bigger Biggies!

Words by Alexander “Tikialex” Frischauf
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