Icone Attacks Longboard Deck

Icone attacks with the new Icone Attacks!

Icone Longboards introduced their new Icone Attacks longboard, a downhill and freeride deck, adapted to fit the needs of riders with smaller feet, which is also easy to stow when traveling thanks to its compact size.

Mostly downhill decks are designed for bigger sized feet, the main reason for it is probably that men outnumber women in the sport of downhill skateboarding. Being a skater with smaller feet, I learned how to deal with wide boards over the years. But as my riding got better and faster, I wanted to know what it feels like to have a narrower shape under my feet.

So of course, the first thing I tried was to cut the sides of one of my old decks to make it narrower. The result was a true eye-opener. I felt a lot more comfortable doing fast changes between toeside and heelside slides on technical roads which helped me improve my skills a lot.

Seeing me so happy made Icone Longboards consider properly designing a deck that fits the needs of downhill longboarders with smaller feet.

Anna Pixner and I are in fact two riders on the Icone team that belong to the group of female small-footed skaters. Anna also travels to attend races all around the globe, that is why she wanted a board that is as compact as possible to make traveling easier.

The result is the new Icone Attacks, a compact full shape deck that is 83.5cm/32.9″ long, 23cm/9.05″ wide and weighs 1.5 kg. As you can see from the specs, this board is lighter, narrower and shorter than most other downhill longboards.

Furthermore, the board offers 0.8cm/0.3″ rocker and wheel wells with a comfortable, mellow concave that is not limiting or annoying. The wheelbase options range from 62 – 65cm / 24.4 – 25.6″ and ensure a direct riding behavior with lots of turn.

Of course, you can rely on the usual Icone quality with their unique, entirely built-in 3D core construction that provides extreme torsional stiffness despite the compact size of the board.

I have been testing the Icone Attacks for several months now. In that time it has accompanied me on skate travels, where it proved to be super handy on the go, as well as long-lasting and functional on rough pavement conditions.

The narrow shape helped me improve my freeriding skills since my foot position is exactly how I need it, and also on technical race tracks the board has not let me down for it is as stable and precise as one can only wish for.

To learn more about the Icone Attacks longboard deck, visit www.icone.at.

California Skate Dreams with Susan Heine and Patrik Orlainsky

California Skate Dreams with Susan Heine and Patrik Orlainsky

During December 2017, I made a road trip through downhill paradise known as California together with Patrik Orlainsky. We got to skate many amazing roads, but this article is going to be about a very special one: The Tuna Canyon Road hidden in the Malibu mountains right at the outskirt of Los Angeles.

I compiled my experiences for you and edited a video of me skating this hell of a run, so you can see what I’m talking about.

California Skate Dreams with Susan Heine and Patrik Orlainsky
Patrik sending it full speed into the most photographed corner on Tuna. Photo by Susan Heine

What’s so special about it you ask? Firstly, it is a one-way road, so you can be sure there won’t be any upcoming traffic. Secondly, downhill skaters are known and tolerated there which makes it even more fun. And finally, the course of the road is freaking crazy, challenging, unique, and so much fun!

California Skate Dreams with Susan Heine and Patrik Orlainsky
Enjoying the inside on the one-way section. Photo by Patrik Orlainsky

Like always, if you’re planning to skate spots in other countries, hit up locals to let them introduce you to spots so they can let you know about where and when to skate and how to behave. The downhill scene in Los Angeles is big and if you go to Tuna on the weekend, you can be pretty sure to meet some skaters.

California Skate Dreams with Susan Heine and Patrik Orlainsky
My Icone Longboard taking in the sunset view from the top of the Tuna Canyon Road. Photo by Susan Heine

The local skaters usually gather somewhere before the one-way section, so we used to start the run in a two-way traffic section. That’s where you should take it easy and save your energy for what’s to come. A stop at the big cactus is obligatory to take in the stunning views.

Once you’re on the one-way, you can cut corners and take the most amazing inside lines. The track starts quite mellow but becomes steadily faster and more technical. The whole run takes about 10 minutes in total, depending on how fast you go.

California Skate Dreams with Susan Heine and Patrik Orlainsky
Patrik’s deep inside the Tuna Canyon. Photo by Susan Heine

Coming from Europe, the pavement feels strange in the beginning. The so called “slurry seal” is quite rough and therefore wheel-and-puck-eating, but you get used to it.

Unfortunately, the shuttle ride back up to the start usually takes about 35 minutes, since you can’t go directly back up, but must take a detour around the mountain and it’s totally worth it.

I’m riding the soon to be released Icone Attacks longboard with SKOA Vertex trucks with support of Longboardshop.eu.

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

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