TVS Lady Cruiser

Posted: 2019-03-29 in Gear Reviews
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Riding this board really makes me appreciate how far longboarding has come this millennium. It was a ton of fun for me researching what trucks and wheels were used circa Y2K, and even more fun hunting them down.

 

Longboard Review

How long have you ridden the board

1 year

What is your setup like?

Randal DH trucks, Red Krypto Classics…although I do swap out for some Dregs Labeda wheels or UFO wheels once in a while.

Typical Session Discipline

Bike path bombing; freeriding

How much did you pay?

$60

Where did you purchase it?

Eastcoastskates.com

What were the strengths of the deck.

Retro steez! The reason I bought the board was because I was trying to find all the boards that the guys rode in the Gravity Games circa 2000 or 2001. I found a stash of NOS boards like this, and decided to pull the trigger. It’s a really nice symmetric shape, with fully functional kicktails. The graphic is sharp, and seems to be screen printed.

What were the weaknesses?

Really narrow, but that’s how boards were back then. The wheel cutouts are big enough to step on if you’re not looking, but they’re placed for trucks like Indys or Trackers…the Randals I have on mine don’t line up properly.

Similar decks you have ridden?

Vision 48″ Cruiser, Pavel DHB Ditch board…not sure if I’d put this in the same category as a Superglider, but I use it for similar activities.

Would you recommend it?

Yes

Ah, the old Terminal Velocity Streetboards.  Staple brand of the late 1990’s and early 2000’s.  I’ve got this set up as close to Gary Hardwick’s historical board as is practical for my modern style of riding.  Some of my first memories about longboarding were watching the Gravity Games on NBC, and they were one of the first to broadcast downhill skateboarding on a national stage.  I watched guys like Gary Hardwick, Biker Sherlock, and Dane Van Bommel race standup boards in wild suits and crazy helmets!  Gary was clad in white and black, with a Stormtrooper helmet; Biker and Dane were clad in black and yellow with flames up and down each arm.  Truth be told, I was more drawn to street luge in those days, completely unbeknownst to the fact that one day, I’d be doing standup on the very same boards I was watching on TV.  One cool feature of this board is that there’s no concave whatsoever – the board is flat as a pancake.  The reason being is that concave enhances and increases turning ability.  Turning ability leads to instability and speed wobbles.  Therefore, the late 90’s/early 00’s mindset was that flat boards were more stable than concave boards.  Generally, we know now that concave enhances control and, in a broad sense, increases stability…I mean, there’s a LOT that goes into stability, but that’s a rudimentary look at things.  The TVS Lady Cruiser was the same size and shape as the TVS Cruiser, which was the same size as the board Gary Hardwick rode in a few of his races, although Gary’s had a truncated nose and tail, and had the trucks dropped through the deck.  So, this deck is a reasonable facsimile to a Gravity Games setup, given the fact that I was trying to assemble these boards more than a decade after the fact.

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  1. […] flat (lacking concave), and had a touch of camber.  I touched on the reasons for that in my Silverfish Gear Review of my TVS board.  So, as a result, most of the guys on the TVS team also had concaveless boards…this is […]

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