Techslide/Freeride

Posted: 2019-11-09 in Uncategorized

I’ve always been a techslide aficionado – it was something that I glommed onto early in my longboard career, as it was something that came naturally to me.  I grew to love the shriek of the hard wheels, having my hands (and other body parts) on the ground, and the way the boards fit so perfectly under my feet.  My absolute favorite longboard video part involves tech sliding.  The roots of tech slide go back for a long-time, but one constant has always been hard wheels.  In the early days, guys used Powell/Peralta G-Bones, 95a Powell/Peralta Bombers, and 94a Abec11 Noskoolz.  Abec11’s line expanded to include Vertz and Skwertz, then the InVertz (offset hub on a symmetrical shape, so you can flip the wheel to take advantage of different ride qualities).  Gravity Super Sliders popped up somewhere along the way, and then Gravity Snaps were released.  Sector9 had a hard slide wheel.  Then, the grandaddy of ’em all, the Earthwing Slide A…hard like you wouldn’t believe.  The Internet Rumor Mill said that the Slide A formula was adapted from an aggressive inline wheel formula, and that once Earthwing stopped making that particular wheel, Rainskates picked it up for their Avalanche wheel.  Avalanches are still on the market in 2019, as are Orangatang Onsens, and even Venom has hopped on the hard wheel bandwagon by offering one of their Curb Stomper wheels in 95a.

But, the commonality between all of these wheels is that they’re hard.  “Hard” being 90a or higher.  Something on the icy end of sliding, fast, and just a little out of control.

Which is why it struck me as odd when Paris Trucks put up an Instagram story recently about “tech sliding” on a board with soft wheels.  Yes, the rider was doing the hands-down, multi-rotational riding often seen in tech sliding, but he was riding soft wheels.  While I own and ride a similar type of setup, in my Rolling Tree Nimbus, because it’s sitting on soft wheels, I consider that board, set up like it is, to be a freeride board…”Freeriding,” in this context, being just bombing around town, popping off curbs, pedestrian slalom, maybe some slides, on a board specifically set up on soft wheels.

But, pedantry, and worrying over definitions like this, isn’t conducive to growth.  As I’ve touched on in a previous post, I held onto a lot of prejudice and undue hatred, mostly stemming from an interaction with (oddly enough) a Paris representative on the forums at Silverfish.  It’s clear that there are a few things that Paris and I won’t see eye to eye on, but it’s more important in these days and in this market to support the companies that are still supporting us.  It doesn’t help any one to badmouth a company online – this post is purely intended for me to sort a few thoughts out.  If you’re looking for a Paris longboard trucks review, I simply cannot speak more positively of them!  Their quality has always been top-notch.  Customer relations, with one exception, have consistently been excellent.  Their riders are all awesome.  They’re a great company all around.  I’m just sorry that my own personal beef has led me to miss such great products.

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  1. […] I got back to my “roots” by buying another one of the Moose pool boards, referenced in part 1, to reignite my love for hard-wheel techsliding […]

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