Street Skating Technology – 9 Recent Innovations


If you were to walk into a skate shop in 1998
and buy a complete, it might look almost exactly the same as something from today, just with
different brand names. Skateboards really haven’t had any major technological breakthroughs
lately. While it isn’t uncommon to see new and experimental
trucks and exotic materials on longboards and cruisers, street skaters are too picky
for those things to take off. Street skating uses every part of the board and trucks from
every conceivable angle, so anything new has to react just like the current stuff. Nobody
is willing to relearn or even abandon certain tricks to gain more durability or control. Think about P2 decks or Almost Impact decks.
They have inserts, but everything else is still standard maple. If they didn’t feel
exactly like every other board, nobody would want to ride them. One company that isn’t afraid of changing
things is Lithe. Lithe just hit indiegogo. Basically, they’re
using snowboard-style technology to layer carbon fiber and a hybrid polymer with maple.
It looks very complicated. But the idea is that the polymer tip will prevent razor tail.
And with the added strength of the carbon fiber, these decks might last a lot longer
than a regular one. Looks like they will retail for $200 each. I have a couple of concerns about this. First,
the shapes. If you buy a board that’s going to last you a whole year, you better really
like it. They are offering a few different shapes right now, but without being able to
actually see one in person before buying it, it will be a bit of a gamble. Second, just how durable are they, exactly?
On Facebook, they claim that it last 6 times longer. So considering the price of 6 $50
decks, that definitely sounds worth it. But having full color graphics is a stretch goal.
So, in theory, a better comparison might be a blank deck. Does it last 10 times longer
than a $20 blank? Time will tell. I hope so, because it looks really cool. Another company fighting razor tail is One
Skateboards. Right now, they have decks with replaceable tips. They cut channels into the
nose and tail that have tips on them that are removable and replaceable. And on top of that, these are cheaper than
an average board. I’ve never ridden one but they seem pretty cool. There’s a similar company in Sweden called
ProSk8 that’s doing the exact same thing. One company that’s always pushed the limits
of deck manufacturing is Lib-Tech. Their current boards have epoxy pickled maple,
birch sidewalls, anti-razor birch end grain, a vertically laminated core, and fiberglass.
Lib Techs are about 75 bucks. But if that sounds too cheap for you, check
out IXO Carbon. They’re a carbon fiber company, not a skateboard company. They make a 100%
carbon fiber deck, which they sell through their website. There are a couple issues though…
First, they don’t say what size it is, and second, it’s 1,100 Euros, which is a little
over 1200 dollars. But for that price, they throw in titanium hardware. So… That saves
you a few bucks, right? Of course, any discussion about skateboard
technology has to include Avenue. Recently, Avenue Trucks were successfully
funded on Kickstarter and they have started selling their suspension trucks retail. The idea is that the truck sits on this heavy
spring. It absorbs landing impact and spring loads your pop. And theoretically, they absorb
rolling vibration, making your bearings roll smoother too. They look really cool and I might buy some
next time I need new trucks. I’ve seen glowing reviews. It looks like these guys actually
did the work of testing and refining the trucks for years before release. But what about wheels? No, I’m not talking about Shark Wheels. Those
are the weird square wheels that roll smooth even though the treads wobble. I bet they’re
pretty cool on cruisers and longboards, but I can’t see how they would work locking into
grinds on a street board. So what else is going on? Well air core wheels
have come and mostly gone already. But right now, there’s Wreck wheels. This
is Chet Thomas’s new wheel company. Rather than being a whole new concept, Wreck is just
about perfecting the current wheel. They obsessively tested things like the rebound rate, flatspot
resistance and grip. They’re only a couple bucks more than regular wheels. Another new thing is the Ricta Slix. These
have a slippery inner edge, which would help with crooked grinds, smiths, feebles and that
kind of stuff. They’re kind of like the Tensor slip plates. There are a few more random accessories up
on indiegogo too. Namely the STAT – Smart Truck Assembly Tool, meant to make it really
easy to put your trucks on and tighten them. Personally, I don’t mind spending a few minutes
setting up my board. And I’d worry that there are more parts to break, potentially making
it less reliable than a regular tool. But the target retail price is $25, so it isn’t
much of an investment. Last is the Houkie – which is a sock that
goes over your shoe to protect it. They will retail for about $30 – $35. I don’t know about
you, but I buy my skate shoes based on what’s on clearance. It’s not uncommon for me to
spend $35 on the shoes themselves, let alone an accessory for them. Well that’s all the new stuff that I found.
What about you? Do you know of any new skate tech that deserves any more attention? Let
me know in the comments. Thanks for watching.

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100 thoughts on “Street Skating Technology – 9 Recent Innovations

  1. What surprises me the most is how you didn't even mention the use of shoe goo. I can't tell you how many people get astonished by how crusty and gooey my skate shoes get. Whenever I get new shoes, it will be on clearance as well.(Usually at ross when they're too expensive at the skate shop) Nice video!

  2. i would recommended Lib Tech skateboards i currently have one and it's been 3 months of hard tranny skating and it has no razor tail or signs of breaking

  3. I've heard about those suspension trucks they seem cool , and I only ride blank decks and I also only buy my shoes from the Clarence rack

  4. Dude talk about hi5ber and their boards there carbon fiber and cheaper than those 1200 dollar ones

  5. @5:12 If those work well, those might be really good for Mega Ramp especially since Mega Ramp Skater's and BMXer's might be able to make there shoes last allot longer. Also just anybody who does flip tricks since if it prevents holes in you're shoes then you're shoes might also last allot longer and or you shouldn't have to use duck tape to fix them every so often.

  6. I have avenue trucks on a lithe deck with ricta clouds 85a and i wouldnt be surprised if i keep this setup for a long time. One doesnt really noticed the suspension in the trucks due to the break in process but going back to standard trucks can be painful at worst.

  7. recently there are new bearings from bronson called Bronson Raws that have no shield and are supposed to be faster. Then there is a bearing company from japan called "CooSpace" or something and they completely redesigned the bearing claiming it to be much much better at sustaining speed

  8. Check out congreskate channel on here. He made a tool that he calls a Knee Jig. It's similar to the tool for putting your trucks on, but less breakable parts. I think it's pretty interesting

  9. "looks like they'll retail for about 200$ each" lol I'm out on that one haha I'll stick to my beautiful 50$ decks

  10. Another great video! I've been binge watching these hard lately. I've always found it interesting that all other sports that once used wood for their equipment have now gone to a composite of some type. Golf clubs, tennis rackets, hockey sticks, fishing rods… but not skateboards. The wood board just works too well. I was sponsored by a fully carbon/graphite/kevlar deck company for a while years back, and no matter what they did it never felt as good as a wood board and slid far too quickly… not to mention the razor tail that could cut your foot off. Lol.

  11. Well, while it's not new, and they're dead now, I feel like you should have mentioned Revolution skateboards, which is still loved by vert skateboarders all around the world.

  12. I designed a board to train people to do hardflips it was plastic and very short kinda like a training wheels for the trick i got addicted to riding it until it broke wish i had another very small market for that i bet kinda too niche but so cool ill let you know when i make another one

  13. Why did aircore type wheels disappear? Still have a pair of Element ones, and I never had any issues…

  14. I use to get flow from Lib tech in the early 2000s and I hated their decks even though they were free. The board doesn't flex at all and feels horrible.

  15. Ricta Slix are awesome. Especially for crook grinds and smith grinds. If you're going super fast it makes no difference but if you go at medium speed the wheels slide super fast.

  16. There's this Austrian skateboard company called Kape. They make carbon fiber bamboo skateboards. A board will cost you around 90 euros. You should check them out if you can and tell us what you think.

  17. Carbon fiber is just about the single worst material to solely use it just shows they are treating it as a buzzword to suck people in. Carbon fiber reinforced would be fine but by itself it shatters wayyy too easily

  18. Hell yeah libtech was huge when i was living in Washington, like all the rich kids had libtechs since it was an expensive local company

  19. don't see how any of these wouldn't change the pop. When I was good I didn't want to keep a board more than a month, it started to lose pop by that point.

  20. There needs to be some water/dirt proof bearings perhaps a air tight sealed covers that go over you're bearings or something of that nature

  21. I’ve had avenue trucks for 10 months now and I can’t say that I would recommend them. The suspension has messed with my timing a lot and has really made it hard for me to do tricks. Also for some reason when I jump down stairs with these trucks I lose a lot of my speed to the suspension and fall forward. However if you have joint problems I would highly recommend these trucks

  22. with all your video cross referencing on the new stuff i think you should link this vid in your truck one you just did, maybe you did but i didnt see it cause hella people were mentioning the avenue trucks, wouldnt mind a review myself

  23. A lot of the innovations are also quite expensive; when compared to a normal deck that costs $35, the Lithe deck at $200 can be a deal breaker for many people.

    Oh nevermind, i just unpaused the video and finished the rest. Looks like you covered that already.

  24. Spitfire formula four lock-in wheels are a more traditional wheel using Spit’s perfected F4 formula for better grip and slide with an emphasis on less flat spots. The lock-in wheel shapes are cut like your normal wheel (rounded) on the outside, which I think help with flip tricks, and cut flat on the inside allowing for locking into grinds better.

  25. Now this was a great video. Seriously, thumbs up on this one. This is the kind of vids you should make. again good one man. I'm harsh on you, but i always keep coming back, lol.

  26. don't know if hi5ber skateboards was being sold in 2016 but they are a 100% carbon fiber board and are only $140; they also sell cruisers and long boards that are also 100% carbon fiber.

  27. i know this isnt new but i really like the bolts the cover the threads on the axles. before it, that was something that pissed me off alot as a kid when changing wheels.

  28. I THINK the trucks will robb you from tricks at high impact landings, if i want to bounce around i'd pick my cruiser

  29. The TIP technology is extra super shit! Dont buy it and dont trust it, I have had about 3 of these boards when I started skating, the pins that keep the "TIP" in breaks, if the pins dont break the thin piece of wood they attached it to breaks of completely, or the board was made cheap to save money somewhere else since the tips cost money to make and the board breaks within 2 – 3 months. The LITH on the other hand, is amazing. Ive had mine for over a year now, on and off (yes), but its lasting perfectly and seems like it will last me forever.

  30. Around 2002 I got a kevlar/fiberglass/carbon fiber deck that I want to say was ~$100 from a canadian brand I can't remember. God the shiners from spliced fiberglass/kevlar.. was razor sharp but it was strong af. It came with an epoxy to reshape the nose/tail but from what I remember it didn't work all that well and time consuming (I think needing 1 day to dry)
    It was considerably heavier over maple decks & i could never get it to snap even long after the epoxy was gone and I was back to regular decks.

  31. For some reason this episode reminded me of rhe osiris "g bag." This bag was the shit when it came out, and I would definitely buy it if they rereleased it.

  32. As somebody who was always a little heavy for skating I would haved that Lithe board. Not for $200. Maybe $100.

  33. I love my independent trucks for years and years but for the past year i am riding avenue trucks, I never thought I would change independent trucks but I have.
    I still have independent trucks but avenue are better as an all round truck.

  34. If it isn't broken, why try to fix it? A solid 7 ply maple deck made of good wood, constructed properly will ride better than any gimmicky deck made with space age materials. Companies have tried to "improve" deck construction…but every single company has always gone back to 7 ply maple decks. Same with wheels. There's been so many gimmicks…yet standard urethane wheels just ride better. Flashy and high tech doesn't necessarily make something better.

  35. All I want to know is why tensor canceled the slip plate. I loved those things when I started in the early 2000s, stopped for a while and now tensor only makes maglite and hollow models. What happened in the 5 years I took a break man?

  36. I did the preorder on the newest lithe board (I got the 8' street) in February and after a lot of frustrating announcements of delay I finally got it mid October. The "slate" technology makes unwaxed ledges slide like ice. The board is a little flexy and takes some getting used to (can be funny to land if not bolts but not outrageously so) but it is absolutely in point with concave, pop, flip and rotation. As a person who slams the tips into the ground through failed fliptricks and lands on the tail almost every time I have a lot of confidence in this decks ability to last and stay consistent enough for me to expand my skills further and faster than ever possible riding whatever setup I happen to get from whoever I'm buying from (skateshop, guy down the street) worth the buy and worth the wait.
    PS thanks for the truck mention I'm gonna check those guys out!

  37. Have you heard of lib technologies? Lmfao talked about it as I was writing this. They integrated snowboarding technology into their decks like 15-20 years ago

  38. I'm surprised you didnt mention Powell Peralta Flight decks! I usually break a board a month, but I've had my flight for 5! Its not in the best shape but it will not break!!

  39. Anyone remember Aircraft skateboards? Aluminium decks with a maple cap. I had one in the early 2000's. The caps used to fall out pretty easily and not fit back in after a few replacements as wear and tear would dent the aliminium tips. After a while you'd essentially be riding a dual bladed axe. Boy did my shins cop a beating in those days. Sliding grinds were slick as fuck though.

  40. Avenue trucks are a great deal. I am 41 yo, got them (despite some reviews suggesting bad turning etc) took me a bit to get used to them, went back to my trusty independents afterwards. After a few sore sessions and rough rides on my rough street asphalt, put the Avenues back on with bones bushings. And I was like….what was I thinking before? Smooth, easy to ride, improved pop…Now my normal trucks feel so stiff!!! Ah, and with Avenues you can actually ride on very rough asphalt (we are talking UK streets here) with small (down to 52-53mm) softish (86a) wheels, whereas with my independents anything below 55mm and harder than 78-80a (up to 85a for 56mm) is UNRIDABLE if you want to actually ride more than 100m distance…

  41. Revdeck, I used to skate for them and I'm currently trying to get them to bring the boards back if I can get my hands on a few I will send you one to review on the channel they are carbon fiber and graphite I would estimate they are stronger than lithe. There is no wood in their Construction and they used to sell for 150 for a deck to would have to inflate to around 180 with the current price of the materials.

  42. I need one of those anti razor tail boards. I skate a mix of freestyle, flatground and a tiny bit of bowl so I find my nose and tail end up messed up so much faster. I've had the tail totally fail on me mid truckstand before and yeah that was a horrifying experience for a second.

  43. It's just a gimmick to get your money like do you want large size fuck Yea I want large size but I'm broke

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