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Beware the Trucks and Bushings
on January 14, 2013
UPDATE: I've been riding this board for a bit over three months now nearly every day to get across campus. Satisfaction with the board is decreasing. I still love the deck buts it's the trucks man. No good. My front and rear trucks are both bent enough now that my wheels aren't wearing evenly at all. If the wheels that came with the board were center-set, I could just flip them and deal with the bent trucks later. But this isn't the case. I'll need to buy new trucks now which is a load of crap. I'm 180 pounds and don't do anything stupid or abusive with my board. I would still recommend this board to young beginners, just beware that parts will need replacement in a very short amount of time (And trucks are NOT cheap at all).
This is my first longboard and I couldn't be more satisfied. I shopped around in some local skate shops and surfed the sites quite a bit before I bought this one on amazon. The deck has a great shape and perfect amount of flex. This setup has proved great for both cross-town cruising as well as downhill. With a little lube and a little bit of tweaking, the bearings/wheels just gooooo and goooo. The wheels are good and grippy, pretty soft. Perfect for hard carving. Definitely going to need different wheels if sliding is a must. The only downfall that I've encountered so far are the bushings. The stock bushings were veeeery soft even when cranked up hard so I replaced them pretty quick with some nicer and harder venoms. Also, the kingpin is about a quarter inch shorter than it should be, making the bushings a real pain in the arss to hold down while trying to thread the nut on. The guy at the skate shop got pretty pissed when he was trying to fit 'em on. As far as looks, the deck is sharp. The board rides like butter and I can say with confidence that this is the best value available for starting or experienced longboarders. Buddy of mine spent twice as much for his first board, supposedly much nicer, and he still always wants to ride on mine. Great longboard, definitely recommend it for any skill level. A+ for atom!