Product specs & reviews

  • #NewtonsFamily Dan reviews Rogue Cast Trucks + Sector 9 Skiddles Wheels

    "6mm more of.... stableness"

    We chucked some trucks at our homeboy Dan and this is what he came back with after he healed up.

  • Venom Cobra Core Cannibals Longboard Wheel Review

    Venom Cannibals were re-vamped with the all new Cobra Core, making this a modern downhill longboard wheel.
    Thankfully a dry spell meant I could take them out for a few runs local to the store.
    Watch my video below.

    Scroll down to read my thoughts on the wheel design and experience so far.

    Core blimey
    At the heart of this wheel is the new Cobra Core, let's break it down:
    -Asymmetrical shape and bearing placement
    -Damn stiff construction for a vented core

    Venom Cobra Core Cannibals details, taken from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IB8wyiAxsGs Venom Cobra Core Cannibals details, taken from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IB8wyiAxsGs

     

    Shape
    Unlike the original Cannibal, this new version is almost symmetrical,
    as the amount of wheel either side of the core is basically the same.

    Thoughts
    The large stiff core supports the urethane really well, but two other factors make this wheel versatile.
    Symmetrical wheel shape / core placement + offset bearing seat.

    The offset means that flipping the wheel will narrow your setup, making your wheels closer together
    -So that they have more grip
    -So that it takes less effort to turn your trucks

    Venom Cobra Core Cannibal flipped back and front Camera angle distortion aside, you can see how the wheel either side of the core is the same.

     

    At the same time, the wheel shape being symmetrical means the urethane lips have the same flex either way you run them.

    Durability
    I couldn't fully break them in, even after 2 hours on 3 different surfaces and the latter of which destroys most wheels.
    The formula is a high grade and likely the same as the previous Cannibals, which I've not skated in years though.

    Venom Cobra Core contact patch wear Several 30MPH slides later, the skin is still intact on these wheels.

     

    Grip
    On the first spot in the video, most wheels start scrubbing on the left hand turn with the pavement change, but these held the line like a magnet.
    Afterwards on Isaac's test I started riding them over 30mph and caning it through a sweeper littered in debris, still they held up well and felt fast.

    Slip
    The slide had a lot of braking power, no matter which surface I rode them on.
    On the ones in the video, I felt the braking power was very strong, but not necessarily choppy.
    It's possible on the last spot I could have gripped that corner faster, while on Isaac's I definitely had to slide and that's where I felt them release a bit easier and slide further.

    Wrapping it up
    There's still a lot of riding to be done before they fully wear in past the skin, after this I'd like to take them back to some of the grippier roads and see how they drift.
    The bearing placement and wheel shape is a big plus for me as I can narrow my setup and the wheel slide properties aren't distorted thanks to the even sized lips.

    I think Venom are on to a winning combo here, the durability and performance provided is top notch, while the flipping option isn't something we're seeing from other brands.

    At £52* a set for the 72mm and £55* for the 76mm the value is high.
    Cult Raptures 74mm come in at £64* a set
    Rad Advantages 74mm come in at £55* a set

    *prices correct at time of writing 25/11/15

    Buy now from our shop:
    Venom 72mm Cobra Core Cannibals
    Venom 76mm Cobra Core Cannibals

    What setup would you use them on and why? Write below.

  • Bennett Trucks: How to fine tune

    I had a customer get in touch recently, with some questions about their Bennett skateboard trucks for pumping.

    It's been a while since I've owned one (as a front truck) but I did spend a good bit of time on it as part of my slalom / pumping skateboard setup, although not so much LDP.

    As I went pretty in depth, I thought I'd share it here, in order to make it a reference point in future.

    IMG_4045 Bennett truck stock 19mm boardside bushing setup

    Q: "I’ve changed the standard Bennett bushings out for Orangutan Nipples (Hard at the back and soft at the front) which has made a big difference."
    A: If you haven't already, I'd recommend making sure that the bushing height difference between the stock Bennett boarside 19mm and Otange Nipple 15mm is addressed.
    Otherwise it can detract from the turn and create metal on metal contact easier, between the kingpin and hanger's bushing seat.

    Bennett truck setup with a boardside Venom HPF 15mm bushing. We'd recommend using a 19mm tall bushing, which are made by Venom, RipTide and Fat Ant

    Q: "I was thinking of getting the Khiro Angled Wedge Rail Riser Kit and a couple of 1/8 shock pads, would this be my best option?"
    A: The riser kit will give you a lot of options to experiment with, most notably the very high 15* wedges.
    A soft pair of shock pads won't hurt, but aren't necessary unless you're mostly skating on rough roads.

    Now, the Bennett truck features a lot of turn with a very easy lean, it's generally not what I'd recommend for use as a rear truck on a pumping setup. But if you are going to use I'd recommend more focus on dewedging that than wedging the front.
    Say -15 rear, +5 to +10 front

    The use of long hardware and extreme wedges can end up in hardware needing to bend to conform to the shape.
    It's imperative that hardware is inspected regularly to make sure it's not close to failure, which can be catastrophic mid pump.
    The act of pumping increases wear on the hardware with the side to side forces.
    In a nut shell, use the shortest possible hardware and wedges where possible.

    Q: "I’ve also read about swapping the kingpin on the truck can make a difference? Do you have any idea if this makes a difference?"
    A: A kingpin swap can be beneficial if:
    There is less exposed thread on it, so that bushings are less prone to being chewed up.
    The strength is increased, so that kingpin failure is reduced / eliminated.
    Both of the above are issues more likely to arise from a frequently pumped setup.

    I haven't actually knocked a Bennett kingpin out, ever, the one time I tried I gave up after it wouldn't budge at all.

    Bennett Trucks Stock Pivot Pin Bennett Pivot pin, this can do with some tidying up for a smoother pump.

    One thing I would highly recommend however, is cleaning up the pivot pin shape and surface.
    As it is stock it's not well shaped and isn't overly smooth.
    Use a file to remove any protruding lumps, then smooth down with a high grain sand paper (1200 or so)
    Clean up with a paper towl, reinsert into hanger along with some kind of lube, like soap bar shavings.
    The result is a more fluid turn and reduced/eliminated friction from the pivot and pivot cup interaction.

    If you're interested in having your Bennett truck(s) fine tuned by us, please do get in touch.

    We can usually:

    • Face your hangers, so that bearings sit well aligned with hanger and spin unrestricted.
    • Tidy up your pivot pin, so that turning is smooth and your pivot cup doesn't wear out so fast.
    • Upgrade your pivot cup to a RipTide one, so that it almost never wears out.
    • Replcace your pivot cup with an Independent one, so that you can carry on skating.
    • Upgrade your bushings, so that you can pump easily and have a decent return to centre.
  • Zealous Ceramic Bearings review: Game Changer

    Zealous longboards released their long awaited hybrid bearings, at a killer price.

    I've been a fan of the Biltin bearing design since 2008, one issue I always had was durability.
    The metal shield left a gap between itself and the inner race, so that they'd always get dirty too fast.

    My solution was to remove all the shields and replace them with rubber seals, it helped a lot and I carried this on for years.

    Then Zealous bearings hit the market, at nearly half the price of Biltins.

    Instead of wasting my time and money with Biltin upgrades, I jumped onto the Zealous bandwagon full time.
    I found that after a good skate in the wet they'd normally be ok, sometimes I might have to toss out 2-4, but I'd still have the rest to pool from for my other setups.

    Here's what our customer had to say about Zealous
    Monkey ~ "So quick to change...... Never drop your spacers or speed rings in the dirt or grass again (that always wound me up haha) The seals on them are very tight, and they seem to keep dirt and water out better than usual...one set lasted me through winter."

    Fin ~ "With built in spacers and speed ring there no more messing about. just put them in wheels and bolt them on and skate."
    Read all the reviews here.

    Now fast forward to 2015 and Zealous have released their first hybrid bearing.
    I write hybrid, because they feature ceramic balls, housed within a steel outer and inner race, so that the balls are impossible to rust, meaning you can skate rain and shine.IMG_4012[1]

    Another benefit of ceramic balls is that they're extremely hard, so that they crush dirt that would otherwise damage softer steel balls.

    Instead of the usual grease found in the normal Zealous offering, the Hybrid's feature a ridiculously smooth lubricant, so that you can push and roll even easier than before.

    I thought I'd put them to test and rode them for the 13 mile #BristolBoardMeeting distance skate, straight out of the packet they offered no resistance and I was tearing away ahead of the pack with a silent ride, while others were left with their rattling bearings eating some dust ;)

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    The integrated washer and spacer design make them ideal for pumping and sliding, so that they don't wear out from heavy sideloads.

    So now I start the slow process of replacing my steel sets of Zealous with ceramic ones in my setups, no rush for now, at least they're finally out.

    Click here for a smoother ride: Zealous Ceramic Bearings
    Click here to save your wallet: Zealous Steel Bearings

    What setup would you use them on and why? Write below.

    ~Alex@NS

  • TSG Longboard D3O Knee Pads Review Video

    After wearing these pads for over a year I thought it best to make a video for them:

    You can find them here on our site:
    TSG Longboard D3O Knee Pads

    I use them mostly for Martial Arts (Aikido) although they'd be suitable for many other like Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Krav Maga & the like.

    Alex

  • Rayne Longboards Darkside Review, London Shop

    #NewtonsFamily member Fred Sheppard gives us the low down on the 2015 36" DS from Rayne

  • Sector 9 Hijack - Jackson Shapeira's pro model Longboard

    W concave, fenders, wheel wells & more are featured on the deck...

    Sector 9 Hijack Downhill Freeride Longboard Jacko The released image from Jacko

    Ahead of an official announcement by S9, Jacko posted the following image via his facebook page (Jackson Shapeira - Pro Skater).

    Length 36.875"
    Width  10"
    WB       25.75-27.75"

    We'd classify this as a short topmount laden with features & a concave to keep you locked in while sliding at high speed.

    The text reads
    "We're proud to introduce Jackson Shapiera's Pro Model, the Hijack. This deck is the culmination of several different iterations of prototypes that we can recall making and testing here at Sector 9 headquarters.

    It is rare to have a team rider so critical on the finer points of the board shape, and even rare for him to take a step back to realize they have gone too far in search of that perfect feel. (Ed: erm, what are they saying about the DHD range? ;) )

    Apart from the shape, Jackson also explored several concave molds. He finally landed on one with humps at the front for your toes to push againstand keep you locked in, a non-intrusive W in the middle for added strength, and smaller humps at the back to help with board feel."

    Jacko rides for
    Sector 9 Skateboards (shop S9 at Newton's)
    RAD Wheels (shop RAD at Newton's)
    Aera Trucks
    Risch Aerohelmets

  • Omen Longboards Kush Review UK

    Newton's Family member Bodhi Keen gives you a rundown of the Omen Kush, lowered longboard.

    With a wedged nose & dewedged tail, you can ride split angle trucks with easy.
    Our recommendation are Sabre 38 trucks for max stability, or Paris 43 / Caliber 44 for extra agility.

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