How often I dream about what it would be like to be in the pioneering days of skateboarding, back in the 70's with Alva, Jay Boy, and Stacy riding a tangible dream that literally had no limitations or regulation. The pure bliss their imaginations must have experienced while getting to push and take skateboarding in any direction that they could possible conspire. It was all considered skateboarding as long as you were on a skateboard, a concept forgotten by some in todays scene. This was the era of purity as it would seem for a variety of reason's but the one that strikes me as obviously absent from todays scene is true mentality of "Skate Everything" our forefathers exhibited. Skaters of todays era have began to label them selves as either this type of skateboarder or that type choosing to draw these diversionary lines on grounds such as board length, set up preferences, or location of riding. Such a large gap, some may say division, in the middle ground has ultimately has left a hollow and some what empty core to skateboarding. Luckily this void has begun to be filled by those who have reconciled all types of skateboarding as just that: skateboarding. These individuals have taken aspects of riding all types of boards on all different types of terrain and have added them to their repertoire and by doing so are pioneering and paving the path to skatings future right underneath main stream skateboarding's own nose. By passing the route that may have lead them to a more traditional professional career with more lime light involved, these exceptions to the norm chose to skate for a reason that mirrors those legends aforementioned. These men, women, boys, and girls are the true "core" of skateboarding right now because they are doing what they do for no other reason than the sheer justification that it feels good and is an enjoyable way to shralp the entire landscape around them.
When one becomes fully obsessed with this art form of skateboarding, they begin to ponder ways upon which different terrain they can experience the unexplainable sensation of riding a skateboard upon. There are many avenues to which one may draw inspiration for the approach they will take as an individual as it pertains to skateboarding, many of which root back to mainstream skateboarding in one way or another. This is not an attempt to bash main stream skateboarding, but rather suggest that there is so much more to our art that so many are missing out on. I want to encourage an adventurous spirit amongst the skateboarder of todays time, one that will have them asking how they can conquer any slab of ridable 'crete and turn it into a personal play ground. Skateboarding does not stop in between skate parks or skate spots but rather is connected by a never ending skate spot in the form of hilly roads, drive ways, ditches, and various other Babylonian built structures. It is time for skaters to revert back, devolve so to speak and begin to fathom all the facets that are possible on a skateboard, not just those most broadcasted. Being the ultimate in creativity and self expression, skateboarding as an art form offers its user a tool in which true freedom is accessible to those who choose it. I promise you will only love skateboarding more after tasting all the many sweet treats she has to offer and you will find that this open minded attitude translates into your day to day life as well.
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When you hear Costa Rica thoughts tend to lean towards sunny beaches or tropical jungles, not skateboarding. I have a video that may change that for those of us who push showcasing the true shred-ability CR has to offer. Ca Vargas of Bonzing skateboards showcases some burly stand up skills on some of his local runs in paradise. CR has been on my travel list for some time but now it has moved up the list for very obvious reasons. JAH Bless y'all and don't ever forget to be adventurous when scoping for new spots because you never know what gem may lie just around the bend.
Welcome to another Product Review here on Beauty Out of Babylon in which an in depth analysis of the Independent Trucks Stage 11 standard model. This model is the most current stage released by Indy featuring all the most modern skateboard truck technology. These "bells and whistles" have been compiled through all the research and development that Indy has done over the literal decades they have been in the skating game. These features are made into reality by using only the top notch materials to create an end product that is not only #BuiltToGrind, but also built to last correlating directly into more time spent shredding and less time dreading having to fork over the change for a new set of trucks. Being a tried and true brand some may find it curious as to why a product review is necessary for something as proven and trusted as these trucks. This publication is meant to be an informational piece enlightening its reader of a rad skateboard brand as well as highlighting how to secure the maximum benefit of stoke from the product for the individual rider as it pertains to his/her different riding styles and approaches to skateboarding.
With many years under their belt dedicated to R&D, Independent Trucks pridefully brags that this is the most technologically advanced truck they have ever produced and their product will rival and/or surpass any competitors product in multiple areas of scrutiny when it comes to skateboard truck functionality and performance. Only top notch materials are used when casting any size model of their standard Stage 11 series starting from the base plate up. Issues such as wheel bite and greater grind clearance are just a few of many factors that were addressed in the latest design release from Indy by using professional feed back from their elite team of riders and by exploring the short comings of their previous stages. You can be sure that plenty of conscious thought was given just as to what real skateboarders will demand out of their trucks and then these thoughts were manifested and implemented through rigorous testing, ultimately deeming this line up of Indy trucks shred worthy for any and everyone. Indy did a fantastic job of finding the equilibrium between strength and weight by using 356-T6 aluminum for the hangers as well as baseplates rendering the operator with a light set up yet a set up that is strong enough to handle a brutal punishment. These aluminum hangers are only made stronger by the 4140 Steel axle which adds lots of rigidity while still offering light weight properties. All of this is attached to the base plate by a solid grade 8 king pin that is going to be harder to break then your Great Aunt Bertha's nasty cigarette habit. Leaving clearance for wheels 56mm and under while running riser-less/wheel well-less and all the while still maintaining control over the ever allusive wheelbite is yet another structural design that was rendered necessary for production of these beauties. And as if all of this wasn't enough to sway you, quality is ensured one of the only ways possible: by keeping production of Independent trucks in the good ol' US of A.
After you strip away the bells and whistles here is just a summarized list of features on the Stage 11 Indy's:
Independent did not want to leave any riders out when they crafted their "generic" line up of trucks which shows in the range of sizes produced offering 129,139,149,159,169, and 215 respectively. Common problems arise for the every day ripper when trying to decide upon which size truck to mount on their freshie deck that they just picked up. The issues that you'll want to avoid are pairing trucks that are either to small or to big for your current ride which will result in an unstable platform in the scenario of to small trucks or having wheels that stick out from under neath your deck which can result in wheel bite and other hang up related issues. To help alleviate some of these issues from surfacing, Independent has recommended board sizes to correspond with each truck in their line up.
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It should be noted that these recommendations are subject to wheel size and board shape but are a very good rough guide as to what size truck you will need in order to ensure a proper fit to the sled you currently are shredding. With such a wide variety of truck sizes, any and all types of skating are possible on the same line up of truck while not having to sacrifice any performance capabilities from any one discipline while using them. The use of high quality urethane for the bushings as well as pivot cups delivers a jank free set-up so whether you are hitting up the local skate park, bombing a scenic run, or just trying to get a few more ledge tricks in your arsenal, Independent has a truck that will fit any and all of your shred sleds.
As a skateboarding company, Independent trucks are absolutely not a one trick pony. Their roots run deep into the pioneering of almost every type of skateboarding being practiced today. All types of skateboarding are able to be accomplished by using the correct size Indy to fit your set up along with the endless customization options when it comes to bushing combinations. Skateboarders face many of the same demands on their equipment during different settings whether it be a skate park or a canyon pass and Independent trucks are made ready to stand up and conquer any demand thrown at them. If the founders of our art were able to build this house on Indy's, there isn't any reason we cannot keep adding on to it with them as well. Street, park, freeride, or downhill: give it a shot next time you are out for a rip on a set of Indy's!
For the past 8 months or so I have been riding a set of stage 11 169 Indy's on the multiple boards that have come and gone from underneath me in that time and I can say that every board I put them on was able to be used to its maximum potential. The amount of board feel and control offered by these trucks is insane but the real key is the confidence instilled by the quality that this product is constructed. It allows skateboarders to focus on progressing their skating rather then worry about the potential pain that results from equipment failures. I have taken these trucks with me to various skate parks up and down the east coast, ridden them daily in the indoor wooden Eastern Skateboard Supply skate park, and even have taken them down a hill during a pursuit of speed and I can honestly say that they did everything I could have asked them to do. To maintain the responsiveness of my Indy's, I replaced both the bushings and pivot cups after 3-4 months with more Independent urethane which breathed new life into my "old" set which is something I would highly recommend doing to ensure you maintain the highest level of performance possible. After grinding concrete, steel and pool coping, and anything else skate-able I have worn away enough of the hanger that the axle is clearly visible. Even after reaching this point I still have found absolutely zero effect on the grinding performance or the over all rigidity of the truck.
Although the grinding capabilities of these trucks are incredible, they are not the only feature that make them top tier in their respective world. These trucks offer stability at speeds that is hard to find an equal too when talking about stock straight outta the box trucks. There is no bushing upgrade needed to handle hills (although I am not discouraging it one bit!) and skating even the tightest corners of bowls or pools is a dream with how fluid these babies turn. I have found confidence to attempt lines containing copious amounts of speed while skating bowls simply because I know the flow characteristics of my trucks and I know they go where I tell them too. Its no coincidence that a majority of the set-up's owned by #ESSCrew members house a set of Independent trucks; they are a high performance machine that has stood tried and true and I highly recommend that you test a pair out for your self, you won't be disappointed.
The beautiful thing about skateboarding is that there is absolutely no wrong way to approach it, as long as you're stoked on the results you're doing it right. All set ups are permissible as far as Beauty Out of Babylon see's it and experimenting is always encouraged but sometimes when delving into a new discipline of skateboarding or trying out a new piece of equipment its nice to have a set up that is known to be kosher. The following are a few set ups that will allow any rider to add Indy into their diet of riding with pleasurable results guaranteed.
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When speed is on your mind pairing a set of 215 Indy's with a set of 69mm These 327 ATF and slapping that combonation on the new Bustin Boards William Royce Hollow core nothing but pleasure is going to come your way. This set up will allow tight tucking runs taking you to speeds that make you uncomfortable or allow you to slip and slide effortlessly with the perfect grip to slip ratio. You will be surprised at how light a set up of this size is which only adds to the versatility and capabilities to unleash the riders true inspired desires.
Combining all elements of skateboarding into one setup has been a desire of many ever since they started skateboarding. The ideal set up would be something light enough to retain the height on an ollie for grinds and other gap out related necessities while allowing the rider to hit any hills that laid between these spots. Putting a set of Hawgs Street 62mm 82a slippers on Independent 169's and then slapping that on a California Bonzing DaKine is the answer to all those desires and many, many more. Perfect buttery slides paired with pop straight out of the magazines allows the Indy's to do exactly what it is they do, shred all terrains with style and precision.
Robby Johns (@rabbit231) keeps up with the best of them around ESS and he only trusts Independent to keep him ripping. Slappin' some 54mm SPF Bones on his 149 Indy's and wrenchin' all that down to a fresh 8.5 Mini-Logo deck keeps Robby's feet happy and in control. Flat ground, ledges, and tranny are all in Robby's bag of tricks when he has his magic set up featuring his Indy's.
Thank you for taking the time to check out this Product Review on the Independent Stage 11 series of trucks. If you are in the market for a new set of trucks, please consider supporting Indy as a skater owned and operated company as well as be assured that you will be purchasing a top notch skateboarding product. The best place to grab a set would be at your local skate shop where you won't just find a new set of trucks, but you'll find local knowledge on spots as well as a place for the local community to rally for skater rights and even skate parks or events in your neck of the woods. If any of the trucks and/or set ups interest you, all product can be sent to your local skate shop from ESS by simply asking the shop owner or an employee to take an order for you. Support your fellow skater owned shops and together we can maintain this tight knit community all of us have come to love. JAH Bless y'all and enjoy the newly arrived warm weather by getting out and skating!