The wide world of trucks is a vast worm hole that has been addressed in a previous Shreducation that I highly encourage everyone reading this to either read for the first time or re-read as a per-cursor of what is to follow. This will explain the basic differences and purposes of the two categories of skateboarding trucks on the market today. These categories of course being Traditional Kingpin's (TKP) and Reverse Kingpin's (RKP) each of which is designed to tackle various terrains and situations that are bound to come across your path whenever you are out for a rip. To help keep things rolling straight in the minds of all you out there, I am going to publish two separate guides, one geared toward TKP's and the following part will tie up the RKP part of the 2014 Holiday Buyers Guide. Without Further ado, lets get these bells a-jigglin'!
Traditional Kingpin Trucks
Going with a "less is more" approach, Ace has come into the truck game and really turned some heads all the while putting together one of the most talented teams in the skate world right now. When a rider is looking for a truck that is going to hold up to abuse during grinds on multiple surfaces, and still offer stability upon arriving back to the planet earth after what ever gap or stair set your town holds, then Ace should definitely be on their wish list this holiday season.
Bear Trucks is no stranger to the truck scene, having been heavily envolved in the downhill scene from its infancy Bear has come to be a trusted and true name when it comes to high performance hard goods. Seeing a need in their arsenal for those riders both on their pro team and all those shredders out there who support this brand, the good people at Bear put their paws to the grind and put out the Polar Bear, a traditional kingpin truck that is afraid of nothing you can put in its path.
Progression is not achieved by being stagnant and sticking to traditional methods that have been worn out, but rather by breaking the mold and casting one of your own. Caliber Trucks has done just this by adding new branches to their truck trunk and sprouting the Standard series for all the harvest and enjoy. Known far and wide as a company who houses a power house team of riders determined to obliterate any obstacles that can possibly find a way to skate. To facilitate to this desire Caliber budded a gift that no one will be disappointed with picking to stuff their stocking this year.
Independent Stage 11
Independent is known as the archetype when it comes to trucks which is justly earned seeing as they have been in the game longer then many of you reading this, and even my self as I write this, have been alive. This time in the spot light means that they have had plenty of time for some research and design when it comes to their product. With a slogan like "Built to Grind" its not hard to figure out just what these trucks are meant for. Composed of a solid hanger seated perfectly on an equally strong baseplate, you can bet that you will be riding your set of Indy's long and hard as you wait for next Christmas season to roll around.
With the quiver mentality becoming a sweeping reality all across this nation of shred, its only fitting that all aspects of our equipment come along in this mentality. Paris Truck Co. is another downhill company that has seen the light and the value of diversifying by offering a TKP truck in their line up. I am so grateful for this revelation on their part because oh my what a great product they have graced the market with. Taking what they knew about going fast with style and grace and teaming it perfectly with the desire to tear apart the streets, the Paris TKP was born!