The functionality of a product is derived from the features that it is comprised of and a set of Caliber Standards has all the bells and whistles needed for all around skateboarding pleasantly packaged in one convenient pair of trucks. It is obvious even from first glance that this product is built to rage anything and everything you throw at it. The tombstone style hanger is beefed up in the right areas but not so much so that the thing weighs the same as a brick. Both the hanger and baseplate look and feel very solid and this is due to their construction being of A356 T6 virgin aluminum which offers the best strength to weight ratio out there. This choice in material is going to offer an all around high performance over a longer period of time allowing its rider to maximize the potential out of each set. Since the material offers such high strength properties, Caliber was securely able to drill 8 bolt holes in the base plate to accommodate any bolt pattern or to offer a slight wheelbase tweaking option even if your sled doesn't have multiple holes drilled. The deal breaker on a set of trucks that many people do not account for is the set of bushings that are used to seat the hanger onto the baseplate. A good or bad set of bushing will 100% make or break the performance of a set of trucks and Caliber accounted for this by equipping stock in every set of Standards Blood Orange 92a HR (high rebound) bushings. This particular model will deliver a quick return to center when performing maneuvers of any type as well as providing stability whether you're bombing a local classic or raging the deep end of a poached pool. The bushing seat was specifically designed to fit snugly and provide a secure contact point delivering a repetitiously responsive ride that instills confidence no matter what situation comes up. These bushings fit perfectly around a secure grade 8 kingpin that resides low enough below the hanger to ensure maximum grind clearance even as a groove pattern is developed. All of this was bundled together into a sleek, sexy end product that looks like it was crafted by the skate gods.
In order to ensure that each of these features was tested in an environment that would push its capabilities to the level intended by its designers, I wanted to skate various locations that offered a mixture of speed and obstacles that would provide me with the perfect dynamic to get an accurate gage on how these trucks "Skate Everything". I hit up parking garages, college campuses, skate parks, and even a slide jam all the while repping the same set of trucks, setup with the stock bushing options in an attempt to let you know exactly how these babies will ride straight off your local skate shops shelf.
This product is produced by a company deep into all types of skateboarding so I wanted to honor these roots by assembling a setup with these capabilities bred into its DNA. Here is what was under my toes during my testing:
Board: California Bonzing Da Kine
Trucks: Caliber Stanard 8.0 Blackout
Bushings: Blood Orange 92a HR (Stock in Caliber Standards)
Wheels: Hawgs Street 62mm 82a and/or Ricta Park Crusher's 59mm 79b
Bearings: Mini Logo (Side Note: Great cheap bearing option!)
After putting these trucks through the paces for almost 2 weeks I feel very confident in saying that these are some of the best feeling pieces of skateboarding equipment that I have had the joy of riding. My initial observation on my very first time on them was the quality feel provided by the bushings. When I leaned on them you could almost feel them giving all the while desiring to return to center due to their high rebound nature. This provided a very smooth and even turning experience and set up a deck platform that did not wobble side to side but had great response to it. Grinds on these bad boys were equally as smooth as the turn properties they produce leaving the rider with a true frictionless grind that feels like it will go on until the coping ends. The best part about these buttery grinds was that they were perfectly locked in due to the recessed king pin. This feature worked equally as well when exiting grinds or stalls allowing a hang-up free transition back into the ramp or off the obstacle. These qualities held true no matter what material that was coming into contact with the hanger on that grind; a smooth, frictionless experience of bliss was always the end result and despite my best efforts the A356 T6 virgin aluminum wore very minimally offering me an excellent life expectancy still to come. I took advantage of the multiple bolt holes on the base plate by moving the back truck up a little exposing more of my boards tail in an attempt to maximize pop and ollie height.
Skateboarding is beginning to reach a level of progression in which top notch gear is needed in order to perform at the highest level possible. Well if you are currently skating on the highest stage or just looking to advance in a few aspects of skateboarding you haven't participated in much, the Caliber Standard is your truck. I cannot think of any design flaws that I encountered during my testing period and experienced nothing but fun while riding them. If I could change anything it would be to up the size from an 8.0 to an 8.5 for the set up I had configured but even running a smaller then ideal truck, performance was very minimally affected. This is an incredibly solid product that I would recommend to any type of skateboarder looking to skate just about any terrain. Below is what I would rate these trucks in various critical skateboard truck categories on a scale of 1-5, 5 being the best.
Grind Feel: 5
Slide Control: 4.5
Caliber has a guideline for what size Standard truck will fit what size deck in an effort to aid their customers in configuring the setup that they are individually looking for. They are as follows:
Width Hanger Weight Height Board Sizes
8" 135mm 382 g 54mm 7.75"-8.25"
8.5" 148mm 395 g 54mm 8.3"-8.6"
9" 160mm 410 g 54mm 8.8"-9.5"
Keep this chart in mind when thinking of which sleds you want to attach some Standards too so that you can ensure that the deck size you will be riding will properly house your wheels. I would recommend wheels with rounded lips that are center set when setting up your sled because wheels of that type are more easily adapted for multiple terrains and skating disciplines. Remember there is absolutely no wrong way to set up your skateboard and as long as you are including a set of Caliber Standards, you are sure to be pleased with the results they offer.