The dimensions on this board are 10”x40.5” and it rides on a wheelbase of 34”. The deck tapers in toward the center from both directions to shed some weight and results in a sleek, directionally symmetrical riding experience. To make the operator feel secure and locked, the board has very little flex and also boasts a drop-down which is paired with a molded rib creating a pocket in both the front and rear. The trucks are attached via a drop-through mounting system.
When test riding this skateboard I wanted to make sure to test the functionality behind each of the features that Clutch choose to incorporate into this design by specifically skating terrain that would require intricate use of every inch of the board. I also wanted to insure a non-biased testing of the skateboard by choosing equipment I have had previous experience on and knew would correspond well to the test subject.
Deck: Clutch Skateboards H1 Model
Trucks: 10” 50 degree Caliber first generation
Wheels: These ATF 66mm 82a (worn to around 64mm)
Bushings: Blood Orange 89a barrels board side, 83a cones road side
Bearings: Bones Super Reds
Grip: MOB Coarse
No Risers were used in an effort to test the true strength of the wood with no cushioning during the testing period
The terrain chosen to ride this board featured multiple pavement types as well as different requirements to achieve a successful run insuring various different stresses and strains would be placed onto the skateboard. Whether it was a parking garage, a closed service road, or just pushing around commuting I wanted to make sure to run through any situation this skateboard design could be intended to conquer.
After taking this board through the paces and throwing down a few slides I was very pleased with the results delivered. Each and every one of the features served the specific purpose it was intended too and did so very well. The drop-down paired with the molded rib created a perfect pocket in both the front and rear locking my feet into place while not allowing them to slip off during slides or when railing corners at speed. These pockets were spaced out just a little wider than shoulder width which naturally encouraged a well balanced and supported stance by evenly distributing my weight overtop of the deck its self. This spacing system also allowed a very confident speed tuck stance proving that this design was intended for multiple riding applications. The drop down feature also performed exactly what its name describes: to drop the board closer to the ground and therefore lowering the center of gravity with it. This action in turn creates an even more stable and secure ride during straight speeds sections or in tight cornering situations. This character trait of stability was magnified even further by the use of the drop-thru truck mounting option. By sticking a set of reverse king pin trucks literally through the deck, the ride is brought even lower to the ground enhancing all the positive quality traits the drop down feature initiated. Since the board was directionally symmetrical, I never once was concerned when performing stance switching slides and/or speed checks during my downward dissension because I knew no matter what stance I ended up in, I would have a solid control over my craft and would always know where my feet were on my board. The wood held up very well to several bashings into walls during the times the board was able to escape my control showing no signs of chipping or cracking. The board proved to be an amazing board to simply push around as well due to its low proximity to the ground adding yet another dimension to its realm of capabilities.
Through my experience on this board it has become apparent that high performance is very possible on this sled so in order to insure similar results for other skateboarders, I would suggest setting this board up with Reverse Kingpin trucks that are 10” wide and have a base plate angle no lower then 40 degrees. The wider hanger will keep the wheels safe from the threat of wheel bite and the higher end base plate angles will keep the threat of your deck scraping over kinks or sudden pavement bumps. Strapping on a set of wheels that hover in the 70mm realm and are 78a-84a will provide that perfectly slippery or grippy ride that remains low to the ground but provides needed clearance. Bushing and bearing choice are personal preference and can be determined based upon which riding style you want to pursue.
Another huge thanks goes out to Eastern Skate Supply and Clutch Skateboards for providing the test material that is under scrutiny for y'all today. I hope y'all will consider this as an option for your next skateboard option when you visit your local skate shop. JAH Bless y'all and get out and skate in what ever fashion stokes you out the most!