Category Archives: Skateboards

Vault mountainboard

My Vault mountainboard turned up on a courier yesterday. I purchased it for $260 plus $24 freight from eskatestuff on eBay. One thing is for sure, eskatestuff have fast delivery. The advertised Vault mountainboard specifications are: 36″ x 9″ Canadian maple deck 11″ spring truck polished blue aluminium 200 mm X 50 mm rubber tyre wheels PU football style cushion removable foot straps with velcro leg leash rubber grip pads set allum keys hand tools.more »

Carving modification for Phase 1 dropdown longboard

I finally got to ride my Phase 1 dropdown longboard, but in my initial impressions suggested that the skateboard did not carve as well as expected. The board was very stable, but perhaps too stable at the expense of its ability to carve. When I took off the trucks to remove the remaining pieces of plastic that the board was wrapped in, I decided to rotate the riser pads so that the thickmore »

Phase 1 dropdown longboard initial impressions

Christmas has finally come and gone. I can now ride the Phase One (P1) dropdown longboard (specifications and price also listed) that my dog ‘gave’ me for Christmas. I took the longboard for a 9 km ride this morning with my trusty dog running alongside. Initial impressions of the dropdown board were very good. My understanding is that dropdown skateboards were originally designed for downhill speed work. This skateboard, while being relatively cheap, fitsmore »

Speed is relative

I have been having a chat with a reader about the speed of various skateboard wheel/bearing setups below my post on the Phase 1 dropdown longboard. In the meantime I have taken the opportunity to wander around a few stores selling skateboards and spin the boards’ wheels. I have been absolutely staggered how tight the off the shelf board wheels are. Give them a good spin and they barely roll half a turnmore »

Phase 1 40″ dropdown longboard

I received my Phase One (P1) 40″ dropdown longboard today. I bought it off eBay from eskatestuff for $150 plus $20 freight to Brisbane. (I note these skateboards have just gone up to $160). eskatestuff certainly has fast delivery. Both items I have bought from them arrived next business day from Sydney to Brisbane.     Advertised specifications of the Phase 1 skateboard are: nine ply full Canadian maple deck 40″ x 9 ”more »

ABEC 11 70’s Flashback wheels and Bones Reds skateboard bearings

Now that was fun! I just came back from a ride with new ABEC 11 70’s Flashback (70 mm, 81a) wheels and Bones Reds skateboard bearings fitted to my Phase One (1) 42″ longboard. Yee hah! I bought the wheels and bearings off eBay from Australia’s Favourite Skateboard Shop (who are apparently transitioning their online store to Boardshop Australia). The Bones Reds skateboard bearings were $19.50 and the ABEC 11 70’s Flashbacks were $54.99. Postagemore »

Phase 1 42″ longboard vs Bling Old School skateboard comparison

At first glance you would think that the Phase 1 42″ longboard and Bling Old School skateboard are two totally different boards and should not be compared. However, a) they are my only two skateboards at the moment, so I am going to compare them!, and b) they are actually not as far different as it would first seem — both skateboards fit the cruiser market, but come at it in totally different directions. Readmore »