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 turn more. Spin any of my longboard wheels, including the Phase 1’s and they will easily spin for a good 10 or so seconds (although I have not officially timed them!).
So let’s say someone hops off a new school skateboard with the bearings set up as original and has a go of the stock standard Phase 1 longboard. They will probably be impressed at the speed.
On the other hand, I have been spoilt with the Bones Reds skateboard bearings and ABEC 11 70s Flashback wheels. I know how good wheels and bearings can be and as a result think that the Phase 1 wheels/bearings are slow.
What I am saying is that speed is relative.
Anyone else able to make some comparisons/observations of the Phase 1 boards?
Update 6 April 2008: It appears that eskatestuff are no longer selling these skateboards under the Phase 1 name. Their current boards are branded Vault.