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Michael Sauer
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« on: March 09, 2012, 12:05:46 PM »

how's it goin' yall? i used to skate back when i was like 14-16 but i was never too serious about it and now that i'm a bit older and have the means to keep up with the sport, i'm wanting to pick it up again.  also the fact that i'm majoring in radio/tv/film at the moment has heavily influenced my decision to pick it back up, i want to make skate films, and i need to be able to at least follow ppl but for the most part i'm just trying to get back to that feeling that skating gave me, basically a freedom above normal freedom if that makes sense. ANYWAY, i'm thinking about this setup and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions/tips/review about products i've chosen or ANYTHING you think would be useful to me, i'd like to hear it. appreciate the read and sorry i babbled for so long psh--here's the setup:

CCS standard issue deck - 7.5
Tensor slider mid trucks   - 7.75
Ricta Supercrystal Wheels- size 53 dura-99a
Bones Reds bearings

that's pretty much it, i've got my mind made up on grip tape and everything else, i would just like some feedback on these items if anyone cares to give some.  ALSO, i am about 5'11 155lbs, i used to skate wider decks but i found they were harder to do any flip tricks on (or maybe i just straight blew)--but i felt like a skinnier deck always felt better to me when i would ride a friends, that's why i chose 7.5 for this one. thanks to anyone who reads, and appreciate it. holla
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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2012, 12:27:56 PM »

1-fuck ccs. support your local shop.
2-tensors are crap. aces, indys, or thunders.
3-you're 5-11, 155, and you're going to ride a 7.5? c'mon, son. get a big boy board.
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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2012, 01:21:14 PM »

Go for it...I encourage anyone of any age to skate and keep on skating until they can't skate any more.

As far as your set up goes, I tend to agree with bailgun...The type/size deck you get is really up to you, but actually going to a local shop will help you make your decision. You can see what it looks like and even stand on it so you know how it feels under your feet. I'm only 5'8" and I prefer an 8" deck, but everyone's different.

I only ride Indy's but that's my personal preference (I've always ridden them.) Wheels, same thing. I like Spitfires, but everyone's different. Bearings...I would say if you're going to go with Reds, spend a few extra dollars and get the Super Reds; They're higher quality and they are faster than the regulars, (If you have money, which I don't, spring for the Swiss or ceramics...Very high quality.)

Hope that helps a little, and good luck.
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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2012, 01:42:31 PM »

my friend just came over with this deck(7.5) and a friends(8.0) and i tried both of them and it felt like when i was on the 8, i had more control on ollies, but the deck was also so much heavier! i feel like with the 7.5 i would have more control with flips(since it's lighter) or does this not make sense?  to me it felt like when i rode the 8 then got on the 7.5 it was like swinging a donut on a bat then taking it off.  i'm honestly looking for some more opinions so if anyone reading this has a second plz just lemme know what you think.  is a 7.5 deck going to break easier since it's smaller than an 8 or is it just the "board control" that is being addressed by this change.  thanks yall.

also, my local skate shop is zumiez and their decks blow, so anymore feedback for ccs decks?
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« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2012, 03:39:15 PM »

Yeah, I agree with everyone else.  A 7.5 is what I rode when I was nine.  You need at least an 8.  Also, don't buy from ccs.  You don't have a local shop?  That's just my opinion.
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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2012, 04:44:03 PM »

i dunno why everyone hates on ccs, lol. my local "shop" is zumiez, overpriced BULLSHIT.  CCS is great for prices and selection and they've always been a legit store front, i've been buying from them for years. there's a reason why they're still around. 

what the hell tho, an 8!? for real!? that shit is like HUGE, i don't want to skate vert i am just trying to get back into the swing of things and get the basics down, is it going to easier on a bigger or smaller deck?  what about a 7.75 instead?

appreciate the replies.
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« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2012, 06:59:56 PM »

I've never used CCS so I don't know too much about them. If you don't have a local shop other than Zumiez and you don't want to go there, order a deck that you like from wherever you want to...

You wanted some opinions and you got them...Some people prefer bigger boards, and some prefer smaller ones. You said you felt good on a 7.5", but felt like you had a better ollie on an 8"...

The major consensus here seems to be that the 7.5 is more of a kid's board, but you feel that the 8 might be too big...Maybe the answer is a 7.75/7.8?

One thing to consider when deciding on the width of your deck is the size of your feet...What size shoes do you wear? I only wear a size nine and I swear by my 8" deck (and I skate mostly street, plenty of flip tricks included). I think that the whole "heavy" thing was all in your head or your friend just had a heavy board (wheels/trucks/etc..) We're only talking about 1/2" in width and a tiny bit of length. That's not enough wood to make a significant difference in weight.
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« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2012, 07:46:55 PM »

for sure for sure. i really appreciate all the answers i've got so far. i think im either going to go with an 8/7.75. prolly the 8 first so i can get a real solid ollie down and yeah come to think of it the dude had independents on his deck and the other had something else so it was probably the trucks.

what about tensor vs krux for trucks?

im also thinking about the ricta supercrystal wheels, they're expensive but does anyone know if they're worth it? i mean it's Ricta but could i just get some Bones 100s and still be straight?

that is all for now.

seriously, thank yall
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« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2012, 08:47:16 PM »

I think you are stressing about the entirely wrong aspect of your setup.  Clearly the only thing you are going to be spending your time on is blowing dudes so it would likely behoove you to invest in some solid knee pads. 

Your local shop has those too,

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« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2012, 10:11:43 AM »

The most important thing you can do is sand the graphics off your wheels. You'll notice how much lighter your set up is and your nollie inward heelflips will be so much more steezed out.
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« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2012, 12:58:43 PM »

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« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2012, 01:40:20 PM »

If you want to progress quickly you need to
1. Skate a lot
2. Not get injured.
3. Ride a lot of shapes and keep track of WHY you like what you like.
4. Ignore other peoples input and really go with what works for you regardless of fashion.

In a nutshell, width adds stability for street/flips while wheelbase adds stability for tranny and speed. Usually they increase together. Wheelbase will really affect your ride overall. Tail length and shape will really affect your ollies. So will the amount of tail and nose kick. Companies like flip that  have steep kicks will feel really different than something flatter like creature even with the same width and wheelbase and same parent company. Depth of concave is important too. Skate companies rarely list this information and skaters are willfully ignorant of it as well. If you want to get better faster then keep track and think and feel with your feet.
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« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2012, 01:45:10 PM »

Oh yeah, for trucks, try Aces (deep carve, light, awesome) Indys (a little more stable, not as surf carve as ace) or Theeves (very stable, light, solid, eat bushings really fast)

Krux are o.k. if you don't like to turn much
Tensors are o.k. if you never ever want to turn again. Even then you should throw them away. Even if you get paid to ride them.
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« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2012, 02:40:10 PM »

i know i like to ride loose and i was debating between krux and tensor lol so both of those are out now, i suppose. i had original independents back in the day and i remember they were heavy as balls, but i did see that they are making lighter ones now, so i could check them out as well. 
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« Reply #14 on: March 11, 2012, 10:22:45 PM »

If you liked old indys try aces. Tershay worked at Indy and left to create Ace based on the old indy stage 2 and stage 3. Not as solid as indys but lighter and turn deeper and plenty strong enough. I really wanted to stay with Indy but just prefer the Ace 44s so I based my board choices around that truck really. Prefer it to the stage 10 Indy although stage 10s are good trucks too.
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