Bushings and pivot cups
I'm on a mission at the minute to improve my setup. I bought secondhand and rode it basically the way it came. I bought new freebord bushings and pivot cups then ended up going all in on some new g3r trucks. Ive attached a picture of the cups I took out of a brand new pair of trucks....they suck, look how different they are.
In the end I've gone with otherbord bushings and washers with riptide pivot cups. Even something as simple as the otherbord washer is a piece or art, fit and finish is fantastic. Theimprovement is dramatic, no slack or play and a big improvement in feel. I think freebord could definitely improve a lot in this area, hopefully the 5 is better quality
the 5 has larger bushings, they are the biggest yet. Your right the stock bushings suck, but not because of quality, because they are mediums. Harder bushings are much better imo, the freebord green bushings are what i use, and no complaints. As for the riptide, pivot cups, yes they are the way to go. the otherboard washer is definitely a great upgrade, and i am not 100% but I do believe the new freebord comes with a similar washer. I also have 2 sets of the OB washers and they work great. Freebord has to meet demand and make money at the same time, so don't expect the freebord parts to be as primo as otherboard parts which cost alot more to make. The otherboard centers are cnc parts and cost more than a complete freebord. Remember that freebord is selling to a wide audience and needs to keep the price down to get those sales to the average person. Upgraded decks and parts have been around for years for the more eccentric freeborder. This is a very small sport and you gotta understand that most people arent willing to pay 500$ for a carbon fiber reinforced board and trucks that cost more then the current completes.
@suntorni yeah I get what you're saying and I wouldnt expect something that's mass produced to a price to be up there with the bespoke engineered parts but I do think there's probably a more middle ground, but then what do I know, I know nothing about putting something into production.
If you look at something like that pivot cup, I would assume the cost to produce them must be only be really small but a good quality one makes a big difference so it would be worth doing well.
I like to mod stuff and play about so I'm happy to experiment and think it's a good inexpensive upgrade for anyone not happy with the feel of their ride.
yeah no doubt bro, I get what your saying.... although its not costly to mass produce a pivot cup, its taken riptide decades of trial and error to produce such a great pivot cup im sure, so if freebord specialized in pivot cups, they would have a great pivot cup as well, but the only other option is to buy riptides pivot cups, which would get expensive having to stock them and sell them for markup. makes more sense for you to just buy them and put them on, because most freebord riders wont notice the difference, even though we hardcore guys do. All those parts you replaced start to add up, and would make the product too expensive for the average consumer. They already complain about spending 300$ on a board, and thats nickles and dimes to anyone 30+ years old imo.