Freebord 5-X prototyping process
The prototyping process of the Freebord 5-X. Which of these trucks have you tested?
The first "real" prototype of the independent suspension. We also had a version with smaller hangers that the castor wheel could be adjusted to be in the center of the axel.
This was the first protoype that felt right. After riding this one downhill and getting a sense of the carve offered by the independent suspension the normal G3R didn't feel right.
This was the first take at making the independent suspension trucks look pretty. This specific board was altered to prototype the use of wide castors. The big center wheel has both benefits and drawbacks. For the launch of the new product line we decided to stick with the classic castor size. I'll go deeper into the +/- on a separate thread.
@coach Cant wait to hear your thoughts/experiences as to the +/- of wide centers. From the little I rode on the wide centers in CO to me my first impression is the board wants to stay centered more almost like it was pulling to center and spinning was more forced. Maybe it was cuz I only rode them for a few minutes, but it definitely felt different.
@suntorn yeah the biggest difference is speed and feeling smooth over cracks. When going 90 the board seems to accelerate. I never experienced chatter at full speed but the additional weight makes it scary even at 30. The biggest thing right now is working with two different truck styles and introducing a third variable for the release seems unwise
I have been wondering what happens if you only put one caster on the board in the middle, something about the idea intrigues me. The 5-X trucks seem really fun and I can't wait for them to be the go-to choice.