Lush Longboards GT Race Slide Gloves Review

Lush GT Race Slide Gloves

Lush Longboards has over a decade of experience in designing, testing and providing commercial slide gloves to skaters all over the world. Their first model, the V1 slide gloves, were an answer to the DIY slide gloves we all once made at home and just knew they won’t last long.

Since then the guys at Lush dedicated their energy in perfecting the art of choosing the right materials, design, construction and fit. With the drive for improvement came the fact, that every model was better than the previous.

Lush Longboards GT Race Slide Glove features

The GT Race Gloves are their proudest achievement and are described to be one of the most comfortable and durable gloves on the market – The creme de la creme!

What makes these gloves even better is the input from most the Lush Longboards team riders from all over the globe, skating them to total destruction in all weather conditions for over a two year period. Vigorous testing and combining different materials with the OG ones, make one hell of a strong product.

Now lets get down to the neat and greet with the technical details to get to know what you get for your buck.


As we all know the one of the most important things of a good pair of slide gloves is the fit. A loose fit simply isn’t desirable as it results in rips and dragging your fingers on the pavement even though you point them up while sliding.

The first thing I noticed when I tried the GT Race longboard gloves is the nice soft feel of the interior consisting of the brushed genuine leather back side of the smooth exterior.

Lush Longboards GT Race Slide Glove features

Normally when I got new leather gloves from different brands the one thing that bothered me was the inside stitching that chafed my hands almost immediately. In this case, I must say the seams of the different leather components are almost flat.

The next feature I noticed is the padding on the palms which feels super comfy with the pucks on and flexible without them. The padded palm insert between your hand and the puck results in reducing puck vibration while sliding which is perfect for high speeds on rough pavement and minimising hard impacts.

Lush Longboards GT Race Slide Glove features

Moving on to the outside of the glove, you will notice the low profile wrist tab that was designed for the perfect fit with your race leathers. The low profile is also nice if you are used to skating with a watch on and are looking for something comfortable with a good amount of protection.

Lush Longboards GT Race Slide Glove features

If you choose to only have one pair of slide gloves for freeride and downhill, you will appreciate the perforations on the top side of the glove. The breathable back and fingers are stretchy and made from the same leather as their previous model. If you ever owned a pair of the Deluxe Race Gloves, then you know the leather is really tough, light, yet super comfy.


The second main consideration while designing the glove was protection. As the GT is are true race gloves they have loads of added features to keep your precious hands nice and safe.

As a new material in their collection, the fingertips, thumbs, grip and wrist are all made from Buffalo Hide. Known also as Buffalo leather this material absorbs and releases moisture a lot like our skin. It provides temperature adaptation and will conform to your hands, but will not stretch out of shape.

Lush Longboards GT Race Slide Glove features

The next thing I want to mention is the newly designed hidden knuckle armour. This one-piece added feature is a bit bigger than in their previous model and will take some getting used to, but the inside is padded and provides extra protection you need especially while racing.

As for the stitching goes, the GT longboard slide gloves are sewn together using a high quality Coats thread. The critical areas are triple stitched while the rest is double or single stitched. The last thing on the feature list it the OG, legit Velcro that holds the pucks way better than any other knockoff.

Price & Where To Buy

The Lush Longboards GT Race Gloves are among the most expensive ones on the market, but their price is justified by all these cool features which should make them last much longer then the low or mid-priced gloves. The beginners might want to start off with some cheaper gloves, while the GT Race gloves make a good choice for those who take racing a bit more serious.

Online Store Price * 84.95 Euro 85.99 Euro 95.11 Euro (UK) 86.00 Euro

* Please note that the retailers may change the price or availability

Kebbek Skateboards brings back its roots with the Dig Deep deck

Kebbek Skateboards brings back its roots with the Dig Deep deck

Kebbek Skateboards has a huge history in downhill skateboarding, but not many remember their roots in street and transition skating. The Dig Deep transition deck is an homage to their history of street skating from a time when they were called PM skateboards.

Kebbek Dig Deep skateboard

This board has a few very special features intended for transition skating, but they are so subtle, that they don’t take away from the general functionality of the board.

Kebbek Dig Deep skateboard

Check out the subtle tail taper. This gives you a gas pedal, (as you can see in this photo digdeeptailtaper.jpeg) which gives you board feel and leverage when scooping airs and snapping no-complys.

The nose has a flat taper so it fits in your hand making it natural to locate in the air or pulling Crails while staying functional for flip tricks.

Dig Deep skateboard deck is 32 inches long, 8.4 inches wide and has a 14.5 inch wheelbase.

You can test the Dig Deep board out on the mini-ramp at KnK Longboard Camp this year if you are attending. Kebbek is the title sponsor, so it will be your chance to try any of their boards out! Browse through their new line up at

Cult Emperor freeride longboard wheels review by Mihael Zadravec

Cult Emperor freeride longboard wheels. Photo by Mihael Zadravec

Earlier this year, Cult introduced the Emperor freeride longboard wheels powered by their latest and Jorge Pernes’s new favourite, Dopathane formula. Adam Hill from Cult was very kind to send me a set to try them out and in return I promised to write a review. So, if you’re stoked on getting a set for yourself and want to know how they roll, read through to find out how they worked for me.

Cult Emperor – The first look

Let’s have a look at the basic features of the Emperor wheel first and then I’ll tell you more about how are they “straight out the box”, how’s the slide like and more…

Cult Emperor freeride longboard wheels. Photo by Nadia Hozić

The Cult Emperor wheels are 71mm in diameter and have a 50.5mm wide contact patch, while the overall width of the wheel is 53.5mm. At least for now, the Emperors are available in 78a durometer (hardness) and in white colour only. The Emperors have an offset bearing hub, but I still managed to skate them flipped without noticing any significant difference.

The wheels have a bevelled edge to ensure reliable release, while the wider contact patch and the softer urethane provide more braking power. This combination makes it great especially for faster freeride runs or slidy pavement and it helped me gain confidence to throw some standies at higher speeds then usual.

Big bada** core

Besides the new “mid grip” Dopathane formula, the Cult Emperor wheels introduced a brand new core design. The new big vented core supports the lips of the wheels in such a way, that it reduces the lip’s deformation while it’s under pressure. Also, because the core is so big and wide, the weight is distributed more evenly which leads to more consistent wearing of the wheel.

With that being said, it’s fair to mention that because of their big core, the ride on the Emperors feels a bit “harder” on a rougher surface. As expected, on a smoother pavement, they feel great, have nice roll speed and smooth consistent slide.

Getting the bearings out was a bit challenging as they fit very tightly and the core is very hard (I used Zealous bearings). A proper snug fit, I guess :)

How are the Emperors “straight out of the box”

The Emperors don’t come with a stone ground finish, so straight out of the box they have solid amount of grip too, but once I manage to break the traction, the slide felt very icy. However, after a couple of solid runs, the skin was finally off and the true nature of the wheel started showing.

Here’s few impressions from the first few drops, shot by my girlfriend Nadia Hozić.
Thank you, Nadia :-*

How do they slide

I switched to Cult Emperor from the much more slidy wheels, Remember Hoots 80a, so I had to get used to it first. Emperor is a much wider and softer wheel then I was used to, but that also led to me getting more confidence when sliding at higher speeds.

So, once the skin was completely off, they had a really nice consistent slide as well as a predictable release and hook up. Although they are 78a, the Emperors were not as grippy as I was expecting them to be.

Slide initiation with the Emperors is as easy as with Cult Cerebrum, but they will slow you down more. Pretty much all of the people I talked with about the Emperors agreed that this is a great mix.

Wearing and durability

Since the Emperors have softer urethane in combination with the offset bearing hub, I was expecting them to cone, but that was not the case thanks to that huge core. Although they are offset, the Emperor felt very much as a centerset wheels.

Here’s a photo I took on the first day after a couple of hours of skating.

Cult Emperor after a couple of hours of skating. Photo by Mihael Zadravec

I skated on Emperors for the next 6 sessions until I managed to flat spot one of the wheels after pulling off some longer squat stand up slides, but that was my fault really as I was putting the board too much sideways (at 90 degree). Being a bit overweight at that time didn’t help either.

I managed to wear them down for 1 cm, down to ~61mm when the orange colour (the core) started showing through the urethane (in the middle of the wheel).

However, there’s still plenty of slides left in them and I will finish them off as soon as I get the chance.

In Emperors defence, I think it’s fair to admit that sooner or later, I flat spot every wheel, regardless the brand or a wheel type and durometer. I guess, I suck a bit haha!

Here’s a video from some of the sessions with my buddy Benjamin Sabol (Kebbek Skateboards).

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How’s the grip on the Emperor wheels

As I mentioned earlier, while still fresh and with the skin, the Emperor wheels have a decent amount of grip, but they wouldn’t be my choice of wheel for fast grip and rip runs. For such runs, I usually switch to wheels like Cult Traction Beam or similar.

After all, the Emperor is meant to be a freeride wheel and it does slide quite a lot once you put the board sideways. Taking that in consideration, they do serve the purpose very well.

Don’t let that stop you from sending them down the hill as fast as you can manage it… After all, we all have our personal preferences and skating style. What might work the best for me, might not work as well for you.

How much do they cost

The Cult Emperor longboard wheels come in at around 64 Euros which puts them in the upper mid price range. If you’re already an experienced rider, you will find much value in them for that money, that’s for sure.

As for beginners, I would say go for it if you don’t find the price to big for your budget, otherwise, check out some cheaper options. Otherwise, the Emperor wheels are a great choice for beginners as they provide with a really nice mix of a grip and slide characteristics and they will be great for “not super fast” downhill runs as well.

Final words

I guess it’s time to end this post at some point, so here’s my final thoughts on the Emperor wheels.

Overall, I find the Emperor to be a great freeride wheel with a smooth and predictable slide once the skin is off. When fresh and with the skin the slide wasn’t that nice and it would be awesome to have them available with stone ground finish.

The wearing of the wheel really is consistent as promised and you shouldn’t have any problems skating them till the core pops out. Although they are offset, due to the big core, the Emperors feel much like centerset wheels and you can flip them in case if you need to make them even again (for example, if you’re a beginner and sliding only heelside or toeside and wearing only one side of the wheels).

That’s all folks! I highly recommend you give the Cult Emperor freeride wheels a try and leave a comment bellow to let us know how they worked for you. Happy shredding!

Official video featuring Jorge Pernes

I guess, who’s better out there to show off the Emperors in action the Jorge Pernes. Right?
For more info and inquiries visit Cult Wheels website.

My big Buttboard test weekend and the first race of the year

Buttboard tests by Alexander Tikialex Frischauf

A few weeks ago I attempted the first race of the Czech CGSA cup series at Makarov with my collection of Buttboards and Luges, plus some setups, to give you all an impression and a little help to choose your deck. It’s all based on my perception and riding style. And the second goal of the weekend was to reach the podium on race day ;-)

Buttboard tests by Alexander Tikialex Frischauf

The Testees

  • Flying Dentist Buttboard, ISIS 150 Hanger/Randal Comp 60° Baseplate front (TM), Navigator Drone 170 50° Baseplate back (DT), FatAnt Barrel Bushings, Cult Raptures 77a
  • Alpha Longboards Buttboard, Ronin Cast 180, Ronin standard Bushings, Hawgs Bigger Biggies 78a
  • Manowar Buttboard, Randal DH 160 Hanger/Comp 60° Base front (TM), Caliber 180 Hanger/Randal Comp 50° Base back, FatAnt Barrel Bushings, Hawgs Bigger Biggies 78a
  • TikiBoards Buttboard (made by Hackbrett), Randal 180 Hanger/Comp 60° Base front, Randal 180 Hanger/Comp 50° Base (TM), FatAnt Barrel Bushings, Cult Raptures 73a
  • 9.81 Buttboard, Amok 150 Hanger/Randal Comp 60° Base front, Caliber 180 Hanger/Navigator Drone 50° Base (DT), FatAnt Barrel Bushings, Hawgs Bigger Biggies 76a

1. Flying Dentist Buttboard

Flying Dentist Buttboard
Flying Dentist Buttboard - Concave

On first day’s schedule was freeride and practice, so it was testing time with 2-4 runs with every board I brought. Starting with my Flying Dentist Buttboard on my special setup to get used to the track as it was my first time riding this year.

This Board and setup works perfect for me as I’m really used to it. I know my position on the board as I ride it since 2011 and with the setup it turns tight with tons of grip and still stable at speeds (around 80-90kph at Makarov).

2. Alpha Longboards Buttboard

Alpha Longboards Buttboard Alpha Longboards Buttboard - Concave

Next up I choose the South African Buttboard from Alpha Longboards made by Kent Lingeveldt from Cape Town as it got a similar shape to my Flying Dentist, but is heavier, so I found my position on it very easy and liked the feeling on it.

The front truck is mounted with a 5.5° wedge riser to give it more turn, for me a good alternative to my favourite trucks, the Spanish Guga Trucks Black Lotus. Couldn’t go as tight through the corners as with the Flying Dentist, because of more weight and the wider hangers.

3. Manowar Buttboard

Manowar Buttboard Manowar Buttboard - Concave Manowar Buttboard - Concave

Now it was time for the new version of the Australian Manowar Buttboard made by Phill Champion. It’s one of the new generation boards with a drop or flares in the front, so you come a little bit closer to the road and have a support for your butt to find your position easier.

The original wheelbase is longer (same to the 9.81) than my usual board, so I had problems getting the corners on the race line with my riding style. Thanks to the flared front I found my riding position very easy. Changed the wheelbase to my standard length and added rails, now it waits for more testing and a report will follow.

4. 9.81 Buttboard

9.81 Buttboard 9.81 Buttboard - Concave 9.81 Buttboard - Concave

The Swiss 9.81 Buttboard made by the Robert Brothers is a well known classic and was one of the first with the flared front. The longer wheelbase and drop through truck mount makes it stable as hell, but you need to work more in corners to get a tight line.

I’m not a fan of the narrow back of the deck as I can’t work enough with my shoulders in light corners. As for the craftsmanship, it’s pure Swiss quality!

Tikiboards Classic Luge

tikiboards TikiBoards Buttboard - Concave

Last one to give a ride was my old Tikiboards Classic Luge. It was made by Hackbrett in Freiburg (Germany), with their experience in laminating top class decks, to my specifications. The many wheelbase options and simple shape makes it a deck for every riding style and size of rider. With the added rails it handles nicely in corners and you always have a good grip with the hands. If you get the chance to get one of these – buy it and get yourself a light weight gun!

Race day

Sunday was race day and I choose to use the Flying Dentist Board with the 75a version of the Raptures I tested the day before on my Street luge for that extra bit of grip in the high speed sweepers.

As we were only 6 riders we started with semi finals. In my heat I got two Czech riders and on the other semi Austrian Konstantin Weigl had also to race two locals. For the finals, I switched to my favourite wheels, the Cult Rapture 77a for some extra speed as Konstantin is a heavy fast guy on the straights.

So it was Konstantin, Don Hoblinon (fb name, sorry can’t remember your real name), Petr Záleský and me. Everyone who knows me from the races, is aware of my slow starting, so I was really nervous with Konstantin next to me and some more weight, he had a big advantage on this track.

Makarov finals by Lucie Kafková

“Riders ready … Riders set … GO!” and we were off!

Surprisingly I came second off the start line, staying close behind Konstantin through the first right hander, staying inside for the following left 180 sneaking through on first position and controlled the race from there on till the finish line – first race of the year and top of podium – stoked big time!!!

Makarov podium by Lucie Kafková

Great race, awesome road and nice organisers who know what they are doing made this weekend perfect!

Still got one more board for you – at last years Teolo race I got the chance to ride Mikel Echegaray‘s Hare Buttboard from Goat Longboards in Spain.

Mikel mounted his signature Guga Trucks, the Black Lotus and RAD Advantage 78a. The deck has a drop after the front truck, which is top mounted and a drop mounted back truck. For me the drop could be a little bit more to have a perfect fit on my butt.

Goat Hare Buttboard. Rider: Mikel Echegaray Diez Photo by Kaina

Believe it or not, but Mikel has some more weight then me and so the bushing setup was a little bit to hard for me, but I didn’t changed it, as he has set it up for race day. Apart from this, it felt really nice and I’m looking forward to get my own.

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The Alchemist – precision longboard trucks by Revolt

The Alchemist - precision longboard trucks by Revolt

The Alchemist – precision longboard trucks by Revolt

Simplicity, effectiveness and a down-to-earth design is not something that today’s market is focusing on. Usually brands try to fill their products with lots of features (which isn’t a bad thing) together with making them look as best as they can, but maybe skimp on the actual ride feel of the product. Revolt is now introducing their first trucks, made to be simple, effective and cheap. Let’s take a look at what their trucks have to offer.

The Alchemist – Features

The Alchemist precision trucks by Revolt have a 175mm wide flippable hanger with a 1.8mm rake, all on a 42° baseplate, making them snappy and responsive, but still stable and controllable enough at high speeds. The board- and roadside bushings are sitting inside a non-restrictive bushing seat which allows for both regular, as well as fat/chubby style bushings.

The Alchemist precision trucks by Revolt

Positively raked (axles further away from the deck) trucks give a more lively and direct feel, negatively raked (axles closer to the deck), they give a more solid and stable ride.

We didn’t over-do the rake so I see it more as a little tuning option to fine-tune your setup, depending on your own preferences and your riding style – from full-on downhill, to slower, “techy” hill-bombing. ~ Mathijs Baars, Revolt Innovations founder

The trucks come equipped with Riptide pivot cups and Riptide KranK bushings. KranK’s are known to have amazing riding behaviour, no matter how far you tighten your trucks. The trucks are sold in three different bushing setups; fat cones, chubby barrels or regular barrels, each with two durometer options.

You can also order the Revolt trucks with any combination of bushings, they will be put together according to your wishes and delivered on request. Also added in the mix are custom CNC cut speed rings, spacers and washers, made out of high-grade steel. However the trucks are set up, downhill or freeride orientated, they will offer amazing riding behaviour for all kinds of bushing/washer setups and riding types.

The trucks are available in 4 colour combinations. You can pick between a blue hanger on a silver baseplate, silver hanger on a blue baseplate, a funky purple hanger on a green baseplate and the traditional all-black version.

Video – Germany Trip

The idea behind Revolt

What started as a simple idea to make a pair of great, down to earth, simple, yet effective, downhill trucks later grew into a whole brand based around this concept.

The longer I spent designing the trucks, the more I learned. I started talking to riders about their preferences in trucks.” ~ Mathijs Baars

After two whole years of designing, a basic design of the trucks with promising downhill capabilities and versatile bushing seats was laid out.

I think weight reduction and looks are two useless concepts for downhill trucks, it only makes them more expensive and doesn’t add anything to the ride feel. Weight really is a matter of taste in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong though, these trucks are made for downhill.

The trucks are sold as a mid-priced precision truck, coming in at 320€ for a complete set. People often compare them to bigger brands but I find that really odd, since they offer a very different style of products. Often they sell bare metal trucks (with over engineered kingpins). Nothing against that but it is a different market. We sell a high-standard complete package with, what I see as, really cool bushings, cups, washers, speed rings and spacers. ~ Mathijs Baars

I asked Mathijs to tell us something more about Revolt, how it grew over time, what it’s vision for the future looks like, what they are all about… Here’s what he told us:

We got some young and talented riders, who were willing to grow as riders, as Revolt grew as a company. They helped us with the development of the prototypes. After that, large scale production started and we started to grow our Revolt brand, go to events, talk to people, get our stuff out there, into the world.

My amazing girlfriend does most of the artwork, which I am really fond of. Our first T-shirt is a great example. Another friend of mine helps me with designing the products. Us three make the core of Revolt.

We had some struggles getting the business stuff right, but it turned out our awesome camera man from the Germany trip could support us with that.

For the future? Glad you asked. I don’t like where longboarding is going (sue me). Revolt will be about innovations and a certain, unique style. I want a bit of the skate culture to be revitalized and most of all to lose the arrogance I find so many companies show in both their products and merch. ~ Mathijs Baars

Where to buy Revolt Alchemist trucks

At the moment of writing this article, the price for a set of Revolt Alchemist precision trucks is 320 Euros and you can purchase them via Revolt’s official website.

Concept: Smart Truck Assembly Tool

Smart Truck Assembly Tool

Have you ever put off changing your deck or trucks because of the amount of time it takes to mount everything together? Well I have.

Normally for me it’s a time consuming process where I almost always loose a nut and feel disinclined to be doing it. And when I just gave in to the idea that nothing on this planet will speed up the process I saw a magical concept on the Interwebz.

S.T.A.T. is short for ”Smart Truck Assembly Tool”, a universal multifunctional skateboard tool that promises faster truck assembly, so you can spend more time skating and not get frustrated when you have to do some maintenance on your skateboard.

It’s a brainchild of three skaters and has everything you need plus more in comparison to your ordinary skate tool.

Changing or mounting your trucks will take roughly 30 seconds and it looks super easy. The tool consists of a bottom and top piece, with which you can screw or unscrew all four of the bolts and screws, or just one by removing three of the magnetic allen key / screwdriver bits on the top piece. The bottom piece is also magnetic so you don’t loose any hardware in the process.

The sides of the bottom tool piece are conveniently designed to adjust the wheel bolts and the kingpin when it gets too loose for your comfort.

Although this is just an idea in an infinite space on the internet, I find it pretty cool and would love to try it someday. Check it out and if you like the concept support the idea and help make it a reality.

You can help funding this project via

Bolzen Trucks V2 lineup & Omen Longboards collab

Bolzen Trucks V2 lineup & Omen Longboards collab

Bolzen Trucks announced the upcoming release of the new Bolzen trucks V2. Designed by Heiko Schöller and Frank Beste, the new trucks promise to be even more playful, turny and agile, while being based on the same proven and trusted geometry, we already know from them.

Bolzen V2 longboard trucks

Bolzen trucks V2 180mm 50°

This truck is the workhorse in the Bolzen’s lineup and this year they plan on adding 2-3 new colour options to it. Very agile, responsive and turny, but still stable enough for some faster runs, the Bolzen 180mm 50 degree trucks offer a great choice for riders with many different styles. The new German-engineered bushing seat allows the hangar to turn very far and come back to the centre quickly. They come stocked with 85a double barrel bushings, making them soft and responsive right out of the box.

Based on the specs and recommendations, the Bolzen 180mm 50 degree trucks make a good choice for freeride, freestyle, dancing or mid-sized city cruising setups.

Bolzen trucks V2 180mm 45°

Same hangar and features as the 50° trucks, but with a 45° baseplate for some added stability at speed. Planned colours will be black and black/ raw (for now) with more options coming up. Best used for downhill or freeride setups. The bushings that come with it are 90a double barrels, making the trucks more stable at higher speeds.

If this truck can deliver on their high promises, popular choices like the Caliber II 44° might get some serious competition in in the cast truck market.

Bolzen trucks V2 155mm 50°

The Bolzen 155mm 50 degree truck makes an ideal choice for 8-9” wide city cruiser setups. Because of the more narrow hangar these trucks will feel snappy and responsive under your feet. They come with 85a double barrel bushings, same as the 180mm big brother. The new bushing seats return the trucks quickly to the the center and eliminate unwanted wiggle room.

Bolzen & Omen Longboards collab

From now on, Omen Longboards will be equipping their completes exclusively with Bolzen trucks and making their completes perfect out of the box.

Omen Longboards and Bolzen trucks collab

For more check out the Bolzen’s website or follow them on Facebook or  Instagram.

Longboard travel bag by Tuck Yeah Apparel – Product Release

Tuck Yeah Longboard Travel Bag

Tuck Yeah Apparel recently announced the release of a longboard travel bag and I immediately ordered one for myself. Fairly priced and sized conveniently for the smaller local trips, it’s big enough to carry the board and all the essentials. Read through to find out more about the bag’s features.

Longboard travel bag by Tuck Yeah

Tuck Yeah Apparel is a brand run by the rad brothers from Milan, Stefano and Simone Barbizzi. As a part of their family business, the Barbizzi bros also produce a cool skateboarding themed apparel, like t-shirt and hats. You can check out all the stuff they do on their Facebook page if you’re interested.

Tuck Yeah longboard travel bag features

While waiting for the bag to be delivered sometimes in April, I talked with Stefano to find out more about the longboard bag and it’s features. He told me all about it and gave me a nice video tour of one of the prototype models. The bag looks very functional and has really cool features. Let’s check them out.

Longboard travel bag by TuckYeah Apparel

#1 Compact size makes it handy for local trips

I like it how the Tuck Yeah longboard bag is more compact comparing to some other bigger and more expensive longboard bags. Stefano and Simone didn’t design the TuckYea bag to fit a helmet and due to its smaller size, it’s more convenient for transport, especially when travelling with a smaller car. Longboard travel bag by TuckYeah

#2 Two extra pockets for all the essentials

The Tuck Yeah longboard bag features 2 extra pockets. One bigger pocket on the inside and one smaller pocket on the outside. The bigger pocket is big enough to carry at least 3 sets of wheels, some spare grip tape, nuts and bolts, bearings, bushings and a skate tool. I see no issues with fitting my G-form pads and slide gloves in the bag as well. I guess that’s all that I might need on a session, right?

To have that skate tool more accessible, I will probably carry it in the smaller pocket on the outside, along with some other stuff, like my wallet, phone, keys and similar. Damn! Now everyone will know where I’ll keep my wallet :)

#3 Two carrying options + it’s foldable

The TuckYeah bag features a nice handle for carrying with one hand and the additional straps for carrying on the back as a backpack. It doesn’t have wheels like some other bags, but I don’t think that I’ll miss them.

As it’s foldable, you can make it smaller and more comfortable to carry when there’s no board in it. It’s not water proof, but the material looks thick enough, so few drops of rain should not do any real damage.

Longboard travel bag by Tuck Yeah

Where to buy the Tuck Yeah longboard bag and how much it costs

At the time of writing this article the TuckYeah longboard bag is available through the pre-order only for 60 Euros. The pre-orders are expected to be fulfilled in April this year and from that point on, you will be able to order the bags via the BDS Ricami online shop.

Compared to other longboard travel bags, the TuckYeah bag comes at a half of the price. This makes it a great option for those on budget or for those who are looking for a decent entry level longboard bag.

Are Cult Rapture wheels any good for street luge – Review by Tikialex

Cult Rapture wheels review for street luge

Wheels are one of the most important things when it comes to the performance of your street luge and whether you street luge or buttboard, you always look for as much grip and speed as possible from them. Do the Cult Rapture wheels qualify? Read through to find out.

When Cult Wheels released the Raptures, a brainchild from the top racers of the British Wheel Collective, they gave the lugers a new kind of “weapon”. The combination of the big open offset core with the huge contact patch of 66mm and 74mm diameter give this wheel the best disposition to be any luger’s favourite wheel of choice.

The Doctor was curious how the Raptures would work for luging, so he gave me 2 sets of the 79a wheels to play around. Man, I was excited!

Agnosine, the first freeride and race of the year in Italy took place on the first weekend of April on a rough and steep road with 3 hairpins – a perfect place for to test them out.

I started with a few runs on the RAD’s Advantage I used the season before to get the feeling I knew from the last year at this road and have a look at the other lugers.

After changing wheels a laid-back run was on plan to get a feel for the wheels, but after the first hairpin all that safety thoughts where gone by gripping through the corner hard on the inside. I had a blast the whole Saturday afternoon. Sunday – race day and the game was on!

Cult Rapture wheels duros: 77a, 75a and 73a
Cult Rapture wheels duros: 77a, 75a and 73a

With my bad starting I had to race from the back, but I had no problems overtaking most of the pack in the first corner on the outside. Yes, that’s right – on the outside! So, I got second in the first heat, won the second heat and got crashed out in the first corner by another rider in the last heat.

I used the same set of wheels at Agnosine, 2 days at Alpenrauschen freeride and the whole week at Voss Ekstremsportveko for all my filming service runs. Even when the edges of the wheels were worn down, they still had tons of grip.

Tikialex at Bela Joyride. Photo by CK Photography
Tikialex at Bela Joyride. Photo by CK Photography
Tikialex at Bela Joyride. Photo by CK Photography
Tikialex at Bela Joyride. Photo by CK Photography

At the IGSA World Championship I raced with the Raptures in 73a duro on butt board for the first 2 rounds, but then I noticed that as the road temperature was rising, they would get a bit slower and wasn’t able to advance to the finals. Going back to the purples (79a) improved speed and brought me the win of the small final with a huge lead.

The 79a Rapture my weapon of choice for racing and for onboard filming where I really have to blindly trust the wheels as I have to focus on filming and have only one hand free for the steering action. Tons of grip even with broken edges and fast rolling speed. For acceleration you will find faster wheels, but you can go faster through corners.

Cult Rapture wheels on Randal Comp Hangers
Cult Rapture wheels on Randal Comp Hangers

There’s only one thing you should be aware of before getting a set of Cult Rapture: If you’re still riding Randal Comp Hangers, you might get some problems in corners with hanger/core bites (as seen on the photo above).

Watch the Video to get some more impression.

Stay tuned for the next review on the Hawgs bigger Biggies!

Words by Alexander “Tikialex” Frischauf

The Root Nymphaea – Lilian Gutsch signature longboard deck for smaller feet and shorter stance

Nymphaea longboard deck by Root Longboards

The good people from Root Longboards are happy to announce a new addition to their longboard decks lineup for 2016. Showed off for the first time at ISPO 2016, one of them is Lilian Gutsch’s signature deck, which finally got baptized and now listens to the sound of Nymphaea.


Lilian about the Nymphaea deck

I talked with Lilian to get her insight on the board and to find out what is the idea behind the Nymphaea. Here’s what she shared with us:

Lilian Gutsch
Lilian Gutsch (@lilian.gutsch)

“I’m short, have small feet, and smaller stands than most guys have, but I’m not the only one out there with that measurements. Giving those the chance to ride a more suitable board is the main idea of the Nymphaea.

Having a narrow board, gives me the chance to put more pressure on the edges, without having to change my feet position all the time. I was forced to do that with my former bigger board and honestly don’t really appreciate it at higher speeds.

Furthermore the shorter wheelbase means – standing closer to the trucks – which leads to more control. The Nymphaea is obviously narrower and shorter than most boards available on the market, but even though I’m female, I want to emphasize that it’s not especially made for girls, but also for juniors and everyone who enjoys it.”

~ Lilian Gutsch

Well, that sounds great. So far, Root Longboards teased the industry with some pictures of the Nymphaea, but we are happy to have found out a little bit more about it and super stoked to share with you more info about the board’s specification.

ROOT Nymphaea longboard deck specs

The Root Nymphaea is a 82cm long and 22cm wide top-mount deck, offering the wheelbase options from 58,5 to 62,5cm. It has a similar 4 mm drop like the Root Satyr, a smooth concave at around 12 mm and a mini-kick. For now, these are Lilly’s developing notes.

At the time of writing this post, the price for the Nymphaea is not known yet, but when released, we’ll update this page and let you know. The deck will be available for purchase soon at the Root’s online store.

Lilian will be out in a few weeks to test the Nymphaea to the max and will keep us updated with a little review. Subscribe here and we will let you know when it’s released.

You can also follow Lilians’s trip on Instagram @lilian.gutsch to get a preview.
Stay tuned and get teased!

Walzen Wheels 2016 longboard wheels lineup

Walzen Insul 64 mm longboard wheels, 82a (Blue)

Everyone at Walzen Wheels are very excited to announce the release of their new longboard wheels for 2016. I’m stoked as well and want to introduce you to all the wheels currently available in the lineup.

Let’s start with the smallest and most glidy wheel, The Walzen Kiosk.

Walzen Kiosk 60 mm

The Walzen Kiosk longboard wheels are 60 mm tall with a contact patch of 32 mm and a overall width of 41 mm. The wheels come in two different durometers and three colour options: 78a (orange/green) and 82a (blue).

The small size and light weight makes the Walzen Kiosk wheels great for tech sliding and freestyle. They deliver a super smooth and predictable slide and you can put them on every board without the risk of wheelbite.

Walzen Insul 70 mm

From now on the Walzen Insul 70 mm tall freeride wheels are available in a new durometer option. Besides 78a (green) and 80a (clear-white), we created a 82a (blue) wheel suitable for lighter riders or for people who prefer a more slidey and harder wheel.

You can check out my review of the Walzen Insul freeride longboard wheels here.

Walzen Insul 64 mm

The well-known Walzen Insul wheel is now available in a downscaled version with a diameter of 64 mm. They are available in 78a (green), 80a (clear-white) and 82a (blue).

This wheel offers smooth slides, a nice hookup and it fits under every board due to it’s smaller size.

Walzen C.T.D. 70 mm

For all you cruise lovers out there, Walzen Wheels brings you the brand new Walzen C.T.D. (Cruise Till Death) longboard cruising wheels.

They are 70 mm tall and have an offset bearing seat for extra strong grip during hard cruise turns. The Walzen C.T.D. wheels are available in 78a (green/orange) and 80a (clear-white).

Walzen C.T.D. 74 mm

This creation is a bit taller and wider version of the C.T.D. 70 mm wheels and promises more grip and a faster roll speed. The Walzen C.T.D. 74 mm wheels allow you to cruise hard and get the extra speed you always wanted on your favourite downhill spot. I like it how you can rail the corners with ease due the wheel’s wider contact patch of 56 mm.

The astonishing thing about this wheel is the decent and predicable slide in spite of their amazing grip characteristics. Also available in 78a (green/orange) and 80a (clear-white).

More coming soon

Walzen Wheels prototype wheel showed at ISPO 2016

Stay tuned in because Walzen plans to release another new downhill racing specific wheels with a big supporting core which is already in the making right now. Coming soon.

Where to buy Walzens Wheels?
Best place to look for them would be Concrete Wave Cologne skateshop.
See Walzen’s official website here.

New longboarding products spotted on ISPO 2016 by Markus Knoblechner

Kebbek got a complete new overhaul by my friend Joey Bidner - I am pretty stoked on that as well and as on the new Pro Model for my homie Jürgen Gritzner (guy in white shirt)

Our buddy Markus Knoblechner visited the 4th edition of the Longboard Embassy at ISPO Munich at the end of January this year. The Europe’s biggest international trade fair was packed with loads of new stuff just waiting to be shredded.

The guys from 40inch longboard magazine made it possible and teamed up with even more brands for this year’s edition, to bring us the best and latest news and get us stoked for the upcoming season.

Here’s some of the cool stuff which caught Markus’ attention and sneaked into his memory card.

OLSON&HEKMATI new longboard shoe colour, Gnarlicante freeride & O&H Pro Grip downhill wheels

Olson&Hekmati longboard shoes, gloves and wheels. Photo by Markus Knoblechner
Olson&Hekmati longboard shoes, gloves and wheels. Photo by Markus Knoblechner

The free booze and friendly laughs with Alex Dehmel and Pablo Quiles weren’t the only thing to do at the Olson&Hekmati booth at ISPO. By displaying their whole array of longboard decks, including the downhill Bromodel, you could also enjoy watching fast runs by their team riders and finally see their O&H Gnarlicante Collabo freeride wheels in person. The team also featured their longboard specific skate shoes in a new neutral black colour that looks super stylish and comfy to skate in.

Related: O&H Pro Grip wheels review with Stefano Barbizzi

KEBBEK SKATEBOARDS revolution 2016

Juergen Gritzner repping Kebbek Skateboards at ISPO 2016. Photo by Markus Knoblechner
Juergen Gritzner repping Kebbek Skateboards at ISPO 2016. Photo by Markus Knoblechner

Loving everything maple, Kebbek got us curious after teasing us all winter with hints of what has jet to come. With a complete overhaul by a young mastermind Joey Bidner, Kebbek introduced their sick skate house series as well as some pro models, all completely made in Canada. We were also happy to hear, that our friend and party animal Juergen Gritzner is getting a new pro model, Topmount 38.

A video posted by Kebbek (@kebbekskateboards) on

A video posted by Kebbek (@kebbekskateboards) on

We will present the complete Kebbek 2016 collection soon.
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ROOT LONGBOARDS – The Blitzer and Lilian Gutsch prototypes

The Blitzer proto (left) and Lilian Gutsch proto (right). Photo by Markus Knoblechner
The Blitzer proto (left) and Lilian Gutsch proto (right). Photo by Markus Knoblechner
ROOT experimented with some urethan sidewalls on impact zones. Photo by Markus Knoblechner
ROOT experimented with some urethan sidewalls on impact zones. Photo by Markus Knoblechner

Root Longboards got us stoked again with their burnt wood, new board models and sick graphics by the Vaim. Amongst some new highlights in their collection, one board made for their female team rider Lilian Gutsch stood out. Although Lili’s board doesn’t have an official name yet, it promises smaller dimensions suitable for female riders. With a 22 cm width and 86 cm length and a gentle concave it will make every girl want to progress and skate even more.

Related: The Root Nymphaea – Lilian Gutsch signature longboard deck review

RAD INFLUNCE – the new wheels by Rider Approved Designs

RAD Influence wheels at ISPO. Photo by Markus Knoblechner
RAD Influence wheels at ISPO. Photo by Markus Knoblechner

Rider Approved Designs introduced their new Influence wheel for two of their riders. After more than a year of prototyping and testing at super high speeds and roads across the World, the new pro wheel for Max Ballesteros was finally approved. Available in 77a durometer with a proprietary high rebound urethane that maximizes your speed, it promises to keep you rolling fast while railing lines and bombing mountains. If you are more into going sideways, you could feast your eyes on the Jimmy Riha pro wheel in a smaller versatile shape suitable for anything from fast freeriding to trashing your local streets.

WALZEN WHEELS – finally full lineup!

Photo by Markus Knoblechner
Walzen Wheels full lineup. Photo by Markus Knoblechner

Sharing a booth with Bolzen trucks, the freshly baked Walzen wheels presented their whole collection of wheels including freeride and DH prototype longboard wheels in different colours and duros. To find out more about the Walzens check out this review by Walzen team rider Roman Tschofen.

S’PIN MAGAZINE by Maria Arndt

Maria Arndt showing off the S'pin magazine. Photo by Markus Knoblechner
Maria Arndt showing off the S’pin magazine. Photo by Markus Knoblechner

In other news, we were happy to catch up with Maria Arndt (Girls in Longboarding), a skateboarder, photographer, graphic designer and the mastermind behind S’pin, a new skateboarding magazine with a message – Girls skate! Aside from correcting the image of female skaters in the industry, the magazine promises content suitable for all genders and skill levels. It covers a broad spectrum of topics to make sure to keep you entertained all packed in a beautiful design. More at

Thank you for awesome photos and insight, Markus :)

Guga Trucks with Mikel Echegaray – Black Lotus, the Spanish luge truck

GUGA Black Lotus street luge trucks

I met Mikel Echegaray Diez for the first time in 2011 at Kozakov and we both immediately noticed how alike we think about luging and racing, even though he was Longboardalm luge team‘s and my biggest rival on the track.

Mikel Echegaray at Teolo. Shot by
Mikel Echegaray at Teolo. Shot by Vincenzo De Santis

From then on, the Spanish crew visited me at my place in Austria, Mikel and I travelled the 2012 Euro tour together and I visited him in beautiful Donostia in the Basque Country. During this time, we became really good friends and our friendship still goes strong.

GUGA Black Lotus street luge trucks
GUGA Black Lotus street luge trucks

At that time I also got the GUGA Black Lotus trucks for my street luge. What an eye opener!
I never thought that I could ride lines like that, with tons of grip. One of the main features that makes this truck one of my favourites is the second pin which holds the hanger in position. They also feature the adjustable hangers (175 mm, 185 mm and 195 mm) with 10 mm axels. Baseplates are available in 40, 50 or 60 degrees.

Read through to find out more about the GUGA trucks, the people behind it and Mikel’s Pro Model, the Black Lotus,  from the man himself.

Mikel Echegaray shot by Ruben Otero
Mikel Echegaray shot by Ruben Otero

Hi Mikel! Tell us a bit about Guga Trucks and how you guys came up with it.

For sure. So, the Guga trucks is being run by a slalom-downhill rider Inigo Amuchastegui and myself (Mikel Echegaray). It all started as a small project of developing a truck that would originate from the Basque country and would take in count all of our experience and riding skills.

We wanted to create a stable and grippy truck and we created the first model “Sustrai”. After this one we noticed that 205 mm truck was too wide for skateboarding and we decided to build “The Fugu”. This is a spacebar 172mm truck with the same technical aspects as the “Sustrai”.

With the help of Asier Esnal, who joined Guga to help us develop “The Slalom Series” trucks we built our slalom specific truck. We made it with a spherical bearing on it to avoid the slop problem.

I noticed that this could be a good idea for a street luge specific truck. And we did it. We applied a geometry truck similar to Randal’s, with the spherical system and spacer-able. That is Black Lotus.

The Black Lotus comes from a mixture of some parts of other trucks that we like. Based on Randal Comp truck with a good bushing seat, spherical bearing…spaceable.

What was/is your part on the development of the Black Lotus?

I had the main Idea of doing a Randal based truck, because Randal has been the best truck for street luging. I wanted to put the second kingpin on it to get more grip and more precise turn. Asier Esnal was the guy who designed it and gave it the main technical ideas.

Why did you decide to use 10mm Axles on the Black Lotus?

Because 10 mm axles are stronger than 8mm, especially when you want an spacer-able truck.

Guga Trucks are not sold in stores, how can one buy them?

We are not actually selling the trucks. Making this trucks in Spain in small series is very expensive. We are only selling them at production price to close friends and riders we know. Actually, we are not making any money from this project.

What are your future plans for the Guga trucks and your racing season 2016?

We are gonna make a very small series of trucks and we will see what happens. Regarding the racing season, the main idea is to race in North America, Europe and maybe South America.

That’s great Mikel. Thank you for chatting with me.

Last year we made a video overview of Mikel’s street luge setup, check it out.

There you have it folks. I suggest you give the Guga trucks a try if you get the chance. If you’re interested to find out more about the Guga Trucks and Mikel, follow them on Facebook:

Guga Trucks on Facebook
Mikel on Facebook.

The Wasser by Hackbrett Longboards – a deck made for soul riding

Hackbrett Wasser collection - a long history of a beautiful longboard

It’s a rare fact that a board is overhauled more then once or twice. As a matter of fact, I talked with the guys from Hackbrett Longboards about their longboard deck Wasser 5.0. The owner of Hackbrett who also shapes the boards, Hartmut “Hack” Olpp redesigned the Wasser for the forth time since its first release. As he says, “For me, the Wasser is by far the board with the highest amount of flow in our lineup”.

And yes. If you take a closer look at this 1.3 meters long monster longboard, you will probably feel the stoke. Hack itself calls the Wasser longboard deck “A board with a big portion of soul riding”, which it surely is. This unique and kind of a special board hardly fits any category and it should probably have one on it’s own.

I caught up with Matt Elver, a shaper at Hackbrett who is also on their team since 2010. He shared with me a really special insight on the “Wasser” history. Read through to find out more.

The Hackbrett Wasser collection - a long history of a beautiful longboard
The Hackbrett Wasser collection – a long history of a beautiful longboard

Matt’s insight into a history of the Wasser

For the reference, see the above photo.

That yellow thing on far left on the photo above was built sometime around 2005. The scuffs on the bottom are from it bottoming out whilst carving and cruising! Concave, no nose or tail –  the “Hacksurfer” :) Not technically a Wasser but a predecessor that spawned the feel and ideals that gave birth to the Wasser as we know it today. Soul surfing!

The Gun was the first WNT (Wiegt Nix Technologie) from Hackbrett build in 2007, with hollow chambers milled into the deck. As you can see on the IGSA stickers, the whole thing weighed less than 4kg, with 130cm length and fat 200mm Crails!

The 200mm Anarchy Crails were Hacks “pro model” truck. He was 5th in the IGSA rankings in 2005. In 2007, he brought the Gun to the World championships when the IGSA rules said that no board could be longer than 120cm.

They changed the rules to allow him to ride the Gun, and the IGSA still allows boards up to 130cm. The IDF changed it back. I might have to see what I can do about that next year though.

It was the first board to have the concave that was later used in many other shapes, the Anarchy for one. The current Semmel also uses the exact same concave. We don’t sell tons of them, but those that ride it all agree that the board has a lot of soul.

The next 2 boards on the photo above are the same and produced in 2008. Wasser 1.0 I think! The painted one belonged to Horstl (Horst Prem, one of Austria’s first sponsored skateboarder, artist and creative mind from Salzburg). I never met him, but just heard crazy stories. He made this too: Skatemountain – so you maybe get the idea of Horstl!

Definitely a funny part of the Hacbkrett and Wasser history, though. The painted board was his and was actually lost for a few years, then found again under the miniramp at the old workshop in Lagerhausstrasse in Freiburg. Now it hangs on our skate history wall. The board itself had the wave graphic, the outline was updated from the Gun to have little wingers on the tail. Concave only, still no nose or tail.

The Hackbrett Wasser in action

The Wasser 2010 also had the wave graphic, seen here as a complete. Probably the 2.0, looking back, but it was called the Wasser 2010 at the time. Many of our teamriders rode this thing for their first introductions to downhill and freeriding – Alfred, Luke and Flu if not more. Dudes who went on to have incredible board feel. The update from the older version was the form, which was the first Wasser to have a kicktail and nose. It’s a slight spoon nose, really nice feeling and balanced for nose manuals. Luke rode this board the most and was widely considered the best/most flowy “dancer” in Germany. I have asked him for some pics of him with it, and will also see if he has any words to go with them, he is a really integral part of the boards development and history. The board is as a complete in the picture because it still gets ridden, 5 years old. Hackbretts last forever baby! Flu learned standup sliding on that exact board, even switch toes, and had his first taste of 80kmh on it too.

The Wasser 2011 is the next one. New construction, new concave, new graphic. Now with some camber and deeper concave plus an upgraded outline. This one had a logo milled in, but you can’t really see it. We did that for a few years before the new logo came. That logo you can see, we put on afterwards with a sticker.

The Wasser 4.0 was the first one with the diagonal Hackbrett burnt graphic that they all get today. Seen here in maple, its pretty rare, we didn’t make many with maple at all. Its not available anymore. The wheelwells were upgraded to fit the new technology and processes that we developed, and the construction was changed to allow the use of each different topsheet that we use today – maple, bamboo, nut, tepa.

The Wasser 5.0 is the one one I used at KnK at this years Cult Wheels Single Surviver Race. Just a few little but important chances where made. So Hack put the flex arrangement a little bit further to the back of the Wasser. Also he put the highest point of the camber a little bit backwards. Another change has been made of the back foot, as Hack broaden the outline for 1cm. He also added some pockets both feet and angeld the truck mounting +/- 3°, because a long wheelbase can handle steep wheel angles.

As you can see, a whole lot of thought went into it! And actually each development, and each Hackbrett shape had a whole thought process equally as long. Thats one of the reasons that we are building better boards than anyone else in the world :) The construction was also updated to our new “KLK” (Koffer’s Leichtbau Kern). It rips. WNT (Wiegt Nix Technologie) variation is also available.

Hackbrett Wasser 5.0 specs

  • Length: 130 cm
  • Width: 26 cm
  • Wheelbase: 91,4 cm
  • Truck mount: Old school / top-mount
  • Concave: Hybrid-High
  • Length axis features: camber, nosekick, tailkick
  • Features: Wheel wells, pockets, gaspedale, truck mounting +3°/-3°, KLK core (Koffer’s Leichtbau Kern)

The Wasser is basically a longboard for thoroughgoing carving and with the truckmounting (+3°/-3°) the board feels really alive. No matter what terrain you are hitting, the Wasser is getting it done for you. Have a look at the official Hackbrett Wasser edit while the team is enjoying the board to their fullest.

The Wasser 5.0 video feature

For more information about Hackbrett and their boards, visit

Lobo Meduza freeride wheels review with Michal “Ty Mon” Tyburski

Lobo wheels after being (ob)used for one season

Last year I saw the Polish guys throwing down some sick slides on the new LOBO wheels, but never got the chance to try them out myself. The word on the street is that they last for ages and slide smoothly. All the good things I heard about the wheels caught my attention and I decided to get in touch with Pawel Grzadzielski from the Lobo team to find out more.

Lobo longboard wheels in mint condition

In the beginning of last year Lobo released their first wheels – the LOBO Meduza freeride wheels. Currently they are handmade in short series in Lobo’s own workshop and laboratory in north Poland.

They are currently available only in 71mm size and 80a duro, but during this year the Lobo crew plans to release the Meduza in other duro options and expand their collection with a downhill wheel model as well. We’ll keep an eye on that one for sure.

A STWS crew member Michal “Ty Mon” Tyburski – the OG tester and a LOBO team rider – was stoked to share with us more about the wheels and what his set endured during the last year. Read through to find out where the LOBO crew tested the wheels and how do they perform.

Fire away, Michal!

LOBO Meduza longboard wheels review
by Michal “Ty Mon” Tyburski

2015 came to an end and believe me when I say that it was a busy one, with an even busier ahead of us. Don’t get me wrong, we love what we do. We started testing the LOBO Meduza wheels back in 2014, so when they dropped on the market in 2015 we were stoked, but we didn’t stop with giving them hell.

We literally wanted to destroy them on as many surfaces and conditions as possible.

We took them to every event and on as many roads in Poland as we could. Wasn’t enough. In July we went to Slovenia’s finest, KNK Bear’s Guts, where I did 23 whole runs on one set and didn’t even make it to half of the wheel.

Just to make sure they had enough, we took them for a 7-day trip to Gnarlicante and after a very fruitful season, I can finally write a review from my own point of view.

The LOBO Meduza – born to slide

Lobo wheels after being (ab)used for one season
Lobo wheels after being (ab)used for one season

The LOBO Meduza freeride wheels were born to slide. The 80a durometer is almost ridiculously durable and once you break them in, the endless sliding fun begins from the top, straight to the core, while still offering a smooth and predictable slide when going faster. The wheels have a centerset precise bearing seat and a wide core for good stability.

Even though the Meduzas are designed for freeride and sliding fun, their urethane is very fast. The formula is not supposed to thane so they almost never do, except for some occasional grey lines, depending on the surface.

Michal Tyburski heelside on a steepest hill in Calpe, Spain. By Pablo Quiles
Michal Tyburski heelside on a steepest hill in Calpe, Spain © Pablo Quiles

Testing them on different roads, various weather conditions and on many different surfaces, I can honestly say that overall they work great for medium – fast freeride (up to 70kph). When it’s really hot outside they tend to get very slippery and the gripping ability is lower. While it’s still fun for open road fast bombing, I would suggest a lower duro (2k16 lineup, get stoked!).

The wheel itself is 71mm tall and 50mm wide, with a contact patch of 36mm. Due to the rounded lips and their nearly indestructible ‘thane formula, they last a looong time, so high five to those of you who manage to core them (pics or didn’t happen). Be sure to check out the 80As and enjoy those handmade awesome freeride wheels.

More duros coming in 2016

The lineup for 2016 will offer more durometers of the Meduza model and premiere downhill models for racers and fast freeride maniacs.

Words by Michal “Ty Mon” Tyburski

Watch the video!

Lobo Meduza Freeride Wheels
Now available in new durometer options

Update, September 2016 – Last year, in 2015 Lobo presented their first wheel  Meduza freeride wheels,  which were available in only one durometer. They promised to deliver more options in 2016 and so they did. Lobo Meduza wheels are now available in 77a and 81a durometer, both being 71mm in diameter and 50mm wide with 36mm contact patch.

Where to buy LOBO wheels

For now you can only get them via their official website for 56,95 Euros. At the time of writing this article, the Lobo wheels are out of stock, but will be back in February or March when the new collection is expected as well. We’ll let you know when it’s out.

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Olson&Hekmati Pro Grip wheels review with Stefano Barbizzi

Sweet package from Olson&Hekmati.Photo by Stefano

Stefano Barbizzi is usually skating with his Gipsy bros Simone Barbizzi, Filippo Salerni and Alessio Damato, but this time he goes on a solo run down one of his local runs in the outskirts of Milan, Italy. He got hooked up with a couple of sets of the Olson&Hekmati Pro Grip wheels and took them out for few test runs.


Tight turns, smooth pre-drifts and beautiful scenery. This run has it all.

Olson&Hekmati Pro Grip 83a overview

Olson&Hekmati Pro Grip wheels come in at 76mm tall, have a contact patch of 63mm, feature a large core and sharp lips. These come in two duros – 79a and 83a. The 83a wheels have a great durability and ability to offer a consistent amount of grip while having a fast roll speed and providing with smooth slides.

Here’s a couple of photos that Stefano snapped with his phone:

“After 5 runs the lips are still sharp, and the skin is still intact.” ~ Stefano Barbizzi

How is the durability?

The sharp inner lips and large core provide for a fast roll speed and a huge amount of durability; allowing the wheel’s lips and skin to be fresh for longer.

The wheel’s sharp lips, along with the 63mm wide contact patch allows for a high level of traction, as well as a super snappy hook-up, allowing you to get through a corner with maximum speed.

Olson&Hekmati Pro Grip 83a wheels © Olson&Hekmati
Olson&Hekmati Pro Grip 83a wheels © Olson&Hekmati

Uses for the O&H Pro Grip wheels

The Olson&Hekmati wheels are best used in fast downhill skateboarding, due to the large amount of grip they have, great durability, fast roll speed and the smooth slides they provide.

The Pro Grips are also highly recommended for LDP, Pumping and Downhill Racing. They shine in LDP due to the large diameter and core, meaning the wheel will roll faster and maintain that speed for longer. They will be excellent for pumping, as you can run a split durometer setup, with the White 79a in back and the Orange 83a in front. They will roll fast and grip hard, allowing for tight, agile pumping.

One of the Pablo's favourite wheels as well. Rider: Pablo Quiles Photo: Gnarlicante
One of Pablos’ favourite wheels as well. Rider: Pablo Quiles Photo: Gnarlicante

Final words

I would recommended the Pro Grip wheels to any experienced riders looking to step up their downhill and racing game, or someone whom is looking to get into downhill racing more often and wants a wheel with predictable grip and smooth slides.

The 83a durometer Pro Grips are going to be better for winding roads, or runs where you need to be drifting through corners, but don’t want to shed too much speed. I would suggest the 79a durometer for faster runs, gripping corners and being able to lose speed in drifts before corners.

Where to buy Olson&Hekmati Pro Grip wheels

Overall, the Pro Grips are a predictable sliding, hard gripping, fast race wheel, highly recommended for fast downhill riding. Priced at around 69.90 €, you can get them in these online stores:


The ProGrips in 83a duro last for ages, have a fast roll speed and offer smooth slides. Best used in downhill / fast freeride.
O&H Pro Grip 76mm / 83a


The ProGrips in 79a duro offer great grip, notable durability and are best used in fast downhill skateboarding.
O&H Pro Grip 76mm / 79a

Also check out Stefano’s YouTube channel Skateboard Tips. He often shares cool videos, raw runs, edits, tips… Also, find out more about his basement project Tuck Yeah Apparel and it’s cool wearables.

Olson&Hekmati Bromodel 2016 longboard deck with Alex Dehmel

Olson&Hekmati longboards - Bromodel

Since they started, Olson&Hekmati longboards focused mostly on cruising and freestyle, but recently they added a downhill longboard deck to their collection as well – the Bromodel.

With their classic collection perfected, this year they focused even more on its development and have done some improvements to it. Here’s a sneak peak of the latest Bromodel with Alex Dehmel.

Olson&Hekmati longboards - Bromodel

As Alex says, the O&H crew spent a lot of time on a development of the Bromodel and there have been many revisions of the board. Getting to a point when they decided to make it a “production series” was challenging, but after investing a bunch of resources, the crew is finally satisfied with the results of their work.

The Olson&Hekmati Bromodel is 98cm long and 25 cm wide top-mount deck offering the wheelbase options from 66.2 to 70 centimeters.

As its previous version, the new Bromodel also promotes two “pockets” built up with wheel flares to offer a better foot lock. The rocker is still there as well. The new version now features a deeper concave with a slightly shorter wheelbase to offer even more turnability and grip.

Olson&Hekmati longboards - Bromodel

The Bromodel has a wooden core made of Ash veneer pressed between the layers of fiberglass and carbon sheets to provide a lightweight but strong and stable platform suitable for high speed skating. If you’re down for popping some tricks, the Bromodel longboard deck has a nice kick tail as well.

Alex’s setup from the photos – O&H Bromodel downhill longboard deck with custom SKOA 165mm trucks and Cult Rapture wheels.

Stay tuned for more info!

Malaya Street Bombers longboard wheels review with Marcus Aldinucci

Malaya Street Bombers longboard wheels


Malaya Street Bombers longboard wheels – Recently our buddy from Italy, Marcus Aldinucci got the Malaya Street Bombers longboard wheels for testing. These are fairly new on the market, first sets were offered for purchase in October this year. I was very interested to hear about how the Malaya Street Bombers perform so I hooked up with Marcus for a quick review.

The Malaya Street Bombers are 73mm big downhill oriented longboard wheels with a duro of 80a and an offset bearing hub. They have a 59mm contact patch, big lips and sharp edges for maximum grip. For now, these wheels come in poured with a white urethane formula named Malaya Race Formula (MRF).

Malaya Street Bombers longboard wheels

On the first two runs, Marcus says they had a great grip while the slides were smooth and consistent right out of the box. After breaking them in they lost a bit of that initial grip but were still able to stick fairly well. At this point they became a great wheel for faster freeride as well.

The Malaya Street Bombers have a great roll speed and don’t wear down very much, Marcus says. It seams like they might be his favourite choice of wheel for the next year’s racing season.

After many runs on them, Marcus also tried skating them reversed and says the initial strong grip was back for another run. Naturally, due to the offset bearing hub, the overall truck width got smaller providing more grip and he was able to skate faster lines this way.

The Malaya Street Bombers are priced at around 50,00 $ and are currently not available for purchase in European stores. If you want to order a set of these get in touch with the Malaya Street Bombers crew on Facebook.

Marcus is also supported by these fine companies:
Dont-Trip, Bustin, Xion Protective Gear, Darkside HelmetsRipTide and Edge Boardshop

Divine Trail Blazers 60mm skateboard wheels review with Will Smith

Divine Trail Blazer review by Will Smith

The Divine Trail Blazers are a 60mm tall, 33.3mm wide, park and hard sliding wheels, poured in Divines “slide formula” thane, that are available in the UK from Surf ‘n Turf Boardshop. These wheels are made for ditches, parks or even your local hill.

The Divine Trail Blazer wheels come in with a contact patch of 21mm, a duro of 92a and come with grooves pre set into the contact patch of the wheel. These grooves help for grippy lines in the bowl and park riding in mind, however I noticed that after a few slides in the park they’d worn away, however they still managed to hold their line in the local bowl.

Divine Trail Blazer review by Will Smith

I also noticed how fast the Trail Blazers were in the park due to the large core. This allowed me to get to the coping of the halfpipe quicker than I could on my regular skateboard wheels, this also meant that there was no need to push through a street section in the park and I could hold my lines longer and smoother.

Get funky on the Divine Trail Blazers

After the park session, I took the Divine Trail Blazer wheels off of my skateboard setup and threw them on more of a sliding oriented setup (Comet nk34, X-Caliber street trucks). First of all I had a bit of a disliking to these wheels as they still had some grooves in the contact patch and coming from Slide-A’s felt super grippy, (that being said they were fun for faster freeriding) but after a few runs down my local hill they starting wearing in a bit.

They became exceptionally slippy, with a slide comparable to the new 95a Slide-A’s, so they were perfect for 360’s, blunt slides and a whole load of other techy tricks, but with that extra but of resistance to them they were super fun to take a bit faster and throw out big checks which made them suitable for bike paths and turny runs when you need to be sliding almost all of the time.

The Divine Trail Blazers slide smooth

The wheels durometer are 92a, but that being said I would’ve said they feel like a 89a wheel, as they slide a lot smoother and quieter than I’d initially expected, and at high speeds leaving a few thane lines here and there.

The Divine Trail Blazers do have a few cons though. They wear down far quicker than a Slide-A or a Abec 11 Sublime wheels, but that said the centerset core allows you to flip the wheels when they start to cone. However, that shouldn’t be a problem if you have tech/park in mind.

I would recommend these wheels to anyone looking to through on a double kick and whose look to hit up the hills, your local park or anyone looking to get rad in the bowls.

Fairly priced at £35.00, the Divine Trail Blazers are now available in Surf ‘n Turf Boardshop.

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Thank you Tristan Albon for the photos!

Easygoinc. Longboards Downhilla – New Road, New Competition with Nussi

New Road, New Competition with Nussi featuring Easygoinc. Downhilla

You might have already met Gregor “Nussi” Nussbaummüller somewhere on a hill or read about him in one of our recent posts. That dude rocks, both on and off the track. Today he dropped in with another sick video, but this time he’s the one being in front of a lens. The run was filmed by Sebastian Gschaider.

Possible new events by Rollbrett Salzburg

Europe is usually fully packed with awesome events all summer long and it seams like Rollbrett Salzburg might throw additional one or two as well in 2016, in Salzburg’s surroundings in Austria. One of the candidates for a venue is exactly that challenging fast and techy track from the video you just watched. I’m definitely looking forward to get some of it. Keep us in the loop, Nussi!

For me, the cleanest way to get down on roads like these is to try them Stand up! It´s not always the easiest way and sometimes there are a few sketchy moments, but it´s funny and I think it´s important to learn how to handle these situations to improve your skills and get on a higher level! ~ Nussi

The guys over at Rollbrett Salzburg are super stoked about it and so are we. Bring it on!

Easygoinc. Longboards – Downhilla

Nussi’s repping Easygoinc. Longboards, a relatively young longboard making company from Austria which has been on a rise lately. They have a solid team as well. Beside Nussi, Jan Winkler, Mirko Paoloni and Michael Joschenak are there to help them develop, shred and spread the stoke.

Responsible for the production and marketing, Ali, David and Martin started with the idea of building longboards in 2012. “The three free spirits”, as they like to call them self, are dedicated to deliver a high-quality longboards with attention to details at affordable prices.

Easygoinc. crew - Ali, David and Martin
Easygoinc. crew – Ali, David and Martin

They’re using some kind of basalt fabric of volcanic origin in their boards to deliver even better strength than with a conventional fibreglass while still providing a desired amount of flexibility. Don’t know what kind of sorcery that is, but it must be working as so far everyone had only good stuff to say about their longboards.

Nussi’s favorite board of choice is the Easygoinc. Downhilla a topmount board designed for speed and stability. It features a radial 8mm drop and flared wheel-wells for maximum wheel allowance and that extra foot lock we all love and need. This 92cm and 25cm wide beauty allows for 9 wheelbase options, from 67.5cm to 71.5cm.

Easygoinc. longboard Downhilla

Downhilla, the name of the board explains what it stands for, we put our best Ideas together and designed a directional shape with a smooth radial drop of 8mm. The perfect mix of a mellow concave, a twin-tip rocker and wheel flares at the right position gives your feet a unique feeling. I ride it with Bear Kodiak trucks and Boss Hawgs Wheels, in my opinion a awesome Freeride Setup! ~ Gregor “Nussi” Nussbaummüller

Of course, you can order a deck only, but if you are down for getting a complete, you’ll be happy to know that in their shop they offer Caliber or Bear trucks and Hawgs or Blood Orange wheels as well.

Check out their website for more info and some other awesome boards in their range or follow them on Facbook. There’s something for everyone.

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Any questions? Wanna say “Hi”?

Have questions? Leave a reply below. Also, if you skate Easygoinc. longboard you’re welcome to share your experience. Tell how do you like it or why would you recommend it. Or just say “Hello” to the guys. Stay rad and see you on the hill :)

Lush Longboards – Rise of the Machine 3D featuring Jooz Hughes

Lush Machine 3D Longboard

It seems like ages since Lush Longboards released the first version of the Lush Machine, one of the most popular decks in their collection. The almighty Machine was built to make you skate everything from grinding ledges, trashing the city, freeride and bomb hills. You name it. With the Machine, sky is the limit.

Jooz Hughes squeezing the steeze out of his squatty © Jooz Hughes
Jooz Hughes squeezing the steeze out of his squatty on a new Lush Machine 3D © Jooz Hughes

Since the first Machine prototype was introduced in 2011, we’ve seen two versions of this board.

Lush Machine models 2012, 2013 and 2015

Just in time for Santa to drive by and pick it up for you, Machine’ third release was introduced in late November this year, upgraded with some ass whooping 3D concave and slick graphics done by Jethro Haynes. Ladies and gents, we give you the Lush Machine 3D!

Lush Machine 3D Longboard deck

8ply wooden core built of Canadian Maple makes the Machine 3D stiff and strong. It will take everything you might throw at it and it will endure all your shenanigans for ages. The adjustable wheelbase option (front and back) is still there offering a range from 62cm to 64cm (24.54″ – 25.3″) so you can tune in your setup perfectly. The deck is 97.7 cm (38.5″) long and 25 cm (10″) wide.

While the previous versions of the Machine featured dual TKP/RKP wheel wells, with the Machine 3D release these are dropped out thanks to its three dimensional concave and flared wheel wells which allow for a solid foot lock as well. There’s enough clearance to fit both truck types and various wheel sizes.

Lush Machine 3D Longboard deck

Machine 3D features a much more subtle shape than its predecessor as the 3d concave gives you the feel from the rail of the board rather than the shape of the deck. This appears to be much more of a classic shape than Lush has done in the past.

Big fat fully functional kick tail measures from 164mm to 173mm (6.45″ – 6.82″), depending on your preferred wheelbase option. It will make popping an Ollie a breeze.

Lush Machine 3D Longboard complete

The Machine 3D is also fairly priced at around 140 €. You can grab it over at Titus Shop ( free shipping ) and while you’re there, snatch a set of Sabre’s as well. The two fit each other perfectly :)


Buy Lush Machine 3DGet your Machine 3D from Lush Longboards
Lush Machine 3D
170,00 €


Sabre FP 190mm 38°Forged Precision 190mm 38° longboard trucks
Sabre FP 190mm 38°
170,00 €

Double checked and approved by Jooz Hughes

Lush Machine 3D is a favourite choice of uber chilled team rider Jooz Hughes (@jooz_vandem_hughes). You might have had some runs with him already at some of the Europe’s events. He’s that dude always bombing hills in his signature baggy sweat pants steezin’ the f*** out of them. Recently he’s been over at Gnarlicante, skating and filming with Pablo Quiles taking the Machine 3D to the edge and over it, just to double check that it’s ready for the release. He totally approves it. Check out the video.

The machine 3D is my dream shape , we have been playing around with different shapes of the same mold for a long time. I am really interested in how just changing the outline of the board can effect the way it handles and rides . I believe now with a longer tail than the chopper 3D and shorter nose improves the weight distribution on the deck , this makes it feel more balanced during sliding and for ollies. And also when you skate in switch everybody knows. The construction is spot on and the price range is perfect for all skill levels. The graphics for 2016 are a really nicely done, these decks look much more sleek and simple with more natural colours . All in all I love this deck and is my go to board. ~ Jooz Hughes

Love for skateboarding, tireless deck development and unselfish support of the communities, events and skaters, made Lush Longboards become one of the most beloved brands in Europe.

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Walzen Insul freeride longboard wheels review by Roman Tschofen

Walzen Insul Longboard Wheels Freeride

Walzen Wheels was founded by Heiko Schöller (Concretewave Skateshop, Bolzen Trucks & Hardware), Richie Loeffler (Trap Skateboards) and Frank Beste (Bolzen Trucks, GOG Trucks) in Germany.

They developed their own urethane formula which is 100% made in Europe and at the end of the summer 2015 they released the Insul freeride wheels to present the first Walzen lineup.

Walzen Insul longboard wheels
Walzen Insul longboard wheels

The Walzen Insul are 70mm freeride wheels with a wider contact patch of 40mm. They have a really good speed roll and acceleration while a buttery smooth slide is their biggest advantage.

The Insuls feature a round lip design and centerset bearing hub. You will be able to flip them and ride them the same all the way to the core. Currently the Insuls don’t come with a stone ground finish and it takes few slides to break them in.

They come in two different duros and colours: 78a green and 80a clear. I’m most excited about the clear formula because it has no colouring in it. This results with the slide characteristics being affected only by the pure urethane.

Roman Tschofen shredding Walzen Wheels
Roman Tschofen shredding Walzen Wheels

You will love Walzen Insuls for stand-up sliding and fast freeride. As soon as they are broken in they offer a very predictable and smooth slide but still have enough grip to rip through some corners. They wear very evenly and don’t flatspot easily, you can count on them for a really long time.

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The Walzen Insul wheels are currently priced at 54,90 €.

Walzen Insul longboard wheels details:
Diameter: 70mm
Width: 54mm
Conctact patch: 40mm
Durometers: 78a, 80a
Lips: round
Bearing hub: centerset


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Arbor UK riders Joe and George showing off Sucrose wheels

Arbor UK’s young guns Joe Williams and George Judge took their Sucrose wheels for a spin on their local hill. Their unmatchable performance includes some serious talent like drinking while putting their boards sideways. Yet another great video by Ben Holmes (Ben Holmes Media).

Arbor Skateboards – The Sucrose Initiative

Arbor developed a “Sugar formula” which makes these wheels ultra-durable and long lasting combined with improved performance. The interesting thing about them is the natural composition they are made of. It reduces the environmental impact of petroleum-based wheels.

“Groovetube” core used in all Sucrose wheels has a wider profile which makes it hold its shape when cornering hard or sliding but it still flexes where it’s supposed to. It’s also just 35mm tall and gives you a lot of ‘thane to chew through.

The Sucrose wheels are available in 4 “flavours” so you are guaranteed to find something that matches your taste. Apparently they were supposed to be completely flatspot resistant. You be the judge of that :)

Arbor Summit

71mm big, 56mm contact patch, 78a duro, offset core position and sharp lip design made this wheel a good choice for technical downhill with a nice balance between grip and slipperiness. Priced competitively at 57,14 € on Amazon.

Arbor Sucrose Summit

Arbor Vice

The offset freeriding beast. 69mm big, small contact patch of 35.5mm, 80a duro and rounded lips. Thanks to the lip design and small contact patch the release is easy and gradual on any surface. Also comes stone grinded from the factory for best performance out of the factory. Priced at 51,42 € on Amazon.

Arbor Sucrose Vice

Arbor Mosh

65mm big, 36mm contact patch and 82a duro. This wheel is a great choice for cruising around town with quick acceleration but it offers some nice slides thanks to the rounded lips. Priced at 49,90 € on Amazon.

Arbor Sucrose Mosh

Arbor Bogart

61mm big, 36mm contact patch, 82a duro. The perfect wheel for mini-cruisers. The slightly larger than average contact patch makes it roll smoother over rough roads. Priced at 35,55 € on Amazon.

Arbor Sucrose Bogart

For more information see Arbor Skateboards website.

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Idle Slide Gloves welcomes a new member to their family, Ben Stainer

We’re stoked to hear the great news from the KnK Slivo King, Ben Steiner. He’s currently enjoying wet UK sessions and local small events. About a week ago, his after-summer adventures and positive energy got him a sweet deal with the UK based brand Idle slide gloves.

Ben Stainer © Kai Menneken
Ben Stainer rocking Idle slide gloves © Kai Menneken

After the KnK, Ben visited two events hosted by a group called Brianne Collective, Tregaron freeride where he swooped up 5th place and Dig deep outlaw race, finishing 1st.

Ben is currently sporting retro looking slide gloves that combine different materials and a great deal of warmth in cold weather conditions, making them a great choice for the UK climate. Their good flexibility and awesome array of bright colors will make you want to keep your hands up while sliding. Here’s what Ben has to say about the good news:

Somehow, after the adventures of Norway and the Hairpins of KnK, I was asked to represent Idle slide gloves. It was surprising, considering that I didn’t believe myself to be anywhere near the level that sponsorships envisaged. The belief was that you had to have balls (or ovaries) the size of melons and enough skills to make a Russian gymnast seem obsolete. ~Ben Stainer

Idle slide gloves
Idle slide gloves Idle

After their first model ”The Galaxy”, the brand listened to the riders feedback and introduced their second model ”Retro Vibes” featuring better stitching and extended wristbands combined with an eye catching 80’s style. These gloves include padded fingertips and padded Velcro on the synthetic leather palm that reduces puck vibration, a needed feature when sliding on rough pavement.

The included UHMW pucks seem to be a bit too thin but you can easily replace them with your preferred piece of plastic. The Velcro patch offers a good fit, big enough to protect your hand and just small enough to allow your hand to carry out smaller tasks such as, in Ben’s words, opening a zip or doing shadow puppets.

The Idle Slide Gloves come in two sizes, S/M and L/XL. To people with medium sized hands, concerned about the gloves being too small or too big, Ben assures:

If you fear you’ll be too small, the gloves memorise you faster then a government supercomputer. ~ Ben Stainer

Idle Slide Gloves v3 - Sneak peek preview
A sneak peek preview of Idle v3 slide gloves

If you favour the smell of leather, than be on the lookout for their third model, the Idle v3 slide gloves, that promises ruggedness, bigger pucks and an even better array of flashy colors.

We’ll keep you posted.