Cloud Ride Wheels present Claudio Jerico in the Eternal City

Cloud Ride Wheels - Claudio Jerico shredding the Eternal City

This summer I stopped in Rome for a few days to spend some time with the homies from the Majanal Crew. I met up with Claudio Jerico, a member of the crew and together we spent an afternoon testing the Cloud Ride Slusheez wheels Claudio received a week earlier.

Cloud Ride Wheels present Claudio Jerico shredding the Eternal City
Claudio turning left through the cracks in Rome. Photo by Mirko Paoloni.

We picked up Mariano Conti right after he finished school and drove to the only spot they have in town. The spot offers a pretty mellow run with a few hairpins with f****ed up concrete, a metal gully and numerous cracks on the road. But as Rome skaters say – skate it or hate it!

Cloud Ride Wheels present Claudio Jerico shredding the Eternal City
Pushing sideways through a nice neighbourhood. Photo by Mariano Conti.

Check out the video and enjoy the amazing landscape and flow of our beloved Majanal Town a.k.a Rome.

Mariano Conti joined the Cloud Ride Wheels team

Cloud Ride Wheels welcome Mariano Conti

The Cloud Ride Wheels team just got a new gun in its arsenal. Mariano Conti, a 17 year old Italian from Rome, recently joined their family of international shredders.

Mariano is currently in his 4th year of high school and lives with his family not far from the beach. Besides going fast and pushing his board sideways, he also spends quite a lot of time in the water catching the waves.

A few weeks ago Mariano Conti teamed up with his friends Mirko Paoloni, Edoardo Barbi, Andrea Pedrotti (the filmer) and Felix Pirker (the photographer). They got on a plane and headed to Tenerife for a week of pure longboarding.

According to Mariano they had 7 days of solid shredding on the black tarmac, leaving behind massive thane lines, cored wheels and coming back home with tons of amazing footage. You can find their trip under the hashtag #putoslocostrip both on Facebook and Instagram.

His favourite choice of wheels and the ones he’s shredding in the video are the Cloud Ride Slide 70mm 80a and 83a, teamed up with a DB Longboards Keystone 37” longboard deck.

Cloud Ride Slide wheels

According to Mariano, the Slide wheels are really fun to slide. He described the slides as nice and powdery, meaning they leave lots of thane lines.

This was also the goal at Cloud Ride when they were developing their ‘’Cloud Thane’’ formula, to enable a buttery and smooth slide, leaving behind thane. I guess, they are a freeride wheel worthy of their name … ‘’Slide’’.

Cloud Ride Wheels - Slide 70mm, 83a
Cloud Ride Wheels – Slide 70mm, 83a

The Cloud Ride Slide wheels are available in 4 different durometers: 77a (Indigo), 80a (Green), 83a (Blue), 86a (Purple), all featuring a diameter of 70 mm. With a contact patch of 45 mm, these offset freeride wheels also give a dash of grip which you need when skating.

When new, the Slide wheels have a 45 degree edge which provides a super easy slide even with the first sideslip.

With a perfect union of grip and slip, the Slide wheels by Cloud Ride can handle any crack, debris or and everything else your slide trajectory takes you over, giving the feeling of a comfortable slide to the rider.

As they wear down, the contact patch increases and allows the rider to impart the same amount of force on the slide, as when they were new.

The Slide wheels are merely amazing! When you’re riding them you feel the comfort under your feet. Seriously, I have tried many freeride wheels and in my experience these perform very well considering factors like quality, performance and value. Every time you slide, you feel the wheels smearing thane around. And that’s awesome! They roll fast and give you some grip even at higher speeds. But if you want to have a solid downhill sesh, where you need more grip, you should go for the Cloud Ride Storm Chasers instead. They roll fast and give you some solid extra grip even at high speed. ~ Mariano Conti

We’re sure we’re going to see a lot more action from Mariano and we’ll keep you posted, but you’re also welcome to follow him on Facebook or Instagram.

To learn more about the Cloud Ride and their wheels offering, check out their website at www.cloudridewheels.com.

Longboard Magazine presents: Mirko Paoloni – Tuna 2.0

Mirko Paoloni - Tuna 2.0

Last year in April, Mirko Paoloni set off to the island for the eighth time or so…This time together with his friends Simon Lechner, Felix Pirker, Mariano Conti and Eugenio D’Aló.

The crew got together with the local riders, Mirko’s dear friends, the “putos”  Santi DomingorenaAngel Diaz Cano and Juan Campuzano. Everyone were hyped to skate, but the weather was not on their side.

Usually the month of April brings 3 days of rain in average on Tenerife and the bunch was unlucky enough to hit them during their 7-day trip.

And as if the bad weather was not enough, on the first day Simon crashed badly, earning himself a nasty road rash and later on Juan got smashed as well and has suffered an ankle fracture.

The rest of the crew managed to get in a solid portion of skating and even filmed some sick runs. One of them is the one we feature in this post with Mirko.

As Mirko described, on the third day, they went to check out a road the local crew nicknamed Tuna 2.0. He wanted to skate and film the spot, but the road was wet so he decided to skip it and wait for it to dry.

The gem he wanted to skate got dry by the last day and Mirko was stoked about the chance he got to drop and film a run…a single run.

Mirko Paoloni - Tuna 2.0

The whole run apparently takes around 6 minutes and it was filmed by Eugenio and edited by Andrea Pedrotti, a video wiz behind the “Italians do it better”video series.

Here’s how Mirko described the road…

The road almost looks and feels like a billiard table. Fresh pavement, no bumps or cracks. The asphalt is a perfect mix between smooth and rough, it makes the wheels thane a lot. Making the stand up and leaving the huge thane lines…it’s super cool and I enjoy it very much. ~ Mirko Paoloni

Mirko’s setup

If you wonder what are those wheels, Mirko is skating Cloud Ride Slusheez, a 62mm freeride wheels in 78a durometer. He’s also sponsored by Easygoinc trashing their Downhilla deck and also represents the G-form protection and Moreboards.com.

See more videos featured by Mirko on his profile or follow him on Facebook and Instagram.
For more photos from the trip explore #steepthroatrip4two hashtag.