Block off your calendars for next year- this event was epic! Mike Girard (Emgee Events) threw together an world-class freeride down one of the gnarliest roads on the East Coast.
This weekend was very different than what you typically get at a race- no one was stressed about race heats or bummed about getting knocked out early. People who were rightfully terrified of the run could take it at their own pace in the back, while guys like Norm Plante and Scott Hurdleston f**kin mobbed (see raw runs on YouTube). I personally was stoked by the number of guys on Valkyrie adjustable bases and our upcoming Voxter completes; Burke is a serious test for your own skating ability as well as your gear, and our lineup stood up to the challenge.
Keep your eyes out for more media from this event- Mike's goal is to build this up even bigger next year because this is what the sport needs. In the meantime, peep these raw runs that Evan filmed/edited:
A few days ago we made public a project that's been under wraps for almost two years: Voxter completes. The vision was to create a longboard truck that was truly unique in the market, yet still use all the same components skaters have become used to. After several overhauls to the design and countless more improvements, the final result is spectacular.
Voxter is defined by its coplanar, offset bushing seats; the bushing seat layout provides an incredibly solid center without sacrificing a bit of lean. Axles are inline with the center of the boardside seat (hangers have zero rake), and only urethane from the two bushings and pivot contact the hanger.
The trucks are designed to use tall bushings, although a machined spacer and tall nut (pictured) will be provided in case you want to use your standard .6" bushings. We worked closely with Riptide to develop the pivots that ship standard with each truck. At launch we will have 45* and 30* bases available. Assuming no major setbacks, we expect to start setting up for production in the beginning of September.
What do you think?? We think it was time for an upgrade, and are very excited by how much cleaner this site looks already.
One of the largest areas for development over the coming 6 months is our Knowledge Center. The vision is to have this section on our site become a resource for any skater that wants to learn more about their trucks; everything from bushing selection pointers to in depth discussions about rake will be presented. Our goal is to only convey information that can be 1) supported by a fundamental engineering principle or 2) supported by data we have gathered ourselves.