Set up your trucks for:
– Maximum Turn and Lean
Choose some softer duro cone bushings, top and bottom, and use flat washers.
You will have little return to centre, but the board will lean and turn as much as possible! Watch out for wheelbite.
– Maximum Turn without wheelbite
Choose soft or medium cone bushings, or perhaps a softer barrel on the bottom. Use Cup Washers top and bottom.
You trucks will have a stronger return to centre, and as the board gets to maximum lean, the cup washers should kick in and stop the truck going to wheelbite.
You might need to muck about with your durometer choice a bit to get maximum lean without wheelbite – if you get it right it’ll be perfect for your weight, and a heavier skater standing on your board will get wheelbite even though you don’t.
– Carving and Cruising
Use a barrel on the bottom, and a cone on the top.
Medium durometer is fine for the top and the bottom.
Cup washers are prefeable, as they prevent wheelbite and help the truck return to centre for a nice bouncy, responsive ride. A strong return to centre with a higher rebound will emulate the same carving feeling that you get when snowboarding or surfing.
– Faster Freeride
You can use barrels top and bottom for going a bit faster for more stability.
Choose a medium or slightly harder durometer depending on your speed.
If you prefer a more “divey” truck, with less return to centre, then we’d recommend a mid duro kingcone or a barrel on the bottom with no washer. A flat washer on the top will also deaden out the truck a bit and help get more lean.
If you’re on a topmount, then you’ll probably want to watch out for wheelbite. We would recommend a mid or slightly harder duro barrel on the bottom, and a medium duro barrel on the top with cup washers top and bottom.
This setup will give you a nice return to centre, and good lean without wheelbite.
For freeride, the amount of “bounce” in your trucks is very much a personal preference.
A dull feeling, leany truck (set up with flat washers and perhaps a kingcone) is a more predictable ride which some prefer. It possibly makes the board more controllable and reduces the chances of getting highsided.
However, a more lively truck with Cup Washers will feel nicer in the carve, and reduce the possibility of wheelbite.
It’s up to you which you prefer, but at least you now hopefully understand how to get the feeling you want!
– Race and Maximum Speed
As for freeride setups, there are two roads to go down here.
You can go for a duller, more predictable truck, which feels a bit dead but gives a more solid feeling truck at very high speeds.
Or you can go for a more lively truck, which has les chance of wheelbite, but might get a bit wild when going really fast.
For downhill we reocommend that you stay away from cones entirely, and stick to barrels and kingcones.
Harder duros than you would choose for slower skating are also where you need to be. Don’t tighten your trucks up too much!
A properly set up downhill board will feel pretty rubbish pushing around a carpark, but once you get up to speed, it’ll come alive.
Go with cup washers and harder barrels to get a better return to centre and more rebound from your trucks.
Go with flat washers and a barrel/kingcone combo for a duller, more solid feel.
A cup washer on the top bushing will help lock things in a bit – flat washers on the top for downhill are only for those who want almost no rebound at all from their trucks.
A kingcone on the bottom with a larger flat washer – preferably the same size as the kingcone – provides a solid base for the truck and can keep things feeling solid and confident.