i’ve been browsing around ebay for my trucks/wheels/mount, and i came across this and this. Would they be compatible? it looks like the mount is made for paris trucks or something of that nature but i think it could fit
and before people get on my ass (they usually do on /r/longboarding so i assume they will here too) about using sidewinders: i really like the carvy/swoopy feel of sidewinders and carver c7s (the trucks i run on my main cruising deck, and would be using for this if i could find a mount for them) because i feel like it gives me more control and more ability to dodge people and obstacles on the streets of New York. Perhaps more importantly, i’m so used to my C7s that anything else (i have paris trucks on my DH/FR board) feels sluggish and unresponsive by comparison. It’s just more practical for cruisers
I agree, screw em. If you work at it you can make it work
First think you need is a grinding wheel and a side grinder so you can shape the truck hanger to fit the motor mount you decide to get. I would just make a 1 piece out of stainless steel if it were me. The you could just make a flat spot on the hanger and bolt the hell out of it. Just make sure it’s straight but horizontally and vertically or you skip belts, tear belts, etc.
Hate to be a party pooper but, Sidewinder trucks are not recommended for high speed skating because they are not stable at high speed.
Matter of fact, I was just talking to a fellow surfer at the local break who told me that he crashed on his evolve board because of a high speed wobble.
So my advise is to go with trucks that are designed for high speed down hill longboarding like Caliber II.
By the way, I did own a pair of sidewinders that I used on my first board (not an e-board)
After giving up on the design, I removed the center knuckle and bolted the hanger directly to the base plate.
They worked much better that way, still just for cruising at low speeds.
@benwong I faced the motor back like evolve because it was the only way to clear the second kingpin in the trucks… it was either that or have a really long motor bracket…
@Namasaki I have ridden the sidewinders at 38km/h regularly and there is no problem at high speed. I actually really like them because you can carve tight at low speed and still be stable at higher speeds. if anything I did feel a tiny oscillation while ridding over these:
but other than that super stable at high speeds and low speeds.
seem like good review, make me more feel to using sidewinder, but the problem is hard to mount the motor instead of direct welding.
if i only install on front truck, will it improve some turning radius?
i don’t have access to any kind of welding (unless i can get it done professionally? how much does that usually cost?) but i am interested in the process for how you got that done. How did you make your mount? how do you tension it? how did you get it welded?
I don’t understand the hate sidewinders get. People complain about speed wobble but 99% of the time, speed wobble is caused by the rider. Once you get used to the sidewinders, they become just as stable as any other trucks. I regularly hit 42 km/h on my Evolve GT and never had to worry about wobble. You just get used to it over time. If anything, the guys over at Evolve have hit 70 km/h without an issue - its all in the weight distribution and being relaxed.