In my downhill days, I used to run JimZ speedhangers with spherical bearings. They were probably the most precise, no-slop trucks I’ve ran. I did run them on 35 degree baseplates, and I think because of this I never really had any problems pushing 55mph+.
Last night I swapped out my TB218 stock pivot cups with some 100a riptide wfb cups. The difference these make is phenomenal… It was unexpected how much better responsiveness these provide, and how leaning really does just = turning now… No more wiggle in the cup. Combined with my nylon surf key things, precision washers, these are nearing as precise as I would ever want, even compared to using sphericals in the hanger like my old dh setups.
So, all this got me thinking… I haven’t experienced serious wobbles in years. Last night some wobbles tossed me off my board when I was going pretty quick. I feel like had I not replaced the pivot cups, I wouldn’t have had nearly that bad of wobble at the speed I was going, as wobbles I’ve gotten on the old pivot cups at that speed were never uncontrollable.
It’s my opinion that precision is great, but maybe only to a certain extent. That small bit of slop I feel like would have absorbed, or nullified the start of the wobbles. Once these started though, even my normal noodle legs, relaxation, leaning, none of it had any effect- it just immediately took over and threw me off in a split second… I don’t even see how I could have absorbed the start of those wobbles last night.
Since I love the responsiveness, I’ll keep the pivot cups. Since I love the turning, I won’t be de-wedging my rear more. I’ll be gearing down to max out at a more reasonable speed instead of introducing more slop just to feel safe going fast.
What are your guys thoughts? Ultra precise turning for safety or does some slop actually help cancel out the imperfections of human control?