An area I dont fully understand is the relationship of truck/deck widths and whether wheels are wider or narrower than the deck. I recently rode a SB with the wheels slightly wider than the deck and liked it. When the trucks are too narrow for the deck I dislike the topsy turvy feel. Can anyone explain the science to help me understand?
What I'm trying to understand is the science behind the feel of wheels/axles that are wider or narrower than the deck.
Its generally accepted that for park and street, wheels should be around the same width as the deck. Cruisers and longboards are wide footed, whilst freestyle setups are EXACTLY the same width [with offset wheel cores] so primo's stands and primo slides will work.
I dont know what it is I liked about this park board with ever so slightly wider wheels than deck, and I wish to know why I like it.
Maybe its just the deck concaves wheelbase etc which was to my liking.
However, I ride a lot of different boards but none which have this wheel wider than deck thing going
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Hate risers unless really needed.
I just scored some early 2000's 44mm high thunder 5inch trucks for a 7.75 setup I'm making with 42mm stfs [were bigger but flat-spotted and coned, so got them machined down].
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re this thread,, the setup wheels are only slightly wider, like less than 1/8 per side.
Yesterday I rode another SB with the same slightly wider trucks width and liked it again too.
I'm 225lbs with with big upper body from 40 years of surfing, so yeah maybe the added stability suits my notskater body shape.
Narrower trucks with lighter wheels are easier to flip the deck with, I get that.
I'm still a beginner really, so maybe its the stability offered by slightly wider truck setups that is to my liking.
The internets offers no science for my further understanding though.....
Swapping out components measuring wheelbases and tweaking stuff like bushings all the time.
It would be good to get quality information online but the net unproductive.
Sadly it seems there is too much weed around.
Keeping axle width tucked under inside the deck edge helps the deck rotate and spin during tricks, and reduces minor weight. Axle nuts/threads are protected too. The wider the axles in relation to the deck, the more stable, so its good for older learners like me, and other older guys who aint into street so much. It also helps top heavy skaters a lot.
So if your a skinny kid who likes technical street skating, keeping axles width less than deck width is ideal. If your heavier and older and dont do kick flips, widening the axles has benefit.
However, for most setups especially popsicles, the variation in axle width should be no more than 10mm less or more than deck width.
There, the interweb has some more bytes now on this subject.
One thing I havnt figured out is the relationship between wheel bite/concave/ axle width interplay.
With heavy concave, increased axle width can help wheel bite, I think?
Maybe back to the tank, or if someone has this sorted?