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    Default Help me set-up for pool/vert riding

    Hey guys, I've been skating again for 3 years after a 15 year haitus, and have only this month caught the pool/vert bug after a recent trip to San Diego. I've been riding an 8" deck with 139mm trucks, but a vet at the Encinitas park let me try his larger deck with man-size trucks and softer wheels. It was like night and day.

    He had said his deck was 8.5" with 169mm trucks, but I think it must have been a 9er, since that's the truck size, and it seemed considerably bigger than my own.

    So, advice: do I go for an 8.5" deck with 149mm trucks, or go for a 9er with the 169s? Hints: I'm 5'10" 140lbs with size 12 boats.

    And what about recommendations for trucks? I'm a loyal Indie guy, but notice that there are 149mm "forged"--for about 15 bucks more a pair. Are those lighter?

    And what about wheels--something softer than what I'm riding, since I slide quite a big right now--but how soft?

    I don't have a chance to try a lot of options--just one shot at buying a new set-up for a while.

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    i am also a size twelve and love pools im currently riding an 8.25 but i just bought a 8.5 havent tried it yet though and for wheels i would just go for some park formula bones, spitfire, and ricta sell them idk which brand is best though

    ^Do it I want to get some bearings^

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    I'm gonna say it again (LOL): pool = oldschool deck reissue

    10 or even 11 by 30 to 33 with indys 169 + bones spf 56mm = über

    this is off course just my view on the situation

    btw, the wheels in the pic arent spf, they're old bones, I was prolly gonna skate wood when I took the pic


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    i tried using my old chool deck in the pool and felt extremely uncomfortable on it i like the double dip shape better

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    most reissues have a decent nose nowadays
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    don't bother with the 8.5, go straight to the 9. you eventually will anyways, and you won't go back, i promise.

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    Thanks guys.

    Now tell me about wheels? How hard? How wide? Fav brands? I heard Rain Skates are killer...

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    Rainsktes, Autobahn, Speedlab my wheels of choice depending on the quality of the surface.

    Perfection in my mind

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    powell peralta graffiti ripper
    bones reds bearings
    your favorite brand 169mm truck
    park formula wheels from ricta, autobahn, bones, or spitfire
    (just my advice)
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    Thanks, guys.

    I picked up a pair of Theeve Tiax 8.5" trucks for a song--I'd rather have gone with 9" but have been wanting to try the Theeve Tiax and they just didn't have that size available.

    I'm digging the RainSkates wheels, but am not sure which to choose. I'll be riding masonite ramps indoors, or moderately smooth concrete bowls outdoors (we get a lot of weather here in Utah).

    Right now I'm leaning toward:

    Rain Skates Green/95a
    Mid-Tsunami: Single cut, 62mm x 40mm, 23mm C.P. 13.4 Oz.

    Anyone have preference for single vs double cut?

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    8.5, 149s, and something around a 56mm, I've been riding streetburners from Spitfire, but I like to slide, I feel versatile that way, not just stuck going straight, or just for parks or street skating. Larger wheels are fun, and I like the speed, but I've never been a fan of risers. If its something really big maybe try some parkburners, but thats just me, I'm a loyal Spitfire rider.

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    Please dont go with rainskates. I skated them for two months
    They were slippery and slow. I dont see why everyone raves about them
    Go Bones or Spittys

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    that's gonna leave a mark.........yup gravity still works

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    The dead need love too. Guess i should look at the time stamp haha

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    I would go with the wider deck and the 169mm indy trucks. For wheels 95a and 62mm seems to be the magic combo for a good pool/ bowl set up

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