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    Default The official Freestyle Set up thread!!

    Not sure what the difference between a freestyle board and a street board is? Want to start freestyle, but don't know where to buy a freestyle board? Want to know the pros and cons of a freestyle board? It will all be answered here!!

    First, what makes a freestyle board different?

    The deck- A freestyle board has completely parallel rails, and a blunt nose or tail. Freestyle decks tend to be quite a bit smaller than street boards, too. Ranging from 7" to 7.5". Here's an extreme of the blunt nose or tail, to give you the right idea:

    http://metacreations.atspace.com/shop/meta-flight.html

    Trucks- The trucks of a freestyle board are smaller than street decks, in order to come flush with the deck. You can't skate street trucks with a freestyle deck if you want to do any tricks in railstand. Also, many freestyle trucks don't have an inverted kingpin, since freestyle involves no grinds.

    Wheels- Wheels are offset. This means that the wheel will come out farther than the actual axle. This increases stability in a railstand, and makes coco-wheelies possible. These are not skateboard wheels, but it shows you the basic shape of an off-set freestyle wheel.

    http://www.skaterdirect.com/products/wheels_w_95.jpg

    Skids- This is a component that a freestyle board has that a street board does not have. Skids are small protection plates on the nose and tail of the board so boards don't crack from pogos, or get the bad effects of tail-scrape. If you scroll down to the Keith Renna pro model on this page you can see a board with skids. If you scroll all the way down, you can see some skids alone:

    http://www.outlookskates.com/OutLookDECKSfreestyle.htm

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.

    Will I be able to skate street with a freestyle board? Yes, but a freestyle board will not work quite as good for street as a street board will.

    Can I do grinds even though the kingpin isn't inverted? Nope, this will throw your grinds off.

    Can I still ollie with skids on my board? Yes, but not quite as high.

    Can I use my street trucks/wheels with my freestyle board? Yes, but it will definitely mess with your balance for railstands and the like.

    Well then what is the use of a freestyle board?! For freestyle, you dummy!

    Where can I get a freestyle board? Check out the following links:

    http://www.decomposedsk8.com/
    http://www.metacreations.atspace.com/
    http://www.outlookskates.com/
    http://www.reverse-freestyle.com/
    http://www.eastbilt.com/
    http://www.smallschool.biz/
    http://www.sk8kings.com/

    Other freestylers, feel free to add links. I know I've forgotten some.

    Hope that helps!!
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    +Rep for you Daniel, this is a good idea.

    Is www.sk8legends.com the same as Reverse? I know Lynn Cooper owns both of them.

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    but please bear in mind the necro here is sponsored by skatekings and as such will advertise their product in a way that sounds like advise

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    ^Nah, reverse is an actual shop, sk8legends is just like news and stuff, I think.
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    From your link, you see that guy who did the handstand and is coming back on his board? That's Tommy Harward. I know Tommy Harward personally. I go to his skateboard shop all the time (my Dad lives around that area). Lives in Wake Forest, but has an "ok" skatepark.

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    Tommy Harward has some of the smoothest 50-50s I've ever seen :P Go get him to teach you how :P Better yet, get him to film trick tips.

    ~Necro

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    Now what exactly is a NH 50/50?

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    http://cloud.prohosting.com/bobackup...flip%20Out.htm This is a nh 50-50 with a fingerflip out. Fingerflips out are easier.
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    OOOHHH, I can do those. I thought they were something else. I see Rodney Mullen do those all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel Jones
    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.

    Will I be able to skate street with a freestyle board? Yes, but a freestyle board will not work quite as good for street as a street board will.

    Can I do grinds even though the kingpin isn't inverted? Nope, this will throw your grinds off.

    Can I still ollie with skids on my board? Yes, but not quite as high.

    Can I use my street trucks/wheels with my freestyle board? Yes, but it will definitely mess with your balance for railstands and the like.

    Well then what is the use of a freestyle board?! For freestyle, you dummy!

    Where can I get a freestyle board? Check out the following links:

    http://www.decomposedsk8.com/
    http://www.metacreations.atspace.com/
    http://www.outlookskates.com/
    http://www.reverse-freestyle.com/
    http://www.eastbilt.com/
    http://www.smallschool.biz/
    http://www.sk8kings.com/

    Other freestylers, feel free to add links. I know I've forgotten some.

    Hope that helps!!

    so is it ok to skate freestyle with a street board? i mean like will it be much more difficult or about the same

    oh no i am sorry. i think i missed out necro's answer to that in some other thread. ok so its alright to use a street board.. unless your answer is different from necro's?

    "And yes, you can do all the freestyle tricks on a regular board. I'm using a regular board right now, and I can casper, and do rail stuff. It's just easier on a freestyle board because the board is made for what you are doing.

    ~Necro"
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    ^Yeah, you can freestyle with a street board, but a freestyle board is much better. In fact, Necro converted to freestyle boards.
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    hmm but i am actually not too sure. so i should just try the tricks on a street board first and if i really prefer freestyle den get a freestyle board? or should i just get it anyway since im interested. (i am just afraid i might make a wrong choice cause freestyles boards are more expensive)


    er, if you know waht i mean

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    try freestyle first.
    Plz Click this
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    Question: Could I buy a 7.75 street board, outfit it with offset wheels, and have the best of both worlds?
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    Theoretically, yes. However:
    Quote Originally Posted by Mayfair
    Street boards are fat and heavy. I haven't ridden one for years. Yes, you can get used to it, but would you want to? There's very little logic in using one other than they're the most popular and common form of skateboard. If I ever want to, I can street skate on my freestyle board just fine, thank you, so I'll take the more casual and maneuverable board instead of what is a small boat by comparison.
    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel Jones
    Skating freestyle on a street board is the equivalent of playing basketball with a flat ball.
    Some people love street boards. You might, too. I did, at one point. I used to ride 7.75 constantly and swear by that width. Eventually, I saved up and bought a freestyle board, and never looked back; skating got a lot easier, a lot more instinctive and a lot more fun. Why? Well, as I said in my quote from another topic, they're just more nimble and maneuverable. Street boards are horrible and clunky by comparison. I find the kicktails are too steep, the concaves too harsh, wheelbases too long; they're not really too great for anything other than ollies.

    But, at the end of the day, it's up to you. My advice would be to try it; jump in and buy a freestyle board, like I did. You might just like it.

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    i'm thinking of getting a board from outlook, probably the terry synott. anybody had one of these and knows about the quality of them? i'm assuming they're good since he rides it, but just wanna make sure. also, would the squarish tails mess with tricks like rail2rail? thanks

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    Don't get an Outlook! They're not good quality wood, and I've heard some pretty terrible stories about the owner.

    Get a Meta:Creation's deck (metacreations.atspace.com), or a Decomposed deck ([url]decomposedsk8.com[/url). But I'm riding the Meta:Flight right now and I love it.

    ~Necro

    EDIT: Oh yes, Tommy Harward, Keith Renna, Terry Synott, and I think somebody else have just left Outlook btw. Renna's now on Decomposed, and I don't know what Terry and Tommy are doing.

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    thanks for the heads up

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    Iv got a panic deck 7.5 , indys and octagon wheels and it works fine for freestyle for me
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    i've got a question about offset wheels. if an axle says it would do well for 7.3 board, is it the same with offset wheels? is the offset wheels width a little wider or what? i'm planning on buying all the parts from various websites so this would help thanks!

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    Ok so offset wheels just go on the trucks. Buy trucks that fit your deck and you'll be fine.

    ~Necro

    Quote Originally Posted by Darran Nolan
    but please bear in mind the necro here is sponsored by skatekings and as such will advertise their product in a way that sounds like advise

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