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    Default Best type of bushings and wheels for longer distance rides?

    So I have been looking at getting a long distance setup because me and a buddy are going to start doing long trips. I have picked the landy switch, otang in heats 83a, paris 180s and medium soft bushing. Would I want a smaller or larger wheel for distance rides and what would be a good bushing setup, its downhill and flat ground. Also post your distance setup! thanks!


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    Default Re: Best type of bushings and wheels for longer distance rides?

    larger wheels have more momentum, and the bushing are all preference. use this: Bushing Selector - MotionBoardshop.com to dial in the right durometers
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    Default Re: Best type of bushings and wheels for longer distance rides?

    Larger wheels tend to roll for longer, holding their speed better.
    Softer wheels roll over things better as long as they're not so soft they're mushy.
    78a flywheels are a very popular distance wheel.
    Bushings are more of a preference.
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    Default Re: Best type of bushings and wheels for longer distance rides?

    Larger Wheel: Bigger Top Speed & Smoother
    Smaller Wheel: Accelerate Faster & Rougher
    Harder Wheel: Slidier & Rougher
    Softer Wheel: Grippier & Smoother

    I would probably recommend Orangatang 80a 4Presidents or Abec 11 78a Flashbacks.
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    Default Re: Best type of bushings and wheels for longer distance rides?

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    Default Re: Best type of bushings and wheels for longer distance rides?

    Yikes, the switch is a nice and low dropped deck, but 10 plies of maple is super heavy.
    I don't know how much long distance you're gonna be doing, but that is a less than desirable deck due to that factor.
    75mm wheels will be fine overall. But you can certainly go larger if you want.
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    Default Re: Best type of bushings and wheels for longer distance rides?

    Thanks guys. Also I know the switch was a pretty heavy deck but its just so low i thought it would be good. could be wrong. Any recommendations on a deck then?

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    Default Re: Best type of bushings and wheels for longer distance rides?

    Quote Originally Posted by bobfoeUSA View Post
    Thanks guys. Also I know the switch was a pretty heavy deck but its just so low i thought it would be good. could be wrong. Any recommendations on a deck then?
    I mean, it'll get the job done and will also strengthen you legs a bit.
    If you're going to be doing a competitive long distance race OR are going to be doing a multi-thousand mile trip....then I'd recommend a ligher deck.

    Some of the decks by subsonic are really great dedicated ldp boards.
    Personally, I use a comet fsm on indy hybrids to make if very low.
    If you're gonna use the switch, you can always buy indy 169s and use a little bit of riser to make your board super low to the ground and have it feel like a magic carpet.
    The closer to the ground you are the less strain you will put on your board leg over time.
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    Default Re: Best type of bushings and wheels for longer distance rides?

    Quote Originally Posted by bobfoeUSA View Post
    Thanks guys. Also I know the switch was a pretty heavy deck but its just so low i thought it would be good. could be wrong. Any recommendations on a deck then?
    Everyone has different preferences. Some people will tell you heavier decks are harder to push, and others will tell you they carry more momentum.

    Also, when you're saying long trips, what do you really mean?
    10 mile roundtrip getting food in the middle? 40 mile trail ride? LA to Miami?
    If we know that, we can give better advice.

    I've done 30 miles on an evo, with 10mm grizzlies, and 85mm speedvents, about as heavy a board as you can configure. I didn't find it to be too heavy, but I think on a longer trip weight would start to factor in more.
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    Default Re: Best type of bushings and wheels for longer distance rides?

    Where do i find indy hybrids? i just looked at daddies and it just has indy 10's

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    Default Re: Best type of bushings and wheels for longer distance rides?

    I dont mean 10 miles, thats my usual ride. Im talking at least 50 miles. I do like that comet deck alot also

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    Default Re: Best type of bushings and wheels for longer distance rides?

    Milehighskates is where you wanna head to, but you can also save some cash and just do regular indy 215s
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    Default Re: Best type of bushings and wheels for longer distance rides?

    I dont really need to save cash on this setup, i really want the best ive been saving up

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    Default Re: Best type of bushings and wheels for longer distance rides?

    oh wait is the only difference those baseplates? i already have core baseplates

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    Default Re: Best type of bushings and wheels for longer distance rides?

    ive been lokking at that mile high skates shop. They dont have many decks, is the earthwing deck anygood. its a pretty small amount of ply and drop through, maybe good on weight?

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    Default Re: Best type of bushings and wheels for longer distance rides?

    Quote Originally Posted by bobfoeUSA View Post
    oh wait is the only difference those baseplates? i already have core baseplates
    Yep.
    The core baseplates are drilled for both old and new school patterns, while the independent plates are not.
    As well, the core kingpin is a bit longer, so when it's paired with the 215 hangars it allows the rider to equip it with two standard height bushings.
    The geometry is changed a bit too.

    If you already have the baseplates, then you can just buy a complete set of indy 215s and try out each baseplate to see how you like them.
    Just an idea.
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    Default Re: Best type of bushings and wheels for longer distance rides?

    Ill also have to ride down bigger hills with this also. my area is very hilly

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    Default Re: Best type of bushings and wheels for longer distance rides?

    oh boy my mind is getting destroyed right now. OKAY, this is the current setup i have in the cart

    1/8th inch shock pad risers (dont no if i need this)
    Venom standard bushings
    independent 215's (already have core baseplate)
    Landy switch
    flywheels 83mm 78a
    abec 11 biltin bearings

    Im leaning towards this setup

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    Default Re: Best type of bushings and wheels for longer distance rides?

    If you want a board that will set you off for good, I HIGHLY recommend checking out some of the Subsonic boards. IMO pushing heavy boards is not fun....
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    Default Re: Best type of bushings and wheels for longer distance rides?

    Heavy boards are only an issue when you are starting or stopping. I liked having the extra weight of an all wood board, but I copped an EXTREMELY light double drop and havent gone back since.

    Now, that being said I bought a Switch for someone and found that it was a wonderful board. The drop made pushing easier but my size 11 feet didnt appreciate the concave after we did a 10 mile jaunt. In the end I cloned the board and gave her a nice flat riding platform and it was much more comfortable.

    Now as has been suggested, be sure to check out Subsonic because they really know their stuff. Ask any owner of one and they will tell you that their Subsonic deck is special.
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