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    Default pros/cons of split axle trucks

    So I searched and I didn't find anything so I think it's safe to ask you guys at this point. I was talking to my friend about precision trucks and I mentioned zealous trucks. He said that they were "too grippy" because the axle is inline with the bushing seat. Im not sure if he's talking out of his ass or not so I though I'd look around here for a definitive answer. So my question to you guys with knowledge of precision trucks: what are the characteristics/behavior of split-axle trucks? Im just curious, not interested in buying or anyhting
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    Default Re: pros/cons of split axle trucks

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    Default Re: pros/cons of split axle trucks

    An inline axel will have more grip and also be less responsive making you feel more stable at speed

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    Default Re: pros/cons of split axle trucks

    Inline trucks do feel more dead in my experience. Basically inline means there is no "rake", or flipping the hanger will do nothing to the feel of the truck. They have a very linear feel to the lean, rather than a quick snap then dead space.

    As far as grip goes, the combination of a true 8mm axle and a topmount will feel pretty grippy for most. It's how it's supposed to feel. Zealous are trucks for going very, very fast on. Because they're so low I didn't find them to be the most grippy precision on the market, but they certainly held a line better than any cast truck. They are right at that sweet spot between gripping and losing traction when necessary.

    Honestly I can't speak highly enough about the truck. They've been cooking up a gen 3 version for a bit and I think it's slated to drop in the next few months. I'm pumped for it.

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    Default Re: pros/cons of split axle trucks

    Quote Originally Posted by cawlin View Post
    Inline trucks do feel more dead in my experience. Basically inline means there is no "rake", or flipping the hanger will do nothing to the feel of the truck. They have a very linear feel to the lean, rather than a quick snap then dead space.

    As far as grip goes, the combination of a true 8mm axle and a topmount will feel pretty grippy for most. It's how it's supposed to feel. Zealous are trucks for going very, very fast on. Because they're so low I didn't find them to be the most grippy precision on the market, but they certainly held a line better than any cast truck. They are right at that sweet spot between gripping and losing traction when necessary.

    Honestly I can't speak highly enough about the truck. They've been cooking up a gen 3 version for a bit and I think it's slated to drop in the next few months. I'm pumped for it.
    I think op might be referring to the bushing seat being between the axles a la the older Bear Smokies:

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    Default Re: pros/cons of split axle trucks

    Possibly.. cept Zealous ain't split axle trucks, it's a through and through axle:
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    Default Re: pros/cons of split axle trucks

    My favorite part about split axles is the idea of swapping out bent/damaged axles or even swapping out for longer, extended ones.

    I honestly don't feel that grip is based in the trucks more than it is with the wheels and the riders style/ability.
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    Default Re: pros/cons of split axle trucks

    Quote Originally Posted by Cann0n View Post
    I honestly don't feel that grip is based in the trucks more than it is with the wheels and the riders style/ability.
    Really? To me, a taller truck always grips more, assuming it's not using a queen pin and has true axles. Obviously it's not the entire equation for grip, but it plays into it a little.

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    Default Re: pros/cons of split axle trucks

    Thanks for the help. For some reason this thread didn't show up in the new posts section under "my controls" so i couldn't get back to you guys. and obviously my friends has no idea what he's talking about. He talks about inline axle trucks being too grippy, yet freerides calibers/gunmetals, which have no rake. And yes i was refering to the bushing seat being between the axles, because that's what I though he meant. I didn't know that Zealous were actually a full axe, I may be considering a set for christmas this year, seeing as how I think I'm starting to know what I like in a truck
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    Default Re: pros/cons of split axle trucks

    There are a lot of things that go intro truck geometry and impact grip and slip. When you say 'split axle' do you mean trucks like these:
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    The kingpin hole is in completely in line with the axles. I've heard this makes for less grip (all other factors equal), which makes sense as it is lower. There are other factors that are going to impact grip more though: mounting style, wheelbase, wheels, etc.

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    Default Re: pros/cons of split axle trucks

    damn it happened again... something wrong with my notifications...If anybody still cares that is exactly what i meant. How do trucks like the cindrich behave?
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