Review of the Kebbek Max Erwin



Kebbek Skateboards, founded in 1992, is one of the few remaining longboard companies that went against the trend of microdrops and short wheelbases to produce large, durable downhill and freeride boards. Returning from hiatus in 2011, Kebbek re-entered the longboard scene with their Stain Series of boards, many of which were 30”+ wheelbase drop decks and drop throughs. Here we take a look at a favorite in the lineup the Kebbek Max Erwin.

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Review of the Seismic Defcon Formula Speed Vents and Hot Spots


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One of the truest and most trusted names when it comes to skating fast is Seismic. For years, Dan Gesmer and crew have been creating some of the fastest, most high performance skateboard wheels available. Seismic began in the wheel industry in 2004 (and the truck market a decade earlier) and has been at the edge of speed ever since. Wheels produced by Seismic include the 3dm line which offers some of the relied upon slalom wheels to ever navigate cones. Any beyond the slalom market, Seismic has been in the downhill game for years now. Seismic Hot Spots and Speed Vents can be seen dominating race courses worldwide.

Previously, Seismic’s Black Ops urethane was known as the fastest on the road (not to mention setting an IGSA speed record or two). The urethane is lightning fast and corners like a vice, but the biggest criticism is how the urethane slide on the unpredictable side. All too often skaters found themselves riding what felt like a bucking bronco through a predrift.

The days of Black Ops are not over, but there’s a new neighbor in urethane town. Seismic’s new Defcon urethane is promised as smoother sliding, ultra-high rebound, and ridiculous acceleration. We received 2 sets of wheels, a set of 69mm 78.5a Hot Spots, and a set of 73mm 81.5a Speed Vents. We went fast and slow, forwards and sideways, and put the wheels through a workout on a few of the most unapologetic corners that we know of, and wrote up all our findings. How did the new Defcon ‘thane hold up? Fast and resilient, just like we hoped for.


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Review Of Original Arbiter DK


Since their humble beginnings in 2002, Original Skateboards have become one of the largest and most involved names in the industry who definitely know what they are doing when it comes to skateboard design. Owners Scott and Brad Imbrie have been building up the brand since the beginning, using their college funds to get their business off the ground. Twelve years on, through continued innovation in all aspects of longboarding, the whole team at Original Skateboards are still striving to deliver you top quality products across their entire line-up.

In 2012, Original really stepped it up a notch in the downhill department with the release of the Original Arbiter. This deck really garnered a lot of attention from the whole longboard scene due to the simplistic design and cheap price point. This new addition showed us all that Original meant business with their first real entry into the downhill race board market.

Two years on, you asked and Original delivered. Fast forward to the middle of this year and Original Skateboard have just dropped the Arbiter DK (DK meaning ‘double kick’). Weighing in at 36.5 inches long, 9.5 inches wide with wheelbases from 18” to 21”, this deck is built to do it all. Sporting a symmetrical 9-ply construction, huge wheel wells, progressive tub concave and just a hint of rocker, this no-frills deck is designed to keep you feeling locked in and secure at all times, no matter what type of terrain you’re tackling.

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Review of the Tierney Rides Board

Recently, a couple of unexpected packages came in the mail--two Tierney Ride boards. A while back I spoke with the people at Tierney, who mentioned that they wouldn't mind sending over some boards for us to test, over the holidays, I had all but forgotten about them until they arrived today...

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BMW Streetcarver Review

"God has sent me a gift from Heaven." -Steven Puente.

We've had the BMW Streetcarver for about 24 hours now and we've put it through the motions...

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Newton Trucks Review: Have we hit a new level of low?



They say variety is the spice of life and stagnation is its poison.  If that’s true, the cast truck market is comprised of spicy poison, with too many offerings and too little differentiation.  A change in angle geometry here, nano-precision pivot cups being held up by booth babes there.  So where does Newton Skate fit into the equation with their new 180mm ultra-low RKP trucks?  The former or the latter, and more importantly – are they worth your hard earned cash? Read on to find out if we’ve hit a new low, and if we mean that in a good way...or bad.

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Review Of The Earthwing NLS 38 Drop Through


This week our reviewers are taking a look at the Earthwing NLS 38 drop through. Founded in 1998, Earthwing Skateboards has continuously pushed the bar in skateboard technology, and the NLS line of skateboards is the pinnacle of Earthwing’s progression. Ranging from the vertical-laminated Mystery Model and Boomerang in 2008 to the NLS 38 in 2014, Earthwing is always on the cutting edge of skateboard technology.

Consisting of 4 plies of maple sandwiched between Earthwing’s aptly named “unbelievium,” the NLS 38 is Earthwing’s first drop through in the NLS (Next Level S**t) construction.  Unbelievium is a heat-activated composite that is applied to the board by a process known as crush welding. Crush welding uses intense heat and pressure to press the board without glue. Simply put, the NLS series uses a high-tech construction and a high-tech build process to create extremely strong boards with 360° concave.

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Review of the Loaded Overland


Throughout the last couple of years, the trend of large double-kick decks and “hybrid” skateboards has really taken a hold in the market. This trend promotes versatility and the “skate everything” mentality that has emerged in the new breed of skateboarders, and large double kick decks fit the bill perfectly for this type of riding. Bombing, pool, park, street, freeride… you name it, these decks are becoming the board of choice for your ‘do it all’ skater.

Loaded Longboards have been paying close attention to the desires of the community and have been chipping away at creating a more versatile range of skateboards for quite some time now. Loaded’s newest freeride/downhill/do-everything offering to the community, the Overland, combines aspects of the Kanthaka and the Tesseract to bridge the size gap and form one very, very intriguing deck that sets it apart from other hybrid-style deck in the market. At the Longboard Consortium, we got our hands on the Overland and took to the streets to see what it’s really made of.

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