Review of the Don’t Trip Shrooms

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The stirrings throughout the long distance pumping community have been brewing on both the Silverfish forums and bike paths or sidewalks worldwide. The first purpose-built LDP truck came into being in 2013 from the metal crafters over at Don’t Trip Skateboards, but they didn’t stop there. We also saw the latest creation for hill killing from Don’t Trip, the Shrooms.

As a company well known for their pumping contributions, we were a bit skeptical, as we felt the Shrooms were a bit of a black sheep offering from the guys at Don’t Trip. However, we didn’t write them off completely just yet. We’ve seen Don’t Trip think through all the details on their trucks released before the Shrooms, so we still had a little hope they’d be a fun one to shred our hills with.


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Specs

Hanger width: 175mm (also available in 165mm and 185mm widths)
Baseplate Angle: 30*-50* adjustable
Axle: 8mm
Mounting: 8 hole
Stock bushings: 90a Riptide APS Barrels front/95a Riptide APS Barrels rear

 

Initial Impressions

We received a few beautifully cut pieces of metal in the mail and got pretty excited with what we were looking at. The raw finish and unique hanger design were smooth and visually appealing. Topping off the aesthetics, the Don’t Trip logo is cut right into the hanger.

They come stock with 95a and 90a Riptide APS barrel bushings and a flat washer boardside, no washer road side. The hanger has a spherical bearing in it. The pivot cup is 96a Riptide WFB urethane. The kingpin fits extremely snuggly in the baseplate, it’s a hassle for us to remove at all. The axles have a built in speed ring on the hanger side.

 

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Coolest of all: adjustable baseplates! The trucks can go from 50* all the way down to 30* with just a couple twists of a hex wrench. We’d always been a little wary of adjustable baseplates simply because it adds another place for a truck to get sloppy, but once we crank down the hex nuts, this thing is locked. We were very impressed with how well the whole system works, all while keeping ride height pretty reasonable. The side of the baseplate is numbered in 5* increments from highest to lowest angle.

The hangers are in line and have no rake to them. They feature a straight pivot that squeezes into the pivot cup very nicely. The ride height with no adjustable baseplates would be insanely low, but coupled with the added height from the adjustable angles, the overall height is pretty much comparable to most trucks reverse kingpin trucks on the market.

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Riding Impressions

We took the Shrooms off to our local DH runs on a sunny Saturday morning. The hills were calling our name and we decided to set the trucks at a decently split angles to get that racecar-esque feel to our cornering. The angles we initially tried out was 50* front with a 35* rear. After a single run on our curvy 35-ish mph run, we realized we were the most foolish of fools, as we had forgotten to change the bushings to suit the angles of the trucks. Luckily for us, we brought our mighty big bag of bushings and pulled out an 85a Riptide APS barrels and put it in the front truck, making our front 90a boardside/85a roadside, and our back 95a boardside/90a roadside.

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Things began to roll smoothly from there on in. We were surprised at the smooth ride of the trucks despite the spherical in the hanger. We’d always heard horror stories of rigid feeling trucks with spherical bearings in them, but that absolutely was not the case with the Don’t Trips. The ride was exactly what we expected out of quality trucks, responsive and snappy due to the precision of the spherical bearing, yet still controllable and predictable when the time came to throw out a predrift.

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The bushing seat was basically not there. Seriously, it’s there, but it’s barely hanging in there. It’s very unrestrictive but perfectly fits the rounded side of the Riptide bushings. The bushings really do the work, so running bushings a bit harder than usual was expected. Our 130 lbs rider was skating the bushing setup previously mentioned and was loving it. It was probably the first and only time he’d used a 95a bushing on a setup, but it felt dialed at the time. The spherical bearing in the hanger does create a fair bit of space between the bushings on the hanger, which makes for a feel we weren’t used to. It wasn’t a bad feeling, the bushings just felt like they were reacting differently than we normally feel.

Although the trucks are marketed as “downhill trucks”, there’s absolutely nothing getting in your way of freeriding them. We were throwing some floaty predrifts on some technical runs with ease. The trucks definitely want to have a defined hook up point to them, but couple that with some more drifty or just extremely scrubbed wheels and you can get sideways just as well as any other truck.

 

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Criticisms

We don’t have many. They don’t feel like many other trucks on the market, that’s for sure. The inline axle and rakeless hanger make for a little bit less lively of a truck than your usual raked cast truck, but the spherical bearing definitely helps give it back a little of the truck’s zip.

If you hate the feel of a spherical bearing truck, well you probably won’t be very sold on the Shrooms. They’re an acquired taste for sure, but we were stoked on them.

Normally we take time to rip on the cost of the trucks in this section too. We know all you shredders are ultra broke from just trying to keep uncored wheels under your feet, but frankly the price didn’t bother us with the Shrooms. The amount of machine work to go into the adjustable baseplate alone justified the $290 cost. Yeah, it’s not cheap, but they’re offering a well polished product.

 

Conclusion

After a whole day of skating and letting homies try out the setup, we were seriously floored. While none of the big name, international podium winners are taking Shrooms to the top, they’re still some of the sickest trucks in the game. The lean is predictable, the axles are precise, and the ride is solid. Oh, and they go from 50* to 30* angle baseplates in like a minute flat. Despite the somewhat quiet chatter about them, maybe they ought to be on more skater’s radars.

We’ve skated plenty of trucks here at the Consortium Reviews here at Silverfish and honestly these are some of the finest that we’ve ever screwed onto our decks. The guys over at Don’t Trip have delivered an outstanding product that completely took us by surprise. We couldn’t be more stoked on seeing some little manufacturers doing some absolutely huge things, check out the Don't Trip Shrooms and see for yourself.

 

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