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Mike Blackman Killin’ It

Mike Blackman

Our homie Mike Blackman from Connecticut absolutely slays it in his new video, filmed and edited by fellow Connecticut-ian Sam Shield.

Mike destroys our former home hill (which he also wrecked for our Tiger Skate Designs review) with some steezy big slides, shuv-its, and a dank as f*ck soundtrack. It’s only 1:11 long so you’ve got plenty of time to watch it a couple of times before you get back to whatever it is you’ve got to do. You’ll thank me later.

Metro Motions 78a Review

Metro is a skater owned company managed by none other than Buddy Carr. They offer four freeride wheels: the Motion, Links, Spyders and Micro Motions. I got the chance to get a hold of the set of 78a yellow Metro Motions to skate, and I can definitely say that they’re a killer wheel! I was able to skate them on a technical downhill run; smooth pavement; and some chundery, rough pavement, which they held up extremely well with no chunking or ovaling.

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I tested these 78a motions on a fast technical downhill run, which consisted of smooth and rough sections.

Metro Motion 78a

Photo: Mike Blackman

The slide was more than predictable and consistent; They were not randomly icy or randomly grippy at any point at all. A really good thing about them was that they killed the right amount of speed — not too much, not too little.

On the opposite spectrum, the hookup was incredible! It wasn’t that hookup that grips up really quick and gives you a little wobble, or just doesn’t hook back up; It was a really controlled push-back that kept you right where you needed to be.

The release point on them was not hard, in fact, it was actually quite easy and forgiving. Not one time did I have a scary moment of near-highsiding. Now when you think of a slidey freeride wheel, grip probably does not come to mind, but don’t fret! I managed to grip some hard turns as well as a corner with “cat scratches”(little divots/strips left on the road from construction trucks) while going pretty fast.

The durability of these wheels were actually quite surprising! They do not wear too quick at all, yet they do leave some noticeable, yellow thane. I’ve been continuing to skate them hard at multiple sessions since first mounting them on my board and they still haven’t even touched the inner lip yet.

To conclude this little review of the 78a Metro Motions, I would definitely urge you to give these wheels a try if you haven’t already. Whether you’re just learning how to slide, or an experienced skateboarder, these 78a Metro Motions will definitely do the trick and stoke you out. From smooth pavement to rough pavement, the consistency of the slide, hookup, and release point were an A+.

– Mike Blackman

Thanks to Alex Liu for helping edit the above post. 

 

Authors

We’ll have short bios and pictures for each of our authors here soon. Until then here’s a quick list and their contact info:

  • Mike DiPietro, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief; mike@skatetheeast.net
  • Connor Bewighouse, Videos Author; connor@skatetheeast.net
  • Henry Lancaster-Goguen, Videos Author; henry@skatetheeast.net
  • Steve Lamando, Author; steve@skatetheeast.net
  • Mike Blackman, Videos Author; mike.blackman@skatetheeast.net