Tiger Skate Designs Tuesdays Wheel Review

This time around we’re taking a look at Tiger Skate Designs’ first ever wheel, the Tuesdays. The Tuesdays are a 70mm freeride wheel with a sideset core and a 37.5mm contact patch. The Tuesdays are available in one durometer, 81a. Overall, these wheels were super fun and made otherwise daunting slides feel like someone flipped the switch and turned easy mode on.

The Tiger Skate Designs Tuesdays are great for learning new slides and going bigger than you ever have before, as they feature a super predictable break-point and hookup, so you’re never left wondering exactly when you’re going to start or stop sliding. Featuring a similar shape to the Venom Tweaker, the rounded lip and sideset core do offer some traction, however the sugary thane allows you to break the wheel sideways with just a touch of effort.

Tiger Skate Designs TuesdaysThe Tuesdays were designed to slide and shine when you’re doing just that, whether it be mobbing down a fast freeride run or putting on your favorite slopestyle hill. We were able to champion some slides at dumb slow speeds that would have gotten us buck on any other wheel, allowing us to have more fun and add more variation into our runs than most other wheels allow for, simply because we knew we could pull it off when we tried new things. On the other hand, you’ve got riders like our boy Tom Leary, who mob hills faster than my jaw can hit the floor and do some pretty gnarly slides on these puppies.

Because these suckers slide so well, they also drop thane and leave lines like sidewalk chalk. As you’d expect with characteristics like that, we found them to wear pretty quickly, although nice and evenly. I haven’t had a set of wheels wear as evenly as the Tuesdays in a long while, due in part to the 36mm core that the Tigers rock, I’m sure.

The Tiger Skate Designs Tuesdays are a great freeride wheel and shine when they’re put to the use they were designed for: getting sideways. The predictable nature of the wheel means you’ll be able to increase the size and variety of your slides quickly and with confidence, with much less concern of getting buck when you least expect it. We’re stoked at Tiger’s first shot at a wheel and think you will be too. Pick them up over at their online store for $47.00, or see the image below to learn how you might be able to win a set of Tiger Skate Designs Tuesdays for yourself on our Facebook Page!

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Video: Independence Day Edit

Officially, this video is probably one of the more epic and badass edits we’ve ever done. Yes, that’s due in part to the fact that we used one of the most epicly American songs ever — Kenny Loggin’s “Danger Zone” (featured in one of the most American/best movies ever created, “Top Gun” with Tom Cruise) — to create a visual and audio experience that will leave you pumped up and ready to kick some asphalt arse. What else does it contain? American flags and Americans enjoying two of the most enjoyable things in life: tasty weather and a mid-week holiday. If that doesn’t leave you so stoked for this edit, I’m not sure anything will.

Riders are myself (Mike DiPietro), Ryan Howard (of the former Northern Skate Alliance) and Tyler Gallagi. Setups below the video.

Setups:

  • Mike DiPietro: Bustin EQ on 50* Calibers and Duval Hurricane wheels.
  • Ryan Howard: Ryane Baby Killer on 45* Surf-Rodz RKPs and S9 Raceform “tires” (as Ryan calls them).
  • Tyler Gallagi: Jaiti on 50* Prandalls (Paris Baseplate/Randall Hanger) and 85a Tsunami Rain Skates wheels.

 

Newington Slide Jam w/ special guest Liam Morgan

I’ve been a bit behind with posts lately but had to make sure I got the word out about the slide jam that Billy Wilson has been putting together for a while and Skate The East is helping to host that’s going down THIS SATURDAY, June 30th in Newington, CT. This event is going to be one of the best slide jams of the summer without a doubt with riders coming in from all over to session what is in my opinion one of the best freeride hills Southern New England.

We’ll have a few different categories for prizes along with your usual top 3 (longest slide, best trick, etc.) but the main point of this event is to come out and GET STOKED! This is seriously a great hill so be excited, Billy and I have been dreaming about doing an event here since this past fall.

The event itself is taking place on Stage Coach Lane in Newington, CT. Note the space in “Stage Coach,” there is another road named Stagecoach Lane in nearby Rocky Hill, CT — THEY ARE NOT THE SAME PLACE! People end up at the wrong road all the time, so make sure you put that space in between the two words. You should plan to park at the bottom of the hill on Little Brook Drive, make sure cars are  only parking on one side of the road — we don’t want to impede traffic. There are little side streets that cut off of Little Brook Drive that you’re free to park on as well, such as Valley View Drive. Alternate parking is at the top of the hill off of Lamplighter Lane.

Registration will be starting at around 10:30AM, as you walk up the hill you’ll see a vacant lot off of Trotter Lane where Billy and I will have tables set up and possibly a small tent for you to come and register under. Come, give your name and get a number assigned to you. Unless you register, we’ll have no clue how to know who was who when it comes time to decide winners.

Rules are pretty loose, you must wear a helmet to compete but all other safety gear (helmets, knee pads, etc) are encouraged, but not required. Let’s stay away from any public drinking and refrain from poking smot (that’s smoking the devil’s lettuce for you that don’t follow too close) near the hill or your cars please, it’s a residential neighborhood so let’s be respectful to the people that live there. That really is the biggest rule guys, be ultra respectful to the people that live in this neighborhood. This is a hill that Billy and I skate a LOT, it’s our home hill and we have a good relationship with the neighbors and intend to keep it that way. Pick up your litter, be respectful, and let people get to and from their houses if they’re driving through and this thing is going to go off without a hitch.

One thing I forgot to mention is Comet Skateboards and Caliber rider Liam Morgan is going to be in attendance along with plenty of other riders we’ve been featuring regularly including Nelson’s newest team member Eric Roth. Join the Facebook Event for any additional and last minute details as they’ll be communicated through a message to attendees, although we’ll also update our Facebook Page and Twitter account as well.

Photos: Lauren and Me in Zombie Town, U.S.A.

Lauren and I were skating the derelict old village area of one of our favorite freeride spots and decided to take some photos today. These are two of our favorite shots, if you want to see the entire album head on over to our Facebook Page and become a fan of ours while you’re at it!

Thanks to Lauren for snapping the shot of me!

 

 

Review: Orangatang 80a Balut Freeride Wheel

This is a particularly exciting review for me, not only because of how friggin’ excited I’ve been to talk about the 80a Baluts I’ve been freeriding since the end of January, but because it’s also our first stab at a video review! When it comes to discussion about wheels right now the conversations seem to be talking about one of two things: the bad batch of ‘thane and the aftermath that Abec-11 has been dealing with for months, and the new freeride wheel from Orangatang: the Balut. Original Skateboards rider Billy Wilson and I got together yesterday to talk a little bit about what we think of the 80a Balut so far, check it out below and read on after the video for some additional info.

Setups:
Mike: Original Apex 40 w/ 10mm Surf-Rodz INDeeSZ (also the test setup for below)
Billy: Original Apex 40 w/ Caliber 50 Cals

So, even after you’ve watched the video you have some questions? Didn’t have time to watch the video? I’ll do a short written review, too — just to cover all our bases.

These wheels are different. Don’t throw these on your board and expect them to ride like the Stims, Durians, 4Prez, or InHeats — they just won’t. On this project Orangatang set out to reinvent the wheel as they knew it (bad pun, I know) and scrapped almost everything we’ve seen released from them thus far. Instead of building a new variation of one of their already successful wheels, the Balut is drastically different. Let’s start in the middle, shall we?

The biggest change you’ll notice right away is the big exposed blue core that Orangatang is using for the Balut. The bigger core means that you’ll have a more consistent wear pattern right down to the last bit of ‘thane. It will also help keep your slides feeling super consistent. (If you remember my reviews on the 80a Stims and 86a Durians you’ll remember me talking about how much the slide changed once I started really getting them small, something that I have yet to experience with the Baluts.) Orangatang didn’t just stop there, however. They also decided to change the placement of the core within the wheel. Unlike any of their other wheels, which are all offset (not side-set like I said in the video, that was my goof), the Baluts feature a center-set core. This means you can flip the wheels when you notice you’re getting some coning and don’t have to worry about them riding any different, it also drastically changes the way they ride. And for the record, these are not the same cores used in 4prez/Inheats.

Instead of the “grip/slip” control that the Stims and Durians brag about with due to their fat, rounded lips, the center-set Baluts offer a very different ride. The first thing you notice when you get on the Baluts is just how easy they are to break out into a slide. You really don’t have to put a whole lot of “umph” into them to get them to break out. That being said, I have yet to really experience a situation where I’ve been ultra worried about them icing out from under me. While I haven’t been skating any technical downhill with them (…that’d just be silly) that would require me to take sharp turns at speed, hard carves and corners feel like you have just enough grip to keep you from going over the edge. A big part of that might be the new ‘thane they’re using and the fact that these are the softest Orangatang is offering, the 80a.

The new ‘thane, dubbed “Euphorathane,” is probably where I got most concerned when I first heard about these wheels. Why? Because I’m quite in love with 80a Happy Thane after I got intimate with it for the review I did a little while back. Fear not, though, because the new ‘thane really rocks. It’s tough to really tell just how different the Euphorathane is compared to the Happy Thane wheels because we haven’t seen a Euphorathane Stimulus yet and the Baluts are SO different overall that it’s like comparing apples and oranges at this point. How does it skate? Super smooth, as I said before the wheels break out exactly when you want and offer what I think is one of the most buttery slides I’ve ever experienced. Unlike what we’ve been hearing about the 83a Baluts (I have yet to ride them myself), the 80a duro is soft enough to actually shed some speed and leave some ‘thane on the pavement, but not to the point where you loose too much momentum. I’ve noticed the new ‘thane to be a little more durable too. Coning has been more than manageable and I haven’t had any significant problems with flatspots (so far…), although I know Billy has had a little trouble with them. I’ve actually had less issues with preventing/getting rid of flatspots and coning with the 80a Euphorathane than I did riding the 83a Stimulus wheels.

I’ve really enjoyed these things so far and have had a much easier time learning some new tricks because of how easy they are to break out and how consistent and predictable they are. The 80a ‘thane is soft enough to kill some speed when you want it, grip enough when you need it, and still leave some ‘thane lines while actually being pretty friggin durable. Orangatang addressed a lot of the qualms people had with the Stims and, in my opinion, hit the nail on the head with the changes.

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Video: SZ Playday

If you’re following along with our Facebook Page (which you should be by now) you’ll remember that I posted an update earlier saying that we had perfect conditions up here in New England and were off to take downhill runs and footage, an endeavor that proved very successful.After our visit to the Surf-Rodz shop this past week Lauren and I were super stoked about everything Wayne and his crew are doing and called our good friend Henry in for a good ole Surf-Rodz downhill session. Just like I promised I got right to work on editing when I got home and cranked out a fun little downhill video featuring Lauren Suchocki, Henry Lancaster-Goguen, and myself.

Setups:

Henry: Eden Racing Maple Sparrow w/ ABEC 11 75mm Big Zigs on 10mm 45* Surf-Rodz RKPs
Mike: TR Custom Longboards Blitz w/ Orangatang  70mm 80a 4Presidents on 10mm 45* Surf-Rodz RKPs
Lauren: Rayne Baby Killer w/ Orangatang  70mm 80a 4Presidents on 8mm 45* Surf-Rodz RKPs