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Are Bent Trucks and Cone-Shaped Wheels The Next Step in Skateboarding Evolution?

By June 25, 2011

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Method SkateboardsMethod Skateboards is a new company with a new take on skateboard truck and wheel design. Have you seen these yet? They look awesome, a little crazy, and ... well, they look to me like a good idea!

Here's how they describe it: "The Method NC design is a performance truck built specifically to give the rider a free flowing high end carving sensation. To do this, the NC Truck takes advantage of a well known racing enhancement called a Negative Camber Angle (NC)." Huh? Well, the trucks actually bend upwards. This wouldn't work well with regular skate wheels, so the wheels are designed special too, to work with the trucks. So, does this work?

According to Method Skateboards, "A Negative Camber angle alters the handling qualities by improving grip when cornering. This... places the wheel at a more optimal angle to the riding surface, transmitting the forces through the vertical plane of the wheel, rather than through a shear force across its face. For boards that have zero camber, the inside edge of the wheel begins to lift off of the ground when turning thereby reducing the area of contact. By applying negative camber, this effect is reduced, thereby maximizing the agility of the board." So you get more contact with the ground when you turn. I gotta be honest here - I don't see how trucks turned like that, combined with cone shaped wheels, makes all of this happen. But then again, I'm just a gorilla who pounds on a keyboard! The very technically minded skaters at Method Skateboards swear this NC tech works like a dream.

If you're interested, check out the Method Skateboards website for more info - they sell complete cruiser / carver boards, and what looks like a regular skateboard. AND they sell some hand made exotic hardwood decks! Fancy!

So what's your take on Method Skateboards and their Negative Camber Angle technology? Do you think this looks awesome, or like another gimmick? Do you want one? Have you ridden one? Leave a comment below!

Comments

June 26, 2011 at 12:23 am
(1) Mashburn Boardworks says:

When we first saw the Method NC truck we were intrigued to say the least. The negative camber design just looks mean! The big question was did they perform? We mounted a set of Method NC trucks to a 40 inch deck for a test run. It took about two minutes and we were hooked! These trucks crank out surper sharp turns and the carving is as close to surfing as you will get on the concrete. They hold tight at high speeds with no high speed wobble. THese trucks are going to change the industry and bring longboarding to a whole new level!

July 2, 2011 at 10:16 am
(2) andrew says:
July 15, 2011 at 3:44 pm
(3) Scott says:

I rotate my wheels every couple of weeks or so to avoid having cone shaped wheels. The surface area that they increase on one side of the board is decreased on the other side. While riding in a straight line the surface area is a lot slimmer than with normal wheels.
Do you see cars with cone shaped wheels?
I want the all around support and stability that conventional wheels offer.

July 16, 2011 at 10:21 pm
(4) Darin says:

I’ve been riding my method board for weeks now. The negative camber just works. I don’t understand it but this think cuts like crazy and is smooth as hell. Oh ya and I dont have ot rotate the wheels. ever. gets better the more I ride. Turns heads too everyone who trys it wants one. just sayin

March 18, 2014 at 1:17 pm
(5) D says:

aint nothing like mashburns work…

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