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!