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by Michael Stride
Sat Feb 07, 2009 4:21 pm
Forum: Timing System
Topic: Magnetic Scoreboard
Replies: 3
Views: 4025

The race was cancelled. It was due to take place tomorrow. The idea was to just write the time down and find it up. When a faster time is posted its put in the correct position. Ideally it stops people looking over shoulders on the timing table, but to be honest we wernt going to use a computer at t...
by Michael Stride
Sat Feb 07, 2009 3:30 pm
Forum: Timing System
Topic: Magnetic Scoreboard
Replies: 3
Views: 4025

Magnetic Scoreboard

I made this for the cancelled Cadwell single lane GS race. Its made from galvanised steel sheet, mounted to wood, double sided for multiple races. The magnetic strips are cut from a roll of vehicle signage, and is wipe on/offable. Its an ideal place for sponsors logos and for racers to see whats hap...
by Michael Stride
Sat Feb 07, 2009 10:31 am
Forum: Virage
Topic: New trucks for 2009
Replies: 41
Views: 23485

Glad you like the way they are looking. The first prototypes were made to test finishes (the nice sand blast effect) and set of mule trucks to get the performance up to scratch. We've been working on a few tweaks that can only come from real world riding, and feedback from others. I'm happy to say t...
by Michael Stride
Tue Feb 03, 2009 6:11 pm
Forum: Virage
Topic: New trucks for 2009
Replies: 41
Views: 23485

Its not a silly question at all. I have a Broken Rad kingpin in my hand right now, and they shear at the point where the screw thread enters the baseplate. My design doesnt have that weak point, at that place, (it would befurther up, under the bearing)... Also, it may be worth considering that the b...
by Michael Stride
Tue Feb 03, 2009 2:47 pm
Forum: Virage
Topic: New trucks for 2009
Replies: 41
Views: 23485

We have made the machined custom axle length 65mm so that you could do just that , replace or utilise off the shelf 8mm bolts. (more common in Europe though and motorbike race stores) In most cases the thread would go too far down the shaft to what we are custom making. But we may find a longer bolt...
by Michael Stride
Tue Feb 03, 2009 2:16 pm
Forum: Virage
Topic: New trucks for 2009
Replies: 41
Views: 23485

A 60 degree forward tilt is being proto'd right now. It will also include enough height to save on flat wedging for 'most' decks. One thing that has taken work is how to utilise a FIXED regular kingpin and still get the spherical imperial bearing over the top so you can fettle bushings easily. Some ...
by Michael Stride
Mon Feb 02, 2009 11:14 pm
Forum: Virage
Topic: New trucks for 2009
Replies: 41
Views: 23485

i'm not sure I like the feel of spherical pivots. I have studied their properties, and decided , on balance that a spherical there would mimic a Rad or Gog, and those trucks are fine as they are. I didnt set out to create copies, just try something I would like to ride, the skaters equivelent of van...
by Michael Stride
Mon Feb 02, 2009 10:51 pm
Forum: Virage
Topic: New trucks for 2009
Replies: 41
Views: 23485

A few tweaks for Cadwell.
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by Michael Stride
Sat Jan 24, 2009 10:58 pm
Forum: Virage
Topic: New trucks for 2009
Replies: 41
Views: 23485

Final pricing will be decided for Cadwell race 8th February. As the final tweaks are done in testing these have to be allowed for in final machining. And I will also be trying different axle options to provide different levels of finish and specification. Hopefully a 'Raw' base version, a Polished, ...
by Michael Stride
Sat Jan 24, 2009 10:25 pm
Forum: Virage
Topic: New trucks for 2009
Replies: 41
Views: 23485

A little more testing on the prototypes.... Everything is holding, and feeling good. Release date gets closer! Sam Gordon has been documenting progress on his blog. Here: http://web.me.com/samgordon/Site/Skate_Blog/Entries/2009/1/17_Virage_Testing.html He can't spell 'complement' but he sure can tes...
by Michael Stride
Sat Jan 24, 2009 11:18 am
Forum: General Slalom Skateboard Deck Discussion
Topic: Re: New Octane brand
Replies: 42
Views: 22325

A few more for testing.....Octane Orange..... and Limey Lemon!Image
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by Michael Stride
Mon Jan 19, 2009 4:41 pm
Forum: Virage
Topic: New trucks for 2009
Replies: 41
Views: 23485

Had a few request for shots of the rear. So here goes. Yes, the angle is extreme, but bearing in mind that rears are often under a tailcurve these days the Virage Rear will offer a neat way of getting to your preffered angles. From behind it really does look like a gulls wing. http://img.photobucket...
by Michael Stride
Fri Jan 16, 2009 7:47 pm
Forum: Virage
Topic: New trucks for 2009
Replies: 41
Views: 23485

hey Pelle, glad you like the look of them! I am seeing my machinist next week with ethe final refinements, and they will get me my pricing. I will sell them in front and rear flavours, and also in 3 finishes. 'Euro' sandblast with shiny logos, 'Polished' (trying to think of a name for that) and Anod...
by Michael Stride
Thu Jan 15, 2009 11:31 pm
Forum: Virage
Topic: New trucks for 2009
Replies: 41
Views: 23485

The Axle is in essence a bolt. It has a Hex head as it is actually milled from hex bar. The speed ring/washer is built in just under the head. The screw thread only appears at the very end of the bolt, ie a mm or two inside the inside of the smooth hanger hole. I do think its essential to use wheel ...
by Michael Stride
Thu Jan 15, 2009 10:21 pm
Forum: Virage
Topic: New trucks for 2009
Replies: 41
Views: 23485

currently the front is 45 degree. the rear is 80. or 10..depending which ever method you use to measure. The hangars are in fact interchangable with each other, though the rear is inline with the kingpin, the front one is offset. I did ummm and arrrrgh over doing such a radical (no pun intended) ang...
by Michael Stride
Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:36 pm
Forum: Virage
Topic: New trucks for 2009
Replies: 41
Views: 23485

You could fit a stim, but they have been designed specifically for the excellent Venom barrels and cones though a Khiro will work well (1mm less tall) Its intended that adjustments will be like on Gogs and Radikals, using different hardness bushings rather than squiding down on soft ones... Price......
by Michael Stride
Thu Jan 15, 2009 8:25 pm
Forum: Virage
Topic: New trucks for 2009
Replies: 41
Views: 23485

More pictures. This time showing the final pre-prod testing models in matt sandblast finish and polished. The Axles are just being finalised. Also we have two different lengths which you can see on the front truck, for GS and Londg Distance Pumping. Schweet I think! http://octanesport.co.uk/Virage1....
by Michael Stride
Wed Jan 07, 2009 10:07 pm
Forum: Virage
Topic: New trucks for 2009
Replies: 41
Views: 23485

The new Virage Trucks website is up at .... http://www.viragetrucks.com Due for release at the Cadwell race on February 8th. More details. Different front and rear hangars. Different baseplate angles. CNC milled in the UK. Utilising Khiro kingpin and Khiro small pivot cup. Choice of Khiro or Venom b...
by Michael Stride
Wed Dec 31, 2008 9:59 pm
Forum: Virage
Topic: New trucks for 2009
Replies: 41
Views: 23485

Angles: A number of different baseplate angles have been produced, couldnt show pics as they would perhaps show a little too much. BUT they are designed to be 'good' angles and riders will use risers for final adjustment to suit. front and rear hangars are different. Colours: Initial runs will be in...
by Michael Stride
Wed Dec 31, 2008 9:23 pm
Forum: Virage
Topic: New trucks for 2009
Replies: 41
Views: 23485

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What I can say is the design work has been done in conjunction with a chassis designer for a rather special sports car company in the UK. And stress analysis too.

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by Michael Stride
Wed Dec 31, 2008 8:11 pm
Forum: Virage
Topic: New trucks for 2009
Replies: 41
Views: 23485

Would love to show more, but that pic is a sneaky angle. There is a very interesting axle arrangement. But I dont want to give away more until the system is fully tested, as it is rather secret for the next couple of weeks.
by Michael Stride
Wed Dec 31, 2008 2:49 pm
Forum: Virage
Topic: New trucks for 2009
Replies: 41
Views: 23485

New trucks for 2009

Been busy....new trucks for 2009....more details to follow after final testing....
sneak preview. Cost? the pound is low, will accept buttons, shells, bread..

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by Michael Stride
Mon Dec 08, 2008 7:28 pm
Forum: Europe
Topic: [2009] Cadwell Park GS Jam Sunday 8th February
Replies: 6
Views: 3748

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by Michael Stride
Wed Nov 26, 2008 5:51 pm
Forum: Hardware & Bushings
Topic: "crowbar" footblocks
Replies: 2
Views: 2979

OctaneSport.com will ship to the States. I think that Paul will be looking to supply a seller in the US next year. Cost in Dollars including Airmail is $25 to paypal: sales@octanesport.com As Octane is my own company, I thought you should be aware. As I tried to make the announcemnet un biased, but ...
by Michael Stride
Tue Nov 25, 2008 7:07 pm
Forum: Hardware & Bushings
Topic: "crowbar" footblocks
Replies: 2
Views: 2979

"crowbar" footblocks

Made by Paul 'Crowbar' Nolan these footblocks have improved with each incarnation over the 2008 race season. These have rubber/urethane under the bracket that stops the block swivelling, and the shape of the bracket and the toe piece lip make it extra stiff. They are also lightweight and adjustable ...
by Michael Stride
Tue Nov 11, 2008 8:08 pm
Forum: Radikal
Topic: Did Kalahani Copy Radikal Or Are Both Copies?
Replies: 31
Views: 28026

Well as a VERY satisfied customer of the Kahalanis I can say that on downhill trucks the need for sperichal bearings in the hangar is minimal. Many people say the Maguns are twicthy, but using a very nicely made cnc'd truck such as a Kahalani makes sense. They have the nice touches (inbuilt speed ri...
by Michael Stride
Sat Nov 01, 2008 1:43 pm
Forum: General Slalom Skateboard Deck Discussion
Topic: Re: New Octane brand
Replies: 42
Views: 22325

There will be multiple wheelbase patterns. Pre-drilled. Wheelbases being finalised, and the preliminary model will be a hybrid deck, beacuase feedback from many racers has been that what the UK call 'tight' is one thing, and hybrid models have been the bigger sellers over the year. A good hybird mod...
by Michael Stride
Fri Oct 31, 2008 5:10 pm
Forum: General Slalom Skateboard Deck Discussion
Topic: Re: New Octane brand
Replies: 42
Views: 22325

Spike, as you arnt part of the 'scene' due to geographical difficulties it would be wrong of me to expect you or others to fully understand why I do not welcome Martins comments, whether in jest or not. Especially not after his recent posts aimed specifically at me on NCDSA. To be honest, as you hav...
by Michael Stride
Tue Oct 28, 2008 10:06 pm
Forum: General Slalom Skateboard Deck Discussion
Topic: Re: New Octane brand
Replies: 42
Views: 22325

An Octane truck. mmmmm. actually I did investigate getting the PVDs made again as I really really like them. That was a while back. But what with GOGs doing such a great job at present it would be difficult to justify it. I do note with interest the explosion of custom downhill trucks , and love my ...
by Michael Stride
Tue Oct 28, 2008 9:42 pm
Forum: General Slalom Skateboard Deck Discussion
Topic: Re: New Octane brand
Replies: 42
Views: 22325

PLEASE,out of respect, no comments from Park City, Hove .....or anywhere really Martin. You have some cheek you really do. I do not need to tell you how I feel because you KNOW. And I do not need to ask how you feel. Again because I KNOW. And nothing you say can change my feeling of compassion for y...
by Michael Stride
Tue Oct 28, 2008 7:04 pm
Forum: General Slalom Skateboard Deck Discussion
Topic: Re: New Octane brand
Replies: 42
Views: 22325

I described 'dead' boards as being those made only from carbon fibre and foam. You said your decks dont feel dead. That implies that you did have a carbon foam deck. So, what high performance german deck is bamboo? I didnt know students got grants. I thought it was loans these day.... so, which luge...
by Michael Stride
Tue Oct 28, 2008 1:49 pm
Forum: General Slalom Skateboard Deck Discussion
Topic: Re: New Octane brand
Replies: 42
Views: 22325

Spike, it is about having fun. Its not 'Fun' when you write about performance issues on a prototype deck, when at no point have I said it was ready. Thats why I say 'for 2009'. The issue with the Gecko was not personal, they are nice decks, your enquiry was on delivery and whether you should wait. I...
by Michael Stride
Mon Oct 27, 2008 8:56 pm
Forum: General Slalom Skateboard Deck Discussion
Topic: Re: New Octane brand
Replies: 42
Views: 22325

Im sorry Spike, but you must understand that I am happy to answer questions about colour, about hopeful price points but NOT on performance issues. I know what I want from a deck, at the moment I love the Pavels, the Pirnack being far and away the best board I have ridden. If you want a performace d...
by Michael Stride
Mon Oct 27, 2008 8:00 pm
Forum: General Slalom Skateboard Deck Discussion
Topic: Re: New Octane brand
Replies: 42
Views: 22325

Spike. It was and is a prototype. Who was your friend? Or was it a friend of a frined, or the friend of a friend of a friend? I remember when you asked about another deck, I told you what I felt and you repeated those comments to the manufacturer, without telling them the context of your enquiry. I ...
by Michael Stride
Mon Oct 27, 2008 6:11 pm
Forum: General Slalom Skateboard Deck Discussion
Topic: Re: New Octane brand
Replies: 42
Views: 22325

Thanks for the suggestions. Pink it is then.
by Michael Stride
Mon Oct 27, 2008 11:00 am
Forum: General Slalom Skateboard Deck Discussion
Topic: Re: New Octane brand
Replies: 42
Views: 22325

Anyone have any colour preferences?
We KNOW red is faster. But If I can choose 8 colours what should they be. Or do I copy Apple Nanos Ipods and rely on their millions of scientific consumer research.
by Michael Stride
Fri Oct 24, 2008 5:47 pm
Forum: General Slalom Skateboard Deck Discussion
Topic: Re: New Octane brand
Replies: 42
Views: 22325

Ummmm. Was thinking more along the lines of lipstick Carsten!
by Michael Stride
Thu Oct 23, 2008 3:41 pm
Forum: Timing System
Topic: New GS wire
Replies: 0
Views: 2276

New GS wire

We in the UK have just got a reel of 800m D10 military spec 2 core stranded cable. The timer works over this cable length, which may be of use to anyone else looking for wire. Its meant for field telephones and is very strong. I know in the US you can get stranded 2 core easily, but in the UK the on...
by Michael Stride
Wed Oct 22, 2008 7:29 pm
Forum: General Slalom Skateboard Deck Discussion
Topic: Re: New Octane brand
Replies: 42
Views: 22325

Yes.
and no!
by Michael Stride
Wed Oct 22, 2008 6:55 pm
Forum: General Slalom Skateboard Deck Discussion
Topic: Re: New Octane brand
Replies: 42
Views: 22325

Cheers, and it does look good in the flesh. Details are: Lightweight. Strong. Concave. Kicktail design. It is still in development, hence a 2009 launch date. But it will be nice to add another high end, high performance brand into the mix. Prices.....competitve. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v31...
by Michael Stride
Wed Oct 22, 2008 3:10 pm
Forum: General Slalom Skateboard Deck Discussion
Topic: Re: New Octane brand
Replies: 42
Views: 22325

Re: New Octane brand

We need a new category for 2009...Octane.

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by Michael Stride
Mon Oct 13, 2008 12:19 pm
Forum: ISSA World Records
Topic: Record for most clean cones - new category?
Replies: 7
Views: 5400

Not to run out of cones, one could make circle with diameter of 50 meters and lay down there cones on every 160cm, so one round will be 100 cones. Then you just start to count rounds done without cones down
yeah that would be fun if two racers went in opposite directions.
by Michael Stride
Wed Oct 08, 2008 8:48 pm
Forum: Europe
Topic: 2012 Worlds in London
Replies: 9
Views: 4027

Thats why I announced it so soon. You can start saving.

Can I suggest an account at Hypo?
by Michael Stride
Fri Oct 03, 2008 10:37 pm
Forum: Sweden
Topic: Any events or sessions indoors this winter?
Replies: 0
Views: 1827

Any events or sessions indoors this winter?

With Ryanair flying to Stockholm AND Gothenburg this winter it might be worth planning some trips in advance if a dry location is guarenteed...

Any ideas?
by Michael Stride
Fri Oct 03, 2008 10:13 pm
Forum: Europe
Topic: 2012 Worlds in London
Replies: 9
Views: 4027

Yup. I once switched on the telly to see the 'Great North Run' and thought it was a news item on Geordies heading south.
by Michael Stride
Fri Oct 03, 2008 7:49 pm
Forum: Europe
Topic: 2012 Worlds in London
Replies: 9
Views: 4027

2012 Worlds in London

I dont think it will clash with any other major sporting event.

lets do it!
by Michael Stride
Mon Sep 22, 2008 10:21 pm
Forum: Europe
Topic: [2009] 2nd Tunnel Skateboard Slalom World Cup, ZH, April 25
Replies: 113
Views: 63008

Excellent news. the last one was brilliant fun.
by Michael Stride
Sun Sep 07, 2008 2:46 pm
Forum: ISSA World Records
Topic: 2008 ISSA World Record Weekend -- discussion
Replies: 111
Views: 88853

London event cancelled due to inclement weather.
by Michael Stride
Sat Sep 06, 2008 10:10 pm
Forum: ISSA World Records
Topic: 2008 ISSA World Record Weekend -- discussion
Replies: 111
Views: 88853

Hardly enough time considering there is a big race in Grenoble next weekend and the IGSA downhill event at Eastbourne, where some participants of the world record attempts will/may want to be. And the London venue has been violated by barriers for a running race making that venue probably unusable t...