Octane decks....Something to match the trucks...

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Octane decks....Something to match the trucks...

Post by Michael Stride » Wed Feb 11, 2009 4:44 pm

MMMM, got some more decks for final testing....this is the orange one.

Well that will be the Dutch market sewn up then!

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Post by Wesley Tucker » Wed Feb 11, 2009 5:00 pm

Mike,

I gotta ask: did you ever ride Turner's Eurofighter? And if so does this board perform similarly?

I swear that looks so much like the board Bara and Drayton were riding.

(I'm not implying that's a bad thing. The EF was a great board that went away all too soon.)
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Post by Michael Stride » Wed Feb 11, 2009 5:22 pm

Its a different shape and construction, with concave, .so no need for ugly foam pads. No wheel wells.In fact, looking at a Eurofighter its totally different in the flesh. Remarkably so.

The tail has an ever so slight rear riser built in underneath, not to the flat level, so aesthetics are good, and hopefully this shot may make things clearer.

The kick is 'just right' for my style, (such that it is) so doenst tip you forward when exiting a ramp as the steeper kicked decks can do. By steep, I mean anything steeper than a Pirnack or similar.

Weight. exactly the same as my Pavel Pirnack.

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Post by Robert Gaisek » Wed Feb 11, 2009 5:49 pm

Mmmmmmm.......I can almost taste it.
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Post by Harvey Mills » Wed Feb 11, 2009 6:17 pm

At last! Some true skateboard innovation and creative design from the Brits.

Congrats Michael, you've obviously worked bloody hard on your deck / truck projects - hope they are both a flying success.

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Post by Carsten Pingel » Thu Feb 12, 2009 1:31 pm

very nice!

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Post by Pelle Gustafsson » Thu Feb 12, 2009 3:14 pm

moore tail-angel and moore concave in front and it´s perfekt!

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Post by Michael Stride » Thu Feb 12, 2009 3:50 pm

I have to say it looks flatter in the pictures. Much like Kiera Knightly does.

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Post by Pelle Gustafsson » Thu Feb 12, 2009 5:48 pm

like what???? i like BIG angel tail like gecko 161 or my gs kowalski maby you can special order make me a special one???

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Post by Michael Stride » Fri Feb 13, 2009 1:36 am

Pelle. I'd love to give you a kick.

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Post by Pelle Gustafsson » Fri Feb 13, 2009 8:02 am

you´r welcome ;))

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Post by Michael Stride » Tue Feb 17, 2009 1:18 pm

Pick a deck, any deck.....remember it. Put it back. Shuffle.

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Post by Michael Stride » Tue Feb 17, 2009 6:59 pm

Prices. £107, 120 Euro, $150

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Post by Pelle Gustafsson » Tue Feb 17, 2009 7:50 pm

nice work!!!!! lovley colour

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Post by Robert Gaisek » Tue Feb 17, 2009 9:22 pm

Yeeaa....they look fantastic! Can you tell me soething about how long, wide, concave, angle on the kick.
What about the inside?
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Post by Michael Stride » Fri Feb 27, 2009 7:19 pm

Can you tell me something about how long, wide, concave, angle on the kick.
What about the inside?
Length is 32" we have a 36" prototype coming.
Width is 7 3/4" at wide points, we have an 8 3/4" prototype coming.
Angle is 9 degrees on the new mold, with kick starting at front holes of rear truck.
Inside is cheese. Or foam.

And from one of the testers:


Meanwhile, nice deck. The front foot shaping and width is very nice. A deck of this length shows surprisingly minor flex and was easy to peg it through 5'4" spacings. Theres a comfortable dampening effect through the board from the ground surface which I feel seems better than the usual wood decks. With the aimed kicktail adjustment I get it.
All in all for sure there's something of a quality feel going on here.

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Post by Christopher Bara » Fri Feb 27, 2009 9:23 pm

beautiful deck and a smart shape Stride.....I can see what Wes is referring to with the Euro comparison too...it's in the contour in the underside rails....very similar to the Euro...makes for very solid construction too...Is this board made in England or is it made by the Frenchies who were doing the Turners/Supaflexes?

did you say 150.00 USD??

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Post by Pelle Gustafsson » Fri Mar 06, 2009 9:01 am

more pic´s please at the tail!!!

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Post by Michael Stride » Fri Mar 06, 2009 7:05 pm

The new ones needed a new mould, so expect the tail to rise earlier and be about 9 degrees. Not keen on steep rear kicks that tip up exiting ramps....
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Post by Karl Floitgraf » Fri Mar 06, 2009 10:17 pm

Michael Stride wrote:
A deck of this length shows surprisingly minor flex and was easy to peg it through 5'4" spacings. Theres a comfortable dampening effect through the board from the ground surface
So does this mean it does have a little give? I need a board to have a little 'pop'. I don't like when boards are super crazy stiff. Any more information on the feel of the board would be awesome.

They look amazing btw. Nice work.
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Post by Michael Stride » Fri Mar 06, 2009 10:43 pm

It has give, but not flop. Its flexy but not bendy, its torsionally rigid, but not a plank. Its the balance we strive for. I hope.

I think modern slalom decks show that a slight flex is a good thing, for most riders. Decks like the Pavel Pirnack would be a supreme example of a stiff deck, with give, with feel. With life. Pretty much the best out there right now.

Ultra stiff decks might as well be made of wood. A good example is the Skaterbuilt Maysey. Lightweight, wood, stiff, took Maysey to a world title. Excellent value too. IMHO all a high tech lightweight stiff deck does is perhaps be quicker off the line in a push start, certainly going lightweight at all costs isnt doing it for me....its nice to say you have the lightest deck as you unpack your board, but then put heavy high end trucks on it....dont get it myself.

Anyone can make the lightest deck in the world....this we have learnt. Donald could, Roe could, Kaliber could, Exsetsett could....BUT as you know its more than that. I think some materials like wood layers have a beneficial effect on feel, and vibration damping. The Octane decks have a nice feel to them, the foam and glass mix seems to give a good ride. In fact we were testing the trucks last week and the riders didnt even mention the deck....it didnt occur to them it was anything other than a production model.

...also, as we all know, bright shiny colours make you 1/2 a second quicker, and riding a slick looking curvy board makes you another second quicker. This is scientific fact. tee hee.
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Post by Cyril Schardijn » Thu Mar 26, 2009 6:58 pm

Can you give us a clue when I can place an order for this board?
Especially the orange one I'm interested in.
Just a board for the dutch crew!
I'd rather spend my time between

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Post by Michael Stride » Thu Mar 26, 2009 7:29 pm

Glad you like the Orange..its my favorite.

I've been riding prototypes solidly this year, we are having a new mould sorted, and hope to have that tested very soon.

If you like the orange deck you'LL LOVE the orange trucks and risers I have coming!
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mike...

Post by Pelle Gustafsson » Thu Mar 26, 2009 8:46 pm

you are amazing!!

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Post by Wesley Tucker » Sun Dec 06, 2009 6:41 pm

Mike,

I looked at the Octane Sport website this morning and noticed this board wasn't offered (at least that I could find.)

Are you still doing them?
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Post by Michael Stride » Thu Dec 10, 2009 7:32 pm

We have something rather special in the works.

the fibreglass decks may appear for spring 2010.

Want to buy some trucks?
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Post by Joe Boyle » Mon Sep 27, 2010 7:10 pm

what happened to these? They look bloody lovely.

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Post by Michael Stride » Mon Sep 27, 2010 7:12 pm

sorry, I meant 2011! ;-)

now winter is here we can get the project going again. We were let down by our carbon people who were unable to make a deck in under four months....grrrrr.
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Post by Pelle Gustafsson » Mon Sep 27, 2010 7:13 pm

please send some secret pic´s to me ;))

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Post by Michael Stride » Mon Sep 27, 2010 7:15 pm

Of course Pelle. Has your hanger arrived?
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Post by Pelle Gustafsson » Mon Sep 27, 2010 7:16 pm

yes happy happy.... love

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Post by Joe Boyle » Mon Sep 27, 2010 8:05 pm

You have no idea how happy this makes me :D I have been looking for a deck for some tight courses, if you do a 8 3/4" wide deck with a nice fat tail (over 8") with a nice short wheelbase for around that price mark, early next year. what kind of wb are we talking here?

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Post by Denis Hildebrand » Tue Sep 28, 2010 2:30 pm

some nice stuff going on huh Mike??? Cool

dunno if you will remember me, but when i was living up in aberdeen-scotland, i used to order lots of stuff from you :)

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