Do YOU own and ride a 6-wheeled slalom skateboard?

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Do YOU own and ride a 6-wheeled slalom skateboard?

Post by Wesley Tucker » Thu Jun 28, 2007 10:42 pm

This is NOT an argument for or against 6-wheelers!

If you read this and you DO ride and own a 6-wheeler, please respond. If you want to insult or exhult 6-wheelers, there are about two dozen places right now where that's appropriate. I'd just like to get a census of just how many slalomers are pursuing 6-wheeled slalom racing. So far, I've been able to identify EIGHT skaters who have their own 6-wheelers:

Ron "Fatboy" Barbagallo
Christ Chaput
Keith Hollien
Tim Kneitz
Marty Shaub
Jack Smith
Tom Thompson
Me (Even though I've never had the chance to race it)

Anyone else?
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Post by Ramón Königshausen » Fri Jun 29, 2007 6:26 am

I've set one up but demounted it after 15 mins of riding. I'll stick to de traditional 4-wheeler. I don't see it as an advantage but rather as another setup option...

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Post by Donald Campbell » Fri Jun 29, 2007 10:51 am

let's keep a skateboard the way it was and is.

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Post by Marty Schaub » Fri Jun 29, 2007 12:36 pm

To quote Keith Hollien, "I have put away my training wheels." I no loger keep a six in the bag nor even set up for that matter. Four at all races this year. That shortens the list to six, how appropriate!
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Post by Dave Gale » Fri Jun 29, 2007 1:06 pm

Donald.. While I love your products and am greatful for the advances of the high(er) tech components available now. Don't you find your statement a bit odd?? No foam,no precision machined billet trucks, no urethane wheels, no sealed bearings, no grip tape, no carbon, etc... etc.... That would be in accordance to your plea.
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Re: Do YOU own and ride a 6-wheeled slalom skateboard?

Post by Wesley Tucker » Fri Jun 29, 2007 2:39 pm

Wesley Tucker wrote:This is NOT an argument for or against 6-wheelers!
If you want to insult or exhult 6-wheelers, there are about two dozen places right now where that's appropriate.


What part of that confuses anyone?
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Re: Do YOU own and ride a 6-wheeled slalom skateboard?

Post by Ron Barbagallo » Fri Jun 29, 2007 9:03 pm

Wesley Tucker wrote:
Wesley Tucker wrote:This is NOT an argument for or against 6-wheelers!
If you want to insult or exhult 6-wheelers, there are about two dozen places right now where that's appropriate.


What part of that confuses anyone?
couldn't agree with you more, Wes!

the question was one of ownership, not of intent!


It's gonna come to this:

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Post by Wesley Tucker » Fri Jun 29, 2007 9:22 pm

Ron,

I posted this on SL.com and will repeat it here: these messages have been up for 24 hours. Hundreds of views. With the exception of Ramon saying he tried and didn't like it and Marty saying he and Hollien gave it up, the response is about nil.

Is all the hoopla, discussion and viterpitude over just three or four people who want to ride a 6-wheeled skateboard?
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Post by Donald Campbell » Fri Jun 29, 2007 9:25 pm

easy dave,easy
my oppinion you gotta live with that.i DO NOT want to start a debate about 6or whatever wheelers at all.

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Post by Ron Barbagallo » Fri Jun 29, 2007 9:52 pm

Hahahahah!!

Wes, are you comin' to the Farm? I'll race ya' - six style! ;)
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Post by Dave Gale » Fri Jun 29, 2007 10:20 pm

Now Wesley and Donald....When and where did I just bring up 6 wheels??? I'm generalizing the entire concept.
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Post by Cat Young » Sat Jun 30, 2007 1:50 am

Wesley,

Does this count?

Chaput made it for me!

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Post by Wesley Tucker » Sat Jun 30, 2007 2:53 am

Right after you take it all the way down the hills at Elsinore, Pump Station, Trade Street and Hobby Park,

Then it will count.

P.S. I never rode Elsinore, but from what I hear it's probably the gnarliest hill a race was ever on . . . from what I hear.
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Post by Tom Thompson » Sat Jun 30, 2007 3:18 am

I think the last time I actually rode my six wheeler was about a year ago on Trade St. Hard to believe they are still a topic of discussion....kinda funny. Seems if the paradigm was going to shift, it would've by now.

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Post by Joe Iacovelli » Sat Jun 30, 2007 7:12 am

Duquette had one when he skated for Fatboy. Sydia has a PPS with three radikals on it in his quiver. I've got a deck and three tracker 129's, I just never got a round to setting it up.

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Post by Wesley Tucker » Sat Jun 30, 2007 6:06 pm

By my count and giving the most benefit of any doubt that's NINE skaters with 6-wheelers:

Chaput
Ga. Tom
Me
Fatboy
Tim Knietz
Jack Smith
Mike Duquette
Rob Sydia
Joe Iacovelli

Anyone else?
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Post by Steve Collins » Sat Jun 30, 2007 6:59 pm

I've got a deck with three Indy 101's.

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Post by Wesley Tucker » Sat Jun 30, 2007 7:19 pm

That's now 10.
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Post by Kevin Dunne » Mon Jul 02, 2007 5:11 am

Tiger has a 6 wheeled Turner. I rode it for about 15 feet at pump station and it felt strange...to heavy for my taste, but I still couldn't care less if somebody wants to race on one...RWYB!

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Post by Jonathan Harms » Mon Jul 02, 2007 3:45 pm

My GS board was made to accept a third truck and two more wheels in case I wanted to try it, but I never bothered to do so. So maybe that makes it ten and a half on the list?

Just out of curiosity: zee purpose of zis leetle census eez???

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Post by Wesley Tucker » Mon Jul 02, 2007 4:22 pm

Jonathan Harms wrote:Just out of curiosity: zee purpose of zis leetle census eez???
Just curiousty. With all the typing on this subject I was curious who was actually affected one way or the other by any sort of restriction on riding a board with one extra truck and two more wheels.
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Post by Ron Barbagallo » Mon Jul 02, 2007 6:02 pm

I really feel that the outlawing of the six wheeler has cost me dozens of podium finishes!


















well that and the fact that I totally suck at riding a skateboard.............
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Post by Stephen Lavin » Tue Jul 03, 2007 12:05 am

If I ride a deck with 4 wheels on it and two in my pocket does that count for 6 wheels? What if the two extra wheels are really heavy?

I know I'm being an ass but this thread looks like fly-paper for 6-wheel enthusiasts.

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Post by Wesley Tucker » Tue Jul 03, 2007 12:49 am

Stephen Lavin wrote:I know I'm being an ass but this thread looks like fly-paper for 6-wheel enthusiasts.

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That's exactly what it is. I'll have to say I'm amazed at the results. I really expected 20 or 30 skaters to come here and say something along the lines of they've got one and skate one regularly. The response has been phenomenal to me in its scarcity.
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Post by Mike Cividino » Tue Jul 03, 2007 12:53 am

set one up, tried it, thought it was fun, would never race it.
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Post by Gary Saenz » Tue Jul 03, 2007 2:17 am

Here's the one I built and then quickly took apart. Never did feel quite right.

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6-wheelers

Post by Eric Brammer » Tue Jul 03, 2007 7:18 am

I've got two boards, both lay-down (luges, but wooden, short @ 48" or less, non-competitive) that I've had for, um, well a quarter-century anyways, that are still ridden fairly regularly, and they ride like crap if using only 4 wheels. Slidey, wobbly, and just nervous overall. 6-wheels makes them ride right.

With stand-up boards, I've had two decks I've used intermittantly for bombing hills, neither is exceptional in any regard other than having a tad more traction due to the extra wheels.
The Bozi 36" I've got was drilled for a third rear truck last summer, but i didn't get it put together with 6 wheels until Autumn, due mostly to the demands of my machine-tooling schooling that summer. I got it back out this Spring, with Seismics at the rear, Avalons all the way around. I could run down some seriously steep hills with no worries about the back getting loose, nor any hint of wobbles. Pump as hard as you want, it'll hold. However, agility suffered, and 7 ft. cones aren't easily negotiated, unlike when it's a 4-wheel set-up, where it'll make 6 ft. cones. I'm not sold on running the extra wheels out back, but it's been fun messing around with it nonetheless. On something like Turri Road, it might get me down the hill faster, but so would a Slingblade with narrow Talons and Big-Zigs, not that I could afford That Ride.

I definately feel that RWYB is still the way it should be. If it isn't like that, then how will innovation prosper? If we don't innovate, then we'll be like the Kickflipper crowd, riding the newest Graphics, not the Best Ideas for Competing. Look at a kickflipper from 11 years ago. See any signifigant differences from one made this year? Now, look at a Slalom board from 3 years ago (yeah, like my Bozi!), and the Innovation is Clear. Sure, for 'fun' at races, my Turner is still able, but not truly competitive anymore. While that's dissapointing personally, it's natural if you're Racing in a sport that's not over-regulated.
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Post by Lenny Poage » Tue Jul 03, 2007 2:04 pm

Gary Saenz wrote:Here's the one I built and then quickly took apart. Never did feel quite right.

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Post by Earl Cephas » Tue Jul 03, 2007 10:20 pm

Have one set up; ridden a few times - almost turns (still tweaking).

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Post by Tom Thompson » Wed Jul 04, 2007 7:23 pm

Do six-STRINGers have any say in this thread?........HAPPY 4TH!

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Post by Dave Gale » Wed Jul 04, 2007 9:35 pm

Ga. Tom.. Next thing, you'll be wanting 4 stringers and 12 stringers to be considered guitars also.. Where's it stop!! Happy Fourth everyone!!!!!
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Post by Tod Oles » Thu Jul 05, 2007 5:05 am

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Post by Wesley Tucker » Thu Jul 05, 2007 5:30 am

Tom Thompson wrote:Do six-STRINGers have any say in this thread?........HAPPY 4TH!
That depends.

How far down the course do you think you can get and stay plugged in?
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Post by Donald Campbell » Thu Jul 05, 2007 7:04 am

hell yeah
to the finish line with a wireless!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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