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Avenue Trucks adds suspension to existing skateboards

Avenue Trucks adds suspension ...
Avenue Trucks provide half an inch of travel
Avenue Trucks provide half an inch of travel
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Avenue Trucks provide half an inch of travel
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Avenue Trucks provide half an inch of travel
Avenue Trucks utilize a simple leaf spring-like design, where the magnesium main body of the truck is mounted on a folded-over metal baseplate
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Avenue Trucks utilize a simple leaf spring-like design, where the magnesium main body of the truck is mounted on a folded-over metal baseplate
The Avenue Trucks body is able to pivot relative to its baseplate and unlike traditional trucks, it features a "floating" pivot point that reportedly results in smoother turns and more control
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The Avenue Trucks body is able to pivot relative to its baseplate and unlike traditional trucks, it features a "floating" pivot point that reportedly results in smoother turns and more control
Avenue Trucks' designers claim that the trucks' ability to soak up momentum-sapping vibrations allows the skateboard to travel faster, plus it reduces high-speed wobble
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Avenue Trucks' designers claim that the trucks' ability to soak up momentum-sapping vibrations allows the skateboard to travel faster, plus it reduces high-speed wobble
Avenue Trucks has turned to Kickstarter to finance production of its product, where a pledge of $45 will currently get you a set of the trucks
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Avenue Trucks has turned to Kickstarter to finance production of its product, where a pledge of $45 will currently get you a set of the trucks
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Although we've seen at least one off-road skateboard with built-in suspension, aftermarket suspension systems for more traditional boards are few and far between. The designers at California-based Avenue Trucks, however, are out to change that. They claim that their suspension trucks should improve the skateboarding experience in several key ways.

Unlike some other suspension skateboard trucks (such as those made by Seismic), Avenue Trucks don't incorporate coil-type shock absorbers. Instead, they utilize a simpler leaf spring-like design, where the magnesium main body of the truck is mounted on a folded-over metal baseplate that can flex by up to half an inch (12.7 mm).

The body is able to pivot relative to that plate and unlike traditional trucks, it features a "floating" pivot point that reportedly results in smoother turns and more control.

Avenue Trucks utilize a simple leaf spring-like design, where the magnesium main body of the truck is mounted on a folded-over metal baseplate
Avenue Trucks utilize a simple leaf spring-like design, where the magnesium main body of the truck is mounted on a folded-over metal baseplate

The designers also claim that the trucks' ability to soak up momentum-sapping vibrations allows the skateboard to travel faster, plus it reduces high-speed wobble. Additionally, by preloading the suspension, riders are subsequently better able to "pop" their boards when performing tricks.

Needless to say, that half-inch of travel also helps reduce bone-jarring impacts to the rider when making hard landings.

Avenue Trucks has turned to Kickstarter to finance production of its product, where a pledge of US$45 will currently get you a set of the trucks – assuming all goes according to plan.

You can see them in action, in the following video.

Sources: Avenue Trucks, Kickstarter

Avenue Skate Trucks - Officially available on Kickstarter April 22nd 2015

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Will Greenfield
Would these work well for longboards as well?