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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 2:52 am    Post subject: My first pump board  Reply with quote

Hi, i just discovered pumping and i'm  trying to build a board which is good for commuting medium+ distances. I want to go to work on my board and it's about 4km with not the best roads (Amsterdam). On free days i might go for longer distances, but not extreme distances.  

My dream is the g-bomb, i think that thing looks amazing and how people are pumping on it, really attracts me. But... it's expensive..

So i've decided to use my older board with a bennet vector in front 10 wedged and the back is a tracker wedged 5

My older board is a single kick tail 31 inch long with an original wheel base of 16.5 inch. I just extended the wheel base by drilling extra holes in the front, figured this would help with a faster speed of pumping. Now it has a wheel base of almost 19 inch.

Now my main question is.. how can i make my board more easily pump-able add a tad bit of higher speed. perhaps the answer is simply more practice? Yesterday was the first time i was able to pump, because of the trucks and yesterday i also had my first experience with c7 and cx trucks, pumping is still very new to me. (loved the feel of carver trucks though)

Do i need to wedge more? Does it need to be more turny then now? What about the back, does it need to be dewedged more?  what is your experience?
From all the reading of LDP forums i concluded: a longer wheel base requires more wedging in general than a short wheel base? Is that correct?

If i did my homework right a long wheelbase helps with pumping at higher speeds. So what if i drill some extra holes in the kicktail, add some risers and wedges to make it the same height as the front. Would that work?

At the moment i just don't want to spend more on the longboard, a newer board for now is out of the question, in time.. yeah..i want a new deck.

Another question, i have the mindless voodoo board 40 inch flex 1, but it is a drop through.. Would mounting the bennet 5.0 and the tracker work for making the board more pump-able?

Thx a lot, i'm now gonna take my extended wheel base deck for a short spin.. I wonder how it pumps now Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 3:15 am    Post subject: Minor update Reply with quote

Creating a longer wheel base does seem to help. Smile (i do feel that i'm losing energy, guess i'm just not pumping efficient enough)

I think i'm going to drill some holes in the kick tail, just to make the wb longer. I already ordered some more wedges, hope i can compensate the height difference.

Can pumping be lazy with moderate speed? Relax biking speed i suppose, between 15 & 20km/h. I don't need to go faster, but knowing myself.. i wouldn't mind.

In the end a easy pump board reaching those speeds for commuting is my goal. Pushing at lower speeds i don't mind.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 4:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

update #2:

Changed the trucks to the voodoo mindless dropthrough board. I think i did my fastest pump so far. But... it's far from perfect, i think i need more dewedging at the back. And with this board i have some flex, i am not really sure if it's beneficial or not.

Can't wait for my mail, i'm expecting some more wedging thingy's. hopefully i can make it "better".

tips and stuff are always welcome!
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's becoming a diary... Laughing Anyway..

I've been messing around a lot and i finally feel that the board gets closer to what a pumping board is supposed to be. Very Happy

What i eventually decided to do was to increase the wheelbase, it just felt to flimsy and to turny for my taste. So i drilled some holes and figured that the back truck must go on the kick tail to give the board the most stability it could have for a 31" long board. It was quite a fight to screw the wedges and trucks in place, but some cursing, bear and a drill did the trick. Smile

So... I present to you Frankenboard 0.7b

Length: 31"
Width: 8"

Front: Bennet 5.0
Back: Tracker RTS

Wedge Front: 15
Wedge back: 19 (no idea, how much the tale removes the wedging)

Mindless Shifla 76mm 83a

Wheelbase - Truck to Truck: 27,5"
Wheelbase - Inner nut holes: 23"

I'm quite happy with it, it's the first time after buying the trucks and wedges that i am feeling the pump, i could accelerate and even went uphill. My top speed was about 15 km/h, i think most of the time i was cruising 9 - 11 km/h.

But... it's not my dream board yet. I want to wedge the back truck more, I'm not really sure how i'm going to do that, adding another wedge is... getting too much. The most elegant & cheap solution i can think of now is to saw a piece of wood in such a way it increases the angle without increasing to much in height.

Also i start to notice that the board should be wider for a more effective pump. Nonetheless, still proud and the best i got. Smile

A short video of me pumping the board

Any suggestions or ideas to make this board better?

My goal is to create a reasonable paced (bicycle speed if possible at all?) relax commuter and will mainly go to work on it. So it must be able to handle bad roads (brick roads, like the speed bumps in the video), intersections, traffic, narrow bike roads and tourists. It's fortunately not extremely busy on the road, it is still possible to play around a bit like very wide carves without being dangerous and hindering the traffic.

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