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  • Skoa Mspec

    Ein Freund aus Südafrica hat uns ein Nettes Review geschickt, das ich euch nicht vorenthalten will.


    It’s not often I’m asked to write about skating. Usually, I’m selling shooters to
    barely legal teens or leather jackets to aspiring bikers. But it’s 8pm and luckily
    I’m no longer at work.

    I remember the first time I saw M-specs. Their dark copper look had caught
    my attention and the narrow I-beam hangers were sending a message I could
    only interpret as – Business Only. All right, I’m listening.
    100ks an hour top to bottom they said. I was riding M-specs for the first time.
    In my head, it boiled down to one simple truth. If I made it in one piece, the
    trucks were probably OK. GoPro on? Let’s bomb. I had just woken up.
    The next 10 minutes were surprisingly humdrum. Smooth. Solid.
    Uncompromising. The front truck produced the turn and the back followed
    without a fuss. Thank 1.5mm positive rake front, 1.5mm negative rear, and
    Skoa’s oversized pivot cups for the flawless delivery. The setup felt good, so I
    put the 26 baseplate aside for special occasions and switched to the more
    responsive 42.

    I was now skating in the wet, and once again, the trucks let me worry about
    my lines only. The 160mm hangers gave plenty of grip, which meant that
    keeping the wheels planted on corner entry became routine. But wet riding is
    a bit too delicate to fully understand a truck. A final test would have to happen
    on a dry racetrack.

    Narrower hangers give more grip. Don’t argue. It’s physics. And although the
    M-specs come in three axle widths, I felt that the widest option (160mm) was
    all the grip I needed. In fact, I was terrified by it on my first runs. I wanted to
    slide and the trucks wanted to stick. So I held on to my shriveling balls and
    went faster, much faster. It’s as if the trucks were daring me to do just that. To
    find my limit, see how far I could push. A couple runs later, I was cranking into
    dippers with the level of comfort I’d only experienced in my bed after a 12-
    hour flight. The biggest surprise then came with high-speed drifting. Load your
    wheels, let your puck touch the road, and before you realize it, you’ve just
    busted the smoothest slide ever. Be careful though, as they do have a deep
    hookup if your composure isn’t right. But when you’re focused, the reward and
    consistency is unparalleled. Fresh wheels or scrubs.

    Verdict: If you want to bomb puck down, buy M-specs today. They’ll get the
    best out of your riding. But if you want to keep your paws clean, you’ll have
    more fun on Vapors.

    - Tom Courly

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