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Shark wheels setup

Shark Wheels Skatepark Review

View our range of Shark Wheels at Aylesbury Skateboards. Available in 60mm or 70mm online and in store.

 

At Aylesbury Skateboards we are always open to trying different skateboarding setups, this time it came in the form of some new wheels from Shark Wheels. These are not you’re typical wheel they have the perception that they are cuboid shaped because of the rad and very different design, but are just as and if not smoother then any other long-board or cruiser wheel. Carrying on from the design side of things, these incredible wheels have curved grooves to push stones and such through them, this gives you an advantage if you live in a rocky or rough area to get your shred on. This also means that riding or landing into grass has become a lot easier as I found out. Whilst riding these unique wheels I found that the grip is in no way effected by the shape and the grooves, it still has a amazing amount of grip for taking you round corners and winding in and out of obstacles that may obstruct your path.

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With the great grip comes the speed side of things, the wheels come in 60mm and 70mm which means that of course you are going to gather speed but I did not expect the speed that I got from them. Bombing down a massive hill on my way into work was when I realised that these where something special and worth a look at. I paired the Shark wheels with an old Mother Collective 8.5″ skateboard deck. A pair of 151 Thunder Hollow Lights and some Bones Reds bearings which was an excellent match. Even though these wheels are meant for cruising we managed to get a few tricks together and made a little edit in order to show just what they are capable of.  Wheels are £69.99 UK retail price.

VERDICT: Overall I believe these wheels have worked their magic on me and made me fall in love, they are a real head turner and deserve a serious look.

Shark Wheels Yellow 70 MM

Yellow sidewinder 70 mm wheels

 

Rip N Dip Nermal Nug Cruiser Grip

RIP N DIP Nermal Nug Cruiser

In Rip N Dip’s latest drop there was the most beautiful cruiser deck we’ve ever seen shaped like Nermal hugging a nug. We couldn’t resist turning it into a complete cruiser just to see what it would look like. Heres what we used:

 

Unfortunately the graphic got slightly damaged in transit but that doesn’t make the board any less amazing. We’ve combined it with some of the best cruiser wheels and bearings to make up for that. This thing looks like some serious fun and we envy anyone who gets to shred it and it will be available in store at a discounted price due to the cosmetic damage.

Don’t forget the rest of the Rip N Dip fall collection is available in store and online now while stock lasts.


In other news Rip N Dip’s latest road trip video was released on Thrasher and is just as awesome as expected. Check it out.

Seven Skates Complete Line Up

NEW BRAND: Seven Skates Complete Skateboards

We are delighted to now stock a range of Seven Skates complete skateboards. As far as completes go, these are one of the best. At a very affordable price with undeniable great quality, Seven Skates completes will kickstart beginners in to becoming a passionate skateboarder in no time. These are like none of the other price point completes available on the market right now.

Utilising the highest quality components while maintaining an achievable retail price point, Seven Skateboards has left no stone unturned to make the industry’s best entry level skateboards. Seven Skateboards believe that all skaters whether they be beginners or advanced should have access to great quality products no matter what price point they are in.

Seven Skateboards completes represent the best quality and workmanship in their price range. Designed by skaters who want every-one to have the best skating experience possible. Seven Skateboards has created a product consisting of 7 ply Canadian Rock Maple deck and the highest quality hardware accessories that are both price conscious and performance aware.

The deck is made by PS Stix who are world renown for their high quality wood and manufacturing meaning you’re getting a board that is built to last.

When it comes to buying a skateboard, it should be seen as an investment. The more you put in, the more you get out. Generally, spending more means that you’re going to get a higher quality skateboard which is going to last significantly longer before wearing out or breaking. Spending £60 on a complete skateboard compared to £30 for example means you’re getting a product that is built with superior materials and better construction which is designed to survive the knocks and bumps of skateboarding.

In our opinion, a Seven Skates Complete is the next best thing to buying a custom complete which will easily set you back over £100 . The quality on these completes is some of the best we’ve ever seen for the price and we couldn’t recommend them enough. These are a great starting point for getting into skateboarding as you’ll be able to upgrade and customise it whenever you see fit.

View our range of Seven Skates complete skateboards here. You won’t be disappointed.

 

Bye Mother, Hello Quasai

Bye Mother Collective, Hello Quasi

Some of you might be wondering, what happened to Mother? Almost as quickly as Mother appeared, they were seemingly disappearing, however that isn’t quite what was happening. Due to some legal disputes with another company whom apparently own the word “Mother” they were forced to change their name. Out of this forms:

Quasi Skateboards

Quasi Skateboards Title Page

Nothing changes. Same brand, same team, new name. The classic Mother graphic style still remains though just a different word is written on the boards. In the next few weeks the summer 2.1 collection will drop making these Quasi products a reality.

As it stands we still have a few of the old Mother Collective decks which could become collectibles when Quasi really pick up, becoming great parts of skateboarding history. Even if that doesn’t happen, they’re still great boards so its a win/win!

Keep an eye out for the new Quasi boards when we drop as we eagerly await the arrival of our pre-order.

Program Skateboards Cover Image

Introducing: Program Skateboards

We are pleased to announce that come early September, we will be stocking Program Skateboards, a new board company by Michael Sieben. This will be the first ever drop from Program so it’s definitely not worth missing.

Here is an extract from the Program website to give you a bit of background about the brand:

On May 16th, 2015, I was digging up the courtyard in front of my house when my shovel hit something hard. I thought it was a rock, but what I actually found was super crazy: a buried chest. After tracking down a pair of bolt cutters (it was locked), I cracked the thing open and had a genuine holy-moly moment. Inside I found five animal skulls, loads of unprocessed Super 8 film cartridges, a Super 8 camera, a Polaroid Land Camera, a slide carousel (filled with slides), a photo album, a journal, a book about puppet making, a few cassette tapes and three puppets. Needless to say, I was floored. I became immediately obsessed with the find and put all other projects on the back burner.

Quick rewind: a few months prior to finding the chest, Stacy Lowery and I were working on a new skate brand called The Program. But after finding this buried treasure, I totally dipped out. I couldn’t think about anything else. Stacy kept trying to get ahold of me to work on our company and I kept putting him off—telling him I had to focus on this mystery. He eventually suggested making The Program all about the treasure chest. That very same day I read this passage in the found journal, “I was unable to finish the program. I hope whoever finds this can do so for me.” The Universe was screaming at us.

 So I’ve spent the past few months pouring through the contents of the chest. The guy that buried it was named Samuel (I haven’t been able to find a last name) and I’m assuming he lived in my house at some point. Based on the notes in his journal, he was (again, I’m assuming) emotionally unstable. He thought that the puppets he’d created were possessed and/or haunted. Stacy and I are currently working on getting all of the Super 8 footage processed and transferred in order to figure out what Samuel’s program was all about. Because at this point, his program is our program. And our program is The Program. We hope you’ll Get With The Program and join us on this journey. —Michael Sieben

We instantly fell in love with the whole idea and mystery revolving around the brand, especially the creepy haunted puppets. Sieben has turned the images he found into some great board graphics that we just had to get behind. They are reminiscent of some graphics from Welcome Skateboards and Heroin Skateboards with their vibrant, cartoony graphic styles which you really can’t fault.

Heres some excerpts of the catalog of the boards we grabbed from the pre-order. Can’t wait to see what they’re like in real life, and more importantly to find out how the skate.

Program Skateboards - Conspire

Program Skateboards – Conspire

Program Skateboards - Super 8 Spencer

Program Skateboards – Super 8 Spencer

Program Skateboards - Eddie's Knife

Program Skateboards – Eddie’s Knife

Program Skateboards - Conspire Yard Bard Shape

Program Skateboards – Conspire Yard Bard Shape

Program Skateboards - Goat Skull Bowl Troll Shape

Program Skateboards – Goat Skull Bowl Troll Shape

We hope you’re as excited about Program as we are.

Get with the Program.

 

Welcome Skateboards decks

Welcome Skateboards Summer 2015 Drop 2

The long awaited second drop is here from Welcome Skateboards bringing you the rest of the summer 2015 collection.

As with all of Welcome’s boards, their decks are hand crafted by PS Stix (just like the Mother boards) who are notorious for making some of the best boards out there in terms of material and production. We picked 6 of our favourite graphics and shapes to stock in store and are so excited to finally get some more of their boards back on our wall. The ones we chose are:

Welcome boards come in some interesting shapes with even more interesting names. These boards are at home skating both street and park and even make great wall hangers with some of the amazing graphics they come up with. If you’re getting tired of the old popsicle skateboard shape, definitely try out a Welcome deck, they have enough different shapes to keep you trying something new for many months to come.


We also grabbed a few of the new t-shirts and hats from this drop and some of the new colour ways of their rocking-dog slider cap. All of Welcome tees are super soft, 100% cotton and 1000% magical.

 

Bronson Speed Co Bearing Detail

Bronson Speed Co. Bearings Review

When the new park opened I decided it was time for a new setup giving me a chance to finally try out the Bronson Speed Co bearings. Anyone who has been keeping up with skate news has bound to have heard of them and i’ll be surprised if you’re not at least a little interested. For years now Bones have been a solid choice for bearings (Namely the Bones Reds) but if these are as good as they claim to be, I doubt you’ll ever use a set of Reds again.

The Bronson Speed Co G3 Bearings claim to be the perfect skateboarding with a range of crazy technologies going into them.

  • Deep Groove Raceways – The balls roll deep in raceway channels which reduces side impact damage & breakage.
  • Straight Edge Frictionless Shields – These shields are pop off resistant and hold oil in while keeping dirt and moisture out making them easy to clean.
  • Micro Groove Raceway Surfaces – Linear micro-groove surfaces improve bearing lubrication, speed and spin.
  • Max Impact Cage Design – Non-distortion custom cage keeps the balls precision spaced & oil circulating.
  • Balls Out Technology – Eliminates shield and cage contact on impact for a go fast, stay fast bearing.
  • High Speed Ceramic Oil – Nano-ceramic compounds for wear protection – moisture, rust, corrosion resistant.
  • Factory Fresh Quality – Nitrogen filled shrink wrap, reduces metal & oil oxidation until ready to be ridden. Means that you can leave these bearings in storage for years and they will still be factory fresh when you finally open them.

If that bulleted list doesn’t make you tingle you obviously have something wrong with you. It takes a special bearing to last a few years without seizing or popping and by the sounds of it these bearings should tick every box.

They come in an amazing metal presentation tin with a slide off lid. Inside of that you have the 8 bearings as you can expect. Then Bronson are kind enough to supply you with a full set of 4 spacers for inside the wheels and 8 washers as you’ve probably already lost these before. The bearings themselves have bright orange shields, one with a black stripe on it to indicate which way around it goes in the wheel.

I’ve been skating them for a few weeks now and they’re definitely the best bearings I’ve skated. Before these I was skating Flip HKD Abec 5’s and I loved those too, much nicer than Bones Reds (in my opinion) and a little cheaper too. Straight out the tin they roll forever and are super smooth and quiet. Even now they are still silent when rolling around at the park, making a nice change from the usual racket put out from broken in bearings.

The park at the moment is surrounded by mud as they were trying to grow some grass, meaning the board has landed in there plenty of times. Even then, the shields have managed to keep all of the dirt out so they are still running as smooth as ever.

For the £29.99 price tag I can definitely recommend them. You may be paying twice as much as you would for a set of Bones Reds but the quality jump is much more. I’m sure they could easily outlast them too making them a very worthy investment.

You can buy the Bronson Speed Co G3 Bearings from Aylesbury Skateboards online and in store now.

Polar Summer 15 Decks

NOW IN: Polar Skate Co. Summer 2015 Drop 2

The new Polar Skate Co. goods are in! We are extremely excited to finally be stocking Polar apparel alongside some of the new hardware as they are one of our favourite skateboarding companies.

We also managed to get our hands on a few of the new decks from the collection and they are definitely some of the most beautiful decks Polar have made. Polar decks have some of the best shapes out there and are definitely built to last. We’ve skated plenty of them and have nothing bad to say. We have limited stock of both the apparel and decks and its likely that once they’re gone, they’re gone. Polar are on absolute fire recently with their designs and we can safely say that we support them 100%.

The decks we stock (from left to right in the image below) are:

Polar Summer 15 Decks

Polar Summer 15 Decks

As you can expect, the apparel is of equally outstanding quality. Below are a few photos of the new goods. If you get a chance, come down at see them in real life as photos truly do not give them justice.

Polar No Comply Pike Polo

Polar No Comply Pike Polo

Polar Cut Out BS Nosepick Tee

Polar Cut Out BS Nosepick Tee & no-comply 6 panel

The no comply 6-panel hats especially are a surprise as they are so soft and comfortable straight out the box. Ditch the ralphy and go for that embroidered no comply logo. They come in a great range of colours so you can definitely get those summer vibes goes. We also stock the stash pocket hat & the trucker snapback.

No Comply Caps

No Comply Caps

Stash Pocket Caps

Stash Pocket Caps

There’s also a restock of the ever popular happy sad socks in black and white, as well as two new colour ways – the green/white and the grey/black. These make the perfect skate socks as they have some ridiculous technology going into them and are super comfy.

Happy Sad Socks

Happy Sad Socks

Come in store and check out the range we have or have a look online @ Aylesbury Skateboards.

Staff picks - Kurt - All the components

Staff Picks: New setup for the new park.


As the new park is opening this week, I decided it was time to build a fresh setup to shred there. I went for:


 

Had to go for the We Out Here deck from the Rip N Dip Summer Collection as that alien face is too great. Also had to make sure I had the cut out on the grip to let the smaller alien face shine through. The Krux Meeowzers were also a necessity because cats – who could possibly not want that. Decided to try something new with the Gold wheels. At the moment I’m skating Enjoi wheels, but these looked interesting. I like the fact that they’re clear so you can see the orange from the bearings through the wheels. As for bearings I went for Bronson Speed Co. as I really wanted to try them. The marketing looked great and really worked on me. After I test them out i’ll write a review giving my verdict on them.

Here’s a few pictures of the setup. I got carried away taking pictures as I’m a bit in love with it.

Make sure you’re prepared for the new park in Vale! Be sure to get stop by and get stocked up at Aylesbury Skateboards.

As a side note, Our new shop stickers should be arriving tomorrow (9/7/15) so be on the lookout.

Guide For Choosing Your Perfect Skateboard Wheels

There are thousands and thousands of skateboard wheels available on the market today, many of them with very few aesthetic differences but overall they make a huge impact on the riders skating. Everything from speed to control of movement.

Almost all skate wheels are made from a hard composite material called polyurethane (PU). Since the introduction of PU wheels in the 1970s, skateboarding changed forever, lending characteristics such as durability and resistance to a sport that was in desperate need of more appropriate technology. In addition to their performance benefits, PU wheels are also relatively inexpensive to manufacture, so you don’t have to pay very much for quality equipment, regardless of the brand.

Skateboard wheels hardness, or resistance to penetration are measured by Durometer. Durometer ratings fall within several categories, with skateboard wheels listed in the ‘A’ category along with other soft plastics. Therefore, the durometer measurement you’ll find on most of your wheels will read ’99A’ or ’75A’. The higher the number/rating, the harder the wheels. The Durometer rating you choose to ride will come down completely to your own preference.

For example, if you ride vert or mini-ramps then you will want to look more towards the harder range of wheels such as 97A and above. This is because they are smooth to combat the lack of vibration dampening and somewhat grippy to make the slick wheels easier to control.

If you are a solid street-skater then again, you will want to be looking towards the harder wheels of 97A and above. This is for pop and road-feel when getting it in in the streets. These wheels would also be recommended for your typical skatepark skater.

If you would consider yourself an all-rounder type skateboarder then there will be of a huge variety for you, ranging anywhere between 90A to 97A. These will enable you to cruise around the town with comfort and also shred a pool in the same day.

If you are strictly skating on a cruiser or a longboard then you will definitely need some soft wheels as you will be riding over rocks, bumps and cracks on paths and roads (Especially if you are native to the UK). A set of soft wheels will ease the rattle of a rough road while making your board control a whole lot better due to the grip. The durometer for soft wheels range mainly between 75A to 85A.

The size of your wheels will determine your speed, acceleration and ability to turn. The typical skateboard wheels range between 48mm to 75mm in diameter. Bigger wheels will give you more speed but will make it harder to make sharp turns. Small wheels are also more effective for street skating maneuvers such as powerslides and blunts. We recommend you reflect on your own skateboarding style and preferences when choosing a set of wheels for you.

We have a few brands of skateboard wheels that we recommend for you that are available in our store;