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The making of the community designed deck
It's time for my review on the community designed deck, The SilverFish. I spent a whole day of riding on my favorite hill testing the deck and putting it head to head against the tried and true DB1 as well as our prototype drop threw. Unfortunately my Wood Blank 38 double drop could not be there for the testing. It suffered a stress crack last week and is no longer safe to ride. Here are my conclusions/opinions officially in writing. Now the board will be disassembled and sent to @Goeller for further testing.
Boards where all tested on the same road multiple times. The conditions where slow to medium downhill, ruff road surfaces and similar trucks and wheels.
(close enough for a comparison)
SilverFish first. The concave is on the high side. Under your feet the concave gives your foot a steep arch that at times is uncomfortable. This can be dealt with by keeping your feet in line with the boards direction of travel. If your feet are too perpendicular, over time it can cause some small amount of discomfort or foot fatigue. The rocker is small and is not obvious its there when riding, but because of the boards height any drop, even small amounts, are beneficial. For me the length was a bit on the short side. The tails consumed some space and meant that my feet would be on them while riding or I had to close in my stance. Over all it felt just fine and I would ride the Sh$%T out of this deck every day if it was mine (full disclosure, I have been ridding this deck every day). But if I was picky I would want less concave and maybe a bit longer board for a wider stance. After all I am 6'1". When compared to the DB1 or Drop Threw Prototype (aka DT1). It was a world of difference. The DB1 and DT1 are flat tops and have the same 31.5" wheel base. I found them to be pleasant to ride in any position with no discomfort over time.
SilverFish first. The shorter wheel base made the SilverFish VERY responsive. There was absolutely no hesitation to turn. It's as if the board was happiest turning if you know what I mean. Entering a slide took me some time to get right. When a turn starts the board goes no questions asked and this meant I had to commit fast and hard to start the slide other wise It would turn, self right and toss me, no joke, I have a toss on video for you guys. Overall this board is in its element in tight spaces. It requires fast and firm input from the rider and good reaction times. In contrast the DB1 and DT1 are more docile. Gentle turns are especially the way of life for the DT1. The DB1 as a top mount is easy to lean over thanks to the extra leverage. The DT1 has less leverage and is not as willing to turn. Know the boards character and apply it properly. Where high maneuverability is desired use the SilverFish. Where high speeds and gradual turns are the norm use the DT1. The DB1 lands somewhere in the middle. The SilverFish was tested at it's widest wheel base FYI. The DB1 was also tested with Sidewinders and holly cr%p. With those on its like riding a snowboard.
SilverFish first. There are some things that need to be addressed before I would sell this longboard. First is the manufacturing. Building it is time consuming and difficult. This ultimately means a high price tag. The longboard as you see it would need to be retailed for $300 (without trucks). Second is the longevity of the design. More riding time needs to be put on the longboardboard before I would consider it ready for the public. The DB1 had three months of non stop testing before it went up for sale. The prototype is still being ridden till this day. Third is the fact that it is not easy for me to adjust the design. This means that the level of commitment is high and the right features need to be worked out to ensure customer satisfaction. The DB1 in contrast is easy to change. So if customers are not satisfied changes can be made quickly and at little cost.
Very good! The board is not perfect but is still ride able and capable. The SilverFish has a design that seems to be an "all arounder" so it is not expected to be perfect at any one thing. I had fun building this board with all of you as my guides. It looks awesome and is the most complex board I've built to date. I'm happy with it and with this thread. Now lets see what @Goeller thinks.....