The Cast Katana are the newest cast trucks from Ronin. Released in 2017, they bring to the table a few design upgrades while keeping the elements that made them famous and loved. According to Ronin, the cast version of the precision Katana trucks have the same precise manufacturing at a modest price and are now factory assembled to guarantee the best quality.
The Bustin Shotgun was designed by Max Ballesteros over a three year period with help from Jonanthan Neuman aka Bubbles. Luckily Max gave me a prototype about 8 months before its release so I’ve spent a lot of time on it. The Shotgun comes in two different layups: Thermoweave Hollow Core or Thermoweave Maple. The Hollow Core is both lighter and more expensive than it’s Maple counterpart. As Bustin’s premiere layup, I’ve found Thermoweave to be a durable composite that’s both resilient against abuse and stays very stiff.
There’s some new talent coming out of Lancaster, PA in the form of custom board builder and designer Meat Bicycle Skate Company. They have an aesthetic that is all their own. One of the latest creations is the Pork Soda, a shape inspired by whales that we’re hella keen about.
For more than a year we’ve seen teasing glimpses of Aera’s team riders shredding on RF-1 trucks. A more affordable alternative to Aera’s popular precision trucks with many of the same features, the longboarding community has awaited the release of the RF-1 with a palpable sense of anticipation. The versatile RF-1 is available today and it’s rad AF!