Five years ago, Voxel entered the longboarding scene determined to make high quality products and bring their vision to the community. They’ve made leaps and bounds in those 5 years – from two workbenches at home in to a 10×30 mini factory in present day. They’re now setting the tone for the integration of technology into the manufacturing process with 3D printing.
We last spoke with Voxel in 2017 when they released the 3310. Even then, Voxel understood the importance of iterating until things were right – they made five molds before they got the 3310 just right. Now, you can see how they’ve incorporated rapid-prototyping and iteration into their products.
2021 has been a banger of a year for Voxel and as the winter approaches they’re more ready than ever. Read on for our interview with Voxel and what they’ve been up to this year.
Surf Rodz Grindz are precision manufactured traditional kingpin (TKP) trucks that come in a variety of sizes to suit both street skateboarding and longboarding disciplines.
These trucks are my favorite TKPs to ride because of their versatility and durability. One of the best features of these trucks is that all the parts are interchangeable and replaceable making them ideal for street skating.
Sanctum Collective is well known for some of their boards. Most notable are the Choomah that we covered back in 2017 and the Stratos that we reviewed in 2018. While their boards were wildly popular, you might be surprised to learn that they haven’t been available for sale for a while. Unfortunate as that may be, we have some good news…
There is a limited quantity of Sanctum boards available for sale in our store at massive discount with free shipping.
Arsenal Trucks are a solid, tall-bushing option intended for both downhill and freeride that won’t break the bank. They also work well in other disciplines as you’ll learn here!
Arsenal trucks are the first tall-bushing truck I’ve ridden and the first that measure less than 180mm.
I had a few issues with stability and kingpin drag in the beginning but it didn’t last long. Once I got the setup dialed, stability was not longer an issue – instead I was rewarded with smooth, deep turns at slow speeds and fast free ride!
Rayne’s Skyline deck has turned out to be an absolute banger this year. It may seem like a while since Rayne last released a new deck but it was more than worth it!
We all love the multi-discipline mantra – one board that excels in multiple disciplines. It’s an especially appreciated feature for those of us with budget and/or space constraints. One deck for a ride to a friends house, to the local convenience store, to the top of the hill and then the same for a run to the bottom.
In practice, it usually leaves a bit to be desired in one area or another. To be fair, it’s a lofty goal. Things that make a board excel in one discipline usually don’t help in another.
Turns out there is a gray area – a “just right” middle ground where a boards features compliment each other in a variety of disciplines. The Skyline falls squarely in this area.