Over the years, it seems, trucks have been decreasing in width. Back in the original days of longboarding, way back in the early 2000s, wide hangers up to 210mm were looked favorably upon because they were believed to be more stable. And that’s true- wider hangars are less responsive and they’re great for going fast in straight lines.
But that’s not downhill anymore. Now, we’re talking technical downhill/freeride courses where fast braking and deadly quick rail to rail action is required. And for that, shorter hangars are necessary and beneficial.
Recently, we’ve been seeing many truck companies come out with shorter hanger designs. Paris Truck Co. is not an exception. New from Paris Trucks is the 165mm Savant, their forged precision truck offering.
Electroluxe and Gunmetal Flavors
The 165mm Paris Savants are mostly unchanged from their 180mm counterparts- they’re just as strong (if not stronger, because of the narrower width), come in three great colorways (with a fourth, slightly teased extra colorway that should be coming soon), and come with machined top-hat washers and awesome stock bushings. Technically speaking, the Paris Savants have a more precise bushing seat and pivot cup than the regular Paris V2 offering. The seat is semi-machined and precision fit, and the pivot is machined on a lathe as well. Compared to the cast versions, the pivot on the Savants are much fatter and a bit more square, giving you a larger center for racing purposes.
Disassembled Paris Savants
Paris Savant Bushing Seat
These are bound to be great not just for technical downhill and freeride, but also for freestyle and dancing purposes- it’s been awhile since there were trucks of such amicable widths that are so great for dancing and freestyle. If you’re a flowy, stylish freestyler, try these out!
Nice-Trucks is on the R&D grind with new 160MM hangers. Slated for release later this year, Nice-Trucks team riders have been ripping these new hangers for a few weeks and they’re reporting great results.
The prototype hangers share many of the design and construction characteristics with their wider siblings. Tasteful relief cuts reduce weight and add to the appearance. The stepped bushing seat keeps the bushing secure and the ride stable while the chamfer allows enough flex to to carve if you choose. Spherical rod bearings keep the turn nice and precise but you can also swap these out for an aluminum insert that gives you that surfy feeling.
The 160MM hangers feature a 2MM rake, 1MM less than the 170MM hangers and they’re also flippable. Nice team riders report the trucks are very stable at high speeds and super grippy. They’re expecting a December 2016 release. Keep an eye here for the announcement and hit the link to check out other offerings from the shop at Nice-Trucks!
Nice-Trucks 160MM Assembled Flippe
Nice-Trucks 160MM Hanger Front
Nice-Trucks 160MM Hanger Back
Nice-Trucks 160MM Downhill Hanger
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