Welcome back kids! Last week on “Built By Bubbles” we took the first steps towards developing a production level board! We thought about the board, we thought about what we wanted the board to be, we considered the board’s own personal feelings, and we landed on a shape (to be fair, we landed on version 1.0 – plenty more versions to come!)
We’re stoked to announce a construction update to the Bamboo-X Shrike deck! When we released the new version of the board earlier this year we thought it was perfect, combining just a touch of flex with a downhill/freeride shape and concave. Then, our riders and customers SPOKE, telling us that they wanted the stiff, confident feel of the original Shrike. Well we heard your calls and made the change, just in time for Holiday. The latest batch of Shrikes have been adjusted with thicker outermost plies to offer a stiffer, stronger board with the same aesthetic as the original.
Learn more about the Shrike here – http://www.bustinboards.com/shrike-longboard-details
Customize a Shrike here – http://www.bustinboards.com/custom_shrike.html
History of the Shrike: In 2015 we released the first Shrike as “the board to end all boards,” our premier quiver-killing, hill-crushing, Downhill / Freeride / Freestyle / Wild Child. Immediately the reception was phenomenal and the Shrike quickly rose to the top of the Bustin Boards line-up as one of our better performers, and with good reason. Almost before we dropped Toti’s video premier for the Shrike, we started getting videos pouring in from YOU, our riders, showing the Shrike love in ANY situation you could possibly imagine. We got Bombing videos, Freestyle trick videos, Dancing videos… you name it, you did it all!
Hey kids! This week I’m going to spend some time to give you a quick little photo-tour of the process we use for designing and creating new prototype boards! We’ll obviously steer away from specifics, wouldn’t want to give away our secrets, but hopefully this will help to give you a glimpse into our head when we’re in design mode.
The first step is always the concept. What do we want out of a new board? Is it a downhill machine? Is is a quiver-killer? Is is designed to dance? Or is it just something tiny to go as fast as possible on? Once you’ve got an idea of what you want out of your board, it’s time to start thinking critically. The very first innovation to change wooden skateboards was an addition of an up-turned kicktail to add POP to the boards. Needless to say, since then we’ve come a long way as an industry. Different concave profiles, dropped boards, different drop shapes, rocker, camber, etc, etc, etc. It’s important to consider all of the design elements you could include in a new board, OR, maybe you’ve got a couple brand new ideas to test like we did in the Shrike, the upcoming Max B board, or the proto-type pictured below. Now that we’ve got an understanding of what the board will be, and how to make it that, we take our ideas and put pen to paper, er….. mouse to computer screen? Either way, we draw 3D skateboards.
At this point we’ve done all we’re going to do for version 1.0 – we won’t be able to make modifications until we get some feedback after building and riding one! We’ll leave it off here for now, make sure to tune in next week as we go from the digital, to the physical world with this bad boy!
In 2012 the Sportster hit the market to meet the demand for a super low push deck that offered a freeride friendly approach. We had just revolutionized our push ethos with the release of the Maestro board the year before, and were looking to continue the legacy of NY Push Culture. The Sportster was originally our no-frills, no-nonsense, performance ONLY push board. We were immediately astounded by the reception! Rave reviews and dozens of riders swearing by the deck got us paying attention to some of the critical insights. The two main comments were: A) we made it too big, and B) It could use a touch flex for comfort. So over the course of 4 years of tweaking and developing, we landed on our current model: a shrunk-down, bamboo-ified version built to skate. Mild flex and a compact platform makes it an extraordinarily nimble pusher that feels GOOD to ride, while the Radial-Dropped-Rockered shape locks feet comfortably into place for pushing out those slides.
The drop-through design combined with our RDR mold (radial drops and rocker throughout the standing platform) give this deck a low down, high response, super controlled ride unlike any other board. The mild dampening flex provided by the combination of Bamboo and Maple, in addition to the slightly rockered shape and hip notches make this deck comfortable on smooth or rough terrain and the forked nose design allow it to pack a huge engine into a tight 33” frame while still maintaining a stable wheelbase.