After seeing more and more inquiries come through our shop about the Gullwing Sidewinder trucks I decided to give them a whirl. The opinions on these vary, but typically what you hear is that they are a bit too far-out and way dangerous for moderate to large hills. After riding them for a few weeks on my Spliff I agree and disagree. Yes, its true they have no business on big hills and SHOULD NOT be ridden for anything involving speeds of over 25 mph. Because of the their double elbowed bushing setup, its dificult to get true stability even if you crank the kingpin down tight.
On the other hand, if you know what to expect from it, this can be a very fun setup, especially on the Bustin Spliff. The ride is, at first, a bit alien when the double jointed action begins. Its kind of like you lean in and the truck turns alot and then, suddenly, it turns alot more (and then maybe a little more). For the first hour I found myself laughing because of the odd feel everytime I leaned hard into a turn. It was at about 2 hours that I expected to be popping them off and putting them away and then I unexpectedly started having a ton of fun. I left them on and have since skated all sorts of terrain with a whole new perspective. I crushed the city, carving like liquid in and out as though I was on a snowboard. In Wilmington, NC last week I even broke it out on the gigantic Eastern Skate Supply bowl and skate park and was blown away by how wicked this board was on the high wall.
I go through phases, I always have. Today I picked a Strike we recently used for a video and will probably spend the next 2 weeks devoted to it. However, before I retire this snaky Spliff to the shop quiver, I wanted to write a quick opinion and let everyone know its a super fun setup. Its not your all-around board, but for a funky freestyler in your quiver its a great option.