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Straight Fun. The Sidewinder Spliff

written by Ryan August 27, 2009

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.

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5 comments

Mike Dallas August 27, 2009 at 9:24 am

thats hot.

travis September 1, 2009 at 3:16 am

sidewinders have a special place in my heart too. they are loads of fun and nothing can carve as hard. i remember times when i snaked around the back of a taxi instead of slamming into it thanks to these trucks. i rode them a lot a while back and loved knowing i courld turn 90 degrees in a yard. the best for traffic surfing…..
i also learned the hard way about speed a couple of years ago! i did throw myself down a huge bomb hill on a jersey jumpoff on sidewinders. i had the worst accident of my skating life as i pushed the sidewinders toward thirty MPH. came away with a broken hand and had the worst road rash i have ever had.
but i love them still, just had to learn how.

jackson September 10, 2009 at 2:20 pm

i had this set up too. tried to make my spliff a monster board with massive 3dm wheels that were insane heavy and powered over anything. didn’t have anything else so i put sidewinders on them and they were decent at best. the feel wasn’t right and didn’t really pump to well. i have chargers on them now and it pumps great. i have taken it downhills before and its fine, its not about the setup its about the riders comfort in his or her ability. i’ve ridden originals before and their are far less stable then sidewinders. wish there was more flex in the board though, it make for a great commuter.

ryan varner October 5, 2010 at 3:18 am

i love my doublekingpin sidewinder trucks.. i think they are super stable for big hills if you have them on a deck where they are built in so its lower. ive gotten it up to 35mph and its comfortable and i didnt even tighten the trucks.

gimrim November 15, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Here is another Spliff+Sidewinder.
http://gimrim.egloos.com/1970941
No wheelbite, no speed wobble.
It’s perfect!

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