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The Best Longboard Setups for Campus and College Towns

written by Ryan August 13, 2009

This week at Bustin Boards we spent some time thinking about and testing longboard setups for campus and college town cruising. After going through most of our shop inventory, we’ve settled on one unique and affordable setup for each of our models. Whether you need to push fast to get to class on time, carve hard through a sea of foot traffic or just a take a late night cruise to a dorm across campus, these setups will get you there with ease and style.  Here are the details on the setups pictured above.

Bustin Boards Spliff
Setup: Seismic 180 trucks, Abec11 Grippin 81a Wheels and Standard Abec7 bearings.

Bustin Boards Strike
Setup: Bear Grizzly trucks, Orangatang Durian 83a wheels and Standard Abec7 bearings.

Bustin Boards Cigar
Setup: Randal 180 trucks, Bustin Boca 81a wheels and Standard Abec7 bearings.

Bustin Boards Complex
Setup: Gullwing M1 trucks, Orangatang 4President 80a wheels and Standard Abec7 bearings.

Happy campus cruising!


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Brian August 16, 2009 at 1:35 pm

i’ve ridden all of these setups this weekend. we had them all set up and sitting around the shop to test out. i’ve known and loved these boards for a long time now and i still get giddy when there’s a whole new quiver to rip through. ryan and mike put these boards together and let me tell you, they really are great set-ups. i spent a lot of time on a cigar on randall 180 trucks with boca wheels and a mike D special touch that was sweeeet!! (hopefully we’ll have this special touch available as an option, i’ll work on it) i really wanted to ride one that had the new durian wheels (which i freakin love) but i was so surprised how well everything worked together as a package. the spliff on seismics was a quick peppy ride that anyone can get down on, plus it’s tiny and easy to sneak into class. the gullwing M1 trucks felt great under the complex, the extra width (187mm) is a nice advantage with our biggest board. of course the strike is great, it always is! i’ve spent so many miles on my strike which is recently deceased and as much as i loved my particular set up the best (mostly because it was mine) it doesn’t matter what you do to it, the strike is gonna be a great ride.

as far as campus cruisin’ goes, i can guarantee any of these will get ya there faster than walking, and let’s face it,

now get out there on whatever campus you’re at and ride! i know these campuses have nice paved roads and you have tons to do and not enough time to do it. these boards got what you need! enjoy the ride!!

connor k August 17, 2009 at 11:05 pm

i just bought a bustin cigar from you guys a week ago. i got a cigar with silver randal trucks bones reds bearings and stimulus wheels. Is there a reason the black randal trucks are more money than the silver ones or is it just cus of the color. and what was “mike d’s special touch” on the cigar you where talking about?? or is it a surpise??

connor k August 27, 2009 at 5:31 pm

hey bustin i got your cigar yesterday and i love it i got some stimulus wheels and randal trucks. Ive gotten wheelbite a couple times and im wondering how big are the risers that came on my board. I have my trucks tighter now but im still a little nervous when taking sharp turns. Do you guys recommend i get larger risers. And btw thanks so much for my complete i love it!

ak September 15, 2010 at 4:25 am

Don’t know about the sesmics, never tried them, but I tried and tested a number of my own wheels, bushings, and truck setups (with and w/o risers). My conclusion on the Spliff: Randal 180s with 1/4″ risers both sides. Swap the stock bushings with Khiro orange if you weigh 130-170lbs and aren’t taller than 6’0″, use Khiro blue if you are over 6’0″ and weigh 150-200lbs, never tested it on anyone taller than 6’3″ so you may need the next level up durometer bushings to prevent wheel bite, or if you prefer a stiffer ride. Also replace the stock cup washer on the cone bushing to a flat one for added slalom-style carve (please note that with a flat washer at the cone, you have to watch the wear on the cone bushings as they do sag over a few months and require replacement to prevent wheel bite). As for wheels, I use Orangatange “In Heat” 75mm 83 durometer for superior grip and slide versatility, perfect for carving and sliding. The result product. A crazy balanced board with a superb stability and carve all at once with a super low stance and wheels big enough to do mild down hills (for downhills swap flat washers back to cupped washers for more stability as the wheel base is very short on these). Bearings can be used as you please as that’s the riders choice really. Personally I like abec 11’s builtins, but any other would do just fine as there are better ones out there and I’m just too lazy to fiddle with spaceers and additional washers. Try it out sometime, it’s a realtime fun setup for this deck and I’ve tried crails and paris, both of which feel odd either too stiff for the crails or too loose on the paris. The heigh angle is a bit high as well, so downhills aren’t as fun with those. For those who can’t be bothered changing bushings too often just upscale the bushing durometer 1 grade for longer durability, but be warned it won’t be as fun as the recommended one.

yeah September 21, 2011 at 12:51 pm


jon September 22, 2011 at 1:55 pm

does bustin not sell the abec 11 gripping wheels? For the spliff it says those are best but i don’t see them on here.

jon September 22, 2011 at 1:55 pm

grippin wheels** sorry autocorrect. and specifically the 70 mm 81 a ones.

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