A photo from a longboard testing session.

Avenue’s design are purported to make it easier for longboarders to carry their speed. Photo: Avenue Trucks.

The skateboard truck has remained the same for decades. It’s tried, it’s true and it takes a beating. But is there room for improvement? The folks at Avenue Trucks think so.

The new design adds suspension that improves ride quality, reduces impact transmitted to the skater and makes it easier to not only carry speed, but reduce the dreaded speed wobble.

The idea was conceived about 30 years ago by the father of co-creator, Wesley Ivazes, who dreamed of a truck that would take the buzz out of riding rough roads.

Fast forward three decades, Avenue Trucks was born.

Better design = more amplitude?

The creators of Avenue Trucks say the design helps skaters get bigger air. Photo: Avenue Trucks/Benny Hoyle

But Ivazes admits, Avenue Trucks is trying to fix something that’s not broken.

“Normal skate trucks work just fine. People are pushing the limits with them on a skateboard. What we wanted to do was see if we could get a suspension system that could hold up to the extreme capabilities that skateboarding requires,” he said.

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The crew, consisting of skateboarders, machinists, and engineers, spent almost four years fine-tuning the design. Over the past 48 months or so, almost 600 prototypes were created before sticking the landing on the current design.

Smith grinds for days.

With a design that allows skaters to carry more speed, skaters can [Smith] grind farther. Photo: Avenue Trucks/Benny Hoyle

The primary difference between the Avenues’ trucks and others by companies like Independent and Gullwing, is the section that’s attached to the board, the baseplate, compresses. This allows the truck to absorb slight irregularities in pavement and the stored energy. It also helps increase, what’s usually referred to as, the “pop”--helping the skater get more air.

A modern approach to skateboard truck design.

A closeup look at the Avenue Truck, whose design provides suspension. Photo: Avenue Trucks.

Prototypes have been distributed to skaters at various skateparks for testing, sometimes handing out as many as 100 in a day.

According to  Ivazes, the skaters were surprised by the ride quality and were most excited about the added pop. They also liked how the suspension took the buzz out of harsh landings, helping some land new tricks for the first time.

There are also added benefits for longboarders. According to the company, riders were able to hit 50 mph before any wobbling signs that can cause a skater to lose control.

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Avenue Trucks reports spending upwards of $250,000 to date on the design, but the company’s Kickstarter goal is more humble--just $50,000.

With 21 days remaining, Avenue Trucks has already raised more than 70% of their goal. The trucks are slated to be available around September for about $65/pair. Longboard trucks are more expensive--$150 for a pair--and won’t be available until early next year.

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