In this comparison test, I will compare the following trucks:
- Independent Standard 149 Stage X Mark II
- Independent Forged Hollow 149 Stage X Mark II
- Ace 44
- Venture 5.8
- Destructo 5.75
|The test equipment: 2 Creature decks, 2 sets of Kontrol wheels, 2 sets of VXB bearings, and, from left to right, Indy 149 standard, Indy 149 Forged Hollow, Destructo 5.75, Ace 44, and Venture 5.8 trucks.|
For testing, I'm using two of my Creature decks in the Vampire Stake shape. This is an 8.5" shape that is my favorite shape for all-around skating. I can do street, flatland, bowl, ramp, travel, whatever on this deck.
|Creature Entrail Apocalypse 8.5" x 32.5" with Black Diamond grip tape.|
I will mount one set of trucks on each of the decks and jump from one to the other to do a proper comparison test. These pairwise comparisons will give a good sense of how the trucks perform against one another. For more extensive testing on each of the trucks after the pairwise comparison, I will skate each set of trucks exclusively for 1 week on a variety of terrains. I will work the street course and mini ramp at my local indoor park, the bowl at my local outdoor park, my grind rail, my grind box, and my flatland area of my driveway. For good measure, I will also mount and skate each of the truck sets on a Creature 8.26" popsicle deck.
|Kontrol Wheels in size 54mm with VXB bearings installed|
|I'll ride the stock bushings first, then fine tune the trucks with aftermarket bushings. The Thunder rebuild kit is thrown in the mix to see if Thunder bushings - which are good bushings - can help other truck brands.|
|Indy 149 vs. Ace 44. Aces really do look like older Independents.|
|Indy 149 vs. Ace 44. I rode one of the decks at the park a few days ago.|
|Independent standard 149 Stage X Mark II|