Two reviews of Tensor trucks precede this review. I tested the Tensor Response in size 5.25 low, which were nice, light trucks with good pop and ollies, but suffered many, many quality issues. Then, Tensor improved their Response design and quality, and I tested their R2 trucks in size 5.5 low, which were greatly improved in quality but still had issues in turning with the overly soft stock bushings, and, although sized as a 5.5, actually had only an 8" axle, making the trucks too narrow for 8.25" boards. Installing Bones bushings on the Tensor R2 trucks made them into excellent trucks for technical skateboarding.
Now, Tensor has stepped up their design and quality yet again with the Ten truck.
|Tensor Ten Magnesium trucks in size 5.75 Low|
flawless threads, flawless paint job, not a thing off about these trucks. The trucks have most of the same features as their R2 predecessors, with two notable differences. Firstly, you'll see that Tensor equipped the Ten trucks with conical bushings. These stock bushings are very hard - a change for Tensor - and lack the extra parts that make the bushings fit together. This is a great improvement. The stock bushings on Tensors have been far too soft for a long time now. And conical bushings have always worked better in Tensors than the barrel bottom bushings.
The next change is rather profound. I had to weigh these trucks a few times to make sure I had the right measurement. I even re-tared my scale, measured other trucks again, and put my scale on a different table - all to make sure that the scale was measuring it right. These 8.5" axle trucks are a true 262 grams!. This is an incredibly low weight! The next lightest 8.5" truck is the Theeve TiH truck at 300 grams. Think about how light 262 grams is: 13% less than Theeve TiH, 25% less than Destructo 5.75, 32% less than Independent 149 standard! These trucks have normal axles and kingpins, yet only weigh 262 grams. What will it feel like to skate such light 149 trucks? I will let you know soon.
Here are the vital specifications on the Tensor Ten 5.75 low trucks:
Hangar width: 146mm / 5.75"
Axle width: 8.5"
Weight: 262 grams
Height: 45.5 mm
Axle displacement: 36.5 (on par with Indy, Destructo, Fury)
And here are some more pictures of the Tensor Ten trucks:
|Tensor Ten 5.75 Low|
|Tensor Ten 5.75 Low. Notice new conical bushings: they're about 98a in hardness, nice!|
|Tensor Ten 5.75 Low. Baseplates still have the nibs to keep the trucks positioned on the deck. The baseplate now has a curved nose/tail side to ease nose/tail slides. Nice.|
|Tensor Ten 5.75 Low. Extremely high quality. No-hang-up yoke will keep you from catching on coping and rails.|
These trucks are also the last set of 149 trucks to be compared for the great 149 truck comparison. Once I'm done evaluating these Tensors, I'll publish my final thoughts on all the 149 trucks and offer up a tool to help any of you out there decide which 149 trucks might be best for you and your purposes. The full list of trucks compared for the 149 truck comparison:
- Ace 44
- Destructo D1 5.5
- Destructo D2 5.75
- Gullwing Shadow DLX 8.5
- Independent 149 Forged Hollows
- Independent 149 standard
- Tensor Ten 5.75 Low
- Theeve TiH 5.85
- Thunder 149 Light
- Thunder 149 Standard
- Tracker Dart 149
- Venture 5.8 High
Only about 2 more weeks of testing, then the final results will be published.