|Theeve TiAX 5.25 Lo. I think the Dunkin Donuts colorway is the best color scheme for Theeve trucks yet! They're probably going to look pretty funny on Creature green decks!|
Hanger width: 140mm / 5.25"
Axle width: 7.9375"
Weight: 332.5 grams
Axle displacement: 30.5mm
I mounted the trucks and skated around on flatland and my quarter pipe for a while. I was already warmed up from skating earlier today. My initial thoughts on the trucks is that they are more stable than most lows I've skated. The bushings, however, were very tight, and turning was difficult. When I tried to turn, the board went
up on the two side wheels. This isn't actually such a bad thing - I always expect wheelbite from low trucks until the bushings wear in. The Theeve low trucks didn't give me any wheelbite. My ollies and nollies were easy and sure, just like with all the Theeves. Kickflips and heelflips were easier than usual. The light weight of the trucks helped, and the trucks were very stable on center. Then again, the trucks were very tight, and tight trucks always help give a responsive feel to flatland skating.
Besides being Theeve's first low truck, the big thing about these TiAX Lows is that they are the V3 Theeves, the design of which should resolve the problems with the bushings bulging. You can see the differences in the design in the pictures below.
I will follow up soon with my thoughts after skating the TiAX low trucks for a while. First, I want to evaluate the trucks to see if the V3 design elements resolve the bushing bulge problem.
Then, I want to put some softer bushings in the trucks and see how they turn in comparison to the standard Theeves. On the 5.5 Theeves I skate on my all-around board, I put Bones soft bushings in front and Bones medium bushings in the rear. The rear bushing on my 5.5 Theeves has bulged and popped out, but I'm persisting in skating it with the bulging popped and seeing what happens.
More observations can be found in the captions in these pictures of the Theeve TiAX 5.25 Lo trucks:
|Theeve TiAX 5.25 Lo. The TiAX logo is smaller and includes a hexagon with "LO" printed next to it.|
|Theeve TiAX 5.25 Lo. Part of the V3 design is the addition of a bottom washer. The baseplate is otherwise the same as any other Theeve truck.|
|Theeve TiAX 5.25 Lo. Perfect centering of the kingpin in the yoke.|
|Theeve TiAX 5.25 Lo. Here is the first picture of a comparison between a V2 hanger and a V3 hanger. The V2 hanger (top) has a shallow lip facing the bottom bushing. The V3 hanger (bottom) has a more prominent lip.|
|Theeve TiAX 5.25 Lo. The V3 hanger (left) has a prominent lip facing the bottom bushing. The V2 hanger (right) has a shallow lip.|