Brief history on the Stage X: In the Stage X Indys, the top washer would contact the inside top of the yoke cavity in the hanger. This contact limited Independent's turning depth, and the turning on the Stage X Indys was "on-off" turning: you were either turning at the limit of the truck's turn, or you were not turning. The Stage X Indys were quick for line adjustments, but the "bottoming out" of the top washer against the hanger was binding the deep turning ability of the trucks.
For the Stage X Mark II, Indy improved the hanger design to eliminate conflict between the top washer and the yoke cavity. This helped the Indys have deeper turns and, unfortunately, more wheelbite with the cone
bottom bushings. The Indy team riders suggested barrel bottom bushings, and Independent agreed. The barrel bottom bushings made the Stage X Mark II trucks both stable and turny.
From comparison tests, the Stage X Mark II trucks with the stock orange bushings turn as well as Theeves. This helped Independent gain back some of their devotees who had flocked to Theeve.
Enough chit chat. Here are the specs for the 159s:
Hanger width: 156mm / 6.125"
Weight: 397.5 grams
Height: 54.5mm with stock bushings.
Axle displacement: 35.5mm
Here are some pictures:
|Independent 159 Stage X Mark II. Note barrel bottom bushing, no hang-up yoke, and very low kingpin .|
|Independent 159 Stage X Mark II.|
|Independent 159 Stage X Mark II. Here you can see how tucked in the kingpin nut and top bushing and washer are in the no hang-up yoke.|
|Independent 159 Stage X Mark II. This top view shows the wider yoke cavity of the Stage X Mark II. This wider cavity is meant to prevent binding between the top washer and the hanger.|
|Independent 159 Stage X Mark II. Made in the USA. Industry standard Grade 8 button head kingpin .|
|Independent 159 Stage X Mark II. Kingpin is nice and low, but there is still plenty of room to run the trucks loose or tight.|
|Independent 159 Stage X Mark II. Here's a closer view of the widened and reshaped yoke cavity.|
|Independent 159 Stage X Mark II.|
|Independent 159 Stage X Mark II. Typically high Independent quality.|
|Independent 159 Stage X Mark II. Hollowed-out hanger, excellent casting.|
|Independent 159 Stage X Mark II. This picture really shows the lovely, lovely silver in which Independent trucks look best. No other company's silver trucks look as nice as Independents.|
|Independent 159 Stage X Mark II. Here the 159s are mounted on my Creature 8.5 punk nose.|
|Independent 159 Stage X Mark II. Here the 159s are mounted on my Creature 8.5 punk nose. They fit nicely, with just the axle nuts extending beyond the rails.|
First Impressions of the Independent 159 Stage X Mark II trucks:
This morning, I was skating my Creature 8.5 punk point with some Theeve 5.5s mounted. This afternoon, I skated for about an hour with the new Indy 159s. With the Bones bushings mounted, the 159s are nice. Really nice. Having skated the Theeves this morning and the Indy 159s this afternoon, I like the Independents better. The159s are stable, turny, somewhat surfy trucks. The 159s feel really good carving and turning. The159s feel stable and predictable on my FreshPark ramps in my garage. I did some flatground work with the 159s, and they respond quickly on ollies and nollies, shuvits were nice and solid, and flip tricks were no problem. When I was flowing around, I was doing manuals, and the 159s were really, really nice on manuals - this was a little unexpected, but entirely welcome. All in all, I myself am incredibly pleased with the Independent 159s.
Lots of skaters are moving to 8.6-8.9" decks, and truck companies would be wise to offer some 8.75" trucks to go with them. With these Indy 159s, the entire truck industry has a new standard to copy. Independent: out in front, yet again.