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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Deck Intro: Conspiracy Bryan Pennington 9x33 deck

Today's deck is the Conspiracy Bryan Pennington 9.0" x 33" big deck.

Thanks to Paul Miller over at Colorado Skateshop, who maintains a high-quality skateshop with lots of alternative brand choices. He fedex'd my deck quickly and included a free t-shirt and lots of stickers.

The deck measures nominally 9" wide x 33" long with a 15.25"/15.75" double drilled wheelbase, 6.5" nose, 6.75" tail. The deck tapers from 8.9" at the front trucks to 8.6" at the rear trucks. The deck is light for such a
large deck, and the wood feels very lively and stiff. The double wheelbase takes me back to the late-80s / early-90s, when double drilled wheelbases were common.
Conspiracy 9x33 Bryan Pennington deck. Lovely wood.

Conspiracy 9x33 Bryan Pennington deck. Big decks rock in bowls and skateparks. 

Conspiracy 9x33 Bryan Pennington deck. My 155 Bear Polar Bear trucks fit perfectly. The wheels are Ricta Superparks, which are very nice.

16 comments:

  1. I ain't into the graphic but reminds me of old Alien Workshop times ;)

    But the shape looks really sweet and also the double-drilled wheelbase is a nice add to experimental between both widths.

    I would shred it in bowl-/ pools. But I think I would add some Indys 159ers.

    Greetings,

    //Chris27

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  2. Bertrand,

    Glad to see your back and shredding the 'crete while the weather permits! That board looks pretty cool. I've always been interested in unidirectional boards like this one. Nowadays, they're getting more acceptance, even in more mainstream companies like alien workshop (http://www.homeskateshop.com/product_detail.cfm?CatID=5&PID=1904 ). I used to have a Jason Adams Punk Point black label that was fun to skate. I think a park wheel comparison would be sweet. My next set of wheels will be 58s or 60s I think, good for ramps, streets, and park. Have fun and keep shredding!

    -Andy in Boston

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  3. This deck looks great. I love unidirectional shapes too; I just got a 9" Welcome Saberskull and am riding it with 149s and enjoying it very much.

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  4. Hey Bertrand,

    I was wondering that Socal Skateshop drop the
    Independent 139 & 129 Stage 11 on the market.

    Source: http://socalskateshop.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=31618
    Source: http://socalskateshop.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=31617

    can't tell yet what's new... no infos on SoCal or NHS Factory.

    Cheers,

    //Chris 27

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  5. I found on skatewarehouse some infos:
    "The Independent Stage 11 Standard Trucks are featuring new updated geometry. This is the new Standard. You get superior turn and stability, better grind clearance, improved "no hang-up yoke", and a lightweight hollow body hanger. Only the best materials and Made locally, here in the U.S. Independent detailing throughout.

    Specs:

    356 T6 aluminum
    4140 chromoly steel axles
    Grade 8 kingpins"

    (source: http://www.skatewarehouse.com/Independent_Stage_11_Standard_Trucks/descpage-INELSTR.html)

    Maybe I am wrong, but are these equal to the 159 Stage 10 in fact of geometry and kingpin clearance?

    //Chris27

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    1. I think these will be the 159 geometry on the 139 and 129 sizes.

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  6. Krux 5.0s are out as are Indy stage 11s (in limited sizes for now). Better get reviewing.

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    1. I noticed the Krux 8.5" are back. They look really tall: 55mm!

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    2. 335gms for 8.5 without hollowed kingpin and axle (am I right?) is really light.
      Are the stock bushings relly so good (like the NHS video tries to tell us)? And also are they stable with the hole in the hanger and forged baseplate?
      ...never rode 'em

      //Chris27

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    3. On the Krux 5.0, solid kingpin, solid axle, you are correct. If the weight checks out, this will be one of the lightest 8.5" trucks out there. The Thunder 149 Hollow Lights (forged baseplate, hollow kingpin, hollow axle) weigh 335grams. The Theeve 5.85 TiH weight 300 grams. The Krux 5.0 is a very lightweight truck.

      I haven't said it before, I realize, but I will say it now: Krux stock bushings are divine little dreams. They are really, really great bushings if you ride loose to medium trucks. They are so soft and responsive right from the start. The bushings get harder over time. After a few weeks, you can tighten your trucks pretty tight with the stock bushings if you don't mind kingpin threads showing. Or leave them at medium and carve like a champ.

      I don't know how tough Krux trucks are. When I got back into skating a few years ago, I had a set of Krux trucks, and I liked them but I didn't really do a lot of crazy stuff with them.

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  7. all in all sounds good Bertrand. Maybe I'll test 'em, if I these will be available on the german market.

    //Chris27

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  8. Stage 11 independents could be mare pool focused, same ride height as krux talls, apparently
    http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=5aq7vq&s=6

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  9. NHS FACTORY told me today via e-mail:
    "Yes, the 159's and 169's were the first to feature the new geometry. So the 159's you have are essentially Stage 11's."

    Cheers,

    //Chris27

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  10. Didn't know where to put this post, but I just bought something from Bertrand and I gotta say, please support this guy. Not only was he super instrumental in me wanting to try royal trucks, he threw in a fuckton of cool shit and was (as usual) amazing in answering my questions even via ebay.

    Fucking amazing.

    Okay, carry on.

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  11. I think you'll like the new, The Bertrand:
    Independent 149 Stage 11 also available (at Socal Skateshop)
    ;-)

    Cheers,

    Chris27

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  12. Hey Bertrand,

    I thought of this post the other day. I was looking at a Void Skateboards deck (http://voidskateboards.com/images/c522d291bc0e434a9e8bf6083353f533_wtig.jpg) and noticed it was a unidirectional shape. I've been wanting to try one nowadays, and to be honest I don't think it would be out of place on street, given my "minimalist" trick selection. Also, Welcome Skateboards has some awesome looking shapes, and I might pick up one of those. Hope all is well, keep skating!

    -Andy in Boston

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