A lot of longboard truck manufacturers are making TKP (Traditional KingPin) trucks in addition to their RKP (Reverse KingPin) trucks. TKP trucks are also sometimes called CKP (Conventional KingPin) trucks. The difference between TKP and RKP trucks is that TKP trucks have the kingpin mounted fairly upright, with angles of, for example 15° from vertical (= 75° from horizontal), while RKP trucks have the kingpin mounted at more of a slant, with angles of, for example, 50° from vertical (= 40° from horizontal).
|Paris Street Truck 169|
I picked up a set of Paris Street Trucks in the 169 size.
Hanger width: 169 mm (6.65")
Axle length: 236 mm (9.29")
Weight: 443 grams
Height: 57 mm (2.24")
Axle Placement: 35.5 mm (1.40")
Bushing heights: 12.5 mm boardside, 13 mm roadside
Bushing+washer heights: 15 mm boardside, 15 mm roadside
Paris Truck Company released the measurements of their trucks in advance of their truck's release date. In addition to the measurement listings, they said it was "a true 169 mm hanger"; my measurements confirm that statement. The axle width of 236 mm (9.29") is a good fit for my 9.5"ish boards. My big popsicle decks with wheelwells do well with these trucks when I ride them riserless with 57-58 mm wheels. My hybrid deck, a 10x38 shaped board that admittedly skates better with RKP trucks, doesn't have wheelwells, and I get wheelbite with 57-58 mm wheels.
The trucks have a tiny sticker on the bottom that says "Made in Taiwan". The kingpin is the new Paris grade 8 kingpin, which Paris says is stronger than their old kingpins. Paris has their logo on the head of their new kingpin (see the pictures below), while their old kingpins have no such logo. The shape of the metal around the kingpin seat is square, but too wide to mount inverted kingpins or non-knurled hex head kingpins. See the captions in the pictures below for more about the kingpin.
Compared to most street trucks, the baseplates are extra tall, allowing for the nice stable ride of a low truck while achieving the height to ride 57 or 58 mm wheels without risers. 60 mm wheels if you ride tight trucks. Nice. My favorite truck setup is to ride low trucks (like around 48-50 mm in height) with risers underneath. It started about 3 years ago with Venture Lows and 1/8" risers. Nowadays, on my trick boards, I ride 3/8" risers with 48 mm high trucks - either Mini Logo or Polar Bears. With these Paris Street Trucks, I won't need any risers at all.
The kingpin, while it clears the hanger on perfectly squared up 50-50 grinds, is 57 mm (2.25") long (other street trucks typically have 50 mm (2") kingpins). Kingpin clearance is approximately 1 mm; a board with rocker or a board flexing from the weight of a skater will likely easily close this distance, causing the kingpin to grind.
The longer kingpin on the Paris Street Truck will allow use of tall (i.e., 15-16 mm) bushings boardside and roadside, with enough room remaining for washers. However, compared to the average street truck, the Paris Street Truck's geometry is sensitive to changes in the boardside bushing or bushing+washer height: the kingpin longitudinally deviates from yoke center with boardside assembly height changes as small as 2 mm. The kingpin is centered when the stock bushings are under compression consistent with normal operation; tightening the kingpin nut too much will again result in longitudinal deviation of the kingpin from yoke center. Intentional over-compression of the bushings might correct positive deviations in boardside height, however, this correction may come at the expense of bushing functionality, performance, or longevity. The good news is that the baseplate bushing seat is wide enough (24 mm) that a boardside washer is not necessary. If the skater desires a cupped washer, selecting a bushing of approximately 13 ± .5 mm height will help preserve the stock geometry. The most likely scenario for fans of tall bushings who wish to preserve the stock geometry will be a solitary bushing boardside and a bushing+washer combination roadside.
As a big fellow, I like using tall bushings boardside, but in my skating I don't really get much extra out of using tall bushings roadside. I will skate these trucks with the tall roadside bushings, but if I end up liking the trucks, I will be switching the kingpin out for a 50 mm (2") kingpin so I can ride my preferred bushings.
It is cold and damp on the east coast right now, so I've only skated these briefly around my neighborhood. I did a lot of carves, a lot of ollies, and some sliding. My boards with wheel wells did fine on the carves. Ollies felt quick and snappy, very nice. After I have skated the trucks more, I will update this post with more of my impressions on how they ride.
Here are some pictures:
|Paris Street Truck 169. Note that the extra height comes from the baseplate.|
|Paris Street Truck 169|
|Paris Street Truck 169|
|Paris Street Truck 169. Lots of extra kingpin above the washer. The bushings are slightly compressed in this photo.|