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The Carver C7 SURF TRUCK is the Patented front truck designed to create the same fluid dynamic for a skateboard that a surfboard has in the water. What gives it this ability is the extra axis of movement provided by the truck’s rotating arm, giving the nose of the board lateral thrust, in addition to the usual rail-to rail turn. With this extra turning capacity, the back truck becomes a pivot from which to snap turns, the way fins hold in the water while the surfboard’s rocker slides on the surface of a wave.
This dynamic also creates the much sought after ability to pump the board for speed, and is the feature unique to Carver that finally delivers on the long-promised feel of surfing a skateboard. Riding fakie is also like riding a surfboard, but backwards, where the nose feels squirrelly, and for this reason the C7 is a front truck only. The arm rotates smoothly on precision industrial thrust bearings, and is dampened by a fully adjustable, heavy-duty internal die spring that allows each rider to customize the feel of their board. But at its core, the C7 is still a skateboard truck, with a traditional hanger and standard new-school mounting hole pattern ( 2.1″, or 2 3/32″ long) that will fit any new-school skateboard deck, while preserving the original wheelbase.
The Carver CX.4 is the newest update from 2013. We’ve made significant improvements to this front-only truck that gives it unprecedented thrust and pump, as well as increased turn radius and snap-back. With a few carves side to side you immediately begin to generate speed, and with a little more pumping you can gain significant speed. The thrust generated is so powerful you can even pump uphill. So whether you’re surfing the sidewalk, flowing through a skatepark or big-wave surfing downhill, you never have to put your foot down to make a section. For years many longboard companies have falsely claimed that their boards ‘feel just like surfing’, but we took that promise seriously. So while the CX may just look like a regular RKP (Reverse King Pin) style truck, the simple appearance of this patented surfkate hides its true performance. What you get is a truck that has all the thrust of a surfboard but with a lighter and more stable pushing platform. While these two properties would seem contradictory, through a careful pairing of both the thrust-prone geometry and a sculpted bushing cup that hugs the urethane bushings in just the right way, you get a truck that is both loose when you want to pump and stable when you want to push or land tricks. Plus without the swiveling arm of our C7 surf truck, the CX is both lighter and easier to ride fakie, opening up your ability to perform tricks involving reverse riding like 180 slides while still feeling that reverse-riding-surfboard feel.
Board length and shape plays an important part of the overall performance of the completed skateboard. Shorter boards are more maneuverable and pump easier, while longer boards are more stable and handle speed better. Wider boards generally provide better turn leverage than narrow boards. Trying out a few different lengths will give you a real sense of the feel between wheelbases. You can also refer to the SKATEBOARDS section of the website for descriptions of the various board lengths and their handling characteristics..
Break-in time for the bushings is usually about an hour of riding, where the slippery new bushings have a chance to wear a little and stick to the metal surfaces, reducing the range of turning travel at the extremities, controlling wheelbite and increasing spring-back and rebound. Pumping the board on the flats is a good way to break in the bushings and get a feel for the board’s handling.
Adjusting the trucks can vary the overall feel dramatically. For the C7, the bolt located at the front tip that holds the arm bearings together should be tight but not binding, so it can rotate freely without play. IT DOES NOT ADJUST TENSION! Over-tightening the Pivot Bolt will prevent proper rotation of the arm, and will likely crack one or more of the Thrust Washers, requiring replacement. The Spring Bolt, located on the baseplate facing the inside of the board, adjusts the inner spring that controls tension on the arm. Using the Carver PIPEWRENCH, or any standard skate tool, play with the relationship of this tension and the tightness of the bushings for a feel that suits your style of riding. The adjustment of the back truck also plays an important part in the overall feel, so when tuning up your board, remember that it’s the other half of the whole system.
The Carver C7 was designed to be very low maintenance, but it does have a few mechanical parts, like bearings and a spring, so a little care will give you maximum performance and extend the life of your truck. A light machine oil in the thrust bearings will prevent them from rusting and keep them rotating freely, just like your wheel bearings. The spring parts are protected inside the baseplate and need little maintenance, but if they get squeaky, an application of grease on the spring parts will keep everything moving smoothly and quietly. First remove the truck from the board, then unscrew the spring bolt and slide it out and the spring parts can be easily removed. Grease all the moving parts and reassemble: place the spring nut against the inner cavity wall, drop the spring into the housing and snug it up against the nut, hook the link onto the link pin and snap it over the spring. Finally, re-insert and tighten the spring bolt, starting the threading first by hand to avoid cross threading. All maintenance can be performed using a standard skate wrench, like the Carver PIPEWRENCH. While at first glance the C7 may look complicated, it’s actually very simple to take apart and reassemble. The exploded-view drawing shows you at a glance the order and names of all the parts for quick reference.
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