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Deck Interpretation – Defining vocabulary
Nose: The nose of the deck is the front of the board. The nose is sometimes tilted, but usually flat.
Tail: The tail of the deck is the back of the board. On many boards, the tails are flat, but for some of them, they have a tilt called a kick (more on that later).
Wheelbase: Wheelbase is the measured value of the two inner holes on deck. The wheelbase changes the ride of the skateboard, and I’ll talk more about that later.
Guide rail: The guide rail is the side of the circuit board.
Pots: Pots are basically part of the deck on which you will be standing. I personally haven’t heard it used a lot in the Esk8 community, but it’s a good word to use.
Tip: This refers to mountain floors or urban carving boards. If you look at one of these decks, the tail and nose are up, and these are called tips. The reason for using these tips is that the type of truck used for these boards needs to be able to turn tips because these trucks work differently than longboard trucks. A lower incline leads to a more stable ride, while a higher incline provides more of a carvy feel. Most decks have a 30-degree Angle, which seems to be the best middle ground.
Shape and Dimensions
The decks come in many different shapes. You will see the cruiser style shape, which has a flat nose and a raised tail as a kick tail, and then you will see the longboard style, which has a flat nose and a flat tail, and a longer deck than the cruiser. There are also double kickboards, which look like traditional skateboards, with tails symmetrical to the nose and raised to form a kick tail. There are also mountain slab decks with raised tips, usually with a slight camber.
The longboard usually uses many different materials to make the deck, but in ESK8 it goes even crazier. We see woods such as maple, which is known to be hard, and bamboo, which is known to be flexible. Fiberglass is used, but it is usually combined with bamboo. Carbon fibers can be either flexible or hard, depending on the number of layers and the construction process. Usually, materials such as wood are fine, but in harsh conditions they sometimes warp. Overall, no one material is better than any other, it depends on what your budget is and what kind of ride you want.
The number of layers in a deck is the amount of stacked material. If I had a nine deck made up of all the maples, then I would stack nine maples. A higher number of layers usually means it is a harder deck, and a lower number of layers usually means it is a resilient deck, but the degree of bending of the deck depends largely on the material. If you are looking at decks made by the same company using the same material, then you can apply this knowledge, but in most cases, using the number of decks to determine how bent the deck is will not give an accurate result.
Camber and rocker
Curvancy is where the deck appears to rise in the middle and fall back like a hill. Some of the benefits are: it allows the rider to have more leverage when turning, and it allows for a more flexible deck because when a person is standing on it, it flattens out rather than hitting bottom. This makes it ideal for heavier riders who want to use a flexible deck but are worried about scrapping the shell. The rocker is the opposite of the camber. Some of the benefits of the rocker arm setup is that it is lower from the ground, which increases stability, and just like a descending deck, the rocker arm profile allows you to accelerate and brake very actively because there is something to push on. Of course, heavier riders can use the rocker arm profile by using a stiffer deck.
The bending of the deck is one of the main factors contributing to the overall feel of the deck. In general, flexible decks are great for low-speed engraving because they bounce off as you engrave, which helps drive deeper, harder engraving. That’s not to say you can’t carve on a hard deck; I actually prefer to sculpt on hard decks because I learned to sculpt. Flexible decks are a bit unpredictable because they can’t bend the same every time. A flexible deck is more comfortable than a rigid one. The hard deck will be predictable and very stable at high speeds. Rigid decks are also great for off-road because they are predictable, so when you encounter bumps, the decks don’t bounce. It seems to me that you can move fast on flexible decks and sculpt like a maniac on rigid decks; It all depends on what you are satisfied with. Finally, when choosing a flexible deck, try to go out and test a hard deck and a flexible deck, because as a rider, it can be difficult to decide which one is best for you.
Fencing is the main factor limiting your choice of deck. An excellent fitting shell usually helps to accommodate the bending and shape of the deck in order to maintain its properties. Even if the shell is well made, it will still bend slightly from the deck. This can only happen if the shell crosses the deck like the Wowgo AT2.
If you have a twin-box setup, such as the 1951 or Zealot, you can take full advantage of the flexibility of the deck, although you won’t be able to fit the huge batteries. In the ESK8, we started to see the flexible decks getting restless from the need to install larger batteries. This doesn’t mean you can’t use flexible decks, but please note that if you want to use all the flexibility in the deck, you will need to use double enclosures on each side of the deck, and doing so, you won’t be able to fit large batteries.
If you want to use a large battery on a flexible deck, you will have to use a housing that uses the entire deck, which reduces some elasticity.
Top with the shell
The top-mounted shell looks like an oversized lunch box and is located in the middle of the deck between the rider’s feet. These housings are mainly used for EMTBS, as you need to get all the clearance when off-road, and using bottom-mounted housings limits this. If set up correctly, the top-mounted housing allows you to have a large battery while still maintaining the elasticity of the deck. The main factor limiting battery size is the width of the deck. While I haven’t seen this type of shell used for enhanced boards, I think it will work, although it may make your board look unattractive, which can be a deal breaker for some people. Top-mounted housings are also usually easier to install than bottom-mounted housings.
The shell material
The best way to get maximum bending from a flexible deck is to use high-quality materials for your enclosure. The high quality enclosure uses flexible fiberglass to fit the optimal properties of the deck. Other materials I’ve seen include 3D-printed materials, carbon fiber, leather, the deck itself, etc. While there are many solutions for housings, if you plan to use flexible decks and wish to use large batteries, you will need to purchase housings made of flexible fiberglass.
There are many different types of concave surfaces on the deck. Some are perfect for electric skateboards, some are not. Some concave styles are better suited to certain riding styles than others.
The first concave surface I’m going to cover is flat. Flat and concave means the deck is completely flat. It is ideal for technique and longboard dancing. If you’re going to do these things on the ESK8, then this concave surface might be a good choice. Although flat and concave is a bad idea if you’re going to do any high speed movement, since there’s nothing for your foot to “lock in” to, you might find your foot slipping. The last point is that since your feet don’t have anything to push, it’s hard to bend.
The next kind of concave surface is called radial. Most decks you’ll see use this concave surface and for good reason. This type of concave surface can be identified by its distinctive U-shape. Some of the benefits of a radial concave surface is that your foot has a good groove to sit in, giving the rider more confidence, and secondly it gives you something to push on to turn harder.
Electric slide deck radial concave surface
Move to convex. The shape of the bulge is like when you take a piece of paper and pull the sides down (I know a strange way to describe it). Although this concave surface looks strange, it allows the rider to have a very natural foot placement and something that the foot naturally falls into. The reason the Eskate community seems to dislike it is because it has very little control over the board, even less than the flat and concave style.
Electric slide deck convex surface
Asymptotically concave surfaces are similar to but not exactly the same as radial surfaces. Progressive concave surfaces appear flat until wear begins to show near the edge of the deck. Progressive concave surfaces take full advantage of radial and planar concave surfaces to provide a great deal of control and have very comfortable natural foot placement.
Electric slide deck with progressive concave surface
The flat hole (also known as the bathtub concave) is the guide rail rising from the edge of the deck. This is very similar to progressive concave and radial. A bathtub concave surface is very similar to a radial surface, but you should get more overall “feel” and energy transfer than a radial concave surface, but the overall feel is not much different. The sunken tub deck is ideal for mountain biking.
Electric slide deck flat hole
W concave refers to the W shape of the deck. The side concave is normal, but what makes the W concave special is the mid-deck ridge. The center is combined with the sides to form a W shape. This type of concave surface provides a lot of control and is used for sliding in the longboard world because you need a lot of control over the board to do this kind of riding. The W concave is ideal for riders who like to slide or just have a lot of control over their board.
Asymmetric concave surface
Asymmetric concave surfaces are when concave surfaces are different. This shape increases energy when pumping water and carving for the rider. This concave is not used much in ESK8, although I think it works perfectly.
Electric slide deck asymmetrical concave surface
The wheelbase length
As I described earlier, the wheelbase is the measurement of the two inner holes on the deck. The longer the wheelbase, the more stable you’ll be at the higher speeds. The shorter wheelbase will allow for wider and more sensitive controls. A shorter wheelbase is ideal for engraving and sorting, but at higher speeds, a shorter wheelbase deck can become twitchy and may cause a speed wobble. If you’re going to go fast, you’ll want a longer wheelbase, and if you want an easier ride and don’t want to go that fast, then a shorter wheelbase might be better for you.