Mini Malibu 33
Checkout my latest refurbished skate-setup; A Mini Malibu 33″
Same size, same wheelbase and purpose as my mini pumper though, yet a different feel of ride…
Now this deck used to be a kick-tailed torpedo (photo below) of about 43 inches, on a set of horrible reversed kingpin trucks (RKP) which had a turning radius of a Cadillac Eldorado. The nice thing about it was the 7-ply bamboo deck because of its camber and wheelbase.
A flexy 7-ply concave deck like this provided the perfect platform for my plan to build a Mini Malibu shaped deck, which would lean and carve like crazy, and would be pumpable (no pushing required) as well.
The desire was to create a board that would feel like a surfboard (Malibu) and would offer a stance more to the rear (like you’re on the fin of your surfboard) instead of most pump-decks, where you stand on the nose-side of the deck. As far as I can find, this is never being done before. Now this is probably the first mini Malibu deck ever!
Porschey and surfy
When I started this project my future deck should become sporty, porschey, surfy, and above all; old-school, which resulted in this setup. The intension was a Porsche 901 inspired Malibu, and look what it brought me.
Now the funny thing is that longboard- and skateboard-decks are inspired by many surf-shapes like the pintail, fishtail and swallow for instance, but none of them shows me the shape of probably the most engaged surfboard-shape; The mini Malibu. Every surfer learned his first skills on this one!
Because I like TKP (traditional kingpins) anyways, (especially on a deck this size) and because I am used to lots of lean and turn on fat and beefy bushings, this deck is equipped with TKP’s of Sabre and Polar Bear. The 127mm Sabre up front carries a tall barrel bushing boardside, and a standard cone roadside. This relatively recently released truck is designed to be able to ride double-barreled if you like, whereas the kingpin doesn’t stick out too much of the hanger.
The rear-truck is a 105mm Polar Bear with an extended 2.5″ kingpin (Paris) in order to ride double-barreled, since my rear truck shouldn’t turn as far as the front one, but offers plenty of lean instead. The inch of width-difference creates pumpability and equality of lean-force.
The funny part is that she rides like a surfboard too. Instead of standing on the frontal part of the deck, this baby pumps best with your rear foot right on the ‘fin’-spot, (at the circle) and the front foot way back of the nose; just on the widest part of the deck, which is about 2/3.
Mini Pumper 33
This long distance pumper (LDP) is cut out of a 7-ply maple twintip droptrough in order to accomplish a wider front foot surface and the ability to top-mount the trucks and use very narrow wheelbases rear-side (flipping the rear wheels even increases top speed and grip). As well as to carry bigger wheelsizes in order to accomplish higher top speeds.
Now this board has a Bennett 5″ up front, using a mushy tall fat cone boardside, and a soft full (sometimes a tall) barrel roadside. Rear-truck is a double barreled Polar Bear as well. Designed to pump long distances and to stay carvey!
Keep you updated soon!!