Pimped Pumpers

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…

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Easy breezy

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For cruiz’n up and down the boardwalk

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.

Genuine surf-stance

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!

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My future deck should become sporty, porschey, surfy and traditional

Double barrel

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.

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The Sabre is wedged 14 degrees and raised in order to prevent from wheelbite. Mind the camber of this deck.

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The 127 Sabre with tall barrel boardside and full cone on top. Turns on a dime and leans from rail to rail.

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.

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The KP is a Paris 2.5″. Mind the 7 degree wedge instead of de-wedging like most pumpers do. De-wedging increases top speed, but however increases acceleration. For top speed I have build the Mini Pumper earlier (next picture).

Single fin

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.

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This board I pumped from Rotterdam to Scheveningen on a late saturday night once. It took me 35 kilometres of pure carving!

LDP

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!

Before (2013)

Before (2013)

After (almost a hundred kilometres though)

After (…almost a hundred kilometres meanwhile)

Photos

 

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70mm Retro ZigZags to create grip and to increase acceleration

I preserved the flip-side graph

I preserved the Californian flip-side graph

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Mini Malibu 33″ x 8.5″ x 29.5″ WB. Bamboo 7 ply deck/front: Sabre 127 TKP x 14 degrees wedged – WFB tall barrel x WFB standard cone/ rear: Polar Bear 4.3″ Paris 2.5″ KP – 7 degrees wedged – double barrel

Keep you updated soon!!

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6 thoughts on “Pimped Pumpers

  1. Am about to cut down my Santa Cruz DT bamboo to make a mini-pumper. I have a Bennet -Vector for the front and a Paris ‘road-truck’ for the rear, Khiro bushings on both. Wheels will be Road Rider 70mm 78a duro with ….should be fun 🙂

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    • Sounds good! Mind you that the Bennett can have a tall (19mm tall) barrel boardside, and if you replace the kingpin for a randall or bear-kingpin, you can as well place a full barrel roadside! It has less thread on the bolt, so the bushings won’t be destroyed.
      With a yellow Reflex barrel combination, or a yellow Riptide WFB barrel combi you’ll be surfing up steep rising asphalt!

      Have fun! Bennets are awesome!

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