I ended up grabbing a Carver Greenroom with C7 trucks earlier this week. Next to an Arbor Oso crusier.
First impression: need more lateral space to than the cruiser. Cruiser I can go in a straight line on sidewalk. This, I need to take it to some open space to have fun with it (parking lot, tennis court, etc.). EDIT: Take back what I said, after some practice I can work the Carver on the sidewalk. I need a relatively wide sidewalk, but I can step out the door and basically ride for 5 minutes and be back for my next meeting.
I can move way faster on the cruiser. But I feel like the Carver is going to Carver over a lot more to snowboarding and surfing. On the cruiser I can get lazy and basically just shift my feet to turn. On flat ground the Carver basically requires that I compress and extend the lower body to maintain speed and turn.
A half hour or so of pumping after a surf session WRECKED my legs. I think it'll be really good cross condition. I felt the burn in really similar place to after a day of hard carving
Really glad I jumped for the complete. I was trying for a while to build my own surf skate with Waterborne adapters and random parts, but couldn't find a deck wide, long, and flat enough for what I wanted.
Don't know much about Surfskates, but that Carver looks dope and a fun time getting turns w/.
Welp, I dicked around trying to figure out a reasonable first setup, then the weather turned, then work caught up and now I'm a few weeks from my yearly migration to Japan (yupppp) so I guess this goes on the back burner till next year.
what would happen if you put some 99 duro wheels on that carver? Would you still be able to pump it? It looks fun but I wouldnt be able to resist the urge to powerslide so I never skate soft wheels
you might be able to on a shorter wheelbase with something like the C7 truck. but I dont think it would be very fun. You'd be limited to very tentative motions and wouldn't be able to drive through turns so you'd go real slow. you'd also risk eating shit pretty hard if you overdid it.
Basically, your purposes are at odds with each other. The pumping motion where you reweight and drive through the turn with your rear foot to propel yourself forward is very similar to the motion you would use to break the tail free and initiate a slide, just a slightly different angle of attack. Soft rear wheels are what provides the hold that lets you really push through turns and generate speed when pumping. LDP setups typically use a softer duro on the rear wheels than the front, and carver goes so far as to sell fairly soft wheels with a concave in them.
all that said, with carver CX trucks, standard carver roundhouse wheels (78a), and a wheelbase of about 21" i can break the tail free on occasion. this is a bug not a feature for me as it can be dangerous when not expected, but it is possible.
Copy that. I figured you need the grip to pump. Ill stay with the 9 inch eagle and indys