“B-GRADE” Pantheon Pranayama – Perfect, Low Cruiser Longboard
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We have a batch of “B-Grade” Pranayama decks that we are discounting. If they’re in stock, we have them. Please note that we are currently out of Paris 149mm trucks, so if you want your deck NOW, order as a deck only. If you want to secure a complete, you are welcome to do so. We are expecting Paris 149mm street trucks to arrive around the first week of August, and as soon as they come in, we’ll begin shipping out completes in the order that they were received.
Now to the specifics. These “B-Grade” decks are discounted because the top ply split open during the pressing process. This is not the weirdest thing in the world to happen during a wood bend as significant as the one we have made in this board, and because every piece of wood is different, some of the plies reacted to that wood bend differently than the vast majority, which usually make the bend without issue. The crack is visible in the outer ply only. Per the geometry, this is the ply that gets the most intense bend and therefore is the most susceptible to cracking. We expect these boards to perform very well. The split happened during the pressing process, which means the resin material that is placed between the plies for lamination seeped through the crack and filled the gap. Because resin is harder than wood, and because the wood is cracked ALONG THE GRAIN as opposed to across it, we do not expect this to cause any structural issues. It is most likely that you will have 100% of the ride experience with these as you would with any board and that this is just a visual blemish, but we cannot guarantee that these boards will last any better or worse than our typical “A-Grade” decks. We certainly have a lot of faith in them, which is why we listed them for sale. I expect our customers to be super stoked on getting such a high value ride at a bargain!
Take a look at the pictures. Your deck will look approximately like this. We picked one of the worst ones we could find, so the gap won’t be any bigger than the one on this board.
The Pranayama – Low Riding Distance Cruiser Longboard (COVID UPDATE)
You’ve settled on the most perfectly fitted cruiser longboard in existence! Let’s cover the small bases first: We have a small number of Pranayama B-Grade Decks here in stock. They are all essentially the same in terms of their “issue.” When they were pressed, the top ply (grip side) cracked in the neck along the grain. This is important to note, because the grain is still intact, meaning that it is still providing strength along the length of the deck. When the crack formed, the gap was filled with epoxy, and epoxy is stronger than wood, so my expectation is that you are going to feel like you got a steal if you get one of these boards, because it’s a sweet deal for a visual blemish, but I don’t expect that blemish to affect the longevity of the deck whatsoever. We will list a small number of these on the website for sale as deck only on the evening of Friday, July 10, and at the end of the month, when our next stock of 149mm street trucks comes in, we will release the last batch of B-grade decks.
Currently, we have more decks of all of our models due sometime around the end of August or very beginning of September. Our goal is to get them shipping ASAP after the order is done, and we will list our boards for pre-sale again once they are en route. They will be approximately 25 days out once they are finished, and we will ship them out as quickly as possible in the order that they were received. Thanks for your patience this year. Production has been crazy with all the COVID stuff happening, and very thankfully, it seems that the whole world is stoked on Pantheon and we are just trying to keep up!
The Pranayama is built off of our Trip Double Drop Longboard platform. This is tried and true. And hey, check the reviews! People love it, and for good reason. It is low, agile, and just a ton of fun. In fact, you may have a Trip already! And if you do, it’s probably the most ridden board you own. So all this talk about the Trip, and you say, well what the heck is a Pranayama for then? And that’s actually an easy question for us to answer.
Despite being as clear as humanly possible that we felt the Trip would and should be optimized with RKP trucks, people were putting TKP trucks on it! Shops were doing it, too. And look, I get it. It’s bite free, hassle free setup that you can put a wider range of wheels on. But it’s not optimized–certainly not up to our standard–and some of the customer feedback we have received with that specific setup corroborated our feelings on it. It had less control than we were used to with the RKP trucks, too much flex, and it bottomed out easily, and it was especially unstable at speed, even while the Ember deck, which also sports TKPs, felt fine at fairly high speeds for us. But one thing really stuck with us with that setup. It was SO LOW and SMOOTH. Like it really made pushing feel effortless. I could stand on that board, one foot on the ground and the other on the board, both knees locked with just my hips a little offset. The setup really inspired, and even though it wasn’t what we felt it should be, it got us thinking about what it COULD BE. We envisioned a perfectly assembled cruiser longboard, perfectly fitted specifically for TKP trucks and huge wheels.
In the end, we took everything we learned from our other double drop built for TKP trucks, the Ember Mini Commuter Longboard, and we optimized our Trip platform for an even tighter fit than the Ember to really bring the Pranayama to life with maximized control on the lowest available platform. The tighter wheelbase and shorter neck reduce the flex to enhance control and reduce the flex in the neck that causes bottoming out on such a low platform. What we get is an incredibly tight racecar of a deck, truly built around and optimized for TKP trucks with 85mm wheels, for a perfectly assembled, smooth feeling cruiser longboard. We don’t recommend any other setups on it. Smaller wheels would be a waste of such closely optimized wheel cutouts and potentially too low, and anything larger will bite. But you put it together like this and you have a ride that is going to be hard to get off of. And that’s the whole point. The Pranayama is really centered around pure ease of push. We expect it to be popular for ultra long distances, beginner skateboarders, skaters just looking for a super chill cruise, and people looking to use a skateboard for exercise.
The Pranayama is truly optimized on Paris 149mm trucks and your choice of any color and durometer (softness) of either the 85mm Seismic Speed Vents OR the 85mm Orangatang Caguama wheels. Paris are notoriously high TKP trucks, so if you want a lower setup, you can try a classic Independent 149mm as well, but really, we love the turn on Paris so much that if wanted it to be lower, we would just pick a slightly smaller wheels like the Orangatang 80mm Kegel or the new 80.5mm Seismic Alpha, or put a little drop through riser on the board. We do feel, though, that most will appreciate the stock height and feel of the suggested setups. It is unlikely that it can get any better, but we will pay attention to reviews and our own experiences and modify this section if necessary.
Length – 31.375 inches
Wheelbase – 26 inches
Width – 9.25 inches
Drop – 1.3 inch crescent
Profile – Slight Mustache Camber/Rocker
Construction – 9 ply maple
DESIGNED AROUND TRADITIONAL STREET TRUCKS ONLY! Don’t MAKE ME come after you for setting this up wrong!
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