“B-Grade” 2020 Pantheon Trip – Fiberglass Double Drop Distance Longboard
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“B-Grade” Pantheon Trip Deck
For a short period of time, we are offering out factory 2nd “B-Grade” Trip decks for sale, until they run out. We do have decks in production and currently, we expect our order to be done around the end of August or beginning of September, at which point we will offer them back up for preorder while they are shipping here. It will likely take about 30 further days to get them here in stock and ready to ship out the door. If you are looking for a sweet ride and can’t stand the wait, I believe these “B-grades” will offer a ton of bang for the buck and riders will be super stoked on them. I am riding one myself, and I believe the ride quality is 100% despite a small visual blemish.
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. Furthermore, there is fiberglass under this outer layer of wood, and it is highly unlikely that you will experience any further cracking due to “momentum” of a crack going into the next ply. 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.
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.
Pantheon Trip – Low Riding Double Drop Longboard for Distance Skateboarding
The Pantheon Trip is one of the most popular distance skateboards on the planet, and for good reason! Read on to find out more about our premier double drop longboard, but let’s cover the small bases first: We have a small number of Trip 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, and there’s fiberglass on the next layer down, 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 our B-Grade Trips 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 Trip is back as our most popular long distance skateboard to date. It has been revamped with a new 7-ply maple plus 2x triaxial fiberglass construction for longer lasting performance, warp-proof platform and lighter weight construction. This is a small, light, and agile double drop longboard, and it is Pantheon’s specialty. With our proprietary Crescent Drop, The Trip may be one of the most recommended longboards in the world for commuting and distance travel. Our goal with the Trip is to create the highest quality ride possible, extending the value far beyond its price. We optimize the ride by designing around the finest components and combine utilitarian, cost-effective construction methods with perfect attention to detail. If you’re just starting out, the Trip is our best longboard for beginners, being so low and easy to ride. And it is an integral component to your longboard quiver as a distance skateboard or for using a longboard for fitness and utilitarian travel.
The Trip stays an active part of your longboard quiver as a dedicated distance skateboard. It is more than just a first skateboard. As your quiver grows, this board stays with you and gets ridden daily as an efficient double drop distance and commuter longboard. We only offer the finest components here on our website because we care about your ride experience. That perfect experience is undoubtedly a large part of why people fall in love with Pantheon Longboards.
What’s New on Our Updated Trip Longboard
· Deep Drop! – This double drop longboard pusher has a 1.3 inch drop! This gets you lower than ever for easier distance pushing and longboard commuting
· More Flex! – We increased the flex by changing the curves. More flex + stronger layup = stronger board without losing liveliness.
· Better Lamination! – Mold improvements and epoxy lamination make this distance longboard deck more durable than ever.
· Fiberglass! – A maple / fiberglass construction makes the 2020 Trip more durable and warp-resistant than ever!
· Aesthetic Improvements – Stained wood veneer and laser cut griptape really make the Trip pop on the street
The Utilitarian Double Drop for Distance Riding
The Trip is the premier double drop longboard for distance, whether longboard commuting to work or traveling long distances. And it is easily our best longboard for beginners. We tend to suggest the Trip for true distance riding and then point toward the Ember as a mini cruiser commuter longboard. Either double drop longboard will serve as a proper distance skateboard, though the Trip’s fiberglass construction will undoubtedly out-last the Ember in terms of longevity. Both are low to the ground, lightweight, and easy to push. Both are supportive of large wheels with thin trucks. And both are pretty darn small! These characteristics are really our mantra for the purpose of commuter and distance skateboarding. Include the parts that matter, and do it in the best way possible, and that’s it!
Lastly, consider purchasing this awesome double drop longboard deck with our Free Hands Fingerless Slide Gloves. We made these gloves specifically for distance skating and urban commuting, when you might want your fingers handy to take a picture of that gorgeous mountain or elk crossing the bike path, or to send your loved ones a text letting them know you’ll be home for dinner. These are a utilitarian glove, fully aligned with our design mantra, that allow you to throw down a hand if things get hectic, but otherwise will stay out of your way.
The BEST Longboard for Beginners
The Trip may be the best longboard for beginners on the market, and it comes highly recommended. The 1.3-inch drop get you so low to the ground, it will inspire confidence, and it will improve push speed and efficiency for all who skate it. Our premier double drop longboard is pressed with resin to further preserve the wood and increase its life when compared with classic builds pressed with standard wood glue. Concave remains low, and we gave the platform the tiniest bit of camber to “load” the wood. This provides a comfortable and more lively commute. We increased the width by 1/4″ from previous models to 9.25″ at the widest to perfect the setups we are recommending for the deck. The wider profile and increased prominence of the drop platform lock you in and really make this deck perform when sliding down hills and turning around corners.
We are riding this board with Paris 150mm trucks and 85mm Seismic Speed Vents. We keep the setup slim for ergonomics, keeping the feet and hips aligned under the body when pushing. This way you can spend more of your time on board being centered and focusing on power and control. It is important to note that no other double drop longboard on the planet has been designed this way. This is ideal for distance skating, because the less energy you’re spending on your balance, the more energy you have to travel. And beginner longboarders will benefit from not kicking the wheels and smashing face. More distance and commuting efficiency makes for more fun, and that’s the whole point of this deck. We want you to feel empowered to get places on your skateboard. You will ride more often. It is our goal to inspire you to ride your Pantheon Longboard whenever possible.
Some riders will inevitably be less bothered by the width of the overall setup and more into a softer and more grippy ride. For riders with this preference, we offer the new V3 Paris 165mm RKP trucks, which can be paired with 85mm Orangatang Caguamas to run bite free! This is a killer setup, too, with a softer and more plush ride at the expense of a slightly wider setup.
If you are a beginner skateboarder, extra note of this section. Wheelbite is more frequent among those who don’t understand it. Make sure you get your double drop longboard setup right! Many salespeople will simply recommend the easy setup with 180mm trucks and 70mm wheels. This is fine, and you still get a ton of benefits from the design of the board. But it is not optimized for true distance skating and beginner longboarders will be more likely to kick the wheels!
We designed this board to fit with a slim overall setup, which is why typically offer it with 150mm RKP trucks. With a Paris 149mm Street Truck, bite is near impossible, and you can even fit wider wheels like the Orangatang Caguama completely bite-free, but setting a Trip up with TKP trucks stretches out the wheelbase and lengthens the lever/increases leverage over the neck. While we do not recommend this setup (check our the Pranayama!), it may work for some people. Set your deck up with care, knowing the benefits and risks of your assembly. With the 150mm RKP trucks, bite will just barely be possible with an 85mm Seismic Speed Vent. This happens only at the VERY end of the turn, and for us, has never been an issue while riding. You will slide out before biting if you are going any decent speed. Where riders may face issues, and this is just something to be aware of (and ride accordingly), is when you are riding at very slow speeds and try to take a full-lean turn. This is where you can snag a wheel. You can do one of two things here:
First, you can adjust your bushings. I don’t think anyone of any weight can make Orangatang (Yellow) Hard Nipple bushings bite with Paris 150mm and 85mm Speed Vents. If you opt for the softer bushings, do so according to your weight, ride style, and tolerance for wheel bite.
Secondly, you can just pay attention to how you ride your board, and know that bite is possible at the very end of the turn at very low speeds. At higher speeds, you will literally slide out before this would ever happen. Understand the limitations and ride accordingly! Is it worth it for the thin overall setup? HELL YES IT IS. Your push will be more ergonomic and you will understand the benefit of this from the moment you step on your deck.
Lastly, we are now offering this board with 165mm Paris V3 RKPs as well. This makes for a completely bite free setup, and while we feel that the board is truly optimized with 150mm trucks for a perfectly slim setup, wheelbite tolerance is rider-specific, and we are stoked to offer a setup that can pair nicely with either 85mm Caguama wheels or 85mm Speed Vents with zero risk for wheelbite.
If you are looking for bushing suggestions, we highly recommend Orangantang Nipples and Riptide Canons. Both are slightly oversized bushings that will restrict just that last bit of truck lean, making wheelbite impossible. We also space out the trucks with both speed washers on the inside, which gives you just a touch of extra room. This extra space actually makes a substantial difference! If you are a beginner skateboarder, take extra note of this section. Wheelbite is more frequent among those who don’t understand it. Make sure you get your double drop longboard setup right! Many salespeople will simply recommend the easy setup with 180mm trucks and 70mm wheels. This is fine, and you still get a ton of benefits from the design. But it is not optimized for true distance skating and beginner longboarders will be more likely to kick the wheels!