Posted by:on June 30th, 2006
I got these trucks to set up on a retro cruiser hybrid because I figured I wouldn’t need the performance and I wanted to match the styling to the appropriate era. I suppose I could have just gotten Indy’s but I don’t have a wholesale connection there so that was an easy decision to make. For starters, I wasn’t really paying attention when I ordered these because the baseplate is hollowed out between the kingpin and the pivot. They aren’t exactly historically accurate, but the hangers do have a little bit of a retro style to them, and the baseplates have the old style mounting holes, which I like for illogical and nostalgic reasons.
Cadillac trucks appear to fall in the category the skateboard industry likes to call “Price Point” which is a polite way of saying cheap. Actually, Madrid does have a specific price-point truck that is less expensive than the Cadillacs. It’s not like the Cadillac brand name has any consumer name recognition these days. Let’s assume that they are a moderately priced truck aimed at kids that aren’t going to be doing 20 stair ollies or massive handrail grinds. Good enough for a cruiser right? Yes they are. To my satisfaction I found that they turned well and I didn’t have much to complain about. You get what you pay for, and sometimes you get a little extra. I didn’t need to swap out the bushings (surprise!) and they ride fine. If you are looking to set up a secondary deck on the cheap or a you’ve got a younger relative that wants to start skating these are a good buy. They are available in 5″, 5.25″, and 5.5″ widths.
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