Tuesday, March 24, 2009
When the noses on skateboards started getting bigger, a lot of companies made boards that were doubled drilled. This meant that you could have either a 4 1/2" nose with a longer wheelbase for more stability or a 5 1/2" nose for better pop. A street skater would want the longer nose and somebody who skated more ramps would want the bigger wheelbase. The choice of nose size didn't last long and soon noses were the same length or slightly longer than the tail, just as decks are today.
One problem that arose from doing noseslides and crooked grinds was that the front bolts on your trucks would get messed up. The solution was to move the leading bolts back a little so that they wouldn't be subject to all the abuse. I've heard rumors of Ocean Howell drilling new holes in his trucks to prevent this problem. Venture was one of the first, if not the first company to make trucks with a six hole pattern. This allowed you to set up your hardware away from the nose and to noseslide without hassle. The reason for keeping the extra set of holes was because some companies weren't drilling their decks with the new smaller pattern at the time.
I'm not 100% sure on this, but I want to say that Chamley rode for Think.
Thrasher - November 1992 Volume 12 Number 11