SCSK8 is a well-known brand in skating product. They have amazing products which are well beloved, especially in their drop down type. At least, that’s what reviews told me. This board is not my first skateboard, though it is my first drop down. I’m far from being an expert, let alone a pro in skateboarding. So, please don’t expect a very technical review from me. I’m just going to tell you my general experience in using the SCSK8 Professional Speed Drop Down and nothing more.
What is a drop down longboard?
For true beginners out there, I must begin the review by telling you there are two kinds of skateboards: shortboards and longboards. Longboards are skateboard which is longer than 33-inch. Given their size, they tend to have a more stable stance than shortboards. Which is what makes them more popular to people who just use the skateboard as transportation means. In the longboard division, there is a type which is called drop down or drop through. They are called drop down because the deck is closer to the ground than the other longboard models. The close to the ground condition gives the drop down more stability at greater speed. People who love to downhill race love drop down because of this. Though drop down is famous for their speed, doesn’t mean they aren’t great for a newbie. The better stability which drops down offers is perfect for you who still learn to maneuver. The weakness of a drop down, however, is the wheel bites. Because of the way the deck placed close to the ground, the wheels sometimes scratch the board deck, thus the wheel bites.
My experience with SCSK8 Professional Speed Drop Down
Again, I’m not a pro. I wouldn’t say whether this product is the best in its class or not. What I’m going to write is based solely on my experiences with my board. I can only compare it with my other board, which is a shortboard. And because the two are different in characteristics, I guess it’s not gonna be fair to compare them.
What makes a drop down great are two things: their stability and ability to speed at a higher level. For SCSK8 Professional Speed, I’ll give their stability a 9 / 10 and their speed 7 / 10. Just like expected from a drop down, the SCSK8 Professional Speed is very stable. Almost perfect, I must say. For their speed, I do have mixed feelings about this. Don’t get me wrong; this product is more than just good enough if you only when to use it for cruising. But I find it to be very stiff, which affects the board’s performance when I want to try it for downhill racing. For every significant part, I’ll give the rating later.
Started from the deck, they are made from plywood maple which is famous for its sturdiness and stability. It also has slight concave which I found it easier for me to bounce in and out of the deck. The deck is also wide enough (9-inch) that makes the placement of my feet much more comfortable. Because of the cuts at the corner, I don’t find the usual wheel bites found in another drop down. The design of the board that I bought (which is the blue one) is very sleek. Suits my personality well, I must say. Therefore, for the deck, I give the product an 8.5 / 10.
Moving lower from the deck are the trucks, bearing, and wheels. My mixed feelings for the product’s speed come from these parts. From reviews I read on the internet, SCSK8 is supposedly superb at making longboards. They are known for the great designs yet outstanding performances from their longboards, which I assume caused by high-quality materials they used. For this product, however, I found the opposite. When I look at the trucks and bearing, I don’t see sturdy materials being used. In fact, the trucks and bearing of my other board are better than this one. Unlike other product, the trucks in SCSK8 Professional Speed are welded. So, if you find any inconvenient while using this board due to the trucks’ stiffness, you really can do nothing about it. The wheels, on the other hand, are very soft. Thus give my ankles and knees a smooth ride. By these, I give the product’s trucks 6 / 10, the bearing 6.5 / 10 and the wheels 8.5 / 10.
Overall, this isn’t a bad product. It has pros and cons, just like other boards. True that SCSK8 can deliver better than this. . So, I honestly don’t think I wasted my money by buying this product. I give the whole product an 8/ 10.