I rode the Mach 3 all summer long freeriding hills, hitting launch ramps, and slappy grinding curbs. And of course hitting up some epic downhill runs like Maryhill. Also took it to the test racing at the Cathlamet Boarder Cross Race where I made the finals. Since last fall I threw on a set of Eastside H20 Rain Wheels dedicating it as my daily ride for winter here in the Northwest. Now that its almost Spring I've had plenty of time on it thrashing through all the rainy days and even some snowy ones. The Eastside H20's are stoneground so they slide smooth on wet pave and through dry patches. I've ridden them on drier days too and the stoneground allows for a nice "not too grippy" feel compared to rain wheels that don't have a stoneground finish. If you have ever ridden rain wheels on spotty days, then you know you can sometimes get bucked off when sliding and hit a dry patch. The stoneground allows for this smooth transition and gives some predictability that helps you stay on your board. The Caliber trucks 10" width and 50 degree angle make it stable yet able to crank turns and use the kick-tail efficiently. And in combo with the center set H20's, it makes a perfect rain board setup that keeps the wheels under the board eliminating slash up. If you have ever put rain wheels on a board with wheel cut-outs, then you know how quickly you get wet from water splashing up on your legs. Top-Mounts are the way to go in the rain and this one really gives the traction and control you need in the rain. The Mach 3 has a deep 5/8" concave with sharp rails in the front with a mellow rocker making the board lower in the middle and more stable and stiff. There are really nice angled edges (gas-pedals) in the back joined with the kick-tail making some very useful reference points for your back foot. You can dig your back toe into the gas-pedal for pre-drifts, or use them if you have a smaller stance for sliding in general. And you can widen your stance a bit by putting your back foot into the scooped fish tail which gives you some rad leverage for stand up slides. This thing does it all and can still bomb up to 40mph with the 23" wheelbase. A lot of smaller riders enjoy this deck as they find boards with longer wheelbases too much for them and hard to control drifting and sliding. But this thing is still strong enough and stiff enough to handle big boys over 200 pounds who want to freeride and cruise the city. It's my favorite board and this setup is a match made in heaven for winter riding. I'll throw on various downhill or freeride wheels in between 65-72mm later this Spring. And get ready for some more competition at various boarder cross and ditch racing events. But for now this thing keeps me on the road when its slick out and so much fun!
Post Created: February 22, 2014
Length - 37" / Width - 9.75" / Deep Concave and Mellow Rocker
This killer shape has a 23" Wheelbase with very useful kicktail.
Setup with Caliber 10" / 50 degree and Eastside H20 Rain Wheels. Perfect for this setup and riding here in the NW during winter.
Hands down best rain wheel available! 70mm / 78a with Stoneground finish which is great for wet pave mixed with dry patches.
He's always ready to skate with me!
This setup rocked even at a wet Maryhill Freeride last fall. As a regular stance rider I was pre-drifting through most of the lefts and gripping the rights, such a rad feeling! Photo by Dawn Moisanen.