stressed that the most important thing in making trucks, over and above
all the engineering, is listening to how the riders feel: "When we
design skateboard trucks, the most important part of the process is the
input we get from the actual riders. We can't design what we think is
an improvement without having their input. The ultimate test is what skateboarders
say about it."
Tim Piumarta agreed:
when it comes to the crux of designing skateboards, all the engineering
in the world wont make any difference if the board doesnt
feel right under the feet of the skater.
"The biggest mistake I see new designers make," said Piumarta,
"is to spend a lot of time fiddling with the engineering and the
physics of new design, without consulting the riders. You can make a technically
perfect part, but it may ride terribly. You have to talk to the riders.
Science and engineering
combined with the very personal relationship of rider to boardthats
the recipe for a skateboard that can become more than just a plank with