A few weeks back I bought two longboards from teknikmagasinet. These longboards are hyped asa “new classic” and being great a great all round longboard.
As per usual I did not really buy in to the market-speak but bought them solely to use the cheap truck and wheels on the longboards I make for my kids. Since Tova already have “big wheels” on her I put them on Lukas longboard. Before I did that though, I took it for a ride, these are my conclusions.
When searching for Talawa longboard on the internets you only get references to Teknikmagasinet, no product page.
1: There is no flex in the board, not at all. It could have been made from metal instead. No affordance at all for anything but super smooth asphalt.
2: The trucks are mounted on big ass riserpads, these and the shape makes the trucks work like ploughs. no affordance for gravel or twigs where you ride. I have no clue why you would design your board like that.
3: The wheels that had been facing the window in the store where miscoloured. to much exposure to sunlight I guess, the felt about the same though so I guess it’s just cosmetical.
4: I tried to turn, but failed. The bushings are hard, like superhard. I wigh 86kg and I was unable to make the board tilt more then a few degrees. This is the opposite of my usual problem. Releasing the bushings does not help much. They where very hard anyways. Needless to say, Lukas had to have new bushings (he’s really lightweight, as a 6-year old should be)
Apparently these are the trucks and wheels:
Wheels: Ape Venom PU 65×51 mm/85A
Bearings: ABEC-7 Carbon
Trucks: Seagull 6″ (15 cm)
Hope you have better luck in finding information on these on the internet.
In conclusion, if you want cheap trucks and wheels, you can get this. Expect to have to grease up the bearings, and change the bushings. Just dont expect to be able to ride the thing from the store to your home.