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Loaded Kanthaka Wide 8.875" Short Longboard
A variety of new profiles were considered for the redesign of the Ceviche. Prototypes were tested modifications to several aspects of the board were made. As shapes became more refined and more time was spent riding the boards and exploring a spectrum of skating styles and applications, Loaded came to a crossroad in the project. On one hand the board was meant to be the next step in the evolution of the Fish and Ceviche genealogy: a pumpable, agile, and trick capable city commuter with just the right amount of lively flex. On the other hand, the creation of a board that was stiffer and more aggressive to instil confidence for a wider variety of riding styles was also wanted. After some deliberation, the performance characteristics that Loaded were after, would be best divided amongst two separate boards. The first of these boards is the Kanthaka; the other will poke its head out from the shadows soon enough.
Rocker & Concave: To provide a locked in feel when riding between the trucks, as seen on the Bhangra and Chubby Unicorn. The Kanthaka has been designed with a gently rockered platform (enough to create a comfortable interface for sliding) that transitions smoothly into the kicks and an elliptical concave profile. The concave near the centre line of the board is quite shallow which ramps up gently near the rails.
Integrated Wheel Wells/Flares: The wheel well flares on the Kanthaka are a direct inspiration from the Chubby Unicorn. Designed to enhance clearance on both conventional and reverse kingpin trucks.
Nose & Tail Kicks: The kicktails on the Kanthaka are designed to provide excellent leverage for slides and manoeuvrability. They extend from the standing platform at a relatively shallow angle to generate a quick and give the Kanthaka a well balanced pop. The nose and tail share the same profile shape, but the nose is slightly steeper than the tail.
Flex & Damping: Solid for speed and crisp for pop, the Kanthaka’s bamboo and fibreglass construction is stiff without feeling overbuilt. The board has been designed with a very minute amount of longitudinal flex - just enough to soak up some road vibration and help keep the ride smooth.
Graphics: The Kanthaka graphic is a reproduction of an early Colonial quilt reflected in the glacier glasses of a Tibetan Sherpa as he dives into a high-elevation emerald lake.
GripTape: The griptape pattern on the Kanthaka provides functional coverage on the kicks, standing platform, and rails for reliable traction and control in all applications. There are subtle pickaxe cutouts designed to assist the griptape in conforming to the dished surface curvature in the pockets outside of the bolts, where the combination of wheel well flares and kicktail transitions generate enhanced lateral support for your feet.
We have built this deck into two complete options, both of which will come fully gripped and built up ready to shred right out of the box.
Is the Elite setup worth the extra £30?
For only an extra £30, you can upgrade the "Pro" setup to the "Elite" Level build.
The Elite setup is a pretty heavy wheel and bearing upgrade over the Pro.
You get Sabre Built-In Labyrinth Bearings - fully shielded, easy to clean, with built in bearing spacers. They roll faster and last longer than the Pro level metal shielded ABEC5 bearings.
The Elite complete also includes Cult Chronicle 65mm Longboard Wheels White (Stoneground), poured from a higher grade urethane. Premium urethane rolls fater, lasts longer, and generally injects a whole new level of life into the board - once you've skated decent wheels, you won't want anything else!
Less obvious is the wheel upgrade. Your extra £30 gets you a set of Cult Chronicle over the Pro build's Cult Nova. Apart from the obvious size difference, the Cult Chronicle are poured from a higher grade of urethane - an invisible difference that you will immediately notice as soon as you push the board off.
Just like the bearings, the wheel upgrade makes your board roll faster and last longer - what's not to like??
If you look at the SRP difference of these components and add them together you'll see that the upgrade from Pro to Elite represents serious value - trust us, it's well worth it.
Coupled with this, we've noticed that almost everyone who makes it into our shop ends up with an Elite setup - the value is clear once you have the board in your hands!
Loaded Kanthaka Wide 8.875" Short Longboard: Elite Complete SpecThe Kanthaka Elite complete puts a focus on freeride - these wheels are as smooth as it gets to push sideways. They're quiet and comfortable and on a short responsive set up like this, really add that final piece to the puzzle and allow you to float, rather than skate, your way down anything that comes your way.
- Wheels: Cult Chronicle 65mm Longboard Wheels White (Stoneground)
- Trucks: Sabre Skateboard Truck 170mm
- Bearings: Sabre Built-In Labyrinth Bearings
Loaded Kanthaka Wide 8.875" Short Longboard: Pro Complete SpecThe Kanthaka Pro gives you a full Loaded Longboards complete at a more affordable price. With TKP trucks, this one is geared more towards freestyle and tricks, as it will give you a lot of lean and agility at lower speeds. Novas keep the wheel radius and weight down to make those ollies feel good and poppy!
- Wheels: Cult Nova 60mm Longboard Wheels White
- Trucks: Sabre Skateboard Truck 170mm
- Bearings: Vandem Value Skate Bearings - ABEC 5
|Length||36.0" / 91.4cm See similar length boards|
|Width||8.875" / 22.5cm See similar width boards|
|Wheelbase||17.5" / 44.5cm See boards with a similar wheelbase|
|Nose Length||6.0" / 15.2cm|
|Tail Length||6.0" / 15.2cm|
|Deck construction||Bamboo, Fibreglass|
|Wheel Wells||Moulded Wheel Wells|
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