Designed for Flex
Carbon fiber is a material with unique properties. depending on its layer thickness, resin system, and formed shape, it can be stiffer than titanium, or more flexible than bamboo. Carbon fiber strikes a balance between durability, lightness, and flexibility that other materials cannot match. The shapes that we cut from the deck are a form that follows function. The tail of the Scorpio Carbon Complete will deform by a couple on inches, loading up like a spring in turns, and then releasing in a slide, or driving you out with more speed.
High Quality Stone Ground Wheels
Stone ground surfaces are pre-broken in, which makes breaking into slides right out of the box easier. Power sliding is the on land equivalent of blowing your fins loose like you would on a surfboard. Controlling that action on land is sure to translate into greater familiarity in the water.
For the most part, the deck is beautiful - carbon fiber and great deck tape! I noticed a few milling flaws (over cuts); but overall beautiful. I decided not to make a big deal out of it because I cannot expect to keep the deck pristine (unless I use it as a shelf queen - which I will not!). The deck is somewhat stiffer than I expected, but it will just take some time to get used to.
The trucks front and rear work and perform as expected - awesome! Granted I am just beginning to surfskate and carve, it was easy to get used to. I am 54 years old, and I am very happy with the performance of this set up. The only limitations are the ones that I create for myself as I progress in learning how to deep carve front side and back side.
I changed the wheels on my board to 66mm 78a just because I need to be able to go up the curbs on my street; I don't have California Curbs on my street, so I needed a larger diameter and softness. The wheels that came with the board seem pretty good, just not what I am used to.
One of the things that I am amazed at is that I can carve up my street that has a downward slope with relative ease; in addition, any flat ground and you can carve for days without using your feet to pump! Hips baby, Hips!
The Gemini complete is very stable once you get used to the increased deck height. The increased deck height will allow you to carve this longboard very deeply and will allow you to carve up inclines - Crazy! I am 54 years old and enjoying my 2nd childhood; I am taking it slow and trying to make sure that I can enjoy the board as much as possible, helmet, full pads, and trying to carve deeper every day.
JUST KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS AND WEAR PROTECTIVE GEAR - OLDER FOLKS TAKE LONGER TO HEAL WHICH TAKES TIME AWAY FROM CARVING!
Overall: AWESOME VALUE! GREAT COMMUNICATION AND SUPER FAST SHIPPING! GREAT PERFORMING SKATE!
I'm 40 and surfed since 10 but never really skateboarded much. Several months ago I put front/back adapters on a 20 year old Sector 9 longboard. Instantly hooked. I balked at the price of this one for a while but I was having so much fun with the bolt ons that I couldn't resist and bought this. Only regret is I should have bought it sooner!
It does what it says on the tin. It literally feels exactly like surfing if you're on a perfectly smooth surface. Your front foot feels like the front wheels are sliding on ice but they are actually gripping the ground and rolling not skidding speed so it makes it feel like a board on water. I can't believe how much I've learned about getting more speed from little things I was never able to feel before. I can go from barely moving to full speed in just a few pumps. I can pump up hills that I'd need a low gear for on a bike. I can't believe how much I have learned about surfing technique in the last 3 months. So many subtle little movements. The ability to do the same turn over and over and over and getting instant feedback on foot placement, body mechanics etc. builds muscle memory quickly. I can literally feel it happening on a day to day basis when I'm working on some little technique. Soul arches are very educational. I try to do endless rail to rail roundhouses in the key of a perfectly smooth basketball court. It's easy to never put a foot down, and if I'm doing it perfectly I'm not even pumping. Just accelerating the whole time rail to rail. Mmmmmm.
Yeah I am so ridiculously addicted to this thing. I'm skating HOURS every day/night. Oh yeah, hills. It is great for bombing hills. The front truck seems like it would be sketchy at high speed (i.e. 20mph+) but it's not. And you can turn so hard that it's easier to keep speed under control than a normal board.
I can't believe how steep of a hill I can pump up. My favorite question from onlookers is "Hey is that an electric skateboard?"
very nice and light very long wheelbase great for speed but less responsive than a 31 'skate.
excellent super recommended product. for Italians, watch the customs for the gemini they charged me 80 €