I’ve ridden Indys my entire life. I had tried a few others over time. They didn’t compare. For the last 15 years, it’s been Indy, and nothing else. About six months back I decided to give Thunders a shot. Why? Deluxe is an amazing company, and they do so much to give back. I already was only riding Deluxe decks, and Spitfire Formula 4 wheels. I figured why not give Thunders a try to round out the entire thing (I like supporting companies that do more than just produce products for consumption).
I grabbed a pair of the Team Hollow Lights, and set them up on my deck. I liked them. A lot. Way lighter than Indys. A tid-bit lower. Slightly longer wheel base. They didn’t turn as quick as Indys, but they still turned great. NO AXLE SLIP. I’ve ridden Thunders ever since, and been happy with them.
However, I had always intended to do a “long term follow-up.” The door was still open to return to Indys. After I had ridden Thunders for a while, I wanted to try Indys again, to see how things went. Would I suddenly yearn to have quick-turning Indys back on my set-up once I tried them again?
Today was the day. I put my old Indys on, and went over to a favorite spot. I skated for about 90 min, but the verdict was pretty clear right from the start. I hated them. Too heavy. Too high. Wheelbase was weird. Turning felt…unpredictable. AXLE SLIPPAGE. The door was closed. I never thought I’d ever say this, but…
Independents, you are dead to me.