by Gabe I first rode the Munkae 190mm trucks set up on a Rayne Isis (the older, bigger model) down the gnarly hills of Malibu, CA. They were perfect for the high speed bombing and freeriding that I was doing. With the 42.5 baseplates I had an insanely rad lean/turn ratio for throwing down fast 180’s and standup checks into corners. Running them with 87a Venom Barrels nice and loose they didn’t get a single twitch down the 70-80km/h straights into corners. This was awesome because I could run them nice and loose for throwing standup slides and not have to worry about getting sketchy when hauling ass down the faster sections. I was in love…. The next day I took the same setup to the infamous GMR, this run is 19km’s of winding, banked, fast corners. The banking on these corners is so intense that you can rail through a hairpin at 60-70km/h without sliding or footbraking and stay in your lane. First run down I knew these trucks had been designed for roads like GMR. Railing fast from left to right through these amazing chicanes and hairpins the trucks felt alive under my feet. After getting back to Sydney I set my board up with some of these and took them out for the ultimate test of durability, the Sydney City Bomb Squad… I had my doubts about the Munkaes as a carpark and city shredding truck. They seemed as though they were a bit dead below 15-20 km/h with the bushings I had in them. I changed out the top bushings for some nice and loose Venom 85a barrels and suddenly they were begging to be slashed. Smashing down tight, grippy carparks with dudes all around, they were turny and responsive, but still took a bit of getting used to. Throwing slides going slow they were a little bit stiff but the nice low profile kept the slide nice and smooth even with lipped 70mm S9 wheels on grippy concrete surface. Another awesome feature of the Munkaes is the removable axle, I had no fears of bending the axles when early grabbing 5 stairs and ledges. Even if they had bent I wouldn’t have to dish out a heap of cash for a new hangar. They also have 35 and 49 degree baseplates and have just brought out some 174mm hangars for those who like narrower hangars. Overall the Munkae trucks were exactly what I was looking for. A perfect allround truck that can handle pretty much anything you ride, jump or slide them down. Pros: -Stable -Rad turn/lean ratio -Built like a brick shithouse -Lightweight -Different baseplate/hangar sizes -Replaceable axles [also come in 10mm] -Awesome colour variations - Nice and low Cons: -A bit dead at lower speeds -Could be a bit too low on a dropped/dropthrough board Downhill: 10/10 The Hopshop disclaimer Gabe is on the Hopkin Racing Team, he gets flowed gear from the Hopkin skateshop. The manufacturers of Munkae Trucks did not flow him any trucks nor did they pay him for this review. And the photo of Gabe sliding, he is not using munkae trucks...I just added it because it is a sick photo.