The Skatehorde Push is named after a larrikin gang "The Rocks Push" from Circular Quay in Sydney. From 1870 to 1890 The Rocks Push waged a running warfare with other local gangs and police and were the scourge of pedestrians in Sydney City. The speed and agility of this longboard will help you dodge the flat footed pedestrian, and you will be long gone before you hear their cursing or cries of envy.
The all round longboard
Really there is no such thing but the Rocks Push gets pretty close.
This board excels carving, pumping and commuting as it is a drop through board which means the trucks are through the deck making it lower to the ground. As the deck is lower, it is easier to push and commute on. The other benefit is its graceful carve action, leaning into this board and making a carve is a thing of beauty, you really feel like you are carving into the concrete.
You can light freeride and slide on this puppy. It is not good for bombing hills fast or aggressive freeride, but if you want to get into some sideways action, this board will do it.
The Rocks Push is designed to work with 180mm trucks and 65mm to 70mm wheels.
We have used a Paris 180 truck for this set up. They seem to have a bit more play and the decks is a bit more responsive with a Paris truck.
The wheel is our 65mm Banana Mids 83a. These wheels have a great take off, super speedy on the push, gets you going fast. The smaller wheel is a bit more turny, so you have a tighter radius, get you slaloming around slow walkers easily. The duro is a bit harder at 83a, and they are scrubbed. Means if you want to slide you can, but the duro is a good mix between carve and speed. The wheels will dig in when you need it but pushing is fast and easy.
The way Skatehorde have made this board is what makes it special. It has two layers of vertically laminated bamboo top and bottom. Sandwiched between the bamboo layers are 4 plies of hard rock maple. The result is the best of both worlds. You get the flex, feel and look of bamboo with the strength of maple.
The deck shape is drop thru and waisted. Waisted means deck has an hour glass shape, skinny in the middle where you don't need wood and wider where your feet stand. This keeps the weight down and created an awesome foot platform. At the centre the deck is only 8 inches wide!
Deck has hand shaped rounded edges, because sharp edges chip and dont last. The concave is Skatehorde flat bottom taco. On the edges the concave lifts to give you amazing comfy place for your feet. The middle of the deck is flat and which makes moving your feet around a breeze. The only way to describe the flat bottom taco is the feeling of your favourite worn in sneakers, comfortable all day!
The Rocks Push is not designed to be a flexy deck. If you are in the 65kg to 90kg range you will get a bit of flex jumping on the deck and some energy return pumping and carving. Overall it was design to be a solid platform for pushing, carving and cruising.
How does it skate?
What you notice straight away is how the board places your feet. Immediately your front and back feet are in these comfy pockets and you just want to bust out a big carve.
Pushing is super easy with the flat middle of the deck. When you start pumping or initiate a carve, it is almost like your feet know where to go. It makes skating really easy, and you start enjoying the ride and forgetting the mechanics of skating.
This board was made to commute or carve or both! The one board to rule them all. If you are looking for the one that can do everything, choose this one.
Board is set up with clear griptape to show off the bamboo.
Length: 38" / 96.5cm
Width: 9.5" / 21cm
Wheelbase (Inner Hole): 28.5" / 72cm
Effective Foot Platform: 26" / 66cm