Righto cocks! I have some wonderful love to spread about the Hoyt St UAV trucks
The kind folk over at @hoytskate donated these beauties to me in return for my opinion on them, so I’ll just dive right on in.
My plan was to take the @Savage1 TKPs off my demonseed and replace them with as close to the same setup as possible using the UAVs.
It went pretty smoothly except I needed to extend the mounting points of the trucks for wheel clearance.
Ended up moving about 20mm forward at the front, but the back was ok because the rear truck doesn’t turn as much as the front.
The first thing that struck me about the trucks is that they have pockets cut into the baseplate to accept a standard 10/32 nylock nut. This is standard skate hardware size, but imperial stuff is not common in Australia and so I really only use metric hardware. An M5 nut is much smaller than a 10/32 nut and does not get captured in the slot and the slot doesn’t give enough room to get a tool in to hold an m5 nut.
An M5 bolt will be accepted by a 10/32 nut, so all is merry…
Next part was to fit the wheels. Here in convict land, the only 10x22mm bearings i can find are only 6mm wide rather than 7mm. The trucks came with a perfectly sized spacer… had i been running correctly sized bearings. So i printed some spacers. I also needed to print some custom spacers for the rear.
By the time I allowed for my Savage pulleys to clear the mount and align with the pinion, i wasnt left enough room for the nylon to engage, so I loctited the rear axle nuts.
It’s definitely worth noting here that the axles that came on the trucks that I received will only work for urethane and i’m told that the Hoyt 5 inch will work on them as well. But otherwise the axles aren’t long enough to run regular pneumatic hubs.
The spring loaded belt tensioning system seems pretty cool, and worked well to set up, pretty cool to be able to tension belts on nylocks, would allow you to wheel swap on the go, easily swap belts, and no loctite! i had issues here, but we’ll get to that later.
The one thing that got me about the tensioning system is that the mount only moves in/out about 5mm. This means you need to have your belt length calculated quite accurately, there isn’t much room for error.
Another noteworthy point is that the mounts only allow for countersunk motor bolts, not cap head bolts like a lot of other mounts.
The mounts are chamfered nicely to allow the phase wires to exit along them, very nice touch.
I think that’s about it for fitment!
Goddamn. I’ve only put about 50km on these trucks, but I’m in love. They are considerably wide (hanger length is somewhere around 300mm) but the agility out of these trucks is wild.
I’ve taken the doggo on a few runs and also did a sneaky pub run on it and these are the kind of trucks that are just a joy for every day riding.
They have a REALLY good turning radius compared to most boards that I ride but also hold on really well at speed.
I would issue warning though that you’re gonna need a certain amount of skill/ankle strength if you wanna do considerable speeds on these. Compared to the Savage TKPs that I just took off, these trucks require a lot more focus when in the upper echelons of speed.
Oh, I almost forgot! The belt tension thing. During a spirited run to the pub and back (20km round trip) the motor mounts lost tension several times. I tightened them up as hard as I could and have done about the same amount of riding since and they haven’t come undone, but Hoyt have assured me that this has been rectified since.
To sign off on this, I’d like to thank @hoytskate very much for the opportunity to try these trucks, and i’d also like to congratulate them on a job well done, these trucks really are a joy to ride, I was pleasantly surprised.