Symmetrical rocker throughout the deck cups the outer edges of your feet and creates a subtle locked-in sensation, helping you stay firmly planted in slides and facilitating confident and natural movement up and down the length of the board. Additionally, rocker slightly lowers your center of gravity for enhanced stability.
WHEEL WELL FLARES
Flared wheel wells increase wheel clearance and also create surface transitions that provide lateral and longitudinal support for your feet, both inside the trucks and on the kicktail. These flares promote board awareness and keep your feet locked into a compound contoured pocket while sliding, cornering, and tucking.
The Tesseract family features an intuitive W concave to enhance rider control in all toeside maneuvers. The central hump is tall yet wide, providing strong lateral support near the transitions without compromising arch comfort. The W concave follows a mellow elliptical shape and fades gradually in amplitude approaching the trucks, disappearing 3/4" behind the innermost mounting holes. This design allows the inside edges of your feet to nestle up against the W (for toeside slides) while also allowing the outside of your foot to rest in a more radial dish just behind the flared wheel wells (for comfort while tucking on long downhill runs). Progressive yet mild rail concave provides optimal edge control without sacrificing comfort.
The Truncated Tesseract has gone through autotomy, dropping appendages in favor of a more traditional and race-inspired shape while retaining all the performance-driven ergonomics and construction of its precursor. The board retains maximum width all the way back to the bolts for high cornering leverage and security during slides. The nose tapers gently to more effectively accommodate the front foot in a forward-facing speed tuck and is unobtrusive while drafting and riding in tight packs. It's also pointier.
24.5" and 26" wheelbase options allow you to fine tune your setup based on your riding style and specific truck geometry. Move your axles in for increased agility, higher traction, and lower swing weight; move them out for greater stability and more lean.
The 3.5° wedging angle of the Truncated Tesseract allows for a wide range of interesting hardware configurations. We find that a truck with a lower kingpin angle (below 45°) works synergistically with the wedging angle to provide a versatile balance of lean and turn with a low ride height. A truck with a higher kingpin angle (above 45°) works best with a soft 3-4° wedged riser to simultaneously preserve the steering geometry and damp vibrations.
When presented a cork canvas to work on, two distinct reference were evident. One was a grandparents' mid-century cork lamp (strangely out of place in their Francophile home). Second, was an interest and training in the International (Swiss) Style. Given the complexity and diversity of the board, a pursuit of simplicity in the design was in order. A focus on a solid color field cube created interesting and organic looking opacity changes when printed on the cork. This play with natural textures against the contrived cubic print creates an emphasis on the craft of the board as a whole.
The Truncated Tesseract pairs well with many different wheels for freeride applications. We ride Orangatang Fat Frees (65mm) or Keanus (66mm) for lower speeds and to keep swing weight low. Scale up to a mid- to high-diameter wheel such as Orangatang Kilmers (69mm), Stimulus (70mm), Morongas (72.5mm), Cages (73mm), or Durians (75mm) for higher roll speed, smoother performance on rough pavement, and increased longevity.
For downhill applications, the Truncated Tesseract can accommodate up to an 80mm race wheel (such as the Orangatang Kegel). Be sure to fine tune your setup with the appropriate hardware (risers, bushings, washers) to provide the performance you're after, and always check for wheelbite before you ride.
Two layers of custom fiberglass/epoxy skins sandwich two vertically-laminated bamboo cores to create a stiff yet light and damp structure. Laminated to the bottom of the board is a layer of cork which provides vibration damping and (as we learned to our surprise during testing) a significant level of durability. The granular, non-directional structure of the cork helps prevent abrasive damage from propagating (in contrast to a traditional wood or bamboo veneer with long, oriented fibers).
The tessellated pattern in the cork is generated in 4-dimensional space and can only be fully understood if you lick it.