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DECK ONLY (pre-gripped)
NOTE: Limited Edition.
Length: 36 inches.
Width: 9 inches.
Other: It's finally here. The long awaited Robot has been one of Bustin's top projects since before the release of the Ibach. They've been working day and night on these, testing and making small changes, to release a bi-directional drop-through deck as a top level freeride machine. The Robot began as a symmetrical Maestro shape, but it was clear after a couple months of riding that it needed something that could handle more versatile setups and really specialize in downhill, freestyle and freeride. The Robot shape is everything you need in a comfortable freeride board. All function, no fluff. Bustin decided to release it in two different lengths — the 41-inch version more geared towards hills and freeriding and a 36-incher for city thrashing and freestyle. Either board will perform in any of these disciplines. The level of performance is up to you!
DESIGN : The Robot was designed from the ground up to fill a gap in the Bustin lineup that had been asked for time and time again over the past couple years. The Ibach was their first "freeride capable" board, but the Robot is the first drop-through version. Another first for Bustin was the introduction of carbonfibre. They went through over 6 months of testing with this board, making small changes each time until it was perfect. The industry continued to evolve during the design process, and Bustin responded through the introduction of slide rails, versatile cutouts for tons of setup combinations, and now wrap-around, 36-grit, epoxy sealed and laser cut grip tape.
The 36-inch Robot is designed with the city in mind. The 26-inch wheelbase is very lively with a tight turning radius. The stiffness of 8-ply maple gives riders tons of leverage over the trucks for ultimate control and turnability, yet the drop-through design lowers the center of gravity, increasing stability and slide-ablity. The board is designed with turning in mind. You will have no problem with 75mm wheels and any 50-degree truck (including Paris and Caliber 50s), and 42-degree trucks will work great with any 70mm wheel. The Robot 36 also makes use of Bustin's Slide Rail System, which allows for slightly less foot-cramping concave when compared to other decks but increases grip by adding an extra edge to contact the foot. Finally, you'll notice the Robot has a notch taken out of the middle of the deck on either side. This both lightens the deck and provides for a safe and secure spot on the board to footbrake at high speeds
GRIP : Bustin has found that most riders are modifying their grip in one way or another after they purchase their boards. Stock grip tape is fine for cruising around, but it isn't cutting it for aggressive riding and sliding. In response, Bustin is offering a stock 36-grit, finger-cutting, epoxy sealed grip tape to the Robot. The grip is laser cut in the middle with a mirrored "Bustin Robot" graphic. It is then cut with three stripes on either side which create a multi-level surface on the deck with additional edges. This translates into more grip on your feet. It then feeds down into the slide rail and wraps around the side of the deck. Many riders were doing this with aftermarket squares of grip to get more grip on toeside slides; we saved you the trouble. Grip, grip, and more grip. Bustin didn't put bindings on this deck, but you might feel like they did.
GRAPHICS: As always, Bustin worked out some hotty new graphics to feature on the launch editions of the Robots. The maple versions feature the work of Brooklyn artist Mike Ming. A longtime NYC street skater, Mike picked up his first 'longboard ' from Bustin and quickly got the bug. He began working with Bustin on graphics almost right away and these are the first fruits of the collaboration.
SETUPS : The Robot is designed for almost any sensible setup. Most 75mm wheels will work with Caliber 44s, which means you can fit almost anything on this board. Paris trucks are excellent for hard carving and will work with any 75mm or under wheel, and stock Randals 50s or 42s will work with just about anything as well. Bear trucks will be super smooth turning and completely bite-less with any wheel 75mm and under and will even fit some of the larger wheels on the market.
About Bustin Longboards:
Bustin Boards is a grassroots company designed by skaters and run by skaters. Their longboard store is based in Brooklyn New York City (USA). Each of their longboards is pressed individually in a small, East Coast woodshop and hand printed and finished in their Brooklyn shop.