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Loaded Tan Tien longboard - which setup is best for me?

Updated on August 30, 2013

Guide to custom setups for the Loaded Tan Tien

Loaded longboards in the UK come with a variety of setup options from a lot of retailers. Around 10 'premiums' as they are known are determined by the region's distributor who import the product from the USA.

These pre-built setups usually work out as the best value but you should take into account your riding style and the quality of components you want. You don't have to choose these premiums, buy the Tan Tien deck and then you have a choice of hundreds of components to build your perfect setup.

Paris 180s black longboard trucks
Paris 180s black longboard trucks

Getting the right Tan Tien setup

The key choices for any longboarder considering the Tan Tien are:

TRUCKS:

Select something around the 180mm size. The most popular choices are the Paris 180s and the Randal R-2 trucks which come on most of the completes. Other trucks worth thinking about are the Bear Grizzlys. If you want to support a great British product then go for Sabre 190mm trucks with 65mm wheels (e.g. the Orangatang Fat Free).

All of these trucks will work well but overall the Paris 180s are fantastic quality and react lighting fast due to the excellent bushings (upgrade to Khiro, Sabre or Venom bushings later if you wish).

The best trucks for the Loaded Tan Tien?

Which of the following would you choose?

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Orangatang Stimulus longboard wheels
Orangatang Stimulus longboard wheels

Setup considerations continued....

WHEELS:

The wheels you choose need to sync with your riding style. The size, shape and the hardness (duro) of the wheels are really important. The Tan Tien only takes a wheel 70mm or smaller. Anything larger and wheelbite is a problem (the wheels touching the deck). So a 70mm wheel size is ideal.

For downhill, cruising and carving: Retro Zig Zags 70mm 80a are great for hard-carving, pumping and slalom. The 70mm Orangatang 4Presidents 80a are also popular. They have excellent grip and are soft enough for a smooth commute. But be warned, they wear out fast, lose grip and become a better slide wheel after a couple of months! Abec 11 Flashbacks 78a are good value, soft and great for getting around.

For sliding: consider the Cult Classics (once worn in) or the Orangatang Stimulus. These wheels have rounded 'lips' which allows easier sliding and less grip. The Stimulus 86a yellow are good for all out sliding but if you don't want to have to switch wheels or boards for other styles of longboarding then go for the purple Stimulus 83a which are slightly softer and therefore more foregiving when not sliding.

Other good wheel brands to take a look at are Seismic longboard wheels with the 'Black Ops' highest quality urethane and Cadillac.

BEARINGS:

All the premium setups come with the stock Loaded Jehu bearings. These will be fine for a few months and can easily be upgraded at a later date. If you want a great value bearing then the Lush Abec 7 are the choice of many British longboarders. Otherwise Bones Reds wont let you down. Also take a look at BiltIn Abec 7 bearings, these are the ideal bearing for longboards.

FLEX:

Use the weight guidelines for each flex (1 to 3) but keep in mind that a more flexible deck is better for carving, cruising, pumping and commuting. For sliding and downhill speed a stiffer deck is best. Based on your weight you'll probably fall into two possible flexes so then make the decision based on your riding style. Riders over 90kgs are better off going for Flex 1.

Loaded and Orangatang: Going Yellow

What do you think of this advice? Any other ideas? What setup do you ride?

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    • electro35 lm profile image

      electro35 lm 

      7 years ago

      Nice info hereâ¦.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      I'm not to sure one wants to break a speed record on the Tan Tien. I love my Tan Tien, however I (and a lot of other rides) find the Tan Tien not very stable at high speeds. If you're putting on Seismic wheels so you can go really fast, it might be wise to wear a helmet.

    • Lost in Mirkwood profile image

      Lost in Mirkwood 

      8 years ago

      A new longboard speed world record was set recently using 85mm Seismic Speed Vents, too big for the Tan Tien but smaller Seismics worth looking at!

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