The devil’s play thing
If satan had a son and satans son rode a scooter this would have to be satans sons scooter!!
My latest crazy build is almost ready.
About 5 years ago I started to see a lot of kids on razor scooters in the skate parks. This use to give me the shits (and it still does when parents use the park as some sort of pre school and let there very young kids loose with scooters unsupervised while they talk shit and drink coffee in the corner!!) I was always thinking get a skate board or a bike and stop pissing around on that half ass attempt at both. That was till I saw a 10-year-old kid bust a 2m back flip out of the bowl whilst doing a double 360 and landing it! suddenly I had a whole new respect for these monkeys they where throwing down some big shit, but they were doing it on the old folding neck piece of crap scooters and they where defiantly not designed for that sort of abuse.
So I started toying with the idea of building a hard-core scooter, but i didn’t really think there was much chance of selling such a thing so it went on the back burner.
Any way jump to the present and I was starting to see heaps of kids with what looked like some pretty serious scooters rolling the streets.
Gone were the break neck fold up decks these things where all one piece and looked pretty trick , and the bar was a cool segmented hard-core looking thing. The forks where by far the coolest looking bit of kit all CNC’d super trick looking pieces.
Well this was my Q to re visit the idea of a hard-core scooter again. After a bit of home work I saw just how far things had moved on, and I’m kicking my self a bit for not getting in there sooner, you snooze you loose .
Looking out there I could see that there was still room for something a bit different (this is always my excuse to justify building my self a new toy!). So one quiet day at work it was out with auto cad and start to create on-screen what was floating around in my head.
A bit of R&D and I had the geo and length sorted out, then It was a matter of trying to work out how I was going to jig it all up? At first I tried to use my frame jig but that turned out not to be a workable option so it was on to my alignment table with clamps and spaces to get every thing running true and straight. A few hours of fine tuning and I had it set up to tack, tacked and welded and it was all looking sweet. next was the forks I played with the idea of doing a CNC’d set but then I thought why not try for a lugged set of forks after much deliberating and playing around with different crowns I settled on the ones you see in the pictures. I must admit I really enjoyed building this little toy as it started to take shape I kept getting more and more ideas about how i wanted it to look or what would look cool on it, to this end I remembered I had some tapered plugs I had bought a while back from Paragon machine works and I thought they would look trick on the forks and the rear of the deck. I would pull them out and lay them up on the rig then think no leave them off and put them away only to pull them out again, indecision..
finally I thought why not and filled them out and dry fit them and im glad I did they looked sweet.
next I had to turn up the axle tips and braze them in on the forks and tig them on the deck, with the deck and forks finished I turned my attention to the stem and bars.
I wanted to use a set of titanium handle bars that I had so I machined out a tube to fit the bars and welded it to a very nice tange prestige down tube that I had in my kit the end result is a very light super strong bar stem combo.
all in all it turned out very well and she is of to get sprayed this week. I wont give away what color she will be but lets say Barby would be proud .
For the rest of the build I have a cool set of Luksa 100mm wheels and I’m getting a solid carbon fiber plate that I will be making into the top deck, I also have a funky brake system worked out but I’m not sure if I’m going to be running it yet might just stick to the old sneaker stopper.
well I’ll put up some shots when I get her back from the painters and have her all built up and rolling .
so if your thinking you need something super special or super hard hit me up. I am keen as to whack out some more of these baby’s .