Feedback about Eovan Gear Drive Set and Generation II DKP Trucks
Hi ! This is a quick feed back from Guillaume Esk8Bricks.
About the gear drive set:
- Very compact system which seems solid : helical gears system with 3*14x30x50 (for 155 mm wheels) It has a seal to protect the gears from water, dust etc.
- Allows to ride without any stress about a belt snap, low maintenance (grease every 1000/2000 km depending of the use) and much better for off road use : no worry about a pebble which could be stuck between the pulley and the belt (already broke a pulley due to that…)
- Sounds very nice ! A detail of course
-According to Eovan Skateboard, the gear system is more efficient: I personally couldn't test it cause it is very cold here. Numbers would have been bad (below or a bit over 0° c here in France...)
-Heavier : see numbers -> around 700grs heavier
-Lose the possibility to switch wheels for another diameter ; this is probably the biggest problem but if you always use the same wheel… it is not.
-You need to buy new gear drive with different gear ratio (14/30/40) for rs 125mm rubber wheels : and switch the whole part takes lot of time, much more than simply switch for another pulley size.
It doesn’t really change things when you ride, but it seems smoother than Belt drive system. Specially when you re-accelerate. Ratio is slightly different than the one with belt (15/50) so you may feel a better acceleration but almost not perceptible.
About the DKP Gen Ⅱ :
They use new orange bushings which are normally 92A but… they feel like much less ! I switched them with original ones from my GTS Carbon super cause I wanted to compare the two trucks with same bushing configuration in order to be the more objective as possible !
And the result is that the new ones have a better turning radius : see the video, turning radius is outstanding and despite that, the trucks stay really stables (hit 50km/h without wobbles problem which is confirmed by Scott Davies in his video.
So for me, this new gear drives worth the extra price : low maintenance, more efficient, more reliable, more "solid" on off road use.
But : if you got a belt drive system, keep it if you like to switch wheels and/or if you like to play with gear ratio to max top speed or acceleration.
If you intend to buy a GTO Silo, I would directly go on the gear drive system option without any hesitation.
Feel free to ask anything about this review !