Black Shark Wheels
This refers to the carbon fibers and resin system used in The Afterburner. It is literally the same material used in the structures of modern rockets and spacecraft. The layup used ensures that there is the necessary amount of lateral and torsional strength.
During production, we needed some solid ideas for graphics and decided to turn to you. We launched a contest to find the best design and received over 25 submissions. As you can tell, we are super stoked on how it turned out.
This is the same technology used in the Aileron. The camber creates a spring like affect and powers your ride, allowing you to pump and carve from turn to turn.
Just kidding, but seriously, they work some wonders. As you can see the deck flares up on the edges which allows you to turn sharper with lower risk for wheel-bite and locks your feet into place.
The cutouts in the tip and tail of the deck all you to mount the trucks to the top of the board. Why does this matter? It brings the deck lower to the grounds and provides a more stable ride.
These cutouts let you know the position of you feet on the board without having to constantly look down, which by the way is super sketchy. We want you to keep your eyes up and prepare for the next turn.
By changing the layup schedule, we can tailer the feel and ride of the board. Flex 1 is tailored to lighter weight riders or those who love to carve and pump. Flex 2 is for heavier riders or those looking for more stability at higher speeds.
The exact same stuff spaceships are made of, seriously. The carbon used in our decks is up-cycled material used in the production of modern day rockets and fighter jets, far better than any consumer grade material.
Carbon fiber is a hazardous waste and over 10,000,000 pounds of it are trashed each year in the space industry alone. Each 121C board saves up to 5 pounds of material that would otherwise be found in a landfill.
Yes, the 121C team actually sent a skateboard to the edge of space! Inspired by the record setting space jump of Fearless Felix Baumgartner, we lofted our prototype carbon fiber Rover skateboard high above California’s Mojave Desert with a helium balloon. We recorded the event with a VR camera rig provided by USC student Tong Liu. You can share this experience in VR on your smartphone.
You can experience the flight of the rover in VR on your iPhone or Android device while 121C spokesperson and former NASA astronaut Michael López-Alegría provides a compelling narration. “Mike LA” relates what your viewing to his experiences during Soyuz launch to the International Space Station.
Be sure to look straight up at 1:50 – 2:00 to watch the balloon explode as the Earth’s thin atmosphere gives way to vacuum. It’s very cool. Then watch out! As our parachute deploys, the spinning that results may challenge your equilibrium and your stomach.