FAQ

What is a skateboard riser?

A skateboard riser pad, or riser, is a hard or soft pad of varying angles and thicknesses that can be installed between the skateboard trucks and deck to raise the overall height of the skateboard. They are used to avoid wheel bite, dampen vibrations, and now they can also be the most functional part of your complete.

What is wheel bite?

Wheel bite is when the skateboard wheel makes contact with the bottom of the deck while turning sharply. This contact causes the wheel to stop rolling and likely sends you to make contact with the pavement!

What thickness and angle are BLOCK Risers?

Wheel bite is when the skateboard wheel makes contact with the bottom of the deck while turning sharply. This contact causes the wheel to stop rolling and likely sends you to make contact with the pavement!

What is a BLOCK Riser?

A BLOCK Riser is the most convenient way to add some innovation and style to your skateboard while also preventing wheel bite.

Do BLOCK risers fit all Old School & New School mounting patterns.

Yes!

Will BLOCK Risers fit my plastic Penny Skateboard?

BLOCK Risers can be mounted to plastic Penny skateboards as long as they are not the china cheap knock off version.  Some cheaper reproduced versions do not follow the standard skateboard hole patterns, both trucks and decks are made with these slightly narrowed hole patterns.

What is the purpose of the Wedge option for risers? What does that do?

A Wedge riser allows you to change the geometry of your trucks.

Changing the geometry, what does that mean?

When the geometry of the truck changes it has an effect on the turning radius. If you wedge your trucks you can increase the amount of rotation on the truck. Therefore you can turn in a smaller circle. If you dewedge your trucks it will give the board a less reactive feel. Your turning will be less so it will take a larger area to turn in the same circle.

What is a Standard-Kingpin or Reverse-Kingpin?

First off, the Kingpin is the center bolt that allows the axle to pivot side to side.

Standard-Kingpin Trucks are often found on street skateboards that have either one or two kick tails. The center bolts on the trucks are on the inside of the skateboard. Reference the Jelly Kingslayer

Reverse-Kingpin Trucks are often seen on longboards and allow for greater turning ability and a lower profile setup. The center bolt would be on the outside of skateboard. Reference the Jelly Man O’ War.

Wedging and dewedging are the same for both Standard-Kingpin and Reverse-Kingpin… Whaat?

Wedging takes place with the thick side of the riser to the center of the deck. This in effect adds angle to the trucks, decreasing your turning radius.

Dewedging is when the thick side of the risers is to the outside of the deck, away from the center.  This makes them a lower degree which would increase your turning radius. 

You can’t triple stamp a double stamp Lloyd…

Can you wedge and dewedge at the same time?

Similar to french frying when you were supposed to pizza, there are good and bad outcomes. Several wedging characteristics that can be experimented with. Just steer clear of dewedging the front and wedging the rear and you should be all good.

Should I wedge or dewedge?

That will mostly depend on the style of riding you are doing.  

Can’t I just tighten the kingpin?

Tightening the kingpin only restricts the range of motion by slowing the turning action down. This is adjustment is for very fine tuning after the proper bushing is chosen.

Proper bushing, is there going to be a test?

There will not be a test but changing the hardness (durometer) of your bushing increases or decreases the turning response. This is based on rider weight and personal preference.

Do I have to wedge or dewedge?

The short answer is no, the high tech skateboard trucks available today allow for some great turning abilities but sometimes they still cause wheel bite. In this case grab a set of flat risers, so get out there and try the most innovative $h!t ever.

Can I eliminate wheel bite without this complicated wedging or riser sizing?

Yes, but this involves changing your wheel size or skateboard deck all together. So add a set of BLOCK Risers and eliminate the hassle of buying the more expensive components.

BLOCK doesn’t have the correct size riser that I need, what gives?

Soon my friend, soon we will have risers of all sizes for your skateboard needs. But as we are new and have little money we have to start somewhere.

I have the BettyBOX but the opening doesn’t face the direction I want my Camera pointed?

The more money we raise the more BLOCK Riser innovations you will see. Hang tight.

So my current skateboard doesn’t have wheel bite and I love my skateboard the way it is, why do I need BLOCK risers?

Because it is the most innovative $hIt ever! Treat yourself to the world of wonderful gadgetry.  Give your skateboard its own set of eyes with a GoBLOCK or add the mounted light for all your night time runs.  Also know you can store your house key and a few dollars and a stick of gum in the StashBLOCK.

You will want to have a BettyBOX to take advantage of all of the other cool things we have in store for you!

I have a drop through skateboard deck, what about me?

Relax compadre, pair the BettyBOX with a TopBLOCK and you will be GoBLOCKing and StashBlocking in no time. You’ve also just bought yourself one fancy foot stop!