Arbor Axis Completes Review

Today I’ll be talking about the Arbor Axis Complete. It is a symmetrical 40inch long radial, drop through deck with varying model materials, a huge wheelbase, and fittingly, an acre of foot room to dance on. It comes stock with 50 degree cast Paris and 70mm 78a Arbor Sucrose wheels.

Ok …what does all of that mean?

Difference Between Arbor Axis Boards?

With weird acronym names like AC, BC, PC, GT and Premium as well as their their 2016 and 2017 counterparts it becomes tough to figure out what you are really getting. In this Arbor Axis review, I’ll take the liberty to break it down for you.

Artist Collection (AC)

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The most standard Axis. It’s your good ‘ole tried and true 8 ply maple deck, so it will be sturdy even for a heavier rider. You could argue about the graphics, but hey, it’s a personal preference.

Photo Collection (PC) & Premium

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Same as the Artist Collection except the top veneer is a fancy looking wood. Walnut in the PC and Koa in the premium adds an unnoticeable difference in ride. So essentially the big difference is in the graphics.

Bamboo Collection


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We keep 7 plies of maple and replace the last ply with bamboo. Due to the fact that bamboo is more pliable than maple this arrangement becomes more flexible as a whole, and maintains the fancy wood aesthetic as the previous two models.

Axis GT

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Simply specifies that the said model has actual grip tape instead of the less effective, short lasting spray on grip that allows the exposure of the top veneer design

The Arbor Axis was supposedly designed through inspiration of snowboarding, but having snowboarded and ridden the Axis, I can say both the cambered old models and the new flat 2017 feel more similar to your standard run of the mill skateboard, which still rocks. If you’re still looking to get your summer pow action in, check out freeboards. They aren’t totally the same, but they share a few basic principles. The Arbor Axis is re-marketed every year or so with a new name and a small change in construction.

This can be frustrating, because it appears that just the graphic has changed but they could’ve added a whole other ply and without digging 1 through the specs you’d be left with something too stiff or too flexible.

By far the largest and most important difference between 2016 and 2017 are in the shapes. 2016 models  use camber, where the board bends upwards like a frowny face. This offsets the flex of the board to come to a neutral position when a rider weight is applied like a trampoline. Camber also decreases the amount of radial concave, because wood can only bend so much. The 2017 model removed this to be straight across, making more of a hammock to sway in. Without the camber issues the radial concave is more consistent throughout the deck. Think of it as Pringle Chips and Celery.


PRO Level Trucks!

Hands down the best option for the 2016 model. The camber effectively de-wedges the truck angle making a high angle raked truck work perfectly. 2
For the 2017 maple models however, it might be fun to incorporate a 43 degree plate in the back for a directional setup that makes hitting faster speeds less terrifying (see: wether-vaning mechanics, also wear a helmet).

Wheels – Great For Pushing!

Mediocre wheels. 78a is about the hardness a light person would liketo slide, but feel mushy to a heavier person. 70mm is really standard. If you’re looking to upgrade anything do the wheels first. (Our guide for wheels.)

My suggestion for those wanting to push long distances is to fit the largest diameter 78a (or under) wheel you can without causing wheelbite issues, which will vary with how heavy you are and the bushing setup.

Orangoutang Kegels run soft 80a, Seismic Speedvents are a classic long distance pushing option, just check out the setups from the most recent 24hr Ultraskate.
For freeriding (sliding), I would recommend you keep the stock ones and have patience working through the factory coating. Also, stay away from the bamboo and camber models, but make sure you snag a GT version. For DH (going fast), any sharp lip +70mm wheel. If you’re going over 40mph you already have some preferences. Again look for GT models and stay away from bamboo
and 2016 camber models.

Decent Bearings!

Stock ones are just fine. You might check to see if they have bearing spacers installed to prolong the life of the bearings, but only upgrade if they do not allow you to have fun on your skateboard. Upgrade: Zealous builtin (not the ceramics, though).

Upgrade: Zealous builtin (not the ceramics). Other Upgrades: Drop through wedges can increase or decrease your truck angle while also making the ride a lot lower making pushing even easier. Bushings with appropriate hardnesses for your weight are a good help. Keep in mind that stock Paris bushings are Divine 91a cone and barrel, which runs two numbers (duros) softer than standard venom bushings.

In the end Arbor Axis can be a fun little drop through deck that makes pushing and carving a good time. It’s definitely not a snowboard, but it can ease your mind through the warmer months.

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