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Venture Goes Far & Wide, The 5.8’s Are In

10 December 2011, 22.09 | Posted in Culture, Products, Skateboarding, Uncategorized | Comments Off

venture-58-widesYou may recall that a while back I extolled Venture Trucks for their incredible history of supporting some of the most talented & iconic team riders in skateboarding. You can read the feature here.

Since that article and as a result of the dissolution of Street Corner Distribution, Venture has been brought into the fold at Deluxe, which is actually just a homecoming of sorts. After this partnership, Venture has made some rad changes- most notably [to me anyway] is the reintroduction of the 5.8 Wide Trucks. Because I ride a board in the 8.25-8.5 range, I have been bugging the folks at Venture periodically about the chances of them once again creating a wider truck- the same truck that guys like John Cardiel, Mike Carroll, and Gonz preferred in former times.

For anyone who shares my same sentiment, the true 5.8 Venture Wides are back. The stock bushings are pretty good, but I replaced them with a set of white Bones Medium bushings for slight awesomerness. Instead of believing me, I suggest you see them in action: in this video edit, Josh Matthews proves that they can grind, tre flip, and turn just like we remembered.

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AWAKE: Venture Trucks Team Then & Now

16 February 2011, 21.24 | Posted in Culture, Skateboarding, Uncategorized | 12 comments »

Venture-Trucks-Made-In-USAAWAKE: The Venture Trucks yearbook. Can you name all of the pro skaters that have at one point in their career skated Ventures or even endorsed them as one of their many pros? Lately I have been intrigued with the heritage behind this brand as I have been reminiscing about my early days of religiously skating the V3, and Featherlights or Superlights or whatever they were called. In fact, I have been skating a set of the 5.25 WIDE & HI’s again for the past couple of weeks (with Bones bushings) and I forgot how responsive and light they are. I’m certainly not trying to sign my name to these trucks, but any truck that is Made In The USA in the Ermico Foundry and has a pedigree chart like Venture deserves some attention. Can you imagine if they still has this team? Wowzers. Special thanks to the ad archives at Skately.

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Let’s give it a whirl. Just add any and all Venture names (past and present) to the comments section here, and I will add it to the list below.

Jason Lee
John Cardiel
Danny Falla
Eli Reed
Keenan Milton
Mark Gonzales
JB Gilet
Brian Delatorre
Andrew Brophy
Bobby Puelo
Brandon Westgate
Mike Carroll
Corey Duffel
Stefan Janoski
Stevie Williams
Pat Duffy
Karma Tsocheff
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