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Behind The Scenes – Freebord Lab

By November 8, 2013 3 Comments
Shredding Freebord Wheel Prototypes

Freebord Lab

Freebord Mfg. was founded on the principles of innovation and progression, we constantly strive to advance our products and improve the ride.  This requires loads of prototypes and endlessly testing the wear and tear of our products. Heres a quick glimpse into a few testing initiatives.

Freebord Test Shreds Thane

Shredding Thane

While our DaBlues  wheels are insanely durable, we believe they can always be improved and tweaked. So here at the Freebord Lab our goal is to continually develop a longer lasting and grippier wheel.

Heat, water, and friction are all taken in to account during the testing process to ensure a proper simulation of the variety of environmental conditions our riders freebord in.

Wheels are stressed tested for several hours at a high rate of speed against a simulated pavement, results are then measured and recorded .

Freebord Centers Testing

Durability Testing

We take a lot of precautions when introducing new products into our lineup; prototyping is a very slow, expensive and tedious process that from start to finish usually takes months or even years to deliver a finished product.

All this testing in a controlled environment is awesome but there is absolutely no substitute for just going out and riding what we sell.  Check out our Production Manager, Bob Glashan, shredding the jersey barrier outside of the factory.

Bob Glashan Freebords Barrier

Employee Shred

Our Pro Team is also involved in much of the R&D here at Freebord; Mike Hoppe for instance who has a degree in Architectural Engineering and has pioneered and tested a variety of his own prototypes and ideas,  is also the head of Freebord’s official product development team.

We don’t just stop at wheels, we are currently working on various other exciting projects such as more bushings, improving the trucks, etc.

Freebord Sample Prototypes

Misc Samples

Be on the lookout for exciting new innovative Freebord products coming out in the future!

 

Justin

About Justin

Washed up former Freebord team rider, current washed up Freebord team manager. “Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Don’t teach a man to fish…and feed yourself. He’s a grown man. And fishing’s not that hard” – Ron Swanson

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