- ONE T r u c k sThree Bolts, One Tool. ONE Trucks.
- ONE Trucks is an innovative new type of Skateboard Truck that speeds up and simplifies the set up time of a skateboard, allowing the user to spend more time on the board. The following images and ideas are a result of my final year at University studying Computer Aided Design. We were tasked with developing a new or improved product that is ideally of interest to us personally. As a skateboarder myself I decided to create a new type of Truck that simplifies the way skateboards are set up, resulting in a much improved user experience.The main feature of ONE Trucks is the idea that only one tool (a 6mm Allen Key) is needed to set up and alter the entire skateboard, as opposed to 4 tools on a standard truck. This is achieved by incorporating an Allen Head Kingpin into the design. This is similar to a regular Kingpin but has been reversed so that the thread is inside the baseplate of the truck. This also means that the thread is hidden so cannot get worn and damaged like on regular trucks. The trucks also incorporate Allen key wheel bolts. These double as bearing covers to protect the bearings from dust etc and to contain parts in case of a popped bearing. The Baseplate also has a built in nut housing to securely hold the nuts in place when tightening/loosening the truck bolts. This eliminates the need for a 14mm spanner/ratchet and helps simplify the process by freeing up one hand for the user.ONE Trucks also feature a unique face pattern on the hanger of the product. This pattern helps the product become recognisable, as well as helping the trucks stand out. The use of colours also helps the product stand out- this is reflected in the logo, as seen on the front of the baseplate. The product features other notable design elements such as the cut-outs in the baseplate. these help reduce the overall weight of the trucks, along with the hollow kingpin and axle. The bottom of the baseplate also features 3 small spikes around each screw hole. These are designed to help the trucks grip the skateboard and reduce unwanted movement of the trucks.
The ONE Trucks project was completed as part of my final year Personal Project/Dissertation for University. The project was completed and handed in during April 2012. Once the project was completed and handed in I received the news that my project had been chosen to be displayed in the 2012 Product Innovation Show, to be held at the end of May.
This news meant that a few extra tasks needed to be carried out in order to display at the show. Over the following weeks the design was tweaked and evolved slightly, some product posters were created and various prototype models of the trucks were produced. Below shows various images of the posters, models and stand presented in the 2012 Product Innovation Show.