Resistant to wet weather conditions and enormous forces that might appear during the most extreme rides, with weight that is bellow average skateboard, Dark Matter is designed to create mental bond with any boardrider by allowing him to explore his creative potentials to the furthest limits of his body.
As boardriders are artists and athletes that often faces huge risks in order to prove themselves, much durable and reliable solution needed to be developed to support them with the design that honors the pure spirit of boardsport excellence.
Resistance to enormous forces and wet conditions, made the board unbreakable during the ride thanks to specially developed Strap System.
Instead of sandpaper, textured polyurethane surface serves as a griptape which allows to ride in whatever shoes rider feels like.
Inverted chrome vanadium kingpins (large bolts that holds the axles) are applied for better stability while doing grind tricks on rails, large and soft rubber bushings to softly absorb the force during the landing and special wave-like shields to easy leave ramp edge after doing tricks.
Strap System™ is based on two specially developed straps that are mounted between board and axles.
One foot is mounted to the board and makes it behave like sandal to step up across smaller obstacles while other leg allows pushing.
When it comes to large obstacles or doing tricks, semi-elastic rear strap ,that always comes to vertical position, allows easy access for rear foot to enter and to tighten them with single move of rear foot.
With both feet fixed jumping comes naturally elastic straps allows certain mobility to feet for safety and for transfering weight while doing tricks:
When legs are tighten one close to other, feet are in optimal position to transfer all of the landing force through the board and axles to the wheels in order to avoid damages of the board and to keep balance on the center of the board.
When it comes to tricks, legs should be tighten one from other, in order to distribute weight to opposite sides of the board (known as nose and tail), but putted then tighten one close to other during the landing.
In both cases, tightening legs cause straps to hold feet strong to the board, which allows confident landings without risk of hocks to twist or board to damage.
There is no need to pop up the board so silent ride allows practicing in public without disturbing neighborhood even at night.
Applied solution allows to ride Dark Matter in any kind of shoes that rider feels comfortable and they will be probably last longer than while walking.
Dark Matter also allows to ride spots that were not considered suitable for regular skateboarding.
Wheels are specially developed to protect ball bearings inside from water and dust in order to keep their performance as long as possible. With 3 ball bearings inside each wheel Dark Matter goes longer distances with less pushing and suffers landing impact without losing much of its performance over the time..
Developed solutions makes Dark Matter lighter than average skateboard which gives space for optional equipment:
Graphic engraved on MonoLight Shield™ would shine in dark by screwing the kingpin to tighten the axles for better stability (biggest bolts that holds the axles) which makes Dark Matter visible and more secure in night traffic. It is based on 2 LED diodes powered by rechargeable batteries. Engraved holes also holds wax for better sliding. Light Shield is replaceable and gives even more strength to the deck. The board itself has holes above the axles to illuminate the rear strap for easy access during the night rides.
Ecological and social aspects of the design:
Such non-biodegradable and small amount of materials are highly ecological and sustainable solution for building extremely durable parts and products because they could save a lot of natural resources that are not renewable so fast. With growing popularity of boardsports, large amount of wood could make significantly bad impact to environment. In this case, materials used for Dark Matter could save forests of healthy trees, which is positive ecological impact.
Dark Matter combines ergonomics, reliability and durability in the way that is absolutely ecological and sustainable.
Dark Matter is suitable for filming extreme sports footage even across numerous obstacles.
It is easy to carry because of Strap system. Because it is resistant to water it could be easily washed whenever it is necessary.
Carbon nanotubes are considered as option for future development of Dark Matter board because it allows to include different nanotechnology devices with all their advantages.
Dark Matter will be produced in exclusive annual limited editions.
Photography and video production: Lazar Radić
Special thanks to Miloš Ličina, Dušan Miletić, Vladica Živanović and Nemanja Manjenčić
Music in video: Rellying The Defense by machinimasound.com