First thing is first, figure out what the specs are
the two main contenders for this spot are belt and gear drives.
now, as much as love gds, especially straight cuts for the sound, the main drawback is that i would need specific trucks. I’m not too big a fan of the current selection so there’s that…
but also, gds are much heavier and more expensive than belts, so that’s why i went with belts.
now, not many are doing belt drives for small builds similar to pre-2019, so there’s not many choices i could go with. TB kunda sucks, BN wasn’t my aesthetic choice, and many others are no longer in production/are impossible to find. sooooo that leaves with Hoyt’s belt drives
I’m excited for this build! Especially the front wheel drive aspect. I went with rwd on my shortboard because I wanted to practice long manuals like @okp, but I’m intrigued by the idea of lifting up the front to avoid damaging it / not having the rear of the board shoot out from under your feet when accelerating