Early skateboards around in the late 1950s and early 60s used roller-skate trucks and were a long way off from the high-quality performance trucks we see today.
Roller-skate trucks were adapted to skateboards by mounting them onto flat metal baseplates, which would be screwed into a board. The design was very juvenile and gave the rider very little stability and control. It wasn’t until the early 1970s that trucks specifically designed for skateboards were invented and manufactured.
Our sidewalk surfing complete decks deserve a lot better than roller-skate trucks but we still wanted to use old school parts so we’ve opted for the very first truck made specifically for skateboarding by skateboarders, Tracker.
Steeped in skateboarding history, the origin of Tracker Trucks dates back to 1974 when the first prototypes were made in California, USA. With the likes of Stacey Peralta, Tony Alva, Lance Smith, and Alan Gelfand all riding Tracker, the trucks gained a long standing and well deserved high profile.
ERA Skateboards use the Tracker MidTrack 85mm Dart model, which takes its design and turn angle from the legendary Trackers of the late 1970s. The baseplates cast from the original molds feature the old school 4-hole pattern and come standard with the original barrel style lower bushing and a traditional tall conical top bushing. Using 356 T6 aircraft grade aluminum, 4140 Chromoly steel axles, and grade 8 kingpins, every part of the truck is proudly hand built and inspected in the U.S.A.The Dart is commonly referred to as a medium height truck, in that the hanger allows for more clearance between the deck and wheel, which in turn means less wheel bite. It’s stable, smooth and predictable. Turning on the Tracker Dart model has been described as more of a ‘surf feel’ and so makes it the ideal piece of kit for our 1960s sidewalk surfer style boards.