About Us - History
The founders of Other Planet Products first came together while attending college in 1972 at the University of Utah. Being avid skiers and outdoor recreation enthusiasts their attentions also included skateboarding.
While most riders focused on trick and park riding, the founders where looking for a summer alternative to skiing. The mountains of Salt Lake City represented an exciting challenge.
They quickly found that current skateboard designs were severely limited and did not offer the level of performance necessary to conquer these asphalt canyons. The tradeoff required in current king pin based trucks between stability and turnability created a significant barrier between the performance capability of the equipment and the type of riding that was desired. This desire to overcome the obstacle that stood in the way of an extreme asphalt experience led to the multi-decade effort to develop the perfect longboard truck.
Over the years many solutions were conceived and tested. These included a vast array of modified trucks utilizing gears, springs, elastomers, hinges and pivots. Many of these concepts represented significant improvements over existing technologies. In fact several of the designs made their way to market independently. But the goal was to solve the turnability vs. stability paradox so the development effort continued.
In the summer of 2008 a design replacing the king pin with a design utilizing two pivot pins resting on the axle exhibited exceptional stability and extreme turnability. Without compromising the stability this design allowed for extreme deck tip and greatly reduced turning radii. As development continued a provisional patent was filed.
As the spacing of the pivot pins was being optimized it became evident that a single set of pivot pins would not offer the optimum solution. This led to staggered set of pivot pins. This design quickly led to the “Eureka” moment. An infinite set of pins was required. That is, we needed a cam.
The rolling pivot cam had it all, rock solid stability at any speed with extreme turnability. The cam provided many advantages. The flat center of the cam provided stability. Unpinning the deck from the axle hanger allows the cam to roll along the axle hanger moving the contact point outside of the center of gravity. This creates a self-righting moment in a turn where the truck wants to fall back to center creating further stability. Making the cam out of an elastomer (rubber) provides shock absorption and ride smoothing as well as micro steering. The development of the cam was included in the full patent application filed in 2009.