The Bear Grizzly is the overlooked beast of the longboard dance world. With a 52º geometry, they’ve got a slightly better turn than the 50º Paris trucks, but a more pronounced bearing seat stops them from ever feeling sloppy.
We’ve measured the Bear Grizzly G5 up, and we seem to get a real-world hanger measurement of 181mm, an axle of 9.8″, and a height to the center of the axle of about 65mm with the stock bushings, with a weight (including all supplied nuts and washers) of 455g per truck.
Both bushings on these Bear Grizzlies are identical – 24mm wide and 15mm tall barrels, measuring 83a on our durometer here in the office. Combine this with the very solid and tight bushing seats on both side of the hangar, and you’ll get the maximum amount of rebound out of your truck. If you feel like your Peter Pans have been somewhat floppy on other trucks, swapping to these should snap you out of each carve much faster, giving you that little bit more bounce in your step.
The baseplate has Bear’s unique eight-hole pattern, meaning not only will the truck fit both the new school (shorter) hole pattern and the original 80s style holes, but you can move each truck forwards or backwards 3/8″ of an inch on a “new school” mounting pattern to get a slightly longer wheelbase or longer tails.
Finally, the pre-installed kingpins are a traditional hex-head. This is a good thing – it shows that the manufacturing tolerances are tight enough to hold a hex head kingpin in place without problems, and generally bodes well elsewhere in the truck.
All in all, these are solid trucks that you’d be a fool to miss out on. Give them a go!