The Skoa Design Philosophy
From day one, our goal has been to translate elegant and simple design into functional performance. Mixing this goal with feedback from our team riders is an important aspect of our ever-evolving design process. Combined with owners Uwe Homm, Reinhold Uhrner and Anja Braun’s total 30 plus years of skateboarding, downhill racing, mechanical engineering, design and CNC machining experience, we believe our philosophy stands out in the Stream 7, Vapor and MSpec precision trucks. Our design philosophy originated riding with our friends in the mountain passes of the European Alps and is embodied in every set of trucks we machine.
The idea behind Skoa started in 2011 when Uwe Homm and Reinhold Uhrner wanted a precision truck that was reminiscent of 1940s biplane design with a modern, aerodynamic flare. Uwe and Reinhold met in Germany in 2002 when they were both working at Pogo longboards doing CAD modeling and CNC machining. Uwe and Reinhold, both longtime longboarders, mountain bikers & snowboarders eventually decided to team up. Uwe was fresh out of his master’s degree program in mechanical engineering and Reinhold had started working in a high-end production manufacturing facility with access to a 5-axis CNC machine. It was a perfect setup. Having access to this machine was key to achieve the concepts that they had developed for the Stream 7.
Introduced in spring 2012, the Stream 7 was the first truck to truly incorporate an I-beam into the functionality of the design, adding strength and beauty to the truck in a way that had never been done before. By having these weight reducing holes in the trucks parallel to the ground, Uwe and Reinhold were also able to incorporate aerodynamics into a skateboard truck, another first in the CNC precision truck world. The Stream 7 hit the market in 2012 and instantly started turning heads, even garnishing a honorable mention from the prestigious Red Dot Design Award in 2013.
With Reinhold living in Germany and Uwe and Anja now living in Vancouver, British Colombia, Skoa can be involved in the scene both in North America and in Europe. Wanting to continue with the vision of the German made Stream 7s, but tailored more for the style of the North American market, the idea for the Vapor was born. Made locally in Vancouver, BC the Vapor was officially released in spring of 2014 and has been quickly gaining interest from customers and shops alike as a unique alternative to the larger precision truck companies.
The MSpec came from the collaborative efforts of Skoa team rider Matze Ebel and co-owner and machinist Reinhold Uhrner. Before Matze came to compete in the North American part of the IDF circuit, he knew that he would need a narrower truck with quick turning response to be competitive on the turny Maryhill Loops road. The starting point was Matze’s go-to, the Stream 7. From there the team reduced the width, increased the offset, and gave the truck a little bit more rake. The interesting aspect here is that the front truck has positive rake, and the back truck has an equal amount of negative rake. This geometry increases the drive of the front truck and the trail of the rear truck as you dig in for more turn, giving you more support. Along with the heavy 47/26 split angles, these trucks excel at both cornering and straight away stability. The narrow width allows you to transfer your weight quickly from one side to the other when changing cornering direction as well as keep your weight over the wheels easier for more grip. While Matze ended up injured at Maryhill, Skoa MSpec trucks won the Junior division under the feat of fellow team rider Connor Ferguson back in 2014.
The Vertex got released in August 2016 filling the gap between M.Spec and Stream7. It is our newest addition to the SKOA family and blends race winning characteristics to give great stability during high speed, smooth sliding, good control over grip and less hard hookup than the M.Spec. They have a solid center like the Vapor but dive a bit deeper. Offered in two lengths and two angle options. The SKOA I-Beam design gives this truck its unique look and ensures maximum strength at minimal weight.