FAQ

Here are a few Frequently Asked Questions....

 

What's the weight limit?
We have riders riding the Classic, Pinger and Fish models that are tipping the scales over the 375 pounds, (170kg) mark.  Hamboards can carry the weight. 

What size board is right for me?
Check out this page for more info: Which Hamboard is right for me?

Do you build custom boards?
If you have enough patience for the craftsmanship and time it takes to adjust or change the cosmetics of the various models AND have the significant amount of cash it also takes to make this process happen...then we should talk.  It's not easy and it's not cheap.

How do I get replacement parts?
For trucks parts on the Classic, Pinger or Fish models — contact Originalskateboards.com.  For everything else contact Hamboards at.... contactus@hamboards.com

How long will my Hamboard last?
Hamboards last a long time.  A really long time.  Any piece of high quality equipment requires some maintenance and care, as does a Hamboard.  We have seen regularly ridden Hamboards made in 2005 back in our shop for refurbishment (new bearings, bushings, cleaning and new deck coating) and they leave looking great and ready for another 8 to 10 years.

Is there any kind of maintenance required for my Hamboard?
As mentioned above "Any piece of high quality regularly used equipment requires some maintenance and care, as does a Hamboard".  So, we recommend you wipe it down with windex or any household cleaner after every use (if you really get it dirty, you can actually clean it with a powdered kitchen cleanser like COMET, a green scrubby sponge, and a hose).  Replace the Cam Bushings inside the front and rear trucks every 6 to 9 months, depending on use.  Clean and lube or replace the bearings once a year if necessary.

Why are Hamboards so expensive?
We hand make them out of the best quality materials, put the best hand applied paints and finishes, and install only the highest quality components including the wheels, trucks and bearings...not mention the bolts and nuts.

How long does it take to ship my Hamboard?
Please allow 3-4 business days to process your order and then the time it takes to ship your board via Startrack Express.

How do Hamboards handle Hills?
Hamboards were designed to be ridden and enjoyed on the flats and gentle slopes.  If you want to ride your Hamboard on steep hills you need to talk to us about upgrading your trucks and still be aware that bombing hills on a Hamboard is not what we recommend.  So don't do this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtkbKQRHqjs

How much does it cost to ship?
$50 Flat rate shipping in Australia.

Where can I buy a Hamboard?
We sell them on our website www.hamboards.com.au and we have a bunch of great shops.

Can you sponsor me?
We haven't grown big enough as a company to be able to sponsor anyone yet.  

Why are Hamboards different than a longboard?
A Hamboard just has a very different feel than regular longboard.  A Hamboard feels a lot like surfing even though you are riding on the land.  Riding a Hamboard takes Longboarding to a new level.

Are those real surfboards on wheels?
Nope. We paint and finish them like the surfboards we ride and love, and strive to give each Hamboard the craftsmanship and vibe that a handmade surfboard has...a Hamboard has wheels, looks very much like a surfboard, but is different.

What's up with the new Hamboards HST Carving Trucks?    
We've been using OS8s for years; awesome but not exactly perfect in every way... So we've invented our own SUPER ROBUST trucks for the Hamboards style of radical-carvy SURF skating.  Hit this LINK for the invention story which highlights the differences between the Original S8 (that we've used forever) and our new HST trucks.  The HST's can be used to replace the OS8 on Hamboards.  AND... HST's can be used to replace the RKP trucks on our Biscuit, Huntington Hop and Pescadito with the included hardware.  Loggers need to move the front deck holes back, so you need a drill and countersink bit.  AND.... You can even convert your own longboard into a Carving SURF Skateboard.

All 4 wheels will carve like crazy.  It’s no longer a skateboard and it’s certainly not afraid of you.  Lean into the turns.  Shift your weight toward the back wheels for deep carves... Let the front wheels steer through the turn and hold the pave with the back.  

My Hamboard came with the Original® OS8 or other Reverse Kingpin Trucks.  How do I upgrade my Hamboard to the new Hamboards® HST Trucks?  

COMBINATION

HARDWARE

NOTES

 

OLD: M6 80mm (remove this)

NEW: M6 65mm

Upgrade from Original S8 Trucks is simple but requires hand tools.  Select correct Hardware and then read instructions below.  Maximum wheel diameter is 97mm.  

OLD: M6 75mm (remove this)

NEW: M6 65mm

Upgrade from Original S8 Trucks is simple but requires hand tools.  Select correct Hardware and then read instructions below.  Maximum wheel diameter is 90mm.  

OLD: M6 70mm (remove this)

NEW: M6 55mm

Upgrade from Original S8 Trucks is simple but requires hand tools.  Select correct Hardware and then read instructions below.  Maximum wheel diameter is 90mm.  

OLD: M5 50mm (remove this)

NEW: M6 50mm

Upgrade from stock Reverse Kingpin Trucks is challenging and requires power tools because it requires drilling 4 new holes for the front truck and boring-out and countersinking 4 existing holes in the back.  Further,  you will be left with visible holes on the topside of your deck.  But ohhhh... the extra carve is soooooo worth it....  Select correct Hardware and then read instructions below.  Watch this video.

OLD: M5 50mm (remove this)

NEW: M6 50mm

Upgrade from stock Reverse Kingpin Trucks is moderately challenging and requires power tools to bore-out and countersink existing holes.  This transforms the HOP into a carving dream.  Select correct Hardware and then read instructions below.  Maximum wheel diameter is 66mm.  Watch this video.

OLD: M5 50mm (remove this)

NEW: M6 50mm

Upgrade from stock Reverse Kingpin Trucks is moderately challenging and requires power tools to bore-out and countersink existing holes.  This makes the Pescadito a crazy carving surfskate.  Select correct Hardware and then read instructions below.  Maximum wheel diameter is 66mm.  Watch this video.

OLD: M5 50mm (remove this)

NEW: M6 50mm

Upgrade from stock Reverse Kingpin Trucks is moderately challenging and requires power tools to bore-out and countersink existing holes.  This board becomes a crazy-turny beast.  Select correct Hardware and then read instructions below.  Maximum wheel diameter is 66mm.  

 

If you're upgrading your existing Hamboard, here's how it goes...  

  1. Remove your existing trucks and wheels. 
  2. Prepare your deck thru holes.The HST's come with M6 hardware which was one size larger than we used on the Biscuit, HHOP, Pescadito and Logger.
    1. Skip this step for Classic, Pinger and Fish
    2. Logger instructions: watch this video.  
    3. Huntington HOP and Pescadito instructions: watch this video.  
  3. Install the Block Risers.  Place the 4 bolts through the deck and slide on the riser block.  The wide part of the riser block is against the bottom side of the deck.  The 4 holes in the riser block are not centered front to back.  The shorter end of the riser block, with the holes nearest its edge, is oriented away from the center of the board.  
  4. Install the HST Trucks.  Slide the truck down onto the four (4) bolts.  This should be a tight fit.  If necessary put in one bolt at a time.  You may need to use a hammer to get the last bolt on. It's ok.  NOTE: There is an arrow shape relief in the underside of each HST truck.  That arrow ALWAYS points away from the center of the board and NEVER points toward the center of the board.  This is critical, because the board won't ride right if you get this backwards.  It may even be hazardous to your well being. Please take care of yourself and follow this rule. Tighten the bolts with a #4 metric (or 5/32 inch) Hex tool and a #10 mm box wrench or adjustable wrench.  
  5. Install your wheels.  Remove the axle nuts on your HST.  Remove one of the speed washers.  Place your wheels onto the axle.  Replace one speed washer and then tighten the lock nut so that it's secure but not so tight that it inhibits the wheel from spinning freely.