The Tucker: “A straight-up, no bullshit downhill bomber”

Deck Review: Moonshine MFG Tucker

Written by Gabriel Shin

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  • Length: 33” or 83.82cm
  • Width: 9.75” or 24.765cm
  • Wheelbase(s): 23.5” or 59.69cm (smallest), 24.25″, 25″, 25.75″, and 26.5″ or 67.31cm (largest)
  • Concave: .45″ radial throughout, .55″ flares, mild microdrops and rocker.
  • Directional shape
  • Weight and Construction: 4.58lbs or 2.08kg, Vertically laminated albus wood core sandwiched between two triaxial fiberglass layers with a 60d double-shot urethane rail.
  • Retail Price: $249.99 USD

Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve put up a review, I’ve taken a bit of a writing break, but now I’m back!

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The Tucker is the resulting child of Ronin Trucks and Moonshine MFG’s 100% proof construction. If you’re a Glendora CA local or been in the industry long enough, you will definitely recognize the shape from GMR Skateboards.

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Some people like simple concave, some people like crazy drops and W, that’s understandable. With the Tucker, you can have a little bit of both because it features quite a bit of rocker which feed into very mellow micro-drops. If you’ve tried out an omen airship or barfight, it’s a little like that.

Can you freeride the tucker? Absolutely yes! The shape might be very directional, but the concave is symmetrical with it being the same concave mold as the Rum Runner, another one of Moonshine’s boards. If you don’t believe me, here’s a video.

Having a very simple surface and fiberglass top finish, you’re free to add any kind of extra 3D concave using griptape strips or duct tape without having to worry about peeling up splinters like with wooden boards. I don’t have my Tucker modified in any way, I love mellow concave.

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With the micro-drops coming a little close to the mounting holes, the Tucker features a minimal flush mount to make sure your trucks perform at their advertised angles. What’s even cooler is that the mounting area (both front and back) are filled in with urethane which acts as a built-in shock pad for extra vibration dampening.

While we’re looking at the front of the board, let me point out that the width of the standing platform under your front foot tapers down to 9″. Not a bad thing, it fits a wide range of riders and foot sizes, but some people may not like having a whole lot of leverage over the front truck. If you go with narrower trucks (170mm or lower), this shouldn’t be a problem at all.

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For wheel clearance, you can expect the Tucker to fit most 75mm+ race wheels with trucks around 170mm-150mm with no bite. If you do decide to use 180mm trucks for freeride perhaps, most small freeride wheels should be fine, but you may have to adjust your bushing setup to run 180mm trucks and larger wheels.

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One thing that intrigued me is the cutouts for your back foot, were you supposed to put your feet in them or on them? In my own experience, they work very well for drifts when you put the ball of your foot half-off, they sort of act like an indicator of where to apply pressure in the slide, and they feel really good for gripping corners. I’ve adapted those little cutouts in my own custom boards.

The pre-applied griptape is jessup ROAM grip with the signature Moonshine “xXx” laser-cut in as always. You won’t have to replace your grip for quite a bit if you’re just doing downhill.

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So why should you pick up a Tucker? If you’re looking for a straight-up, no-BS downhill bomber, you’ve found your match. Besides the solid construction, you’ve got a nice simple deck ready to take on anything you can throw at it.

Moonshine is really growing into something huge, and I’m glad I’m around to witness it and tell you guys about it.

If you’re a larger rider or prefer a much stiffer platform, Moonshine also makes a version laid up with carbon fiber. “Does it come in black?”

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