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Created by Bighugg > 9 months ago, 30 Oct 2017
DHUPEDNORTH1
101 posts
13 Feb 2020 9:29AM
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DHUSOUTH said..

DHUPEDNORTH1 said..


bobajob said..
Not sure what you mean. So the two links above don't cover your needs? Oh wait, do you mean the centre fin to a futures adaptor? If so no, but I haven't looked that deep into it. Maybe your only option here is to go with FCS adaptors all round and ditch your futures.....its only money!




yep, after a centre fin to a futures adaptor. haha...only money. You may have graduated from the same school as my wife.



That's because she is well educated and quite right , its only money !!

Speak with Troy direct from C-Drives , he hooked me up with an Longboard adapter for my Smik
Love the C-Drives set up as a Twinny


haha, drop off one of your 'black' credit cards and I'll tell her to go for her life.

OkiWild
56 posts
13 Feb 2020 10:19AM
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Anyone yet come across a Futures Longboard Fin Adapter you can purchase (i.e not home made)? I have a Jimmy Lewis and while I love the board, the fin setup is very frustrating if you want to go thruster and stick with one type of fin plug (i.e. not split sets)


www.thingiverse.com/thing:477221
Download the file and 3D print it. Many 3D printer places can go straight to the URL and print it. The holes and slot clean out really easilly with a pick or small screw driver. The pin from any of the crappy black plastic fins that come on generic boards pushes right in. the set screw hole is perfect size. Just heat the screw with a lighter and it threads right in. Fits really snug. The plastic along the side is really thin, and depending on the plastic, will crack horizontally, but not a big deal as it's in tension. Working like a champ.











DHUPEDNORTH1
101 posts
13 Feb 2020 1:56PM
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OkiWild said..

DHUPEDNORTH1 said..


Anyone yet come across a Futures Longboard Fin Adapter you can purchase (i.e not home made)? I have a Jimmy Lewis and while I love the board, the fin setup is very frustrating if you want to go thruster and stick with one type of fin plug (i.e. not split sets)



www.thingiverse.com/thing:477221
Download the file and 3D print it. Many 3D printer places can go straight to the URL and print it. The holes and slot clean out really easilly with a pick or small screw driver. The pin from any of the crappy black plastic fins that come on generic boards pushes right in. the set screw hole is perfect size. Just heat the screw with a lighter and it threads right in. Fits really snug. The plastic along the side is really thin, and depending on the plastic, will crack horizontally, but not a big deal as it's in tension. Working like a champ.












thx. I work with a business that has a pretty fancy 3D printer so I'll give it a go.

Nugdam
QLD, 518 posts
16 Feb 2020 4:43PM
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The C drives doing there thing.. amazing how much the gopro makes it look like there is no wave at all.

Balsaboards N.Z.
90 posts
17 Feb 2020 9:37AM
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i just started surfing a set of 'large'' G10 epoxy in my 9'1 H.P. surfboard. The G10 is ridic, i am selling all my glass fins .. gone. The C-drive template itself is seamless performance ,wow. I reckon you would need XL'S all day in a SUP, especially on the sides.

benjl
418 posts
7 May 2020 4:06PM
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A bunch of c drives have just come up for sale in my area, but the carbon blue and black ones. They're only retailing for $79.99 so wondering if they're genuine but look the same as the other carbon blue ones that another user had on this forum.?

What size would you go for on a sup, i'm only 70kg? Seems some people go XL and others go smaller on sups.
Do they work better as big sides and tiny centre or medium /large sides and small center?

colas
4029 posts
8 May 2020 4:36PM
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At 100kg I was using twins on my sub-7' boards, XLs on my sub-8' boards, on my 8'+ boards, otherwise it would become hard to make quick U-Turns before a wave, and longer boards have thinner rails and do not need big fins to hold.

Depending on your surfing style, you may be able to undersize them quite a bit, as they have hold to spare. If you like speed, go small, if you like power turns on slow waves, go big.

At 70kg, I would start with Ms.

benjl
418 posts
8 May 2020 6:28PM
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Thanks Colas. They would prob be for my jimmy lewis supertech 8'3?

im still waiting for the seller to respond with the actual dimensions as currently they are several different colours and options but no dimensions or sizes listed.

they also had some twin options for futures, but again no mention of size. I am really keen to know if a twin would work in the suoertech to make it faster and looser in small waves

Bighugg
NT, 409 posts
7 Jun 2020 12:06AM
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Hi folks, was talking with Troy recently
and he informed me that there's folks selling cheap poor quality knockoffs of his older style Cdrives, the tabs break easy and fins snap.
May pay to check authentication.


benjl
418 posts
7 Jun 2020 8:23AM
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I saw that, there was a whole bunch on alibaba. Sizes don't seem to match the originals 100%

Nugdam
QLD, 518 posts
7 Jun 2020 11:36AM
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I threw my C drives in my 7'10 hipster, Amazing how much a set of fins can change a board so dramatically. It felt like a completely different board.

MickMc
VIC, 402 posts
7 Jun 2020 11:51AM
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I threw my C drives in my 7'10 hipster, Amazing how much a set of fins can change a board so dramatically. It felt like a completely different board.


What size were they and did you feel it surfed better? I'm surfing an 8'3 hipster.

Nugdam
QLD, 518 posts
7 Jun 2020 12:26PM
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Nugdam said..
I threw my C drives in my 7'10 hipster, Amazing how much a set of fins can change a board so dramatically. It felt like a completely different board.




What size were they and did you feel it surfed better? I'm surfing an 8'3 hipster.



I've been just using the twinfin C drives. I think they only have one size.

I wouldn't say they surf better, it just surfs different. I surf fairly aggressively ( hard pumping and I like to really throw the board around in my head that's how it is haha) So the stock fins where you would slide the fins out on the bottom/top turns the C drives just kinda grab and send you in the new direction. They seemed to stiffen the board up a bit but they are super drivey. It just makes for a different experience.

You will notice slightly more resistance when turning for a wave but they seem to accelerate a bit quicker in my opinion.

MickMc
VIC, 402 posts
7 Jun 2020 12:34PM
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Nugdam said..

MickMc said..


Nugdam said..
I threw my C drives in my 7'10 hipster, Amazing how much a set of fins can change a board so dramatically. It felt like a completely different board.




What size were they and did you feel it surfed better? I'm surfing an 8'3 hipster.



I've been just using the twinfin C drives. I think they only have one size.

I wouldn't say they surf better, it just surfs different. I surf fairly aggressively ( hard pumping and I like really throw the board around) So the stock fins where you would slide the fins out on the bottom/top turns the C drives just kinda grab and send you in the new direction. They seemed to stiffen the board up a bit but they are super drivey. It just makes for a different experience.



Thanks for the quick response. I'll get some and give them a try.

Nugdam
QLD, 518 posts
7 Jun 2020 12:37PM
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MickMc said..

Nugdam said..


MickMc said..



Nugdam said..
I threw my C drives in my 7'10 hipster, Amazing how much a set of fins can change a board so dramatically. It felt like a completely different board.





What size were they and did you feel it surfed better? I'm surfing an 8'3 hipster.




I've been just using the twinfin C drives. I think they only have one size.

I wouldn't say they surf better, it just surfs different. I surf fairly aggressively ( hard pumping and I like really throw the board around) So the stock fins where you would slide the fins out on the bottom/top turns the C drives just kinda grab and send you in the new direction. They seemed to stiffen the board up a bit but they are super drivey. It just makes for a different experience.




Thanks for the quick response. I'll get some and give them a try.


They are worth grabbing a set just to mix it up a bit. You'll need the fcs fin adaptor for the trailer fin which was around $30

benjl
418 posts
7 Jun 2020 12:52PM
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What size were your twin cdrives vs your normal smik fins?
the knock off c drives had heaps listed as 'twin' but had different sizes. Most weren't as big as the actual twins

Nugdam
QLD, 518 posts
7 Jun 2020 4:12PM
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bobajob
QLD, 1436 posts
8 Jun 2020 3:10PM
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OkiWild said..

DHUPEDNORTH1 said..


Anyone yet come across a Futures Longboard Fin Adapter you can purchase (i.e not home made)? I have a Jimmy Lewis and while I love the board, the fin setup is very frustrating if you want to go thruster and stick with one type of fin plug (i.e. not split sets)



www.thingiverse.com/thing:477221
Download the file and 3D print it. Many 3D printer places can go straight to the URL and print it. The holes and slot clean out really easilly with a pick or small screw driver. The pin from any of the crappy black plastic fins that come on generic boards pushes right in. the set screw hole is perfect size. Just heat the screw with a lighter and it threads right in. Fits really snug. The plastic along the side is really thin, and depending on the plastic, will crack horizontally, but not a big deal as it's in tension. Working like a champ.












I just got a quote from a place for $75.00. Another site did auto quoting and was $95.00
I know not much about 3D printing except its expensive!

estingo
40 posts
1 Sep 2020 2:56PM
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After reading this topic about the C-drive and the Quobba fins did I decided (thanks to Colas) to go for the Quobba fins. Will receive them soon and will update my experience with them. Unfortunately, I found this forum thread a bit too late because I bought the cheap C-drive from AlibabbaExpress, so my sincere apologies for not supporting NVS or Troy the creator.

I will try the fins on a Quatro carve pro 8'0 so we will see how enthusiastic I am about it in a couple of months.

benjl
418 posts
1 Sep 2020 6:31PM
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Keep us posted on the alibAba c drives, I'm intrigued to see what kind of state and finish they are in

estingo
40 posts
2 Sep 2020 1:28AM
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I will keep you posted and place my experience as well over here. Btw those fins from Bighugg on Page 6 and Tardy from page 9 also have those alibAba c drives (Black with a honeycomb blue or red). Anyway, it was cool to text with Troy from C-drive on Instagram and maybe I'll consider buying the originals if those imitations work well (or I notice a difference).

The people from quobba (I emailed with Taryn) were also very helpful and friendly. They mentioned Colas as well: "Yes, Colas has helped us out a lot with testing and his invaluable feedback, etc. We were hoping to get to France this year but maybe next year!"


estingo
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28 Sep 2020 1:15AM
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benjl said..
Keep us posted on the alibAba c drives, I'm intrigued to see what kind of state and finish they are in


They delivered the wrong ones so no update yet... (got my money back and could keep these imitation ones). When I visit the US will I buy the C-drives from NVS, then I know that I will receive probably the correct ones.


estingo
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28 Sep 2020 1:15AM
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benjl said..
Keep us posted on the alibAba c drives, I'm intrigued to see what kind of state and finish they are in


They delivered the wrong ones so no update yet... (got my money back and could keep these imitation ones). When I visit the US will I buy the C-drives from NVS, then I know that I will receive probably the correct ones.


cbigsup
433 posts
3 Oct 2020 2:34AM
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These work a treat in my SMIK hip twin

Better than the alibaba phonies. Penny wise pound foolish.

estingo
40 posts
9 Oct 2020 2:56PM
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cbigsup said..
These work a treat in my SMIK hip twin

Better than the alibaba phonies. Penny wise pound foolish.


Totaly agree with you cbigsup, if I found this thread earlier I wouldn't have bought the alibabi phonies, I also apologized to Troy and that I would definitly buy the original ones. I also found a vid from NVS where they described there cooperation with Troy and the c-drives, which wasn't on this thread yet:

slsurf
19 posts
10 Oct 2020 1:49AM
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Using the blue NVS c-drive quad set size small in my new 7'6 quad. I'm 64 kg. Helps with tracking and takeoff as noted elsewhere. Good drive and lateral resistance, but I find them a tiny bit stiff. If you tilt the board enough it overcomes this. Overall these are the best fins I've found so far for SUP but I'm tempted to sand down the lower part of the trailing edge on the rear fins to get a little more pivot out of them. I can't imagine using anything larger than these, and I've never used smaller than a medium size fins in all my regular surfboards.

At the beginning of the video in the last post I thought he was showing what the c-drive enabled him to do, I wish!

colas
4029 posts
10 Oct 2020 1:40PM
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You can try to reduce the rears. At 100k I was using XL fronts but S or even G (grommet, smaller than S) sizes for C-Drives rears.
Or just use standard rears: you actually only need the added drive of the C-Drives in the fronts. On SUPs, extra hold in the rear quads can quickly be too stiff.

But of course my advice will be to use Quobbas, if you do not need specifically the extra hold of the C-Drives at low speeds, e.g. for learning to manage very short boards, or performance surfing in slow waves.

slsurf
19 posts
11 Oct 2020 1:02AM
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I would try quobbas but my board is quad only, the site says don't use it on a quad for some reason. Is it true they might make a quad set? I guess I'll try the stock rear fins with cdrive fronts. I also have a stretch quad set from a surfboard I might try out.

colas
4029 posts
11 Oct 2020 1:33PM
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I use Quobba as quads in two of my boards, with L fronts and as rears:
- two center Ms for my high speed carving board for smoothness
- two side Ms for my small wave board, for maximum pumpability
But it works because I am 100kg. Quobbas will be too big as rear quads for somebody your weight.

Quad rears have been in their todo list for some time, as well as carbon construction, and the "shifter", so I would not hold my breath.

Yes, using your stretch quad rears might be a nice solution.



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