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Created by Bighugg > 9 months ago, 30 Oct 2017
colas
2836 posts
13 Sep 2018 2:26PM
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SoCalGremmy said..
How can we help him (and ourselves) out?




Speaking of the fin qualities will help.
Pre-ordering them could help, if Troy is OK.
Troy making Futures and FCSII version will help. But it cost money.
I guess talking more shapers/brands trying them so that they could propose them with new boards could help. I praised them with the Gong shaper, but he didn't like the way they behaved in turns, less smooth than the fins he is used to.

The issue is with fins with a high quality construction such as these is that once you have a quiver of them, you do not need to buy any more of them, making it hard to sustain a business unless you resort to marketing tricks: "new line for 2019! new signature fins! new colors! new shape for 2019 (with only a mm change)"...

Also not having any stock doesn't help people discovering them, and the huge marketing might of FCS do not help.

Troy told me I was the one who bought him the more fins in 2010+2011... but I haven't bought a C-Drive fin him ever since, I have a sufficient C-Drive quiver to cover all needs. I guess I will only buy C-Drives again if he make a FCS II line, or if he finds a way to make them faster (I dream of a C-Drive outline with a Quobba foil and material, in FCSII of course), and perhaps have more flex.

Bighugg
NT, 120 posts
13 Sep 2018 7:15PM
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Colas, you may not have purchased any more C Drives BUT you have shared the passion n tech knowledge so openly that others bought new or sourced 2nd hand fins keeping the interest in C Drives alive.
Thank you

LastSupper
VIC, 123 posts
13 Sep 2018 9:55PM
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colas said..

SoCalGremmy said..
How can we help him (and ourselves) out?





Speaking of the fin qualities will help.
Pre-ordering them could help, if Troy is OK.
Troy making Futures and FCSII version will help. But it cost money.
I guess talking more shapers/brands trying them so that they could propose them with new boards could help. I praised them with the Gong shaper, but he didn't like the way they behaved in turns, less smooth than the fins he is used to.

The issue is with fins with a high quality construction such as these is that once you have a quiver of them, you do not need to buy any more of them, making it hard to sustain a business unless you resort to marketing tricks: "new line for 2019! new signature fins! new colors! new shape for 2019 (with only a mm change)"...

Also not having any stock doesn't help people discovering them, and the huge marketing might of FCS do not help.

Troy told me I was the one who bought him the more fins in 2010+2011... but I haven't bought a C-Drive fin him ever since, I have a sufficient C-Drive quiver to cover all needs. I guess I will only buy C-Drives again if he make a FCS II line, or if he finds a way to make them faster (I dream of a C-Drive outline with a Quobba foil and material, in FCSII of course), and perhaps have more flex.


Now u talkin sence

FRP
180 posts
14 Sep 2018 2:25AM
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I am a total non-tech guy but.....if Troy sold the digital 3D image of the fin could we print them? Would the plastic for a printer be high enough quality?

Bob

cantSUPenough
VIC, 1650 posts
14 Sep 2018 12:15PM
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Maybe he should put them on kickstarter - get some funding and exposure.

bomberdave
VIC, 117 posts
14 Sep 2018 12:33PM
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make enough 'noise' and one of the big guys might take notice and buy his IP at least that way everyone benefits a little.

roachy
QLD, 380 posts
14 Sep 2018 5:52PM
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Big twins work well with a large c drive too on my gun

Bighugg
NT, 120 posts
24 Nov 2018 11:38PM
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C Drive, ing..... Bali soon .


FRP
180 posts
25 Nov 2018 5:32AM
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Bighugg said..
C Drive, ing..... Bali soon .



Fin Porn! ........Very jealous.

Bob

Bighugg
NT, 120 posts
26 Nov 2018 10:26PM
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Troy is looking forward to doing another run early in the new year.
Will keep you updated ...... ENJOY

donut4u
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5 Dec 2018 3:12PM
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bomberdave said..
make enough 'noise' and one of the big guys might take notice and buy his IP at least that way everyone benefits a little.


there's only about 4 years left for US and Aus for his patents from what I can see. He'd want to be quick about it.

benk
TAS, 385 posts
Friday , 7 Dec 2018 10:06AM
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I have just dealt with Troy to get some futures C-drives for my SUPs. I'd looked at it awhile ago but this thread motivated me to get back onto it. I have some on the way from Troy that he has pieced together for me and I can't wait to try them when they arrive. What a legend to deal with too! His service is amazing. Hopefully we can generate enough interest here to keep them rolling out in future. It's great to support local innovation.

Lucyloo
VIC, 130 posts
Friday , 7 Dec 2018 1:31PM
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Ive just lost another side c drive now thats 2 incomplete sets.so i will be restocking as soon as available.These fins in the 8.8 and 8.10 speeds are superb.

LastSupper
VIC, 123 posts
Friday , 7 Dec 2018 1:40PM
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I need 2 sets of med and 1 set of small also for my speeds and more

bomberdave
VIC, 117 posts
Friday , 7 Dec 2018 2:24PM
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LucyLoo ..what size fins do you use on the speeds...looking to try some cdrives on a 9'1 creek ????? Help Anyone???

Emeboy
NSW, 227 posts
Friday , 7 Dec 2018 3:42PM
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+1 on looking at a set for a 9'1 Creek.... does the general rule of big surfer-big fins still hold true? I am finding the stock fins on the creek a bit stiff...

Bighugg
NT, 120 posts
Saturday , 8 Dec 2018 12:27PM
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Over the last week have been riding a 10'1 x 32 surf shape in smaller reef breaks,Cd large thruster set for quick sets , Cd large sides with Cd grom trailer in slower fatter sets to put go n fun . C-drives have made basic small waves fun. I'm a 6'2 over 100kg grom



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