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Created by Bighugg > 9 months ago, 30 Oct 2017
Smash1
NSW, 817 posts
15 Sep 2019 12:55PM
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Bighugg
NT, 403 posts
15 Sep 2019 2:45PM
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Re trailer,
the smallest Center l have is G grom , left this set @ Bali
then I think its XS , S , M , L , XL . Will line these up for pics when I get hm.

shi thouse
WA, 920 posts
15 Sep 2019 8:45PM
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OK, so have made my mind up to go for the C-drive fins in my 9'5 Speeed. I would be interested to hear what others think would be the best size to go for my 105kg body weight and to be used in shoulder to head high waves?

Thanks for the ideas!!

Bighugg
NT, 403 posts
15 Sep 2019 11:15PM
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Re Trailer, pics of XS to XL . The Grom is smaller .

Overlay of XS on XL, S on M on L .


Trailer comparison. The Strapper would be like a Fcs 3 ( only standard fin I have with me at the moment )
XS , Fcs 3 , Fcs Nubster , ZigFins





Just checked NVS site, only offering S , M , L .

cbigsup
414 posts
16 Sep 2019 5:11AM
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I think the confusion regarding smaller trailers comes from the Non Troy approved fins from Pacific
Vibrations..

They do have a smaller trailer available. But no BIG Twins to use it with..

cbigsup
414 posts
17 Sep 2019 7:12AM
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C-Drives in my King's 8'2" Accelerator SharkBoy custom.

AWESOME!


Bighugg
NT, 403 posts
17 Sep 2019 11:15PM
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Made contact with Troy,
There is a trailer.... 2 sizes smaller than Grom coming with
new Big Twins..... end of November . Fcs n Futures. Small batch.

Whose interested ? and for what board ?

cbigsup
414 posts
17 Sep 2019 10:52PM
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Big Twins Small Trailer?
I suspect at least ONE SMIK HipTwin fella will buy and try!!

FRP
369 posts
17 Sep 2019 11:55PM
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shi thouse said..
OK, so have made my mind up to go for the C-drive fins in my 9'5 Speeed. I would be interested to hear what others think would be the best size to go for my 105kg body weight and to be used in shoulder to head high waves?

Thanks for the ideas!!



Hi Shi

The medium Cdrives should work well with an 9'5" Speeed. The channels on the Speeed will add some hold and drive. There is not a big difference in surface area between the large and medium Cdrive fins (I have all three sets and when my wife looked at them she thought I was nuts because they all looked the same!). So even if you went for the large set you wouldn't be too far off. I wouldn't worry too much choosing between the medium and large. Either would be great. Have fun. These really are a special fin that work great with SUPs.

Cheers


Bob

exiled
296 posts
18 Sep 2019 3:40PM
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They got any longboard box centers coming? I'd love to get a L sized one.

shi thouse
WA, 920 posts
18 Sep 2019 4:29PM
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FRP said..

shi thouse said..
OK, so have made my mind up to go for the C-drive fins in my 9'5 Speeed. I would be interested to hear what others think would be the best size to go for my 105kg body weight and to be used in shoulder to head high waves?

Thanks for the ideas!!




Hi Shi

The medium Cdrives should work well with an 9'5" Speeed. The channels on the Speeed will add some hold and drive. There is not a big difference in surface area between the large and medium Cdrive fins (I have all three sets and when my wife looked at them she thought I was nuts because they all looked the same!). So even if you went for the large set you wouldn't be too far off. I wouldn't worry too much choosing between the medium and large. Either would be great. Have fun. These really are a special fin that work great with SUPs.

Cheers


Bob


Awesome Bob, thank you very much for your feedback, really appreciate it!!

cbigsup
414 posts
19 Sep 2019 2:57AM
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exiled said..
They got any longboard box centers coming? I'd love to get a L sized one.


I mentioned that in an email I sent to Troy.

He is very responsive to emails.

Twins and small trailers as mentioned by bighugg are on the way.

I betcha am not the only SMIK finaholic who will buy and try!
. . .

Tang
VIC, 580 posts
21 Sep 2019 12:54PM
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I haven't been supping for a while now, back surfing again and back seems OK (touch wood), but I saw video recently of me riding my 8'5 x 29" 2013 carbon Starby (106L) in the Ments last year with c-drives and for that board I use XL fronts and tail/centre. But what I have done is get a local bloke (with a hand in a well-known fin company) to cut away the base which sits in the box and reset the pin so that the tail fin can be positioned much further back (I've got two fins done - one about 1" cut and the other 1 3/4"). I've found this dramatically increases the hold and drive, without much difference in looseness. It's required a slight shaving off of the bottom edge of the rear of the fin base to get it out of the box again, but only 1-2mm. It still makes a bit of a gap which is exacerbated by the tail rocker. I've found the turbulence from the gap is well and truly offset by the increased control from the more rear-ward position of the fin.

I also use c-drives in some of my shortboards and they're still fantastic.

FRP
369 posts
21 Sep 2019 4:57PM
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Tang said..
I haven't been supping for a while now, back surfing again and back seems OK (touch wood), but I saw video recently of me riding my 8'5 x 29" 2013 carbon Starby (106L) in the Ments last year with c-drives and for that board I use XL fronts and tail/centre. But what I have done is get a local bloke (with a hand in a well-known fin company) to cut away the base which sits in the box and reset the pin so that the tail fin can be positioned much further back (I've got two fins done - one about 1" cut and the other 1 3/4"). I've found this dramatically increases the hold and drive, without much difference in looseness. It's required a slight shaving off of the bottom edge of the rear of the fin base to get it out of the box again, but only 1-2mm. It still makes a bit of a gap which is exacerbated by the tail rocker. I've found the turbulence from the gap is well and truly offset by the increased control from the more rear-ward position of the fin.

I also use c-drives in some of my shortboards and they're still fantastic.


Hi Tang

very interesting modification of a fin. Could you post a couple of pictures?

cheers

bob

jrc22ski
32 posts
22 Sep 2019 5:52AM
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Speeed was noticeably looser and could snap tighter turns with the small C Drives.

I will try the small trailer soon.







Brenno
QLD, 751 posts
9 Oct 2019 11:21AM
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I visited this thread again yesterday, and it got me thinking on my way home after my last day on shift. It's a long drive.
I knew the wind was swinging around, and would push up a few little beachies. Not much, but just enough.
Should I dust off the C Drives and try them on the hipster twin longy?
Why the f not.


I'd forgotten how squirty and how much fun these bad boys were.
Made for a great little sesh.

exiled
296 posts
16 Oct 2019 1:15PM
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FRP said..

Tang said..
I haven't been supping for a while now, back surfing again and back seems OK (touch wood), but I saw video recently of me riding my 8'5 x 29" 2013 carbon Starby (106L) in the Ments last year with c-drives and for that board I use XL fronts and tail/centre. But what I have done is get a local bloke (with a hand in a well-known fin company) to cut away the base which sits in the box and reset the pin so that the tail fin can be positioned much further back (I've got two fins done - one about 1" cut and the other 1 3/4"). I've found this dramatically increases the hold and drive, without much difference in looseness. It's required a slight shaving off of the bottom edge of the rear of the fin base to get it out of the box again, but only 1-2mm. It still makes a bit of a gap which is exacerbated by the tail rocker. I've found the turbulence from the gap is well and truly offset by the increased control from the more rear-ward position of the fin.

I also use c-drives in some of my shortboards and they're still fantastic.



Hi Tang

very interesting modification of a fin. Could you post a couple of pictures?

cheers

bob


Sticking a regular FCS c-drive into a longboard adapter gets you a little more overhang than the center fin version, just under an inch for my Size L.

Smash1
NSW, 817 posts
19 Oct 2019 2:40PM
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BTW.... there is a massive difference between using them in Quad VS Thruster set up. I use Quad on mine. I tried the thruster set up today. Like I had a brick under the Board.

stehar
NSW, 323 posts
20 Oct 2019 12:12PM
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BTW.... there is a massive difference between using them in Quad VS Thruster set up. I use Quad on mine. I tried the thruster set up today. Like I had a brick under the Board.


I have a quad setup - 8'11" 32" blue plant custom. 88 kilos on 140 litres board and love it! How do u set up the quad/ is there 4 "c drives" or two only mixed with what? Help! Thanks Steve

Smash1
NSW, 817 posts
26 Oct 2019 3:21PM
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stehar said..

Smash1 said..
BTW.... there is a massive difference between using them in Quad VS Thruster set up. I use Quad on mine. I tried the thruster set up today. Like I had a brick under the Board.



I have a quad setup - 8'11" 32" blue plant custom. 88 kilos on 140 litres board and love it! How do u set up the quad/ is there 4 "c drives" or two only mixed with what? Help! Thanks Steve


4 C-drives. In Thruster use 3 C-Drives. Max performance comes from all fins being C-Drive

Smash1
NSW, 817 posts
26 Oct 2019 3:21PM
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stehar said..

Smash1 said..
BTW.... there is a massive difference between using them in Quad VS Thruster set up. I use Quad on mine. I tried the thruster set up today. Like I had a brick under the Board.



I have a quad setup - 8'11" 32" blue plant custom. 88 kilos on 140 litres board and love it! How do u set up the quad/ is there 4 "c drives" or two only mixed with what? Help! Thanks Steve


4 C-drives. In Thruster use 3 C-Drives. Max performance comes from all fins being C-Drive

SunnyBouy
437 posts
27 Oct 2019 3:39AM
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Hmmm... would these work on a 7'6 Shroom? Berts fins are quite swept back see...
For use in small waves, mush and just generally having fun.
79kg BTW

Nugdam
QLD, 459 posts
27 Oct 2019 5:40AM
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Brenno said..
I visited this thread again yesterday, and it got me thinking on my way home after my last day on shift. It's a long drive.
I knew the wind was swinging around, and would push up a few little beachies. Not much, but just enough.
Should I dust off the C Drives and try them on the hipster twin longy?
Why the f not.


I'd forgotten how squirty and how much fun these bad boys were.
Made for a great little sesh.


How do you find them in the hipster?

Nugdam
QLD, 459 posts
27 Oct 2019 9:33AM
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Can anyone give me a quick run down on c drives vs quobba?

C drive would be suit to waves with a little bit less punch?

Smash1
NSW, 817 posts
27 Oct 2019 10:56AM
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Nugdam said..
Can anyone give me a quick run down on c drives vs quobba?

C drive would be suit to waves with a little bit less punch?


I have both......for me the you just cannot compare the Quobba's - C-Drives are just awesome in all conditions. I just converted a prone surfing mate to a C-Driver thruster set up and he has also used my Quobba's - he is now a C-Drive convert.

Nugdam
QLD, 459 posts
27 Oct 2019 10:23AM
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Smash1 said..

Nugdam said..
Can anyone give me a quick run down on c drives vs quobba?

C drive would be suit to waves with a little bit less punch?



I have both......for me the you just cannot compare the Quobba's - C-Drives are just awesome in all conditions. I just converted a prone surfing mate to a C-Driver thruster set up and he has also used my Quobba's - he is now a C-Drive convert.


I'll Have to order a set for my hipster mini longboard and see how they go as a twin with the standard small trailer fin

Smash1
NSW, 817 posts
27 Oct 2019 1:28PM
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Nugdam said..

Smash1 said..


Nugdam said..
Can anyone give me a quick run down on c drives vs quobba?

C drive would be suit to waves with a little bit less punch?




I have both......for me the you just cannot compare the Quobba's - C-Drives are just awesome in all conditions. I just converted a prone surfing mate to a C-Driver thruster set up and he has also used my Quobba's - he is now a C-Drive convert.



I'll Have to order a set for my hipster mini longboard and see how they go as a twin with the standard small trailer fin


For maximum C-Drive impact - run all fins in C-Drive
how these fins did not set the surfing world on fire when Troy first released them many years ago baffles me - but when you have 2 gorillas controlling the global fin market...

Nugdam
QLD, 459 posts
27 Oct 2019 12:31PM
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Smash1 said..

Nugdam said..


Smash1 said..



Nugdam said..
Can anyone give me a quick run down on c drives vs quobba?

C drive would be suit to waves with a little bit less punch?





I have both......for me the you just cannot compare the Quobba's - C-Drives are just awesome in all conditions. I just converted a prone surfing mate to a C-Driver thruster set up and he has also used my Quobba's - he is now a C-Drive convert.




I'll Have to order a set for my hipster mini longboard and see how they go as a twin with the standard small trailer fin



For maximum C-Drive impact - run all fins in C-Drive
how these fins did not set the surfing world on fire when Troy first released them many years ago baffles me - but when you have 2 gorillas controlling the global fin market...


If they made a small C drive trailer I would.. The big center fin would kill the board I reckon.. But I will try

colas
3909 posts
27 Oct 2019 1:29PM
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Smash1 said..
how these fins did not set the surfing world on fire when Troy first released them many years ago baffles me


To be honest, 99% of prone surfers are very conservative and know nothing about fins, they just choose on the color or what the pros ride.

A C-Drive model was even in the official FCS line at the time...

Bighugg
NT, 403 posts
27 Oct 2019 4:58PM
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Nugdam said..
Can anyone give me a quick run down on c drives vs quobba?

C drive would be suit to waves with a little bit less punch?



Yes , re Hipster, I was running Cdrive XL sides with Grom trailer on Fat waves at Torro Torro earlier in the week. Got in earlier, Hold well on the nose.
Up at Java, Pulau merah ,swapped same combo over to 9'5 surf shape. Works well on cleaner part of tide. When lumpy riptide comes through take off zone , swapping Grom to Zigs for looser rear in the chop. That's works for me, ??might have to loan Zigs in adapter to Brenno for a couple months to get his professional feedback ??
Trailer with big Twins out next month ??
Pics of
Grom on XL
Grom on Mrs fish
Grom to ZigFin
XL on 9'5









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