Arbor Bug Solstice Cruiser Review

Arbor Bug Solstice Cruiser Review


A confidence-building, everyday cruiser that is light, maneuverable, and ideal to learn and grow with.

My height and weight:

Height: 5’9
Weight: 175
Conditions/Terrain Tested: Cruising around the neighborhood; asphalt and concrete trails

Bug Solstice Materials & Components from Arbor:

DECK
7 Ply Hardrock Maple with a Premium Palisander Wood Finish Ply
Wood material comes from sustainable sources of supply
Wood by-product is reclaimed for use in other products
TRUCKS
Paris Reverse 50° 150mm
WHEELS
Arbor Easyrider Series – Mosh (Momentum Core: dampens bumpy rides with Venice Formula: soft and grippy)
Size: 65mm // Durometer: 78a
OTHER COMPONENTS
ABEC 7 Bearings with Spacers
1/8″ Paris Risers
Recycled Glass Re-Grit (Grip Tape Alternative)

The Ride:

Cruising around on my Pilsner AC from Arbor is a lot of fun. I was interested to see what a more traditional, longer cruiser from Arbor would feel like, and the Bug Solstice fit what I was looking for. This cruiser has a length of 36″, a width of 8.50″, and a wheelbase of approximately 20″, which is a good size for someone getting into skateboarding/longboarding or an experienced rider looking to enjoy a playful cruiser on most terrain. The Bug Solstice is a great option for a commuting cruiser, riding on your favorite concrete or asphalt trail or just ripping around your neighborhood. Those just starting to get into skateboarding or longboarding will find the Bug Solstice is stable, maneuverable and easy to control, and will enjoy learning with ease on this cruiser. Seasoned riders will find the Bug Solstice really fun to powerslide, ollie or slash everywhere you take it. The Easyrider wheels and Paris trucks work perfectly together to provide a cushioned grippy fun ride that you can easily push into a slide when you want to. The Recycled Glass Re-Grit is an awesome touch and provides great grip for an alternative grip tape; because Arbor is using recycled material, it’s a win for the planet too! I’m just at the starting point of finding out what this cruiser is capable of, and am looking forward to riding it for a long time.

Summary

This is a great board for anyone wanting to cruise around the neighborhood or campus, and it also feels at home ripping down the streets. It’s also a great choice for those just learning to slide or carve. The stability and maneuverability make it a solid cruiser for anyone to ride. The Bug Solstice is a fun board to keep on hand when you want to get outside and play around, and could also serve as your ultimate commuting cruiser.

Pros

  • Recycled Glass as grip tape
  • 7 ply maple feels very solid under foot
  • Wheels roll fast, are grippy, and feel great over uneven terrain
  • Fast turn initiation
  • Fun for carves and slides
  • Kicktail on this size cruiser is good for anyone at any level of riding, providing the ability to ollie if you need too.

Cons

  • None
Style: (4.8 / 5)
Construction: (5.0 / 5)
Performance: (4.8 / 5)
Overall: (4.8 / 5)

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