Kryptonics (company)

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Kryptonics was founded in 1965 and originally manufactured polyurethane products for the mining and computer industry.

In the mid-1970s the company introduced the Kryptonics Star*Trac line of wheels that drastically changed the functionality of skateboards. It was the first company to offer wheels in color coded durometers, and to use millimeter sizing.[1] Kryptonics soon became the dominant wheel for all types of skateboarding, excelling on all types of terrain and winning more races than any other wheel brand.

Skateboarders such as Stacy Peralta, Tony Alva, Steve Alba, Micke Alba, David Hackett, Bobby Piercy, Tommy Ryan, and many others were or are sponsored by Kryptonics.[2]

In 1997 Kryptonics merged with Bravo Sports and is today a brand owned by Bravo sports. In connection with the merger a new firm, Kryptane Systems L.L.C., was created. Kryptane Systems L.L.C. focuses on a wide range of commercial urethane products such as springs and ski racks.[citation needed]

Kryptonics still sells longboard wheels as well as creating their own one ply decks sold at Walmart. They are known for their low quality and low pop, the term used to describe the act of striking the tail of the board against the ground to propel the board upwards.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marcus, Ben (June 7, 2011). The Skateboard: The Good, the Rad, and the Gnarly: An Illustrated History. MBI Publishing Company. p. 118. ISBN 9781610602099.
  2. ^ Bradstreet, Kailee (October 3, 2013). "Kryptonics Wheels Re-Emerge: Dwindle On Reviving Skateboarding's History". Transworld Business. Retrieved December 12, 2013.

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