BLADE CHECK : MALIK ASHBY </H2 An integral member of the NYC blade community, Malik Ashby sits down with us for our latest blade check. Photographs by Ryan Loewy for Be-Mag Boot: USD Aeon Orca Buckle: Richie Eisler Straps w/ 3M Technology Cuff: Carbon 4 Liner: MyFit Hooi Wheels: Stock Outers | Moonshine Anti Bearings: Wicked ABEC 7 Tell us about your setup. I’m skating the 2018 61mm USD aeon black and white boot with USD carbon 4 cuffs and reflective paint coated grey Richie Eisler straps instead of buckles. Stock wheels on and one moonshine anti- rocker while riding tri-rocker. What parts do you wear through the quickest? Wheels easily. Skating from spot to spot in NYC will destroy your wheels due to the terrible design of our streets and side walks. What part do you break most often? Straps. Most of my straps lose Velcro strength after six months or so. Which parts are you paranoid about breaking? Axles, wheels or losing a cuff bolt. What spares/tools do you keep in your backpack? Wheels, Allen wrenches and xylitol based gum. Where do your parts go once you are done with them? I generally pass them to anyone in need, from pro to grom everyone needs assistance Anything you plan to change on your current setup? I have some brand new Enin Straps that I never used, so when my current pair dies I’ll swap for those. Do you skate different setups for different terrains? I generally skate the Aeon boot tri-rocker for maneuverability whilst reducing back wheel bite from lazy grinds. I don’t need to skate flat for speed because I’m a runner by profession and I squat 400lbs three times a week so my legs and speed are up to par, haha. Aeon anti rocker setup was recommended for me to try by bl8got him self Richie Eisler in a short convo we had, so that’s my grinder blading preference for summer 2k18. As for full speed skating and fun I have a wizard blading setup on a pair of USD carbon 4’s.