An unidetified injection molder in Anaheim, Calif., uses a proprietary ABS-nylon blend to make hubs for pneumatic tires on multipurpose sporting boards.
``Early parts were ABS and were cracking,'' said Joe Gerlach, owner and president of Carve Board Sports Inc. in Carlsbad, Calif. Adopting the blend has eliminated the problem on the 43-inch-long, wood Carveboards.
A rider can adjust tire pressure, typically 30-40 pounds for a flat surface and as low as 15 pounds for downhill.
The company is experimenting with carbon fiber in its boards, ``but we are not yet ready to market them,'' Gerlach said.
Carve Board owns the molds and assembles the product.