Jed strives to deliver familiarity. We care about the deck, wheels, bushings, and bearings just as much as we care about the Jed Drive.
Deck design begins with wood stock. Baltic Birch plywood, Bamboo, and Canadian Maple veneer each have different strengths and weaknesses as materials. While the differences can be reduced to numerical values, they only compose a portion of the equation that impacts the riding experience. Decks are defined by contours, concavity, and the lamination process. The details of adhesive chemistry, applied pressure, and setting temperature subtly affects the quality of each deck.
As a manufacturer, Jed recognises how the details of our designs impact the full lifecycle of our products.
Bamboo grows at rates on average of 3-5 meters per week, a stark contrast to Canadian Maple which takes around 40 years to mature into a tree (a common material in the skateboard industry for decks).
Jed's deck uses a layer of vertically cut bamboo to increase the torsional rigidity and overall strength. While horizontally layered veneers can crack, weaken, and delaminate with age and wear, our vertically cut bamboo decks rebound consistently, demonstrating less deformation with age and wear while retaining their original feel.
Decks are not all wood, however, between each layer is a non-wood element that provides flex characteristics. To reap the full benefits of the bamboo deck, we added layers of biaxial woven fibreglass and tuned the deck to a springy-flex that provides comfort during extended trips. The mechanical properties of these non-wood elements play a significant role the deck's performance and life cycle.
Carbon Fibre is an increasingly popular material in electric longboards that is offered to distinguish products from traditional boards or to offset the weight of an inefficient drive system.
Compression moulded foam decks with carbon fibre exteriors feel hollow and deliver noisy and rigid rides more suited for downhill than for comfortable adventuring. Furthermore, because the strength of compression molded decks comes from the reinforcing layer of carbon fibre and epoxy, small chips and moderate impacts can compromise the deck's structural integrity.
Decks layered with carbon fibre face a different struggle. While exterior facing layers of carbon fibre offer limited structural support and are frequently added for aesthetic purposes, carbon fibre as an interior layer to promote structural integrity can reduce deck weight. While bamboo and fibreglass' mechanical properties complement each other as a composite, the mechanical properties between rigid carbon fibre and flexible wood actually hurt the deck's performance overall. It is harder to tune a deck to a specific level of flexibility and the disproportional load distribution across the layers causes the materials to delaminate and prematurely wear.
Although the carbon fibre aesthetic is appealing, its mechanically unsuited for the experience Jed delivers and would compromise the sustainability of the board as the necessary epoxies complicate production and recycling.
Jed is first and foremost a longboard. Although it features a unique drive train and is an electric vehicle, it is fundamentally a deck with trucks, bushings, and wheels. We carbonise our decks to increase the coluor contrast in the grain because we want you to see that no two decks are identical (and to reduce the need for additional treatments/oils).
At Jed, we demonstrate mastery by balancing design, engineering, and skill. We apply the same level of attention to the Jed Board's decks that we apply to our sunglasses because a well designed product is worth the wait.