Back in the early age of scootering, we felt that a lot more could be improved in the way to connect the neck and the plate and that simply turning an old school foldable scooter into one piece decks was the easiest but not the best solution. Since the development of the OriGinal Addict deck in 2008 we have been using the same deck/neck structure and connection using AF-Tech. Through the years and quickly after we launched the OriGinal deck, our neck shape has become the most copied neck shape on the market at the point to almost be a standard. Keeping the inner walls of the deck extrusion as straight walls is completely canceling out the benefits of the neck structure.
The AF-Tech has been developed to dissipate the forces and stress generated by the impact that occurs during landings. When you land your trick, part of the stress and forces generated will be absorbed by yourself and your scooter. It’s a team effort. Your handle bars will absorb what it can and will pass the rest to the compression system, the neck and the fork while your body will generate huge forces on the deck extrusion plate. With AF-Tech the neck is welded just on top of the deck following the same angle-alignment of the deck extrusion inner walls. The Arch created by the structure helps and guides the stress dissipation which provides just enought Flexibility to absorb most of the shock generated by the impact.
BLACKSMITH BS-1 Neck
The OG deck was known rround the world for being the most confortable decks at its time. Based on AF-Tech it could be ridden with 8+ cracks before finally giving up. Necks are a major issue in the scooter industry. A broken scooter neck can easily break your neck. While we all agree that breaking the plate is safer and that bending it can happen with nothing more than a very heavy landing. The BS-1 already has a long journey behind the scene. As a street based brand longevity and safety are some of our main goals during product development. With passion, love, years of experience inside factories, the constant feedback from the Addict Fam and fans, the thousands of hours spends studying and designing. The BlackSmith is a gem, designed to match the final PROPERTIES OF ALUMINIUM.
Your scooter is more or less acting like a rigid damper. The perfect balance between flexibility and strength gives more pop and makes landings softer. Beside that, the deck it self will shape itself and adapt to your own riding style and position which truly makes every Addict deck your very own. Also with the AF-Tech we dont need to weld UNDER the deck plate, we think that less welds the better it is and that having welds on sliding-grinding areas is not safe.