Lawrie the spacers now have a rubber o-ring built in to them and these spaces actually bolt directly into the chassis now.
As far as I am aware this will now be standard on the decks but is available as a very nice, cheap mod for exisitng owners.
As Ray mentioned, it's about a quarter the cost of the Pederson mod - who wouldn't even sell me one unless I agreed for him to hack my deck apart.
As mentioned earlier, an existing Pederson user thinks the Michell mod is better.
Griffo & Ray,
Thanks for those clarifications. It's good to know that Michell will now be offering them as standard. Whilst they are at it, it would also be good for them to rethink the suspension/turrets settings as setting up the suspension is not a straightforward as they make out in their instructions. Although I don't have issues with set-up any more, (practice makes perfect etc
), I see many decks at friends or acqaintances houses that are poorly set-up and they tend to give up in frustration after several tries. Many Gyro/Orbe owners are not realizing the full potential of their decks due to poor or inadequate set-up and I blame Michell for that. IMO, some sort of calibrated guide/markings and more detailed instructions would be useful.
Btw, Griffo, I am very surprised that Pederson refused to sell you the armboard upgrade as I had no such issues with him. I paid EUR 52.00 including postage and packing and there was no mention of further upgrades of the deck etc. Very strange!
Anyway, digressing slightly,I am really curious to know what the Michell guys have up their sleeves to improve on the Orbe (design/model-wise) now that the inspirational John Michell is no longer around. Does the currentteam have the design know-how to bring out a model that would sit above the Orbe in the pecking order but for sensible money? As Michell is a U.K. company, is there any word on this or will thecurrent models represent the present andfuture for the company?
Enjoy the music™