All Carbon Fiber Boards from IXO

IXO may not be a household brand yet but they definitely deserve the credit for manufacturing high quality carbon fiber boards. The small company, owned by Pedro Sanchez, started out in 2007 repairing plastic containers and producing composite parts. They have since added to their resume, and now produce extremely nice carbon fiber skateboards and longboards.

IXO carbon fiber skateboard

IXO carbon fiber longboard

Based in Spain, Pedro insists that using carbon fiber is so ideal, not only because of its strong and lightweight components, but it’s also extremely resistant and can take shapes and forms that metals simply cant.

In an interview with All Around Skate, Pedro explains how he started experimenting with carbon fiber skateboards. He says that with all the leftover material they had, he had an idea to make a skateboard for his 12 year old son as a Christmas present. When he went to a shop to buy the trucks and wheels for the board, the guy at the shop was in awe. The rest is history.

IXO carbon fiber longboard

The boards are made totally out of carbon fiber prepeg with a lightweight Nomex® honeycomb core. They also polish the surface no less than six times using a very expensive varnish that allows you to have a glossy finish which people love. The biggest disadvantage to using carbon fiber for long and skateboards, is its price tag. Depending on a few factors, it can cost up to four times as much. It also takes a lot of hand work so manual labor is a big part of the price factor.

Pedro also informed us that each board is manufactured per order. The board will come with an aluminum plate on the bottom, with the manufacturing date, serial number, and the owners name. As of now only, they only sell the decks…trucks and wheels are not included, but eight titanium screws are. The longboards are being sold for about $1,720, the skateboards are going for a little less at around $1,460 and they even offer little carbon fiber fingerboards that are going for about $80, in case your fingers need a nice little workout. Be sure to check out the video below that shows an inside look into the IXO factory and how they do their work. And if you’re interested, be sure to follow their progress on Facebook too!

IXO carbon fiber longboard

[Sources: IXO, All Around Skate]

  • Rode

    this is absolutelly NOT the first board on carbon fiber at all. There is at leas 5 more companies in Europe doing the same thing, only 3 times cheaper and half as light. Those companies as 313, and Brothers Longboards have been producing for years

    • IXO Boards

      Hello:

      IXO It’s the ONLY brand which makes decks ONLY of carbon finber prepreg and nomex® honeycomb.

      All other manufacturers uses some layers of external carbon fabric over wood or foam cores. 313 longboards uses this tech, but inside it’s wood, you can see in this picture:

      http://www.313skateboards.de/tl_files/media/galleries/products/invader/deck/09/313_invader_016.jpg

      Brothers uses aluminium, Wefunk uses carbon with wood, etc., etc., but NO ONE uses nomex@+ prepreg carbon fiber ONLY, vacuum compacted and cured in oven. This composite combination, by far, it’s the best, strongest and lightest composite combination available worldwide today, and for sure the IXO boards aren’t as heavy as you pretend.

      Cost of this high-end materials, together with a finishing that no other brand do similar, are a part of the price tag.
      But, just as example, wefunk decks are around 700 euros or more…

      We give 6 years of full warranty to our decks, during which, we call back, once a year (normally during winter, when they are not in use), completely free of any cost for the customer, to bring all our decks back home to Spain. When they arrive to our factory, we clean them (rest of sandpaper, glue, etc.), repair them (if necessary), polish and paint them back again, prior to return back the deck, almost as new, to it’s propietary. This cost money, for sure, but the owner of the decks pay nothing.

      Like the full set of screws and nuts of titanium (grade 5) included with each deck, and the aluminium plate, laser engraved, integrated in the carbon, with the name of the owner.

      Furthermore, we don’t want to have a mass production of our objects. Like other luxury brands like Vuitton, Chanel, Hermes, or Maserati, we are any interested in to produce mass of nothing, for this exist other brands of longboards, not IXO.

      We prefer to keep the exclusivity, finishing and elegance of our pieces of art, before to sell hundreds of them.

      Regards

      The IXO Boards Team

      • DJ

        As you have pointed out yes there is wood inside which is used as a Hard point so the screws will not pull through I am sure there is something similar in your board. If you what to do it right you should cure your boards in an autoclave.

        • IXO Boards

          Yes, in the screws area, the deck it’s carbon fiber 100%, no core inside, just full carbon, so you can tight the screws as strong as you want, without any problem.
          We don’t use an autoclave, but an oven with high vacuum.
          Manufacturing prepreg it’s enough with this unless the enginering need of the part ask for it, which in the case of the decks it’s not necessary
          Carbon parts of (just as example) Koenisegg cars are manufactured with this same technology we use everyday.

          The IXO Boards Team

        • DJ

          You can only achieve 1 atmosphere, around 29.92 in if your pumps can get that high, normally a vac pump can only reach about 24 if your lucky.

        • IXO Boards

          we use -980 mbars in our pumps to press the carbon: it’s quite enough, believe me !
          Regards

          The IXO Boards Team

        • DJ

          That is about half what I get when I make my Long boards, you are at -14 lb sq I am at 120psi in the autoclave BETTER stonger and lighter.

        • IXO Boards

          Fantastic, congrats !
          But…weight depends ONLY of the amount of material you use. The same layers of carbon, weights the same, independently of how much you pressed them. In prepregs, for more presure, you will have a thinner deck, more dense, so weight it’s the same, if you use the same amount of fiber.
          Anyway, for us doesn’t matter how others make their decks.
          We made ours in our way, and we aren’t any worry about other brands. Others can use gold or diamonds to manufacture longboards, but for us, it’s a pitty, and we don’t care too much about it.

          We reserve autoclave energy and costs, only for high quality militar aircraft pieces.
          I’m quite anxious to see your work, could you post maybe some pictures of your autoclave decks, just to apreciate them ?
          Regards

          The IXO Boards Team

        • IXO Boards

          we use -980 mbars on our pumps, and it’s enough vacuum, believe me !

          Regards
          The IXO Boards Team

  • http://fossconcepts.weebly.com/ fossconcepts

    These boards are truly awesome! I really love that they are 100% carbon fiber.

  • Labros

    What is the weight of the skateboard?