Alright, I’ll break it down one more time for those of you that weren’t paying attention the last few hundred times: Ventures are light-weight but break a lot easier. Independent are heavy but strong*. Thunders are the middleweights which make them light enough for good pop and strong enough to take a drop. Anything else on the market is superfluous.
*Independent lost a few customers over the years because of defaults. Indys are now more prone to breaking than ever before, but the company promises to produce only the strongest trucks available. Two cracked baseplates in exactly the same place lost my confidence, so I’ve been riding these Thunders and have no complaints. Oh, except for the vividly coloured pro models- yuck!