The V4 is the pogo stick that most people will probably benefit from. It is designed to deliver a soft, smooth bounce that resembles a portable trampoline. The major difference between our old V3 and the new V4 is that we’ve added 14 additional cubic inches of air to the cylinder. This additional air changes everything. With the V4, you can bounce higher with lower air pressure. This makes it easier to control, faster to learn, and easier to jump high & do tricks. Aside from that, we’ve updated nearly every part on the pogo stick to fix nagging issues that have been troublesome in the past. The result is that the V4 is our newest and most amazing pogo stick. Just like Apple always says – this is the best “insert product here” we’ve ever made. In this case, however, the V4 really is by far the best pogo stick we’ve ever made.
The V4 Pro takes all of the designs put into the V4 and then adds two new benefits. The V4 Pro has a slide shaft with a stroke that is 2” longer than the V4. This longer slide shaft provides extra boost for jumping even higher or landing from greater heights – like when you jump off of something tall. The V4 Pro also has a bushing with about 78% less surface area for less friction. On top of that, the bushing has pockets drilled into it that enable you to add your own lubricant. Once lubricant is added, the bushing will then self-lubricate the shaft while you bounce, providing an even smoother bounce. This bushing coupled with the longer slide shaft make the V4 ideal for serious riders or those looking to get the best we have to give.
The V4 comes in two different colors and three different sizes. The V4 is white. The V4 Pro will come in green.
The two parts that are most likely to wear down and break are the Grip Tip and the Handlebars. The Grip Tip takes a tremendous beating over its life and wears down like tread on tires. Over time you will need to replace it, and the frequency of replacement depends on how long you use it for. Generally, the Grip Tip should last a year or more.
The handlebars are designed to bend or break for safety reasons. In the event that you drop the pogo stick and it happens to land just right, the handlebars may bend, or after bending enough times, break. This is a safety feature designed into the pogo stick. You can purchase a new Grip Tip or a Handlebar 3-Pack for $20 each.
All other parts are covered under our warranty and are replaced on a less frequent basis.
Yep. Every single part on our pogo sticks can be replaced.
We realize that they go through quite a beating out there in the field. Some people really abuse the heck out of them (cough, cough – our sponsored team riders), and every single component might need to be replaced at some point or another. Because of that, we made sure to design the stick so that everything can be interchangeable quickly and cost effectively.
Replacement parts are available on our website. All parts on the V4 can be quickly replaced at home without the need for sending the pogo stick in for repair.
It’s hard to say exactly what temperatures our sticks can operate at without actually cruising down to Antarctica, but I’m feeling that our chances of surviving each are favorable. The majority of the V4 is made of 6061 Aluminum or Stainless Steel – no problem there.
The same goes for the nylon that we use for the bushing and piston, each of which can handle -100ºF – 450ºF.
Our urethane parts – shock absorber donuts and our bounce pads – have a more limited temp range, the upper of which is probably about 275ºF, so you’re all good in Death Valley. I wouldn’t leave it sitting in the back seat of the blistering sun. Even though the heats of the desert are fine for bouncing, a stick sitting in the backseat of, say, Phoenix, will for sure hit temps in the 200s (we actually experienced this with some older, cheaper V2 shock donuts; as a result, we changed urethanes to one with a higher temperature range).
The stick itself will generate its own internal heat from the friction. The slide shaft gets pretty hot to the touch, and the cylinder will get warm. This heat generated won’t be anything to lose sleep over…and in the snowy wastelands, the warm cylinder could potentially act as a source of warmth when held tight.
Our biggest worry would be the Antarctic climate. At those brisk temps the rubber o-ring would constrict a little bit and would be likely to leak air a little bit. The grip tip urethane could also start to become pretty rock hard and would have a tough time gripping the ground. If you have enough soft snowpack, who knows, you might actually be just fine with grip. On cement however…
We have customers pretty far north in Canada (eh), and they don’t seem to have issues with the freezing cold aside from their bodies not really being able to handle it.
The urethane grip tip should last you a year or more, but it really depends on how often you use them. Our team riders replace them every 6 months or so, but they use them just about every day and under some pretty harsh conditions. Eventually they will wear down and need to be replaced. We make them as strong as we can, but they can only withstand so much abuse before wearing down…much like tread on a tire. Replacing a grip tip takes about 1-2 minutes.
Handlebars are likely to bend and eventually break. Some people order replacement packs from us and others choose to purchase their own replacement rod and cut it to size themselves. We could easily make the bars out of steel so that they don’t bend, but we need to leave them soft for safety reasons…a lot of our customers do tricks where they take their feet off the pogo stick and put them back on at the last second. If they happen to miss the pegs with their feet and their face hits the handlebars, we’d rather the handlebars bend than their face break. Replacing handlebars takes about two minutes.
And if you do, please send us a picture showing off your new custom stick.
It’s a pretty simple process:
- Sand down the original coating. You’ll need to roughen up the cylinder in order to give the spray paint something to stick to.
- Tape the very top of the stick off where for handlebars sit. You don’t want to get paint in those four bolt holes.
- Create a 5 foot by 5 foot flat space on the floor and cover with cardboard or paper. Make sure the space is really well ventilated. The spray paint will probably end up all over.
- Spray a white or light gray primer over the original powder coat until most of the color is covered up.
- Sand gently with a a 400 grit sandpaper to smooth the primer. Give it a few good coats of spray paint.
- OPTIONAL: Sand very gently with 800 grit sandpaper to remove dust or particles sticking to the paint. Give it a few clear coats to protect it and keep it from rubbing off on your clothes.