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Ground Control was founded by Jon Elliott in the year 2000. Jon was one of the top skaters at the time and his tall body size and heavier weight put a lot of strain on existing frame designs. His vision was to developthe strongest and most durable frames in the industry. The first frames hit stores in summer 2001 and featured signature design elements that are still leading in the industry today:
The original Ground Control Frame (2001):
- Symmetric Frame: GC invented the symmetric frame design which eliminates the hassle of single wheel rotation and to allowed easy 180° rotation to prevent uneven side wall wear.
- Deep H-Block: Together with team rider Charles Dunkle GC came up with the idea of a deep H-Block which extends deep into the side walls and increases the life time of the frames.
Later that year Mike “Murda” Johnson came up with the idea of a freestyle frame with small grind blocks instead of center wheels. GC incorporated this idea by developing a special Murda H-Block which was compatible to the 2G frame.
Another groundbreaking invention followed in 2003 when GC put little anti-rocker wheels in the center. The hard plastic proofed perfectly for grinding and they allowed just enough spinning when landing on the center of the frame.
Murda Bullet frame, 2004
Bullet 8 frame, 2005
HiLo frame, 2006
Formula 1 Frame with replaceable core, 2008
Featuring the introduction of the Sickle Axle
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