Bear trucks started in 2004 because of a need for stronger Trucks. Downhill skateboarding was growing and so were the size of the wheels being used and the forces riders were putting on their trucks. Bear made several CNC machined precision downhill prototype trucks to meet these demands. After several prototypes and tones of testing by the Worlds top riders the Bear Smokie downhill truck was released.The Smokie dominated the downhill circuit winning countless races and several World Championships.