The rocker (slight "U" bend when viewed from the side) really sinks you into the board and gives you that extra cushy, locked in feel. Feels great for dancing, makes sliding a lot easier and more comfortable, and puts the board lower to the ground, making pushing slightly easier.
We added a mellow "U" concave to give you more confidence when sliding. The concave also helps lock your feet in when landing big spins and such but is still mellow and comfortable enough for footwork moves.
NOSE AND TAIL KICKS
More nose and tail curvatures allow for easier catching of the nose and tail. With good timing, you can ollie the Bhangra. Not easy, but it can be done. Both the nose and tail will lock your feet in nicely for manuals, but the different lengths result in distinct feelings of balance and pop. You may find riding the board in a certain direction better for some tricks; for example, the tail is really good for catching shuvits-to-manuals, while the nose feels better for hang ten manuals.
This is our most thought out grip design to date featuring a functional, shoe saving design and two different types of griptape.
For the main standing platform, we used a mellower grip with a functional pattern to save your shoes. As you all know, when you do pivot motions on grip tape you slowly wear out the balls of your shoes; you are basically grinding away your soles on sandpaper. We cut out this grip design so that when you do your spinning moves, most of your shoe will move freely on the bamboo, not the grip tape. We also designed it so you still have plenty of grip tape on the rails of the board for confidence when sliding.
We used a gnarlier, gripper griptape on the nose and tail to help give you that extra locked in feeling when holding out manuals. The extra grip also makes it easier to catch the nose and tail for quick shuvit-to-manual moves.
Resin plays a big part in how a board feels. We tried out a variety of resins, each having their own energy return properties and flex characteristics. For a board like this, we really dug a more mellow, damp feeling resin. Something that sinks nicely under your feet and does not have so much energy return that it wants to buck you off. We classify the flex as soft, damp, almost "dead" flex. In contrast, a Dervish Sama has a more lively, springy flex.
We designed functional wheel wells to accommodate several brands of 180mm trucks and 70mm wheels without risers. They will prevent wheelbite in most circumstances; however, you may encounter bite if you run super loose trucks with soft bushings.
Flex 1: 150-250+ lbs
Flex 2: 90-190+ lbs
Flex 2 is what Adam S. (150 lbs) and Adam C. (160 lbs) ride. The Adams prefer a board with a bit of flex to it (feels a lot better for freestyle). You can still take the flex 2 plenty fast and do slides comfortably, thanks to the rocker and concave. Flex 1 is definitely stiffer, and if you are 160 lbs it will flex only slightly under you. If you like stiffer boards and plan on doing hard pounding tricks with this board or weigh more (over 190 lbs), this is your board.
Distinct nose and tail shapes create different amounts of leverage for different tricks. The standing platform is slightly wider in the front of the board to concentrate leverage over the front truck for predictable turn initiation while dancing.
Trucks: We recommend 180mm reverse-kingpin trucks: Paris, Randal, Bears, etc. Paris with standard bushings offer the most wheel clearance and best fit with the wheel wells. If you choose Randals or Bears, we recommend the use of a riser pad to ensure full wheel clearance.
Wheels: This board is designed to ride with 70mm or smaller wheels. 75mm wheels are too big and require risers to avoid the risk of wheel bite. Plus, 70mm is the perfect, lightweight size to throw around, do tricks on, and slide.
Adam Stokowski, Dane Webber and Adam Colton like this board set up with 86a Stimulus wheel for sliding and shuvit spin moves. The 86a is a good all round wheel for their style and provides extra leeway: when landing a shuvit wrong, the wheels will slide the extra bit around instead of gripping and bucking you off. A softer wheel will be more comfortable for cruising long distances, cross-stepping, manuals and such.
Additional Setups: Play around with kingpin tightness to adjust the looseness of the trucks. There are a lot of new bushings coming to market and they can make a huge difference in the ride. If you find yourself getting wheel bite, add a riser pad, or run slightly smaller wheels. Go out and experiment.
Riding Tips: For some inspiration, check out the freestyle and freeride antics of Adam Squared and Dane Webber in 'Of Troglodytes and Men" at the bottom of this page.
NAME & GRAPHICS
For this graphic we decided to try something new. We took a collage of Adam Colton's scary monster faces meshed together and screaming with joy and burned/branded them into the bottom of the board. If you feed them, they will stay happy.
The top graphic is sick and simple: a monster's eye surrounded by a swirling line. If you spin on the swirling lines, you will get more speed.
We wanted to create a more compact dancing/freestyle board that you could basically do everything on.A board that has plenty of room to get your dancing groove on and is smaller, lighter, and easier to throw around.Something that is not overly huge, can bust out steezy slides, and can be carried and fit into a trunk easier.Can you downhill on this board? Probably, but it is not a DH board.
We are stoked to say this is our most organic board to date. We have created a durable beast from bamboo, cork and epoxy bio-resin. We used no fiberglass in this board but were able to get the strength and flex characteristics we wanted by using two cores of vert-lam bamboo with cork in the middle for weight reduction and dampening. The top of the board is a cross-ply of bamboo vert-lam to strengthen the board across the width, and we use a similar ply in the center (next to the cork) to stiffen up the flex 1 version. Many of the boards have small holes in the nose and or tail. These are caused by grooves in the bottom core that allow the board to bend into a deeper concave. They will not affect the performance or durability of the board and are a great place to store soup.