There are some technologies/features that are pretty much undisputed as being beneficial - for instance, most improved edge hold technologies, sidewall construction, carbon inlays, triax/quadax fiber glass (esp. pre-stretch) or even basalt construction, blunted tips in most circumstances, etc.
Others have some benefits and some drawbacks and everybody needs to decide for themselves whether the former outweigh the latter. TBT is firmly in this second bucket and the pros and cons are pretty well known:
- Main benefits of TBT are a relatively forgiving ride and improved turn initiation and edge-to-edge speed, while maintaining the pop and most of the straight line stability of regular camber.
- On the downside, it requires more board inclination to get good edge engagement (the fact that Bataleon does not have any other multi contact point edge technology does not help) and there is a real learning curve with TBT for most people (especially for spins and jumps). Also it is still regular camber, so pow performance will not measure up to rocker or hybrid profiles.
Really a personal decision and it is generally a good idea to do some thorough demoing if you have not ridden a TBT board before.
Last edited by hktrdr; 12-14-2012 at 12:59 AM.