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Old 09-06-2014, 01:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hey guys! newbie here, have picked up a GNU B-Pro for this season to go along with my NS Raven, just looking for some impressions on it because I've been hearing extremely mixed reviews - basically from it being the best board ever to being a too-aggressive board that no one wants to ride (from the local sales people in Banff, maybe trying to dissuade the influx of Australian/English newbies from buying the "prettiest" board?)

I've been riding for 4 years 30+ days a season mostly between Cypress Mountain, Whis and Lake Louise where I live now. I'm a pretty aggressive rider when I'm on my A game (I'll have my lazy days no doubt but I'm usually looking for the next way to step up my game), I like to charge hard and find side hits and natural features and get lots of varied terrain in a day of riding, so the mostly camber profile of the B-Pro interested me. I thought about the Ladies Choice as well, but figured it was probably just a more twin-like version of the more rocker oriented CRC I've got with the Raven.

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Old 09-06-2014, 01:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It's a really aggressive ride and can be a little catchy. It wasn't right for me personally. But on the flip side of that catchiness it had a nice hold in hard pack...but turn initiation required more effort than what I was used to. I'm more of a freestyle/all mountain kind of girl, on the small/light side, and used to softer boards. This board is really for advanced to expert riders I would say. If you like being aggressive, it may just work for you.
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Old 09-06-2014, 02:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It is a fairly aggressive board (for a rocker hybrid) but I don't know anyone who found this board "too aggressive". Probably because it really isn't. It rides more like a cambered deck than b-pro c2 and is not as good in pow but it has the same flex as c2 and is pretty poppy. Let's just say this is as close to a full camber as you can get without actually getting camber.
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Ridden bnice 155 cambered (very fun board for goofing around on), rider's choice 154.5, bpro 2cbtx 155, jame lynn phoenix c3 156iirc, and billygoat 159 split.

imho if ur riding a c3 might as well skip and get a fully cambered board....the c3 was ok but didn't have the positives of the cambered, i.e, pop and lock-on stability.

rider's choice/lady's choice c2btx (full mag) will offer lots of control and fairly playful

bpro 2cbtx (full mag) is a solid hotrod that is alot of fun but you have to be fairly aggressive...and its torsionally stiff ...it doesn't mind going transverse.

ime...billygoat c2btx (1/2 mag) will be the most aggressive of the class its fairly stiff flex (more than the bpro) but with a looser torsional flex. the result is that the goat will want to keep its nose in the fall line (doesn't like to go transverse like the bpro) and will eat up natural terrain but is is more surefooted than the bpro. If you learn to ride it aggressively it is a very fun and confident board...but if not it will take you for a ride.

....The three above boards are generally in the same class and very similar in size and profile. The differences are profile, flex stiffness and torsional stiffness. Perhaps the differences to the casual rider is that they all take you for a ride...but at an high advance/expert level you can definitely feel the differences. These three are fine on groomers, packed and up to about 12" of medium pnw poo. Anyway the board of choice at Baker for aggressive women is the bpro (solids and splitties)....however have also seen a hand full of gals on billygoats (both solids and splitties)
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Old 09-06-2014, 05:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Ridden bnice 155 cambered (very fun board for goofing around on), rider's choice 154.5, bpro 2cbtx 155, jame lynn phoenix c3 156iirc, and billygoat 159 split.

imho if ur riding a c3 might as well skip and get a fully cambered board....the c3 was ok but didn't have the positives of the cambered, i.e, pop and lock-on stability.

rider's choice/lady's choice c2btx (full mag) will offer lots of control and fairly playful

bpro 2cbtx (full mag) is a solid hotrod that is alot of fun but you have to be fairly aggressive...and its torsionally stiff ...it doesn't mind going transverse.

ime...billygoat c2btx (1/2 mag) will be the most aggressive of the class its fairly stiff flex (more than the bpro) but with a looser torsional flex. the result is that the goat will want to keep its nose in the fall line (doesn't like to go transverse like the bpro) and will eat up natural terrain but is is more surefooted than the bpro. If you learn to ride it aggressively it is a very fun and confident board...but if not it will take you for a ride.

....The three above boards are generally in the same class and very similar in size and profile. The differences are profile, flex stiffness and torsional stiffness. Perhaps the differences to the casual rider is that they all take you for a ride...but at an high advance/expert level you can definitely feel the differences. These three are fine on groomers, packed and up to about 12" of medium pnw poo. Anyway the board of choice at Baker for aggressive women is the bpro (solids and splitties)....however have also seen a hand full of gals on billygoats (both solids and splitties)
I agree that b-pro c3 seems to take the somewhat awkward niche between a more playful c2 and a more stable camber. In effect, it is neither. For a non-powder specific board billy goat handles it better, no question.

As to the park... actually it was on c3 that I had a season ending injury when it caught on takeoff. Not blaming the board, mostly my mistake but the catch surprised me at the time. Felt like it shouldn't have happened but did.
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Old 09-06-2014, 06:23 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Why are you asking after the fact?

The raven is the same type of board as the B-pro, terrain wise.

I would get a short freestyle board and build a quiver.

What's wrong with the Raven? Its aggressive, damp, fast, and lighter then the B-pro.
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