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Old 12-30-2009, 12:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have an old 2001 Nitro suprateam that I love, but I doesn't seem to hold an edge anymore, no matter how much I sharpen it (89 side bevel). There is a good amount of metal edge left.

The other day I was carving down the blacks and my back edge was so squirrely , I felt like I was gonna wash out with each backside carve. I thought it may have been due to icy condiftions, Yet when I switched to my Battaleon Jam and even my noodle Nitro Subpop, the edge hold was outstanding.

Is there some filing technique I am missing? I've been tuning my own board for 10 years. I would hate to retire my beloved Nitro suprateam.
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Old 12-30-2009, 01:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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you could probably get a base grind to relevel it, and then have them put a 1 degree base bevel on it. Most likely your base bevel has been compromised and needs to be redone, but the board may just be too old and broken down internally(fg) and too soft too hold a good edge
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you could probably get a base grind to relevel it, and then have them put a 1 degree base bevel on it. Most likely your base bevel has been compromised and needs to be redone, but the board may just be too old and broken down internally(fg) and too soft too hold a good edge
I think you are right about releveling the board. I have always maintained my own boards but base grinding is the only thing I cant do myself.

I have a personal fear about sending my board to the shop because no loves my board as much as I do. At the board shop, I always see some clueless minimum-wage teenager banging away at some poor schmuck's board, improperly waxing and underscrapping and then charging a ridiculous amount for "tuning" their board.

Anyone know a good shop in the nyc metro area that can properly basegrind?
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Take a few photos and email the manufacturer. They might have helpful advice.
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Old 01-08-2010, 04:21 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Loose feeling in the turns is usually due to the base entering a convex shape. This occurs with age where most boards will either concave or go convex. If you have a true bar you'll be able to see for yourself, and then it is just a matter of sanding down the areas needed to get that board flat again. If you don't have a true bar, they're about 30 bucks for a snowboard sized one (I suggest getting one from Tognar.com over getting the more expensive SVST bar). If you aren't really up for dropping that kind of cash, take it over to local tuning shop, as a few passes over the base grinder will also get the board back to flat.
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