$195 shipped for the DC MLF? Thats a steal. I know 2 people on this board and they really like it a lot. Some people on this forum say they're made cheaply but I have never personally heard any complaints. You'll be fine learning on this board. The only thing that really makes it "freestyle" is its twin shape and flex. All mountain boards are a little stiffer and set back which wont make a difference to you until you develop a preference of what you like to ride. Buy the DC and enjoy.