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Do I need to detune a new board

I just got a new 2009 "K2 The Zero" board which has a factory 1 degree bevel.
Does this board need a detune at the contact points and the tip and tail, to
prevent edge catching, or would it be fine to ride it as is?
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Depends if it's a strictly rail, box, and street jib board.

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The board will be used mainly for carving down east coast runs at high speed, probably wont see any action in the park. Detune still?
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Fuck no! If this board is for bombing mountains, especially ice, groomers, or hard pack, you'll need those edges. Detuning a freeride board is the last thing you want to do dude

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fine as is
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I've read that you start from the nose/tail to the contact-point as a must.
Then you go toward the middle 0 -> 2 inches depending on freeride -> park.
Then you do from the middle toward to the rest depending on the rail tricks.
You can also bevel the middle so that you will still be able to carve good while reducing catches on boardslides.

It depends on personal preference ultimately. You can do a little at a time and see when to stop.


EDIT: Now that I think about it, it might be the "widest part" rather than the contact point. Because the widest part is where the edge stops engaging the snow when in a carve...when your board is leaning in an angle. Not sure about this though. I've always used the contact point as a reference myself.

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I read the same. This is the 1st new board that I own.
Its K2's most expensive board, comparable to the burton vapor
and UL. I dont want to mess it up, I guess I cant go wrong keeping
things the way they are, ride it, and then see....
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you dont need to detune crap....after the board comes out of the factory, the edges are sharpened and detuned at the tip and tail.

If u want to be strictily at the park, then yes, you want to detune along your effective edge to prevent any catches on rails or boxes.

Once you start sharpening your own edges, only then you want to detune and dull out the edges about 1/2-1" INTO the effective edge. If you dont, then as youre initiating a carve, the edges will dig in too much and cause you to catch.

you should be fine as is

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I ride a Custom X. If there was ever a board you'd be afraid of catching an edge on and getting slammed, that would be the one. Hasen't happened to me once, not because I detuned my edges, but because I know how to ride. Don't detune your board, you'll ruin it and waste your money. If you're so afraid of catching an edge, I don't think it's a board maintenance issue, I think you need to take a lesson and tighten up your riding.

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Definately not afraid of catching. In the past, ive only owned used boards, this is my first new one. I have never detuned any of my boards, but there are sources all over the web talkin about detuning brand new boards...ill adhere to the advice everyone here has provided and leave the board as is.
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