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Old 12-07-2010, 10:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone

So I'm thinking about getting a new board. I currently have a Lib Tech Trs MTX 154 from 3 years ago. I just wanted to check with all of you whether or not now would be a good time to upgrade or if I should wait another season or two. Does the reverse Camber and all that new tech make that big of a difference from my current board? Right now I'm leaning towards the Lib Tech T Rice or Ride Machete but am open to suggestions. I also am trying to decide between 153 and 157 but I think 153 is better for me.

Height: 5-7
Weight:155
Boot size: 9-9.5
riding preference: Right now I like to cruise down the mountain and do some ground tricks and small to medium jumps. I've done some rails and boxes but they are not what I enjoy most. I may try and go into rails a bit more this year

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Location: North East

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Old 12-07-2010, 11:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Is your board traditional camber? Thats the only thing that I could see being a major change. The change in random tech probably wouldn't make a huge difference.
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Old 12-07-2010, 01:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Vote goes for the T.Rice. I have the machete and t.rice and T.rice feels way better (at least for me). I ride the 153 t.rice and I'm 5'5" 152lbs. I think you should go with the 153 if you like doing ground tricks and 157 if you charge more and ride powder often.
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Old 12-07-2010, 01:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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because i am a fanboy of the machete - take it
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Machete and T.Rice are two very different boards. The Machete is a much better freestyle board while the T.Rice is a much better all-mountain board. Both are geared towards all-mountain freestyle with the Machete being more freestyle and T.Rice being more all-mountain.

The T.Rice is considerably stiffer than the Machete and is stiffer than your TRS. The Machete is a bit softer than the TRS.

153 in T.Rice or 155 in Machete for you.

Oh, both boards are good in powder. I personally think the T.Rice is better suited to your style. If you plan on getting heavy with the freestyle, then Machete.
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Hmmm, I thought the T.Rice is not that much stiffer than the Machete (I have the 155) overall Leo. It is much stiffer underfoot though.
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Hmmm, I thought the T.Rice is not that much stiffer than the Machete (I have the 155) overall Leo. It is much stiffer underfoot though.
On my own scale of 10, I rate the T.Rice as an 8 and the Machete as a 6.

2011 models of course. I was 175lbs when I demoed the 157 T.Rice and 158 Machete.
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I rode my T.Rice for the fist time this last weekend and loved it. I'm bigger than you (6'4", 200) and ride the 164.5. It is a stiff board that handeled all the speed I could throw at it. I don't know if the flex pattern is different on the blunt tip models, but for me it wouldn't be the board I would choose for throwing ground tricks. After one trip on my T.Rice I think my NS SL (a board which tons of people here are hard for) will stay shelved for most of the season. I haven't ridden the machete. I think if you wanna cruise or hit jumps go with the T.Rice. If you wanna do more on the ground and rails, the T.Rice isn't as suited for that IMO.
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Machete and T.Rice are two very different boards. The Machete is a much better freestyle board while the T.Rice is a much better all-mountain board. Both are geared towards all-mountain freestyle with the Machete being more freestyle and T.Rice being more all-mountain.

The T.Rice is considerably stiffer than the Machete and is stiffer than your TRS. The Machete is a bit softer than the TRS.

153 in T.Rice or 155 in Machete for you.

Oh, both boards are good in powder. I personally think the T.Rice is better suited to your style. If you plan on getting heavy with the freestyle, then Machete.
Thanks a ton for all the replies. You all have been really helpful and I'm starting to get a good sense of what I should get.

I am thinking now maybe I should go with the machete which would make the boards I have more versatile. I'd have the trs for all mountain days but if I wanted to work on ground tricks and stuff the machete would be good while still giving me the decent all mountain ride I like. I've also heard that regular camber boards are better at high speeds which would mean the trs would still be good for cruising

Would you say this is a good choice?
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Old 12-07-2010, 03:39 PM   #10 (permalink)
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the new machete, is very stable at high speeds, unfortunately i still didn't ride it (yet!!!) but it is now 20cm of me, and i can touch it but ill ride on it just on march, but take the machete for everything!

if it helps, it got 2 major awards:

1. good wood test

2. best of tests
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