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fayewolf 02-07-2011 01:47 PM

Help me pick
 
For a beginner girl rider on the small side, 105 lbs and almost 5'5. I only cruise down mountains, no park whatsoever. Only started riding this season for a few times, can link turns on groomed green.

Rides in Lake tahoe, quite icy despite being in the west coast, i guess the magnatraction may come into play.

Goal is to help a beginner learn as quick as possible without spending most of my time on my ass catching edges. But the way I catch edges, I suspect having a rocker/magnatraction might now even help.I just lost my concentration and forget that i'm on toe edge and go directly to heel edge and bam. :dunno:

Gnu B-nice ($350)
Magnetraction
rocker (is it a hybrid??? )
Like the design a tad better than the lunatique
Comes in 146, slightly longer than what I want, but the sales guy said because of the more severe banana/rocker, it's okay even if it's a bit longer



K2 Lunatique ($250)
cheaper than b-nice
hybrid (that's what the guy said)
comes in 142 , length i'm comfortable with
I do not like the design but that's minor

jkc350z 02-07-2011 01:55 PM

the b-nice comes in small sizes I believe. But, in terms of the actual board, I think the Gnu is a better board. You get more tech and you can grow into it more. I personally got my gf a b-nice (the lunatique was in list as well).

fayewolf 02-07-2011 05:56 PM

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Originally Posted by jkc350z (Post 371595)
the b-nice comes in small sizes I believe. But, in terms of the actual board, I think the Gnu is a better board. You get more tech and you can grow into it more. I personally got my gf a b-nice (the lunatique was in list as well).

Ooops, I mean 145.

What made you pick Gnu instead?

jkc350z 02-07-2011 07:15 PM

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Originally Posted by fayewolf (Post 371745)
Ooops, I mean 145.

What made you pick Gnu instead?

In my opinion, it just had a ton more tech for relatively the same price. I got her the 2010 model, so it was like $260. Even if the price was more than the K2, i'd still get her the Gnu. Its flexible and forgiving enough for a new rider, but also has the tech to back up a intermediate rider.

fayewolf 02-07-2011 09:14 PM

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Originally Posted by jkc350z (Post 371830)
In my opinion, it just had a ton more tech for relatively the same price. I got her the 2010 model, so it was like $260. Even if the price was more than the K2, i'd still get her the Gnu. Its flexible and forgiving enough for a new rider, but also has the tech to back up a intermediate rider.

Thats a really good price!! I would pick that over lunatique if thats the case too!
Now I have brought b-street into the picture, (b-street cheaper than b-nice because its on sale), I'm even more confused.

jkc350z 02-07-2011 11:39 PM

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Originally Posted by fayewolf (Post 371941)
Thats a really good price!! I would pick that over lunatique if thats the case too!
Now I have brought b-street into the picture, (b-street cheaper than b-nice because its on sale), I'm even more confused.

from what I understand the b-street is a step above the b-nice. I would do a bit of research regarding the differences. I am not too familiar with all the women's boards out there.

fayewolf 02-08-2011 11:05 AM

What I gathered, the difference is the base, B-street is softer than the B-Nice and has a sintered base instead of an extruded base. And of course, none of this means anything to me...
All i know is that the B-street is originally priced higher, but the sales price is a good $70 cheaper than the B-nice...

jkc350z 02-08-2011 11:33 AM

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Originally Posted by fayewolf (Post 372235)
What I gathered, the difference is the base, B-street is softer than the B-Nice and has a sintered base instead of an extruded base. And of course, none of this means anything to me...
All i know is that the B-street is originally priced higher, but the sales price is a good $70 cheaper than the B-nice...

Well, from my understanding, a sintered base is a higher quality base that performs a bit smoother/faster,etc., but also requires more waxing/maintenance. An extruded base will require less waxing and is much easier to repair and maintain.

PredaClone 02-08-2011 01:43 PM

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Originally Posted by jkc350z (Post 372263)
Well, from my understanding, a sintered base is a higher quality base that performs a bit smoother/faster,etc., but also requires more waxing/maintenance. An extruded base will require less waxing and is much easier to repair and maintain.

This is correct. I'm not 100% sure on the semantics of them necessarily being higher quality, but sintered is more expensive, requires more maintenance, and will be faster than extruded if kept up. Extruded will be faster than a poorly kept sintered base, so if you want less work go extruded. If you're OK with keeping your base up, go sintered.

fayewolf 02-08-2011 01:57 PM

I'm sorry I'm really new, I don't know what maintenance I'll have to do, do I have to wax my own board or bring to shop?


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