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Old 03-19-2011, 01:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Why on earth arent more board companies switching to Bamboo cores in stead of the more expensive, more brittle poplar?

The reason i ask is because i just came across these





I can say for sure that this will be my next park board.
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Old 03-19-2011, 01:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Because Bamboo has to be done right otherwise you crush it.
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Old 03-19-2011, 02:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Seems like it would be worth it to invest the time/money to figure out how to do it right. Unless companies just dont care because they want kids to buy a new board every year, which also makes a lot of sense.
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Bamboo has a different feel to it and Id suggest you demo one before you plop 500 on a fastplant ... I loved they way it flexed/ollied but BA did not...
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how does it feel different? ill try to demo one next season if they have them
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my buddy just picked one up, felt sort of clunky and dead compared to my turbo dream. the pop was there but it just didn't feel very lively. i don't know, it felt like riding a piece of wood without much more technology than that... hard to explain, i would definitely demo one before buying.
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Two words Organic Flex
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organic flex sounds like it would be a good thing. I guess ill just have to try it out for myself.
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It's different strokes for different folks it doesn't have the snap you'd think it will have which is why I'm riding a Raygun over a Fastplant.
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I guess Arbor did it right with respect to using Bamboo. Instead of making the full core bamboo like the fastplant, they still use a wood core but use bamboo as a replacement to carbon stringers. That is if I understand their explanation of their boards correctly
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