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Old 07-13-2011, 03:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 2012 LibTech T.Rice C2BTX Snowboard

Hey guys.
I'm currently living in Australia and looking for an all round board to hit the park yet still be safe at high speeds and carving.
Lots of talk has been around the T.Rice series, especially last years, although they seemed overpriced?
My question is whether or not the board is worth the money for an intermediate living in Oz?

If so, i'd look at a 161.5 <--- i'm 6'3 and weigh around 75kg, is that the right choice?

Fantastic if you could give your opinions on the board series, even the Lib Tech T.Rice 2011 opinions would be great

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Old 07-13-2011, 04:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It's a very aggressive board. I havn't ridden it but i've ridden similar and i dare say that for an intermediate, it will be difficult to progress with a t.rice. If you were going to go with the t.rice for oz i would go smaller than the 161.5 given your weight. The pointy tip on the 161.5 is a waste of space here.
I would suggest a 157 in the t rice and i dare say you could go smaller than that in oz depending on your boot size.
T.rice would be very stable but you might want something with a little more flex to allow you to progress.
Have a look at the TRS which is a little softer in a 157/154.

Anyone feel free to correct me if you think a 154 would be too small in Aus...but in a mervin board i don't think it is.
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Old 07-13-2011, 11:05 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Libs are priced pretty high. Worth it? I guess that is in the eye of the beholder. Some would say yes, and some would say hell no. I bought the 2011 TRice for $350 brand new so I felt great about that price, but not full retail.

The TRice is a great board, but like the last reply says, it isn't a park board but more of an aggressive all mountain board.

What do you plan on doing in the park? If you are just hitting kickers than the TRice might be a great choice. If you are doing butters and rails, not so much. It's pretty stiff.
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Old 07-13-2011, 11:20 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm 6'3 and 170lb? 157 would be way to small and i'd lose control?
I've been riding for 5 years, on and off in the winter season, and just want to start to explore jumping.

My initial reaction to getting my board was the Ride Machete, DH 2 or the K2 slayblade.

If you can just throw me some board recomendations cause i'm kinda lost with all the options.

P.S, No price limit (b'day present)
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If you're mainly riding in Oz then a board like the T.Rice is a waste because there aren't really many good long runs, POW, or decent off piste areas (in comparison to most places in the northern hemisphere at least). For your weight 157 is going to be better than the 161, sure you lose a bit of effective edge but it's going to be a lot more fun to ride on and hit small park features. Board sizing is more closely related to weight than height, so a 161 for your weight is going to be very stiff. I'm 70ish kg's and ride a 151.5cm.

Most companies do a board like the Burton Custom Flying V (A good all-mtn mid-flexing board hybrid camber/rocker design) which would probably be more suited to your style of riding and Australian conditions. GNU Riders Choice, Never Summer SL off the top of my head, but look around. Of what you listed the Ride Machete is the best choice for you IMO.
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After about 20 days the flex breaks in though so it's not as stiff as when you first bought it. My T.Rice is probably medium-stiff now.
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You're not too heavy for a 157 but i don't know what it's like being 6'3" (i can only dream). What size boot do you have? and what have you ridden in the past? Lib techs ride longer for their size and the effective edge on the t.rice is quite large. You're probably too tall for a 154 now that i think about it. Based on you're weight i question whether you need a 161.5 in aus.
I still maintain that you would probably benefit from something a little softer.
I'm in a similar situation to you only i'm about a foot shorter, but with assistance from these forums i'm looking at the nitro rook, forum destroyer and Arbor Coda.
The machete looks like a really good board but again pretty stiff probs more of a jumper...i'll leave board suggestions to people who have had experience on them.
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I'm 6'4'' 200lbs and ride the 161.5 TRice. It's the smallest board I've owned, but I find that it rides just fine for my size. At your size, a 157 should be fine especially since you won't be riding much deep poweder.

I'm not familiar with the terrain that you'll be ridinig so it's hard to recommend a board, but I bought the Rice for riding bigger steeper lines...espcially when there is powder (that's what I like most). If you don't have big/steep runs and don't have powder very often, you may want something a little more playful. The other suggestions already mentioned are pretty good. If you really want something like the TRice, but a little more mellow, the Lib TRS or the GNU Riders Choice are both good alternatives. Neversummer has a similar design as well, and the SL would be the tammer version....or even the Legacy which I think is a little less stiff than the TRice.
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I'm 6'3 and 170lb? 157 would be way to small and i'd lose control?
I've been riding for 5 years, on and off in the winter season, and just want to start to explore jumping.

My initial reaction to getting my board was the Ride Machete, DH 2 or the K2 slayblade.

If you can just throw me some board recomendations cause i'm kinda lost with all the options.

P.S, No price limit (b'day present)
no way is the 157 too small for you. i'm 185 and can ride 157 just fine. 157 would also b better especially if you are on a small mountain. if you are just in parks for jumps, then the T.Rice is fine. but for jibbing and buttering, i think it is too stiff a board.
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I have a Lib Tech banana magic and love the thing. I considered the t.rice and i would love to demo one. But spec wise.. the magic is what i chose. More multi purpose, and i already have some stiffer boards for when i want to go faster.

Is there mtns in oz? Where do you ride in oz anyway... Ayers Rock ???
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