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Old 10-28-2011, 11:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What makes a board fast?

I keep seeing reviews on how fast of a board the t.rice is. What would make the t.rice so much faster than lets say the TRS or Riders Choice? The specs seem very similar, but the other two boards are not really known as fast boards.

I am just trying to figure out if this is all marketing hype or if there is really something that would make the t.rice that much faster than other boards that are comparable to it.
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Old 10-28-2011, 11:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 10-28-2011, 11:41 AM   #3 (permalink)
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What boardwalk said.
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Originally Posted by BoardWalk View Post
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Very true, but I will answer the OP's question.

One reason the TRice is faster than the TRS is the base. The TRice base is similar to many other high end bases so that won't make it faster than all those, but the TRS does have a slower base that is a little lower maintenaince (i.e. doesn't need wax as often and is easier to fix).

Another reason people may say the TRice is fast is because it is pretty stiff. Stiff boards can hold a hard edge and really charge down the mountain and cut through bumps and crud. The stiffness just allows an aggressive rider to charge hard.

Is the TRice inherently faster than most boards? Doubt it....that is probably just marketing hype if you're seeing that.

P.S. I have the TRice and like it a lot, but it doesn't seem any faster than my old board which is very similar to the Riders Choice, but from several years ago (i.e. camber and no MTX).
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Old 10-28-2011, 11:42 AM   #5 (permalink)
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A good wax job but as far as the board itself it's the material the base is made of, if all those board have the same base they should basically be equally as fast on groomed runs.
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Old 10-30-2011, 09:44 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Lots of things influence speed:
  • Edges; if you've got burrs or wavy (magne, vario, etc.) edges these will add a little bit of drag that you can actually feel riding flat land
  • Base; materials and shape can alter how quickly the board slides along so keep gouges filled and the base smooth
  • Wax; using the right wax for the conditions, and the right amount of wax is important
  • Rider; the better the rider, the more in tune they are with the precise amount of edge pressure is needed

But in the real world, most of us ride with universal wax, on boards with edges and base that are less than pristine. But a good rider will be able to squeak out a bit more speed.
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