How do you like the Antic? I keep gravitating towards it as a solid value for intermediate rider? I want something that I can turn quickly, and I keep hearing that about the Antic.
Hasn't arrived yet, shipping from across the friggin' continent. But like you, it seemed like the best board for money for a responsive, all mountain free ride board.
Just wanted to share the response i got from Ride regarding my tuning questions
"There is a catch with tuning your board without having the base ground. You are always cheating and increasing the base bevel because you are removing edge material and not base. So if you never get your board ground you're are going to end up base high and it will make the board feel loose. You should get a board ground at least once a season. A great shop should spend a few minutes grinding or belt sanding your board. However, the amount of surface area on a board and the stresses put on them when riding no board is perfectly flat but a good tune should make it flatter than it was before.
So for an at home tuner I suggest this
Only file the side edge and POLISH DO NOT FILE the base.
You want your edges smooth not "sharp" feeling; ie no burs. FILES LEAVE BURS! I edge with burs will not feel smooth to ride and will dull quickly. If you run your finger on the edge it shouldn't feel sharp it should feel smooth. The best way to check if an edge is sharp is to look at it closely and see if there are 2 reflective surfaces. If there are 3 then you have a blunt corner (dull edge) Obviously boards take a beating and you are going to end up with some spots that are worn down that is normal just polish them real good and you'll be fine.
The key here is a gummy stone and frequent polishing. Files are generally overkill. You should polish your edges every day you ride, base and side edge. Just a quick hit with a gummy stone. This keeps them sharp, smooth and bur free.
A little kit for edge work would look something like this.
-100-150 grit moonstone or polishing stone.
-Fine tooth file.
-Side edge guide.
Extra - 250-300 grit polishing stone.
Obviously WAX! WAX! WAX! Most people have a board that needs wax. There is no substitute for a hand hot wax.
Your board is a one and one that is a one degree. You can change the bevel if you want the steeper the bevel the more aggressive the board will be. I run I 2 on the side and a 1 on the base for example but an Olympic racer may run a 4 side and a 3 base. The steeper angle will dull quicker and it not recommended for most people. "