Bataleon ET vs Goliath vs Riot vs Whatever
I am a intermediate to advanced rider ( 5 ft 8, 176 lbs) working seasons in the alps and am looking the bataleon 2011/2012 line up wondering which would be the best choice for me. I am an all mountain freestyle rider who also hits the park to ride the larger kickers. I don't ride the rails and boxes so much but love to spin and grab off kickers. I also like to ride the whole mountain at speed, carving and using natural features. However I also like to slow it down and do some ground trick and butter presses. This season I rode the 2010/2011 fun kink USA edition 153 and and the 2010/2011 Goliath 157. The fun kink was fun and playfully but at speed was unstable and had poor edge hold due to its size and flex. The Goliath is fantastic and copes with everything I can throw at it wherever we are on the mountain, the only thing is for butters and presses its a little stiff, its still possible but is way more work than my fun kink. Unfortunately after a season using it every day it's met too many rocks, trees and skiers and soon it's a little dinged up and am now considering replacing it. I have sold the fun kink to fund the purchase of an Undisputed 163 for those deep deep days and carving. So the question do I stick with Goliath as I know it is amazing all over or can I sacrifice some stiffness and stability and go for ET or Whatever which may butter better but not be as stable off kickers or all over the mountain. I know one thing though, it's definitely Bataleon!