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Arbor Coda or Element RX?

So I've been researching the Coda and the Element RX and somehow people seem to have different opinions on the characteristics and how they compare.

Here's what I'm looking for: Stable and decently damp while charging and still being soft enough to butter that thing from time to time. No rails though. I like a directional twin that I can bomb groomers on, pop those rollers and butter around on the slower parts. I'd say I'm charging 70% of the time, 30% is playing around.

So here's my 2 questions:

1. which of there boards is the better match? I prefer softer boards but I can't figure out which one of them actually is softer but can still bomb.

2. Will the 2013 versions get upgrades from the 2012 or can I go with last season's board?

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The Element is fairly stiff. It's not a plank by any means, but it ain't much for buttering around.
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So I've been researching the Coda and the Element RX and somehow people seem to have different opinions on the characteristics and how they compare.

Here's what I'm looking for: Stable and decently damp while charging and still being soft enough to butter that thing from time to time. No rails though. I like a directional twin that I can bomb groomers on, pop those rollers and butter around on the slower parts. I'd say I'm charging 70% of the time, 30% is playing around.

So here's my 2 questions:

1. which of there boards is the better match? I prefer softer boards but I can't figure out which one of them actually is softer but can still bomb.

2. Will the 2013 versions get upgrades from the 2012 or can I go with last season's board?

Cheers!
Coda is softer I believe (even though their flex charts don't say so, flex charts are so inaccurate). Coda is still quite playful while being able to go fairly fast.

The Coda sounds perfect for you. I rode one last season. Very, very fun. I suck at pressing and I could press it . Barely, but again, I Suck and was doing it wrong.

Only thing that gives me fits are flat areas. The full rocker kind of fucks me up when going flat. When I'm tired I like to go real flat but you have to keep it on a slight edge sometimes.

I liked the Coda so much I bought a westmark, because I want to start a quiver (westmark plus something stiffer like the Cobra).
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Sorry for the bump but does anybody know if the 2013 will have any changes at all except for graphics?
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Rode a 2012 Element RX 155. I could press it but it was more effort than it was worth. Go Coda or even Westmark as the Westmark is perfectly capable of smoking down rutted pack, frozen granular etc. with quite decent speed. If you want directional, definitely go Coda, then. The new Coda graphic is pretty slick. Lots of pics of the 2013 Arbors from SIA.

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Rode a 2012 Element RX 155. I could press it but it was more effort than it was worth. Go Coda or even Westmark as the Westmark is perfectly capable of smoking down rutted pack, frozen granular etc. with quite decent speed. If you want directional, definitely go Coda, then. The new Coda graphic is pretty slick. Lots of pics of the 2013 Arbors from SIA.

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Thanks, that's what I thought regarding the Element. Just got a bit confused because Arbor says it leans more towards "playful" than the Coda. But everybody who rode it says differently. I rode a Blacklist and found it a bit too chattery for my taste. Directional fits my riding style better.

I like the graphics of both the 2012 and 2013 Coda. I could get a 2012 pretty cheap, that's why I was wondering if they changed anything. Like the extruded base on the Blacklist for the coming season for example.
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Thanks, that's what I thought regarding the Element. Just got a bit confused because Arbor says it leans more towards "playful" than the Coda. But everybody who rode it says differently. I rode a Blacklist and found it a bit too chattery for my taste. Directional fits my riding style better.

I like the graphics of both the 2012 and 2013 Coda. I could get a 2012 pretty cheap, that's why I was wondering if they changed anything. Like the extruded base on the Blacklist for the coming season for example.
It is really weird. I even asked Arbor on Twitter a few months back and they replied, the Coda has a stiffer flex.

https://twitter.com/ArborCollective/...29512442421250
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Don't know which one is more playful but the Element RX definitely isn't playful in its own right. The only thing that gives it any pressability is its rocker profile. An Element CX would just be flat out unfun for that stuff though you'd have retarded good press balance if you used it for that.

Coda keeps the Rocket Base. Blacklist and Westmark get the Fusion base, now.
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I demo'd the Coda and the Element at the end of the season this year. I loved both of the boards but the Element seemed to have a better feel to me. I found the element a bit softer but not enough to go all crazy for. I'm at the VERY high end of the weight chart for it though. 157.5 and I weighed 208 when I rode the board. Maybe it was because of my size that the board just seemed plenty playful to me. Both are great choices try and demo the boards out if they have a demo day at the start of the season like they have around here.
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