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Old 01-11-2013, 07:18 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Yeah look up "snowboard top speed" on this thread and you'll see many discussions about it. Nowhere does effective edge have anything to play into it.

The question is: are you spending time on the hill going straight down as fast as possible?!?
Well my question is more towards, which one would "plane" more.
If your on a hill then a flat spot, would the one with longer effective edge would plane more.
Sorry for the confusion.
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:26 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Well my question is more towards, which one would "plane" more.
If your on a hill then a flat spot, would the one with longer effective edge would plane more.
Sorry for the confusion.
plane on a flat spot is more about rider skill and technique....the fastest would then be no edge....just flat basing....however you will give up a slight amount of stability and control

also plane is about surface area....larger surface area = easier planing...when comes in to being a big factor in powder and less so on hard pack or groomers...again nothing to do with effective edge
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:48 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Got it, tyvm!
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Old 01-12-2013, 03:15 PM   #14 (permalink)
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from my exp on flats, more eff edge = more drag = less speed, if anything. More eff edge is better for control on steeper/icier terrain, so you should factor that into your local conditions.
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from my exp on flats, more eff edge = more drag = less speed, if anything. More eff edge is better for control on steeper/icier terrain, so you should factor that into your local conditions.
I think you might be consusing contact length with effective edge. Effective edge should have no effect on drag. It only matters when the board is tilted up on one edge or the other. Contact length is determined by the camber profile and length of the board, so that would have an effect on how much base was touching the snow. Now if that has an effect on drag who knows.

Now if you're trying to say that while up on a carve a longer edge has more drag, I HIGHLY doubt it. What do the racers use? Long ass boards with long ass effective edges.
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There are so many factors that go in to how easy a board slides that this question is impossible to answer. Snow temp, air temp, technique, hill angle, rider weight. Change any one of those and the results could swap.
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