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Old 02-05-2013, 06:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have been looking around and have found four brands that seem to be on the cheaper side but still rather popular.
Forum, Flow, Ride and Rome.

Each brand has a load of boards to choose from and I do like a lot of them.
I just want to get peoples opinions of the brands as a whole.
I like the freestyle/slopestyle area of boarding. Doing rails and hitting kickers. So what advice can you also give me on the flex and density of board I should be looking for.

I am a beginner but want an intermediate board so that I donít have to upgrade anytime soon.

Popular boards seem to be:
Ride Machete.
Rome Agent Rocker.
Flow Era.
Forum Recon.

The forum Scallywag is rather interesting too but it seems itís just a little too
park orientated. I want to do park riding, but the bigger kickers of slopestyle are what Iím more interested in.

Secondly should I pair the boards with the same companies bindings, or go with Unions on whatever board I finally pick. I am trying to stay away from Burton. Itís all there is on South Africa.

Thanks.
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smaller brands have less pricing power than big brands like Burton or niche brands like Never Summer. their stuff may go on discount/sale earlier in the season, or steeper discounts than other brands with more market power. These are all good brands that make reliable products. Have no fear about any of the boards you've mentioned.

You may be interested to know that Forum is essentially out of business, they were a subsidiary of Burton and Burton pulled the plug on them this year. They will continue to honor Forum warranties, though.
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Secondly should I pair the boards with the same companies bindings, or go with Unions on whatever board I finally pick. I am trying to stay away from Burton. Itís all there is on South Africa.
You can get whatever bindings you want. The only time you might want to pair up brand/board is if you got a Burton with EST, and even then it's only for convenience sake.
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Thanks for the response. Will start looking around t whats out there. So far I'm really drawn towards the Forum stuff.
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I think the recon is more for begginers but i could be wrong. If it is you may out grow it fast.

I have a machete and era and have ridden the agent rocker. The machete maybe a bit stiff for what you want. The agent will work well enough, it has a bit more rocker in the middle then most that i have seen (i have not spent a lot of time on the agent rocker). For what you are looking for i ride a flow era, handles everything well and has a rolled base to help you not catch an edge while board sliding.
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