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Old 02-21-2013, 08:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Bought my first Rome this season - a 158W Mod rocker. I've always been on camber so it's taken me a few days to get used to the flat/rocker style, but I'm getting the hang of it.

My board was ridden for 4 days on only groomers (i teach lessons for kids) and at the end of the 4th day I found a rather significant dent in the edge behind my left binding. Cracked the sidewall in fact. 2 days of teaching lessons on green groomers and 2 days cruzing blues trying to get a feel for the profile shouldn't do that to a board.

I'm bummed and wondering if I should replace it or go with another board like a NS Legacy or Proto.

So my question - has anybody else had durability issues with Rome decks? It's a shame cause I was really liking it and I don't want to completely write off the company based on 1 bad experience, but a board shouldn't break down that easy that fast, regardless of the terrain. If I wanted to take it in the woods I would expect it to hold up too and not dent like this. Thoughts???
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Rome is a solid company and makes pretty durable boards. It sounds like somebody hit the board in a lift line or something. Maybe one of the kids your teaching ran into you? If there's a dent in the edge, it's almost always because you hit something or something/someone hit you, not the board's fault.
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I have atleast 15 days on my reverb rocker this season and it is still like brand new.
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:10 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Rome's customer service is one of the best in the business. Contact them and I'm sure they will help you.
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Did you jump and land tail heavy? It's hard to concieve of breaking a sidewall without a significant stress or impact.

Based on my buddy's Mod and the riding he does, it seems to be extremely durable. Maybe a defect?
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Did you jump and land tail heavy? It's hard to concieve of breaking a sidewall without a significant stress or impact.

Based on my buddy's Mod and the riding he does, it seems to be extremely durable. Maybe a defect?
I have a Mod Rocker from last season and have almost 30 days on it this season - thats riding trees, pow, rails, jumps, groomers, natural stuff, a bit of gravel and your mom (just kidding). But seriously, I've taken that thing everywhere and its still in great shape (all considering). This is my second Rome deck in 4 years - I love Rome!

Methinks you banged it in a lift line or maybe one of your kids hit you. I used to instruct and getting your board run over by an overweight 6th grader WILL do some damage...

Try calling Rome?
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:05 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Rome's durability is definitely not in question. Their decks are generally solid. It sounds like you may have just gotten a defect. It happens with everyone, Never Summer included. I know the Rome guys are pretty good about taking care of their customers. In fact they slum around this forum from time to time. Give them a call or shoot them an email about it.
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they don't seem as durable as some of the mervin boards i've tried, but those boards seem indestructible (my rider's choice has eaten SO many rocks and stumps but only a few light scratches to show for it) so it's not really a fair comparison.

i do a lot of glades riding too, so conditions vary too much to really determine whether the board durability sucks or if i just hit some really nasty shit that day.

anyway, i'd think back on how your day went. there was one time where a skier collided into me and i thought nothing of it (no one got hurt). then later in my room i noticed that part of my topsheet was sheared off on the nose. so, yeah. you never know man. those collisions that don't seem like much can do some damage to your board.
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thanks for the advice guys - Board is in the repair shop now trying to be fixed. I did take it down to the factory in Waterbury and was given a no-go on a warranty. I explained my story and got the dreaded "impact damage" answer. Frankly, I was surprised given how everyone talks about them. And I get that it looks like that's what caused it, but for the life of me I can't place it. I have literally no idea how it happened. 14" pow turns down groomers all day. Weird beard. And I'm not going to sit there and argue with Rome about what happened.

They did give me a proform code for something new, which I appreciate, just have to wait for that to fill up again I guess. End of the season most everything is gone.

I guess I'm just trying to figure out if this is an insolated incident or a trend with Rome's boards. Most people here seem to have had little problems with them, I'm just hesitant to buy another mod rocker now for fear of this happening again. Buying 2 boards in 1 season sucks!
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Side note - any chance it might have dented easier because it's flat base? vs the give that you get with camber?

just spitballing here...
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