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Old 08-30-2013, 07:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Just wondering who out there has used the GNU Credit Boards (2013 or 2014), I've been looking to purchase this board as an upgrade to my tech nine but was wondering what kind of bend it has at a 156 size, and how good in POW it is. Thanks for the comments!

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Old 10-15-2013, 06:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I just picked up a near mint 2013 159W for 100 bucks to check out the btx hype. Will be on it come Dec. if you can wait that long
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Old 11-19-2013, 07:54 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hey thanks for the reply, I would still be interested in hearing how the board is, it's something my friend maybe interested but I just bought the GNU pickle so i'm good !
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Old 02-06-2014, 07:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hey sorry for the late reply!

I have been out about 20 days on this board this season. Mostly groomers glades with a few side country treks.

The board is good for all types of riding. It will do what what you need wherever you are on the mountain but will not excel in one area over the next.

The board is not durable by any means. I have been out on it for 20 days and I have chips out of the edges and the top-sheet is already delaminating. Very disappointed. I am a bit hard on my boards but have never experienced this amount of damage in the first season. I will never buy a board where the rails do not cover the nose and tail again.

To me it seems like a budget board with lots of tech but to hit the price point the quality has suffered quite a bit. I am glad I bought it used at a massive discount. It was good to check out the BTX technology but this board becomes next years early season beater after a few days on the hill.

To sum it up: A budget board with lots of tech that will cover all areas of the mountain sufficiently however poor durability.
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The board is not durable by any means. I have been out on it for 20 days and I have chips out of the edges and the top-sheet is already delaminating. Very disappointed. I am a bit hard on my boards but have never experienced this amount of damage in the first season. I will never buy a board where the rails do not cover the nose and tail again.

To sum it up: A budget board with lots of tech that will cover all areas of the mountain sufficiently however poor durability.
I think you missed why the edge isn't fully wrapped. If you damage the nose or tail of a typical board and hit the core the board is ruined. Mervin instead ends their core at the point its ridden on. Chips on the nose and tail on these boards do not affect the board and actually make it more durable for riding purposes. Most boards are actually destroyed by damage where you see it on yours, but with the Credit and all their designs you can literally hacksaw off the nose and tail and have it ride like new. It's a huge plus, not a negative or cheap aspect.
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Hey sorry for the late reply!

I have been out about 20 days on this board this season. Mostly groomers glades with a few side country treks.

The board is good for all types of riding. It will do what what you need wherever you are on the mountain but will not excel in one area over the next.

The board is not durable by any means. I have been out on it for 20 days and I have chips out of the edges and the top-sheet is already delaminating. Very disappointed. I am a bit hard on my boards but have never experienced this amount of damage in the first season. I will never buy a board where the rails do not cover the nose and tail again.

To me it seems like a budget board with lots of tech but to hit the price point the quality has suffered quite a bit. I am glad I bought it used at a massive discount. It was good to check out the BTX technology but this board becomes next years early season beater after a few days on the hill.

To sum it up: A budget board with lots of tech that will cover all areas of the mountain sufficiently however poor durability.
I disagree with the durability statement, ive beaten the crap out of my CC for 2 days in the park and there isnt a scratch on it. Now, 2 days aint much, but i would expect a few nicks in it for what ive been riding.
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Delamming is always a problem with Lib and not a good one. Pretty sure they are good about fixing or replacing it though.

Not a fan of them ending the edges. The same thing you are saying about it goes true for full wrap. Hit your nose on a relatively soft shot and it is pulling apart where as a full wrap wouldn't even blink. Pros and cons is all. The weight savings is nice and for most people thet won't even notice it.

Chips happen pretty much on all boards. Maybe more with a Lib, but it doesn't effect performance.

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This is just my experience with this board. When I got it, it was almost mint the guy had rode it for 2 days on beginner slopes, got hurt and decided to give up on boarding. a few superficial scratches on top sheet and base.

As for the core, Yes it does not extend through the nose and tail. How do I know this? Because I can see it. The core runs about a cm longer than the rails.

The base of my board is separating from the rails. This was a minor separation about a cm and now it is growing.

I have laid more epoxy and ptex into this board than my 5 year old salomon's entire lifespan (and I ride that thing hard).

We all have our opinions about boards.Maybe mine was just a lemon. But since most of the damage started from where the rails end and at the nose and tail, (as you say not a big deal), I am putting 1 and 1 together.

Now I am not saying all GNU boards are bunk however I am just stating that this is obviously on the lower end of their product line.

I was talking with a tech from a board shop yesterday and he mentioned that GNU are just cheaper versions of lib tech. Merv Manf. puts lib tech features and design in these boards so they can get their technology to the budget oriented market share.
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