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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-05-2015, 10:35 PM Thread Starter
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GNU Riders Choice - need your advice

all, hope someone will be able to provide some food for thoughts based on your experience with GNU Riders Choice.

Currently I ride Ride Highlife UL which is very aggressive powder board. Recently I started doing some switching which is of course very wrong on purely directional board. Eventually after little 180 on the piste I caught an edge and hit my head hard which made me start thinking about getting something better for that kind of riding.

I do not have much choice for picking up something new as I am a big footer (size 13) and like to carve (I cannot say I am very good at carving, but want to progress) therefore need a bigger waist board. Eventually I came up with the choice for GNU Riders Choice 162W. I've been googling a lot about it and found several people complaining that carving is not that good on this board. I want you to share your experiences about this board especially in carving. I am not talking about bad ass carving but more like all mountain riding/carving with some switches and tricks in between.

Also, how this board would compare to T Rice Pro boards? It is the same C2BTX which makes me think the boards should be around the same feel. My friend said he does like carving on T Rice, so was wandering if Riders Choice is something similar (162W RC is around 6.5 stiffness which is very close to T Rice)

Any feedbacks and thoughts are appreciated!
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well gnu c2btx profile is not designed for carving groomers

If you want an "all mountain riding/carving with some switches and tricks in between"...then get a traditional cambered twin.

imho/ime...gnu c2btx was designed for ripping natty....and excels in conditions with a bit of pow, soft packed or firm packed. It was developed out of/and for PNW riding, conditions and terrain. That being said the gnu RC offers alot of control....but not really designed for groomer riding.

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Lib Tech TRS is a "all mountain riding/carving with some switches and tricks in between" but not a camber. (from wrathfuldeity post)

I looked at the Riders choice but eventually I went for the TRS HP. Lighter and a little more snappier than the riders choice. I am no a big guy so the TRS HP suited me more. The regular version of TRS exists in bigger model. I think they have a 162W which could be something to compare to the Riders choice.

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thank u for ur thoughts guys!

i checked trs, definitely would work for me but not the size... i would need something with the waist at least 266, and to tell the truth, there is basically no options for true twin. another one i was looking at was lib hot knife, but it is short to my weight.

i mostly ride the hard pack, but we have some fluffy snow on the top very often.

would riders choice be ok on that kind of edge to edge riding?
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Ray Knapton is fun to watch. His carving and butters are amazing.
Like this one. http://youtu.be/mvADH_dLb4w

I have seen what Ray kan do to a broken board, so I think it is more up to the rider and the conditions than the board.

If the Riders choice fits you then it will be a great board. But try it first. The reason why I picked the TRS over the Raiders choice it was because I have demoed the TRS for a couple of hours.

One thing I would like to test with the Riders choice is the asymmetrical flex. It should be easier to do heel turns which helps when riding switch.

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unfortunatelly there is no way to demo this board here, thats why I tried to find out as much as possible... anyhow, thanks for the input guys!
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The Rider's Choice is one of my favorite boards of all time. I've owned a bunch over the years and all versions, MTX, BTX, C2BTX, etc... The current version has been the same for the past 3-4yrs other than graphics, and it's a killer all mountain board. The asym sidecuts are real, and noticeable, as is the magnetraction on the edges. I wouldn't say that stuff is required, but it's nice to have and you'll be able to take advantage of it. This board really works on just about everything inbounds.

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Love the look of this board and the reviews. Fits my weight rating as i'm a big boy. Would this be good board for a beginner? I see the board selectors rate this board as int to advanced. Thinking 166W originally but a board shop (that didn't have the board in my size) recommended a 162w when talking to them. 6ft size 11/11.5 280lb.

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At your heft...you want at least the 166 or even something bigger into the 175+. The 162 is waaay too small even for a beginner. The RC is a fine choice because it offers alot of control....as a beginner you will not be able to take advantage of the design...but that doesn't mean that you won't progress into being able to.
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thanks for the response Wrathfuldeity. OK How about what other board should I check out or would be a better fit for me?

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