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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-18-2008, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
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lib tech trs btx and its 'TNT' base

i just picked up a lib tech trs btx and based on what everyone is saying, it seems like its gonna be a sick board. however, i was iffy about the TNT base or the extruded base, and as everyone knows, extruded bases are generally crappier than sintered bases. i just wanted to know from anyone who's rode the trs btx/mtx how it was in terms of speed , compared to maybe another board they own that has a sintered base. i've read the general info on extruded bases vs sintered bases so i'm not looking for any of that, rather, first hand experience with the board in comparison to other boards.
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The TNT base is acceptable but I would prefer a Sintered base for someone who waxes their board on a regular basis.
Libtech tells us that the TNT is the fastest base on the market UNWAXED.. I suppose that would be fine for a committed park rat grinding rails all day, but I do not ride my TRS btx w/o wax...here in the pacific northwest that would not work at all.. (or anywhere else in my opinion)

I would prefer a sintered base because I do think they are FASTER, and absorb more wax. I have no issues with the TNT base other than the fact that I have to wax it more often than a sintered base.

I ride last years TRS btx and I will be on an 09 lib trs btx.. Keep your base mosturized with wax and you and your base will be happy campers>>>>>> even extruded ones.
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The sintgered is what took me to the Rider's Choice last time around, when it comes time to replace, I'll go with the RC again, with BTX this time. I love the graphics on the TRS though.

My old Mullet is sintered as well, I don't see the point of an extruded powder board. It is hard enough to go fast as it is is the deep stuff. This years mullet is extruded, which sucks.


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the one thing i noticed about my TRS's TNT base was that it was pretty soft.
like a small rock popping out of the snow would talk alot more out of my TNT
base as compared to my other boards with different bases. its pretty fast
just not that durable.

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I am riding a Lib because I lub banana tech... the base...well, not even a concern.

I prefer a sintered base as I stated above. So, a TNT base has Fluro polymer impregnated into the base material. In laymans terms that means its got slippery compounds within the molecular structure of the base which slides on the snow.
I don't think this is new tech, I believe Burton does it (marketed as waxless bases) (did it) ?? not sure.. BA?/>>> care to weigh in???
Fluro polymers are used as an additive in commercially available ski/snowboard waxes, so it makes sense that the next step of development in sliding tech, is to put them in the base material itself... make sense?? Ever hear of fluorinated wax?? U betcha

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so in terms of speed the trs is pretty decent even with an extruded base if kept waxed? so how often would i need to wax the board?
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so in terms of speed the trs is pretty decent even with an extruded base if kept waxed? so how often would i need to wax the board?
How often will you be riding this year?? where will you be riding this year?? what type of conditions?? snow etc??? temperatures?? tell me as much as you can and I would be happy to make some suggestions....
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I was bad at waxing my trs last year, mostly just used rub on wax, but it still held its own. Been snowboarding 10+ years and never had a problem with speed charging down the hill except for one guy I boarded with, but he was on a stiffer/longer board and has about 50lbs on me. He's dang fast.
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How often will you be riding this year?? where will you be riding this year?? what type of conditions?? snow etc??? temperatures?? tell me as much as you can and I would be happy to make some suggestions....
i will be probably riding every weekend and maybe a couple times a week, mostly freeriding. i'm on the east coast.
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i will be probably riding every weekend and maybe a couple times a week, mostly freeriding. i'm on the east coast.
When your base becomes dry, it will be obvious. You will be able to see dry areas along the edges where the wax will be depleted the fastest. So how often you wax depends on the type of the snow conditons, thet water content of the snow, and also ambient, and snow temp..So, If you wax yourself, or have a shop do it .. I would say once or twice a month would work fine. Use an all temp hydrocarbon wax as your everyday go to wax and since you are on the Ice coast.. a cold temp wax should also be used depending upon condition and I always use combinations of all temp and cold temp waxes on my boards.. Any temp wax is better than no wax at all on your base... just keep it mosturized and pay attentiion to any dry areas that develop.

Snowolf has some great tuning and waxing tips on this site. It goes into more detail about all these process Iam talking about here..

Being out east, you are going to want to make sure you use a cold enoough wax.. Icy snow has hard sharp edges, and you want to protect your base by using Hard wax (cold) so pay attention to this... and talk to your shop....or if you doing it your self... chk snowolfs waxing and tuning tips.. Good luck

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