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How many freeborders are on this site?

Hey guys, like the title says, how many of you guys are freeborders in the off season? I picked up a freebord a couple weeks ago and I really am enjoying it. There is definitely a learning curve to adapt between the snow and the pavement but I am getting my comfort levels up every time I go.

I was definitely one of those people that obsess over being on a slope.. if I cant ride all I can do is think about being on the slopes. Summer months 3/4 times a week I dream about being strapped to my boards. Its beyond passion, it also an obsession. I couldnt go another summer without snow after this last season.

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Yeah I picked it up last year, Took me around a week before i started hitting all the hills in my area. A small learning curve but it wasn't that tricky to learn.
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I'm just wondering: How are freebords on gravel and uneven or flatter terrain?
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It's built for paved ground, It probably wouldn't do very well on gravel. Also atleast from my experience with it I've never really like it much as a flatground transportation board, It tends to slide out and ruin any speed you were getting. A freebord is mainly just a downhill board.
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It's built for paved ground, It probably wouldn't do very well on gravel. Also atleast from my experience with it I've never really like it much as a flatground transportation board, It tends to slide out and ruin any speed you were getting. A freebord is mainly just a downhill board.
exactly.. it is on flat ground like a snowboard is.. pretty useless

if you want to travel on flat ground a lot you need to just grab up a long board and cruise around.

as for gravel, it is like riding a skateboard in that sense.. you cant skate on gravel so you cant freebord on gravel either

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I'm thinking of taking it up. I've got a tiny bit of skateboard experience from my kiddie years.

Is it a pretty faithful adaptation? i.e. For being on wheels and a pavement, is it pretty close to snowboarding as you can reasonably expect?

EDIT: Furthermore, how many mfgs make freeboards, and who makes the best one for beginners?
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I'm thinking of taking it up. I've got a tiny bit of skateboard experience from my kiddie years.

Is it a pretty faithful adaptation? i.e. For being on wheels and a pavement, is it pretty close to snowboarding as you can reasonably expect?

EDIT: Furthermore, how many mfgs make freeboards, and who makes the best one for beginners?
i was in the samw boat... i skatboarded as a kid, however never any big rad tricks or anything.. i could just stay on the board and jump a few things without falling often.

There is a definite different in friction obviously... and it can be slightly aggrivating when you first stand on the board. I was kinda expecting to jump on it and roll out like I do on the snow but that wasnt the case. I didnt take no for an answer and stuck at it consistently and after about an hour was able to link curves with some concentration. There is always that fear of the pavement that you dont really have on a snowboard as well which takes some of the comfort out of it at first.

i have about 6-8 hours of total riding time on my freebord and i can smoothly link curves without being grabby and make it look like i am actually on snow. I am still far from great, and far from where I am on snow, but with some confidence as I continue doing it i should be making some improvements.

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Does this company 'freebord' have a patent on this thing or are there other mfgs out there?

After seeing a youtube video of it, I'm INCREDIBLY interested in taking it up. I'm not one who has the time and inclination to take up skateboarding as a means of transport. I just want something that will give me my board fix in the summer months, and this looks like the heroin speedball equivalent of said fix.

What's up wih this carveboarding shit? That anything like snowboarding?

I'm a complete newb at this stuff, so any answers would be much appreciated.
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Does this company 'freebord' have a patent on this thing or are there other mfgs out there?

After seeing a youtube video of it, I'm INCREDIBLY interested in taking it up. I'm not one who has the time and inclination to take up skateboarding as a means of transport. I just want something that will give me my board fix in the summer months, and this looks like the heroin speedball equivalent of said fix.

What's up wih this carveboarding shit? That anything like snowboarding?

I'm a complete newb at this stuff, so any answers would be much appreciated.
you dont want a caveboard.. trust me... you cant slide out the back on it like a snowboard...freebord has the patent on their truck design and they are the only ones that offer it. Spin skateboards have soem other options for bindings and stuff but they dont hold you as well as the new FB bindings do. The only real option to what you see on youtube is a real freebord. I have nothing but great things to say about the company and their associates. great product, great people. I wouldnt consider any other option besides a board from freebord.com...

if nothing else get their started kit for around $169. if you like it and pick it up upgrade your wheels and beearings and you'll be set. I bought the downhill pro package because I hate having to rebuy shit when i upgrade.

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Just ordered my basic setup. The freebord store had only one left on a 'blowout clearance' (-$40) that was my size.

Snowboarding Ass Pad & Helmet + Mtn Biking Stormtrooper-esque Armor + Freebord = A lot of painful, but hopefully not debilitating, fun.
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