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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-22-2008, 12:29 AM Thread Starter
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Review: 2008 Rome Machine 157



Well I got my Rome Machine 157 the other day and finally got to ride it today.

First and foremost let me say the graphics on the board are beautiful. The florescent base also gives this cool green glowy effect with the way it reflects light, its pretty cool.

I detuned it slightly before I hit the slopes today (new board after all). But the board comes with a 3 degree bevel which is pretty crazy and already helps a lot for jibs.

Park: Its definitely a freestyle board being pretty flexy for a wide board, still far from a noodle though but still a lot softer than the Rome Slash, which means its pretty easy to butter with. It has a 3 degree bevel which helped a lot with jibs. I didnt hang up at all today. Twin shape made it great for switch riding. The board had a suprising amount of pop, especially because it was pretty flexible. The high bevel and soft nature of the board made landings a little trickier on bigger jumps/sketchy landings, but on smaller and mid size jumps it took em like a champ. 26 wide made it super easy to stomp landings.

Blues and Greens: I was originally pretty worried how this board would ride for just free riding, but it ended up doing really well. Cruising down blues and greens were a breeze and hardly noticed anything different from riding a more freeride board down the slopes. I was riding on machine groomed packed powder, in case anyone was wondering the conditions.

Blacks: I was really worried about hitting steep blacks with this board, but it did great. I could hit the blacks fine with a decent amount of speed, but not super fast. I definitely had to carve a little sharper because of the high bevel, but still wasnt too bad. It handled the moguls pretty well too, but like I said the high edges definitely made it harder.

Overall: I really love this board. It looks awesome and rides even better. It is made for the park for sure, but can handle just about everything else as long as you learn how to handle it. I really recommend this board for any large footed people who need a solid freestyle board. The only thing I'm waiting to see is how, with the high bevel, this board handles in icy conditions.

Now big foots, go forth and jib!

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great review i am looking at this or the slash for my next board investment.
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Thanks man. Yeah I looked at the Slash too, but I decided it was a little too stiff for me and that I would probably be doing more freestyle than freeriding, so I went with the Machine.
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sweet deal.... the rome machine 154 is what i'm after for next season.... damn u got a good price on it too...

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Thanks man. Yeah I looked at the Slash too, but I decided it was a little too stiff for me and that I would probably be doing more freestyle than freeriding, so I went with the Machine.
It really depends on what kind of freestyle you looking to do. The slash would probably do you better with larger jumps.
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It really depends on what kind of freestyle you looking to do. The slash would probably do you better with larger jumps.
True, sorry I should have been more specific, I meant jibbing/buttering type stuff.
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I picked up a Rome Slash in Jan (with Targa bindings) when I headed to Tahoe, and absolutely love it. It's definitely a little bit trickier to handle than a super-stiff board at really high speeds (comparing it to my Ride Yukon), but it's actually a pretty amazing all-round board. I bought it so I could start doing a bit more freestyle stuff (I'm used to doing just small kickers and playing around natural terrain), but ended up doing some massive powder in it every day (it didn't stop snowing for 2 weeks!), and it handled it brilliantly. If you're someone who wants a more freestyle-oriented board, but don't want to completely miss-out the faster/deeper stuff if you're out for the day, I'd definitely recommend it. Plus it looks really good...
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I'm thinking of buying this board, this review was mad useful. I'm still just the slightest bit worried 'bout the bevel, but this board is in my best interests.
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im really lookin into this board same size and everything you got, the only thing holding me back is im worried if i get 157 it will be to hard to spin, im 6 feet tall and my last board was a 155, the 155 was really easy to spin with, but i tried a 158 last year and it was almost impossible for me to do a flat ground 180. do you think i'll have that problem with this board. thanks
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Holy old thread Batman!

I think you should be fine with a 157, I mean, I'm 5'9 and do okay, but more importantly how much do you weigh? Because even the shorter 154 is listed as a weight range of 130 - 180, meaning you might be okay rocking one of those if you are on the skinny side, if not, I think you'll be fine with the 157, it might take a little longer to get used to, but overall I think spinning with it is fine.
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