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chew1e 09-11-2008 07:53 AM

Ride EX or SPI
 
Hi all,

I'm looking at getting either the new 09 Ride EX or SPI but not sure which ones to go for. I know its more of taste, but just wanted to know what others thought about them, who have them????

These are for freeride and a little freestyle.....

Cheers,

Chewie

livelyjay 09-11-2008 03:01 PM

Depends on your riding style and budget. I bought the EX because they were cheap at the time and I really needed an upgrade. If you can afford the SPi I would go with it instead. EX is more freeride, SPi is slightly (very slightly) more geared towards park.

chew1e 09-12-2008 03:38 AM

Cheers for that, what would you say about the Rome 390, mixed views on whether they are better than the SPI. They cost a little more but is it worth it?

livelyjay 09-12-2008 07:19 AM

I'd get the 390s if you can get them for a decent price.

Incogneato 09-14-2008 03:10 PM

what would make a binding "better" to you? more comfy? more durable? lighter? cheaper? if we are given more parameters we might be able to help. if not all you will get is subjective opinion which won't really help much

chew1e 09-15-2008 07:50 AM

Money is not the problem...
I have K2 Cinch CTL's, and I hate them.... Not very responsive, chunky, and very heavy... What I'm looking for is a binding that will be good for general riding, but also feels ok in freestyle.. I just want a binding that is going to respond easily, the K2's are a great idea but a few years off being the right design!

Responsive
Light
Good for Freeride (A little freestyle/Park, and general down hill riding)
Comfort - I have Beurton Moto boots, this will have an effect on the fit.....
Ajustability

I'm torn between the 390's and SPI's now.....

Just looking for what other people think who have the bindings, and if their is anywhere with good reviews on them... Their is a 20 difference in the UK for the new 09 models, with the 390's being a little more expensive......

Cheers all.....

Bones 09-15-2008 08:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by livelyjay (Post 65386)
EX is more freeride, SPi is slightly (very slightly) more geared towards park.

I would have thought it was the other way around

livelyjay 09-16-2008 06:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bones (Post 65950)
I would have thought it was the other way around

No, I'm right on this one. The EX is part of their foundation collection, which means "basic" or beginner collection, strictly for freeride since most people don't start in the park. The SPi is part of the ATV collection, which means it's designed for a blended ride with freeride and park in mind.

Bones 09-16-2008 10:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by livelyjay (Post 66095)
No, I'm right on this one. The EX is part of their foundation collection, which means "basic" or beginner collection, strictly for freeride since most people don't start in the park. The SPi is part of the ATV collection, which means it's designed for a blended ride with freeride and park in mind.

I have the SPI's, but have never ridden the EX. I freeride almost exclusively. I find the SPI's are fairly stiff and they have nice long highbacks; qualities that I like for carving, but I would have thought would make them less desireable for park.

livelyjay 09-16-2008 12:07 PM

I have the RX, which are just below the SPi on the money scale. They are stiff, but they are forgiving enough to be a good all mountain binding. If you spend more time carving than in the park, go with the SPi. If you spend more time in the park than carving, go with the Rome 390s.


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