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Old 03-01-2010, 10:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Transitioning from camber to rocker camber ???

I am an intermediate rider and have only ridden cambered boards. Currently my riding consists mostly of carving and hard charging but I would really like to start exploring other aspects of snowboarding including jumps, ground tricks etc.

I would like one all mountain board and have been considering the NS SL-R due to all the good things I have read about it. I have a few questions though.

1.)How difficult is is to transition from a camber board to a rocker camber. Will I have to learn everything over again.

2.) I am from the Midwest so we get some icy conditions. Will R.C. Handle this.

3.) Will I still be able to carve on the SL-R

4.) What is the most difficult part about the transition

I appreciate any help. SLs are expensive so I wan to be sure I am making the right choice before moving forward with a purchase.
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Old 03-01-2010, 10:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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dont over think it ... itll be fine .. its like driving different cars, yeah cars handle different but its still just driving ... itll take a few runs to get used to it and youll be fine... as far as edge hold as long as you stay away from the pure banana shape that mervin signal and a few romes have you should be fine. never summers camber blend offers great edge hold
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Old 03-01-2010, 10:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Ya...don't over think it. You'll get the feeling for it right away.
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Old 03-01-2010, 11:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Rocker camber?

all you have to do for that is use your current board and ride around with your hands up, extending your index and pinky fingers while bringing down your middle and ring fingers.

Wow, my jokes are going downhill man...

anyway, you'll be fine with the transition to RC, its not bad at all, you might not even notice that much of a difference
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:16 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by ebs675 View Post
Will I still be able to carve on the SL-R
i dont know, can you still walk in running shoes?

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Old 03-02-2010, 12:56 AM   #6 (permalink)
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id start out with taking your bindings off your old setup and putting it on the new one.... done all the steps into one step and all your questions answered. go RIDE IT!
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Old 03-02-2010, 01:24 AM   #7 (permalink)
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easier to go from camber to rocker. it's cake.
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Old 03-02-2010, 02:00 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Regarding the ice question, while Vario Grip isn't supposed to be as catchy as Magnatraction, it's still supposed to help with ice, so you should be fine.
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1.) Difficulty varies per rider. For me there was a bit of a learning curve after making the switch. I would wash out a lot on landing spin tricks if I didn't land centered. Getting used to initiating the turns from between the inserts took some time too. Regardless, it was all worth it.

2.) The board will handle it just as fine as your old board. Vario is highly overrated though. It is not as magical as people claim.

3.) Yes. Probably better than your old stick.

4.) Having your face hurt from all the smiles.

I'd get the evo instead of the slr if you want a stiffer freestyle deck. The twin shape of the evo would better suit park / freestyle. Get the SLR if you're going to "carve" and "charge" in the midwest like you claim. What ever you do... size down some. A lot of people on here recommend boards too big.
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:53 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I've got a d.i.r.t. rocker and the only negative I've found is that you can't use your camber(obviously) to pump out more speed during turns.

Other than that...I can honestly say flat camber w/rocker is superior in almost every way. I have more confidence riding freestyle now, at 29 years old, than I did 5 years ago. I've been oozing steez and plan on focusing on park throughout the spring/summer, after spending the last few years riding trees/backcountry/steep&deep.

And magne is legit FWIW.
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