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Old 03-07-2013, 02:03 PM   #11 (permalink)
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^This is awesome! I may not be able to resist!
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Old 03-07-2013, 02:17 PM   #12 (permalink)
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how the hell do those wheels work, are they just super hard?? I longboarded years ago and even dabbled in making them for a few years, but that looks SOOO much cooler.....
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i rarely can get stoked on summer activities during snow season but HOLEEEE FAAAAACK!
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how the hell do those wheels work, are they just super hard?? I longboarded years ago and even dabbled in making them for a few years, but that looks SOOO much cooler.....
According to their website, they are custom urethane and they are stone ground for easy sliding.
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Here's what I got from one of my Googley searches on the interwebz!

Freebord | Official Website | Freebord news, events, community & product info

I DEFINITELY gotta research this shit summore!!! I wuz already starting to feel a bit of "Post Season" depression cuz we got a closing date for our "local's"!! (...less than 2 weeks!!!)
After that, it's a minimum 4 hour drive for shitty (...and expensive!) snow!!

Anyone here that has any experience with these boards & riding them,.. PLEASE chime in! I want to know more about this!!!
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Old 03-07-2013, 02:41 PM   #16 (permalink)
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@chomps - I do not own one personally nor have I tried one but I have a friend who lives out west who has ridden them and he's told me about them...

Apparently there is a very steep learning curve with freebord's. It's a matter of gauging the pressure with the third wheel, which is essentially mounted to a device similar to that of a wheel on a shopping cart. It oscillates as you turn.

Obviously these things are for downhill only - it would be difficult to push one of these things with the binding clip things permanently attached to the deck.

I was all about these things for awhile but never bit the bullet - didn't have the cash nor am I in an area conducive to that type of activity. I feel like you would need a long, open, minimally trafficked stretch of road to really get the most out of these things.

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Old 03-07-2013, 02:47 PM   #17 (permalink)
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how the hell do those wheels work, are they just super hard?? I longboarded years ago and even dabbled in making them for a few years, but that looks SOOO much cooler.....
The wheels do slide easily sideways, but they work by also having 2 rotating caster wheels in the center on the board. It's never flat, always leaning one way on the edge wheels. This allows you to control it almost exactly like a snowboard, because you can carve and go sideways.

They also have simple step-in bindings to keep your feet in place, but they're never actually locked into the board so you just come off it if you fall.
They also come in different lengths based on your height.

Check this out:
http://freebord.com/boards/fb-explained/

Here's an image from that page:


Freeboard has a patent for this design so they're the only legitimate brand. There is another called "Core Freeboards" but tit's just some shitty brand that illegally copied the name and design. They can't guarantee the "quality" of their products and, based on reviews, are built like toys and sold in toy stores. I hope Freeboard sues those assholes!

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Old 03-07-2013, 03:11 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Anyone here that has any experience with these boards & riding them,.. PLEASE chime in! I want to know more about this!!!
x2 I want to know if it would be worth it...plenty of asphalt slopes here.
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x2 I want to know if it would be worth it...plenty of asphalt slopes here.
IK, R? Just for "shit's & giggles" I used that site's Build a Board feature. Without knowing really what I needed, I just picked the "performance" rated options & ended up with a board running about $250! SHIT!!! That's Half what my Arbor snowboard cost! If that could keep me shreddin' all year long????? Fuck I'd pay twice that!!!! Even without California's & SF's long winding hills? There's plenty of asphalt rollers here in SE MI that would give me WAY more slope & longer runs than ANY of the local ski resorts provide!!!!! (...not so sure about "lightly" traffic'd tho!!)

I think I need to start a thread titled & dedicated to this subject specifically & see who on the forum might have more insight into this subject,.. No? Might get someone to look in who wouldn't necessarily for the "Skate" question!

Waddaya think? I don't want to Hijack the OP's thread here!
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IK, R? Just for "shit's & giggles" I used that site's Build a Board feature. Without knowing really what I needed, I just picked the "performance" rated options & ended up with a board running about $250! SHIT!!! That's Half what my Arbor snowboard cost! If that could keep me shreddin' all year long????? Fuck I'd pay twice that!!!! Even without California's & SF's long winding hills? There's plenty of asphalt rollers here in SE MI that would give me WAY more slope & longer runs than ANY of the local ski resorts provide!!!!! (...not so sure about "lightly" traffic'd tho!!)

I think I need to start a thread titled & dedicated to this subject specifically & see who on the forum might have more insight into this subject,.. No? Might get someone to look in who wouldn't necessarily for the "Skate" question!

Waddaya think? I don't want to Hijack the OP's thread here!
silverfishlongboarding.com has tons of threads and posts regarding free boarding
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