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Old 02-20-2013, 11:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all! Allow myself to introduce...myself. Native East Coaster (New York) who just started riding earlier this season at the ripe old age of 32. I look forward to chatting with everyone here via the interwebs, getting to know everyone (as well as one can on an online forum I suppose) and absorbing the wisdom of those less noobish than myself.

So my first question is: I've been renting equipment at the mountains the last few times I went up but I am now at the point where I'd like to buy my own board so I can get used to doing my thang with one board and not a different one every time. So far I've narrowed down my choices to the Arbor Poparazzi and the Arbor Cadence. As a beginner, I prefer an all mountain board with some control (not crazy fast and that will give me some control on turns and edges.)

What do y'all think of my two choices above? I guess the Poparazzi is built for all mountain riding but though the Cadence is supposedly built for the park, I've heard it referred to as pretty good for all mountain riding as well. And not gonna lie...the Cadence 2013 artwork is ahhh-mazing, so though I realize graphics are far from the most important consideration when buying a board, I'm looking for any reason to grab it....

Anyway, let me know your thoughts. Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:27 AM   #2 (permalink)
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That Cadence board makes my day every time I see it. I love that board. I am on a rocker right now and went to a traditional camber (Arbor Push) to gain speed and control. Lol. I have got to say they are both similar in design to go with the Cadence. The Cadence is softer but that isn't going to be an issue. I have a super flexible board, really playful and allows me to get down the mountain buckass tired without falling. I love it. I know graphics aren't a biggie but you have two similar board, go with the one that looks the best.
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:32 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi all! Allow myself to introduce...myself. Native East Coaster (New York) who just started riding earlier this season at the ripe old age of 32. I look forward to chatting with everyone here via the interwebs, getting to know everyone (as well as one can on an online forum I suppose) and absorbing the wisdom of those less noobish than myself.

So my first question is: I've been renting equipment at the mountains the last few times I went up but I am now at the point where I'd like to buy my own board so I can get used to doing my thang with one board and not a different one every time. So far I've narrowed down my choices to the Arbor Poparazzi and the Arbor Cadence. As a beginner, I prefer an all mountain board with some control (not crazy fast and that will give me some control on turns and edges.)

What do y'all think of my two choices above? I guess the Poparazzi is built for all mountain riding but though the Cadence is supposedly built for the park, I've heard it referred to as pretty good for all mountain riding as well. And not gonna lie...the Cadence 2013 artwork is ahhh-mazing, so though I realize graphics are far from the most important consideration when buying a board, I'm looking for any reason to grab it....

Anyway, let me know your thoughts. Thanks in advance!
Easier to ride - Cadence since it's softer and rocker. Good board to learn on ... Poparazzi since it's camber since it'll force you into good technique.

Huge, huge difference between Arbor's rocker and a camber board. As DesireeM81 said, it allows you to be a little more sloppy when tired if you're riding their rocker.

I was riding an Arbor Westmark in Seattle after a Never Summer Cobra with camber sections. You have to have good form with camber at all times. With the Arbor I was very lazy and it was smooth as butter.

So take your pick
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Old 02-20-2013, 04:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks guys! Mucho helpful. Just to clarify, is there any disadvantage I'd receive from riding the Cadence purely as an all mountain board until I learn the basics? Because I like the idea of a board that lets me be somewhat lazy once in awhile without any serious consequences. :P And again, those graphics! *drool*

Also, when you say the Cadence is an "easier" ride...does that mean it picks up speed quickly? I worry that, as a beginner, I'd be in danger of losing control on a board that accelerates too quickly. And fiiiinally, does it make a difference that I do most of my riding now at the upstate NY mountains? The last few times I went the mountain was slightly icy and I had a bit of a hard time...would the Cadence work well in those conditions?
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