Destroying Worlds Since 2015
This is a review based on one day of riding. I already own a Rome Blur, which this board is supposed to be a replacement for, so that will color my impressions a bit.
First, the similarities between the Blur and the Speed Freak are numerous, but the biggest one from my point of view is that they both suck at low speeds. With the Blur, that might be more a case of length (it's a 162 vs the 158 Speed Freak) but with the Speed Freak, it's due to torsional stiffness. Early attempts to lift a toe or a heel for low-speed maneuvering were brushed off by the board with a haughty "hmmph." I ended up having to do some quick hopping to avoid a spill. The board isn't quite a total plank, but it's definitely stiffer than the webpage specs would have you believe.
Also, like the Blur, it took some getting used to and I actually didn't like either board the first few runs. But once I figured it out, it began to grow on me.
You can't just casually ride this board. You have to power into it. For instance, my heelside carves really started to come together once I started driving my legs into the carve. That also meant a lot of rebound coming out of the turns, which ended up being a lot of fun. But lazy turns on the other hand felt kind of boggy.
This isn't to say this board is necessarily a lot of work to ride, but rather you have to be on your game to get it to perform for you. Coming down some of the steeper and more chopped up sections of Cypress, it made a huge difference how I attacked the turns. Done properly, the board made the chop seem trivial. I literally have never gone through chop that easily before.
The board is stable at speed, and carves at least as well as the Blur. It also, sadly, isn't any better on ice than the Blur, which is to say middlin'-ok. My EJack is still better.
Conclusion: A great board for the right conditions, but definitely not a one-board quiver.