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Bought my first Rome this season - a 158W Mod rocker. I've always been on camber so it's taken me a few days to get used to the flat/rocker style, but I'm getting the hang of it.

My board was ridden for 4 days on only groomers (i teach lessons for kids) and at the end of the 4th day I found a rather significant dent in the edge behind my left binding. Cracked the sidewall in fact. 2 days of teaching lessons on green groomers and 2 days cruzing blues trying to get a feel for the profile shouldn't do that to a board. :dunno:

I'm bummed and wondering if I should replace it or go with another board like a NS Legacy or Proto.

So my question - has anybody else had durability issues with Rome decks? It's a shame cause I was really liking it and I don't want to completely write off the company based on 1 bad experience, but a board shouldn't break down that easy that fast, regardless of the terrain. If I wanted to take it in the woods I would expect it to hold up too and not dent like this. Thoughts???
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Bought my first Rome this season - a 158W Mod rocker. I've always been on camber so it's taken me a few days to get used to the flat/rocker style, but I'm getting the hang of it.

My board was ridden for 4 days on only groomers (i teach lessons for kids) and at the end of the 4th day I found a rather significant dent in the edge behind my left binding. Cracked the sidewall in fact. 2 days of teaching lessons on green groomers and 2 days cruzing blues trying to get a feel for the profile...
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Rome is a solid company and makes pretty durable boards. It sounds like somebody hit the board in a lift line or something. Maybe one of the kids your teaching ran into you? If there's a dent in the edge, it's almost always because you hit something or something/someone hit you, not the board's fault.
 

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Did you jump and land tail heavy? It's hard to concieve of breaking a sidewall without a significant stress or impact.

Based on my buddy's Mod and the riding he does, it seems to be extremely durable. Maybe a defect?
 

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Did you jump and land tail heavy? It's hard to concieve of breaking a sidewall without a significant stress or impact.

Based on my buddy's Mod and the riding he does, it seems to be extremely durable. Maybe a defect?
I have a Mod Rocker from last season and have almost 30 days on it this season - thats riding trees, pow, rails, jumps, groomers, natural stuff, a bit of gravel and your mom (just kidding). But seriously, I've taken that thing everywhere and its still in great shape (all considering). This is my second Rome deck in 4 years - I love Rome!

Methinks you banged it in a lift line or maybe one of your kids hit you. I used to instruct and getting your board run over by an overweight 6th grader WILL do some damage...

Try calling Rome?
 

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Rome's durability is definitely not in question. Their decks are generally solid. It sounds like you may have just gotten a defect. It happens with everyone, Never Summer included. I know the Rome guys are pretty good about taking care of their customers. In fact they slum around this forum from time to time. Give them a call or shoot them an email about it.
 

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they don't seem as durable as some of the mervin boards i've tried, but those boards seem indestructible (my rider's choice has eaten SO many rocks and stumps but only a few light scratches to show for it) so it's not really a fair comparison.

i do a lot of glades riding too, so conditions vary too much to really determine whether the board durability sucks or if i just hit some really nasty shit that day.

anyway, i'd think back on how your day went. there was one time where a skier collided into me and i thought nothing of it (no one got hurt). then later in my room i noticed that part of my topsheet was sheared off on the nose. so, yeah. you never know man. those collisions that don't seem like much can do some damage to your board.
 

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thanks for the advice guys - Board is in the repair shop now trying to be fixed. I did take it down to the factory in Waterbury and was given a no-go on a warranty. I explained my story and got the dreaded "impact damage" answer. Frankly, I was surprised given how everyone talks about them. And I get that it looks like that's what caused it, but for the life of me I can't place it. I have literally no idea how it happened. 14" pow turns down groomers all day. Weird beard. And I'm not going to sit there and argue with Rome about what happened.

They did give me a proform code for something new, which I appreciate, just have to wait for that to fill up again I guess. End of the season most everything is gone. :(

I guess I'm just trying to figure out if this is an insolated incident or a trend with Rome's boards. Most people here seem to have had little problems with them, I'm just hesitant to buy another mod rocker now for fear of this happening again. Buying 2 boards in 1 season sucks! :dunno:
 

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They did give me a proform code for something new, which I appreciate, just have to wait for that to fill up again I guess. End of the season most everything is gone. :(

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Dogfunk.com has plenty of this year's mod rocker on sale right now. Buy it from them and they'll back you with a lifetime return/refund policy, no quibbling, if something like that happens again. They'll take a return and refund you even if the board was fine but did not fit your riding style...you can't lose.
 

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Dogfunk.com has plenty of this year's mod rocker on sale right now. Buy it from them and they'll back you with a lifetime return/refund policy, no quibbling, if something like that happens again. They'll take a return and refund you even if the board was fine but did not fit your riding style...you can't lose.
i was debating if i wanted to buy a set of skis (yes, i do both...) from evo or backcountry. the former was having them for 20% off and the latter had it at regular price. i thought about it, and the free 2-day shipping (I need them by next week) along with the return policy eventually pushed me to order from backcountry. not that i'd take advantage of it, but the insurance never hurts.
 

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Dogfunk.com has plenty of this year's mod rocker on sale right now. Buy it from them and they'll back you with a lifetime return/refund policy, no quibbling, if something like that happens again. They'll take a return and refund you even if the board was fine but did not fit your riding style...you can't lose.
:thumbsup: Thanks for this scotty - I had no idea their refund/exchange policy was so great. What a trusting company! I might turn here for a new mod rocker or NS Legacy or Proto CTX! :D
 

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Ok so I just got this repair back - looking for some feedback here from the brain trust. Does anyone have ANY idea how long a repair like this will hold up for? I know it's impossible to pinpoint, but just looking for a ballpark here. :dunno: Trying to figure out whether to keep or sell it - 4 days old. I'd just as well keep it, but I don't know anything about repairs and life afterward. I know it's going to be a weak spot.

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I think it looks ok. They managed to get everything reattached and back in a straight line, but the last picture shows a line down the middle of the sidewall that I'm concerned about. Looks like maybe interior cracking? Big deal?

and yes that is a NS Proto CTX demo in the background. I'll buy it if I can't ride the Rome anymore :D
 

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thanks for the advice guys - Board is in the repair shop now trying to be fixed. I did take it down to the factory in Waterbury and was given a no-go on a warranty. I explained my story and got the dreaded "impact damage" answer. Frankly, I was surprised given how everyone talks about them. And I get that it looks like that's what caused it, but for the life of me I can't place it. I have literally no idea how it happened. 14" pow turns down groomers all day. Weird beard. And I'm not going to sit there and argue with Rome about what happened.

They did give me a proform code for something new, which I appreciate, just have to wait for that to fill up again I guess. End of the season most everything is gone. :(

I guess I'm just trying to figure out if this is an insolated incident or a trend with Rome's boards. Most people here seem to have had little problems with them, I'm just hesitant to buy another mod rocker now for fear of this happening again. Buying 2 boards in 1 season sucks! :dunno:
I wonder if someone knocked your board over while you we're eating?? And maybe it took the damage then?

I can't tell you how many times I've watched someone just knock a row of boards down by not paying attention to what they were doing... Just a thought
 

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the base itself should hold up pretty well; i think shops tend to use some tough ones as every base weld i've ever had was superb.

the sidewall looks a little iffy. i've never torn one out so i can't advise there. what did your shop say? the one i go to for base welds has a lifetime guarantee on them. maybe yours is the same?
 

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I have the mod rocker board. It does ding easily, especially the sidewall. I have gouges that I dont know where they came from. Riding lifts, I did notice that my board bangs against other boards.
Unfortunately, if Rome says its not a defect, it wont be covered. Sorry for your mishap and I am also disappointed on how NON-Durable the Mod Rocker
is :thumbsdown:

Im not speaking for all ROME boards
 

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I have the mod rocker board. It does ding easily, especially the sidewall. I have gouges that I dont know where they came from. Riding lifts, I did notice that my board bangs against other boards.
Unfortunately, if Rome says its not a defect, it wont be covered. Sorry for your mishap and I am also disappointed on how NON-Durable the Mod Rocker
is :thumbsdown:

Im not speaking for all ROME boards
Stop slamming your shit into things and it won't ding or better yet just don't fucking ride.

As far as that repair it looks standard could last a day could last the rest of your life.
 
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