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Q. How much flex is good?

Hi. My name is Geoff and i am wondering if too much flex in a board is bad. im looking at an ltd board a 154 and it has mad flex in it but not too much so that it will break. i told the guy at the shop i wanted something with lots of flex for ollies and manuals and stuff like that but Im wondering how fast it will snap on rails and if too much flex will make the board slide out from under me if i land a jump too much on the tail of my board?

Jeremy King answers:

I personally think there is such a thing as too much flex, and that comes when you can't control the board anymore. I love to have some flex on the board, because its easy to throw in butters and all that..but I've been on some boards (Flow boards) where just trying to put down a small butter led to the board sliding out from under me.. So the answer to that question, in my opinion, is yes, there is such a thing as too much flex...


Gavin Ehringer  answers:

The heavier the rider, the less flexy the board. Most boards are designed for specific weight ranges, with flex determined by the layup. I like less-flexy boards for all-mountain "speed" riding and steeps, and noodly boards for the halfpipe, terrain park and moguls. Plenty o' flex means more spring, which helps with ollies, but too much flex makes landings a little more sketchy. It's really a feel thing some pros I know ride very stiff boards, while others ride really noodly boards.

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