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 I¹m
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
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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