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    Posted: Oct/20/2011 at 4:51am
I was looking for a purpose specific board for freeriding and I came across Arbor. They caught my interest with their bamboo cores. Anyone have any comments on riding bamboo? Is it as durable/light as carbon? I hear their topsheets get banged up but that's about it. Can anyone confirm this issue? Mainly torn between the Element RX and the Coda RX. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/20/2011 at 5:15am
You mentioned you want a board for a specific purpose, but failed to illustrate what that purpose is.

The short answer is all topsheets get banged up/scratched/etc/etc/etc...it doesn't matter unless you are a completely superficial person who buys a board based on their favourite colour.


Bamboo will be plenty durable...pretty much every board on the market is "durable" since so much R&D goes into making a snowboard these days.
And I could be mistaken but I don't know of any boards that have a carbon core...isn't carbon usually used for stringers?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/20/2011 at 5:22am
Arbor has a pretty solid background in making board for freeride purposes. The coda can carve turns on hardpack and floats well in shallow fresh. Heck years ago they even made carve specific boards that ripped turns. I have loved the feel of every arbor board I have ridden, but i miss the oldschool woodie topsheets that they used to use.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/20/2011 at 6:22am
I rode this years Coda last spring at a demo for a few runs.. man was that thing fun!  Super lively and lots of pop!  I rode in on everything from groomers to tree runs and it slayed it all.  Any board is going to get nicked up from your normal day to day use but there are things you can do which will help deter the inevitable.

Specifically this: http://www.trusnow.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=33733&PN=1
*Thanks Guth!

I can't speak for any of the other boards in Arbor's line as I have not ridden them but the Coda is definitely on my short list for this season... Give em a shot you won't be disappointed... Everyone that I see riding them and talk to raves about em.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/20/2011 at 12:17pm
My husband has a Roundhouse which he's been riding for a few years and it's in great shape.  I used to take it out to surf on pow days because it's so fun.

I have a Push and a Cadence.  The Push is my favorite board I've ever had.  Topsheets get dinged up, that is snowboarding.  I can tell you that my woodgrain Push is in great shape with about 12-15 days on it.  I ride plenty of trees and bounce my boards off rocks, trees, small children, etc and my Arbors are no worse off than anything else I've ever had.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/20/2011 at 2:15pm
Another endorsement for the Coda.  I have last year's model and it's a really fun, versatile board.  Their rocker shape works great in pow, super forgiving, and has great edge hold because of grip tech.  Like MTpow said, it has lots of pop, which seems to be the consensus from everyone who's ridden it.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/20/2011 at 2:25pm
I bought an Arbor Mystic in 2003.  I loved it.  Rode it for 5 years and then gave it to my father in law.  That board still gets ridden to this day.  Stiff, light, durable, all around great board.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/21/2011 at 8:46am
I have owned and used several different Arbor boards over the years. They are still hands down my favorite board company and the boards with the wood grains are still my favorite aesthetic for a board ever. The cores of each of my Arbor boards maintained through the years and I've not had any issues with any of them. I did however, invest in a simple board lock to protect my Arbors they are far too sick to be left unlocked.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/22/2011 at 6:44am
Arbor's reputation is solid.  Those are both good decks in the line.  I would personally  lean towards the Coda since it is a true twin and that is my preference but they are both good choices.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/22/2011 at 7:58am
Originally posted by K8sgotgame

My husband has a Roundhouse which he's been riding for a few years and it's in great shape.  I used to take it out to surf on pow days because it's so fun.

I have a Push and a Cadence.  The Push is my favorite board I've ever had.  Topsheets get dinged up, that is snowboarding.  I can tell you that my woodgrain Push is in great shape with about 12-15 days on it.  I ride plenty of trees and bounce my boards off rocks, trees, small children, etc and my Arbors are no worse off than anything else I've ever had.

Pure Win...and no doubt accurate!

Here is a pick of my 09 Abacus which is my go to deck when we get 12"+.  It is durable, floats in deep stuff with almost no effort and handles the whole mountain surprising well for a powder specific board.  I've debated selling it and going with a hovercraft or fish but it's so much fun after a big dump that I can't justify getting rid of it.
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