2012 Arbor A-Frame Used and Reviewed
Big-mountain and camber seem to go hand in hand. Hard charging snappy decks that will allow you to plow over anything in your path whether it’s a moose or a twenty foot cliff drop are the definition of what a big-mountain stick should be. The A-Frame pays homage to this type of rider and here is how it stacked up on a above average spring day at A Basin.
Board: Arbor A-Frame
Camber Option: Traditional Camber
Bindings: Salomon Cheifs
Angles: 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 T1 DB Size 10
My Weight: 160lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Overcast with slightly firm corduroy in spots while in others it was soft and sloppy since it was 40 something degrees.
Preconceived Notions: This is supposed to be the manliest hard charging board Arbor makes.
Flex: Total directional flex with some give in the nose getting stiffer in the mid section that merges into the stiffest section located in the tail. Torsionally there wasn’t too much give and it
Stability: Well seeing as it’s designed for hauling ass stability wasn’t an issue in any of the varying snow conditions I rode. It just absorbed and kept wanting to go for more.
Ollies/Pop: For a freeride board this thing had an insane amount of snap out of the tail which let you just launch cliff drops or bush gaps. Now snapping off your edge to throw 180′s was a bit different it just didn’t have half the pop as doing a straight ollie off the tail did.
Butterability: It can happen but not what this board is meant for.
Cruising: Railing a turn was what this board was meant for. Load the tail up and spring through the turn switching to the other edge and repeat. Riding switch and initiating turns was a bit twitchy though and at times seemed to hang up and not push into the turn.
Jibbing: I ran over a small tree and that was the extent of jibbing on this thing.
Rider in Mind: The oldschool guy that likes stiff cambered directional freeride boards that can plow over anything in their path.
Personal Thoughts: If you want to go fast, leave a wake in your path, and just carve the shit out of something then this is the deck for you. Decks like this are becoming few and far between but at least Arbor sticks to their roots and leaves a board for guys that want a deck like that.
What They Say: Arbor’s big-mountain gun for riders who want superior on-edge performance; the A-frame will lock-and-hold a deeply carved line, provide powerful control in the steeps, and deliver amazing stability at speed. Don’t miss the unique Bamboo Power Rails, which deliver unmatched return.
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