2012 Signal Park Rocker Lite Used and Reviewed
When you think of the Signal Park Rocker images of a bird about to take flight might come to your mind as you see the board is bent at a 45 degree angle. Some have questioned this amount of rocker, others have mocked it, and some even posed the question of why? Well now for all the skeptics there’s a lesser version in the Rocker Lite. Here’s what a couple days of stunt sticking has taught me about this.
Board: Signal Park Rocker Lite
Camber Option: Rocker Lite. Flat between the inserts with a 5mm rise in the tips.
Bindings: Technine Elements with inverted Scrub Hooks
Angles: 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 T1 DB Size 10
My Weight: 160
Resort: Breckenridge and Keystone
Conditions: A couple inches of light powder, sunny spring slush, fresh groomers, wind blown ice, death cookies, slight over cast skies, and bluebird skies.
Preconceived Notions: Less can sometimes be more and if you’ve ever seen the original Park Rocker then you know how much rocker it has. This version takes the same platform but cuts the rise in half.
Flex: The softer side of park flex with more give in the tips till the kink in the rocker then slightly stiffer from insert pack to insert pack. Torsionally there’s a bit a give when twist flexing the board especially through hard carves.
Stability: In chop not exactly the most stable thing you’ll ever encounter but when main lining into a jump and stomping it there wasn’t much to worry about. On edge in hard turns the nose would flap a little bit.
Ollies/Pop: Real solid pop out of the tips when hitting jumps or ollieing off rollers. The rocker coupled with the single strip of carbon down the center gives it a skate style pop on the outside of the bindings.
Butterability: It’s rockered with softer tips of course you could do some real solid butter tricks.
Cruising: The sidecut was deep enough to lay a trench if you wanted. Initiating turns came easily along with transitioning back and forth from toe to heel. There wasn’t any slop or give from the rocker when driving through the arc of a carve.
Jibbing: There is an ideal sweet spot on this board for locking in presses. If you do push too hard into any press though you’ll be fighting to keep it going. Otherwise this is a pretty solid deck for jibbing.
Rider in Mind: The park kid that’s going to hit some jumps, ride some transition, play around with some jibs, and likes a slightly softer park flex.
Personal Thoughts: For a board based on the most insane rocker of all time this deck has thoroughly impressed me. I spent the better part of the first day riding it launching jumps at Breck then finishing it up hitting rails and boxes at Keystone. Over all this board delivered the goods that it promises.
What They Say: Signals own Three-Stage Park Rocker’s unique design: Stage One is continuous contact. This creates a level board through the bindings. It allows you to hold an edge without catching one. Stage One acts as a small board when you stand flat over this section. Stage Two rolls up five degrees into Stage Three, The “flat spot.’ Stage Two creates a pivot point when transferring from the level-or flat-area between the bindings and the ‘flat spot’ of Stage Three. State Two also acts as a secondary contact point when you are carving. “Standard Profile” Poplar core, which is thicker between the feet and tapers out as it reaches the nose and tail. There is no need for extra tapering as the nose and tail are already in the air because of the Rocker that starts at your feet. Nylon 8210 top for softer torsion flex. Durasurf sintered base. Triaxial glass top and bottom. Carbon stringer tip to tail. Rock on!
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