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Big and Tall(and some other questions)...

Posted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 9:53 am
by maxxdout
So here's the deal...

I'm about 6'4", 250lbs, and I'm looking for a board. I'm on a budget, too.

Do you think the MBS Atom 95x would work for me?

Also, I have my MBS Reactor for sale, which is pretty beefy with the frame and all. I think I actually might end up keeping it because of how awesome and sturdy it is. One thing, though: is there any way to rig up a break kit to it? It has the 3-screw hubs(not sure what hubs the mbs break discs mount up to), and there are no screw holes in the trucks to mount up the breaks. Do you think I would be able to drill 2 the holes for the breaks and get the MBS break kit working? (I think all I need is to drill one hole on each side of the truck). With my height to weight ratio, I gain some nice momentum going down these hills around here and I'm still learning how to power-slide so I figured it would be cool to get some breaks on this beast...

Here's a pic of the wheel, if it helps...


Oh yea, one more thing, how do I change my avatar? The usual upload box isn't showing :P

Thanks for the tips,


Posted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 10:51 am
by evilc
Personally it sounds like a lot of hassle for a brake kit that is really crap.
Regarding mounting the brake discs to the wheels, IIRC you use extra long bolts for the hubs and mount the disc onto that.

Isn't the atom more of a kids board?
I think it would be unsuitable for someone of your size and weight.

Posted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 12:28 pm
by maxxdout
I thought the atom's were a little small, too. I'm not 100% sure yet if I'm actually gonna get one or not, just thought I'd throw some ideas out there and see what you guys thought of them.

And yea, I agree with you about the breaks, I don't see them working too well (with just one pad on each wheel). I think I might just get some new springs for the Reactor and ride that for a bit, unless I sell it before then.

Posted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 1:02 pm
by Brennig
I'd just go looking for a used Comp on ebay, generally cheaper than a new Atom and 9,999,999,999,999,999,999 times better (not an exaggeration)

Posted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 1:05 pm
by maxxdout
Hmm, I didn't even think about eBay, silly me :P I'll see what I can find...

Posted: Sat Apr 30, 2011 1:46 am
by The 6th degree
Yeah - the Atom boards are for kids. If you are after a stronger board then I'd go for a 17ply Trampa deck. If you are on a budget - keep an eye out for an old MBS Comp 26. They are built for larger riders but are equipped with standard MBS gear so you can easily upgrade parts if you want to.

I would say that the V5 brake isn't worth the hassle - I had one and it wasn't very good.

Posted: Sat Apr 30, 2011 5:48 am
by evilc
One pad on each wheel is not the problem, the problem is cable operation when what you want is hydraulic.
I would say ABS brakes, but nick is no longer trading - I think trampa have an equivalent.

Whatever, if you are talking decent brakes you are basically talking Magura HS-11s or similar.
My advice is to forget about brakes. In general, brakes in boarding are not for beginners, they are for advanced riders wanting to take on runs that would be hard without brakes.

You need to learn how to control speed and stop etc without brakes first, else if you ride with brakes and they fail you are screwed. Riding beginner's slopes with brakes will not really help you progress properly.

So yeah, maybe a Trampa 17 ply and some trampa trucks that have the mount point for brakes so you can upgrade in the future.

Posted: Sat Apr 30, 2011 6:05 am
by McCarver
you now have the option to change your avatar Maxx

Posted: Sat Apr 30, 2011 9:50 am
by maxxdout
Thanks McCarver.

And yea, for everyone else here, if you haven't noticed my for sale post, I have decided to keep the Reactor and get some new springs for it.

EvilC: You're right, I don't have any insane hills around here so I don't really think I need breaks anyway ;)

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by DM613
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Posted: Thu May 19, 2011 11:50 am
by int3gral
Hello People, nice to meet you!

I just had a quick question regarding board size, so I don't think that new topic is necessary.

I am 6'3" about 190 Lbs
While having no experience in ATB (I only rollerblade) I am currently looking at MBS Core 95 model.
Will it be long (and wide!) enough for me to have comfortable stance (foot size US11), or I need even longer one (Comp 95)?

I plan more freeriding on easy terrain with no high air at all, even in future (I have heavy neck injury and don't want to take it too high). I think that 180 and similar essential tricks on reasonable speeds (slow!) are doable on any board.

Any comments will be highly appreciated!

Posted: Thu May 19, 2011 12:43 pm
by evilc
You should be OK with the decks (As in just the board) from any of the MBS adult range. Obviously stiffer and longer are preferable, but they tend to be the more expensive models. For what you are saying though, probably any of them would be fine as grounding out on easy terrain is generally not a problem.
The thing that concerns me about the core 95 for your weight is the trucks. You probably want something beefy and I am not sure ATS trucks are it. I would recommend channel trucks of some kind with green or blue trampa dampas (upgrade this yourself if needs be).
Are you looking at new or 2nd hand?
You could maybe pick up a bargain 2nd hand - something like an old MBS Comp 95x (Designed for heavier riders) would probably do you proud, with or without the brake it normally comes with.

Posted: Sun May 22, 2011 10:37 pm
by OldDirtyBastard
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an Atom is way to thin for you[/color]

Posted: Mon May 30, 2011 12:36 pm
by int3gral
Thank a lot for advice, I will consider it and post back when I end up with something