Do y'all think this is hype with a big name or a legit new technology? I'm still unsure. I wonder if it is meant to counter the high buckle rate of the FST/RF.
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Jan 27, 2014, 01:34 AM #1
Firewire's Linear Flex Technology -
Jan 27, 2014, 01:39 AM #2
keep in mind i haven't seen one in person yet, BUT...based on this statement from firewire's website:
"LFT incorporates Firewire’s new SPRINGER HD, a 0.75” (18 mm) wide aerospace composite that runs down the centerline of the board, representing the next generation in our SPRINGER technology. Unlike the original balsa SPRINGER build which only added stiffness under the front foot, the SPRINGER HD runs the entire length of the board and plays a pivotal role in optimizing flex from nose to tail. "
it sounds like they've gone & added a version of the traditional stringer. time will tell, but it seems like they may be finding that a more traditional construction method, albeit tweaked, is better performing.
Jan 27, 2014, 01:45 AM #3
I just thought it was interesting because the TOMO Vanguard has a very high buckle rate from its natural straight rails and I saw they have it on that model, as well as others.
I am thinking adding a little flex to some boards may help there strength while performing maneuvers.
Jan 27, 2014, 01:51 AM #4
i think it's very interesting that they're introducing this tech not long after their premier surfer, taj, parted ways w/ them & had 2 of his more successful seasons on tour.
Jan 27, 2014, 02:20 AM #5
Jan 27, 2014, 11:49 PM #6
that's interesting. being as they're so new here on the east coast, there's not a whole lot of feedback on the tomo line just yet. it'll be interesting to see if that trend shows up here as the designs catch on & more people start riding them.
Jan 28, 2014, 06:50 PM #7Senior Member
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my dominator works well dependably - especially backside. think the technology is called f s t .
my potatonator less so, kinda 'wave specific' but VERY FAST the rare days i actually do dial it in.
Jan 28, 2014, 10:20 PM #8
I wonder if the rapid increase in demand means they're not fully curing their boards before sale, or maybe they're skipping the post cure step or some other shortcut...
Jan 28, 2014, 10:27 PM #9
I'm always leery of claims referring to "enhanced flex," or "better flex pattern," and vagueries like that. What does that mean? Why not say what it does? If they mean, stiffens, or dampens, or faster flex return, or whatever... just say it. Vague claims like that make me think they're not sure what they mean, and definitely don't want to say what they mean if they do because it might not be what the rider is looking for. Better keep things vague so they appeal to all potential buyers. Who doesn't want "better" or "enhanced" anything?
Jan 28, 2014, 10:45 PM #10Member
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Never had any issues with the FST construction boards but a buddy of mine had a "Rapid Fire" Spitfire that buckled. Looks like the Vanguard is made with "White Rapid Fire" construction. They say it's lighter but not as strong as the FST. Could be why they're adding the "Linear Flex" to it.