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Magnetraction rocks

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
I read allot of reviews posted by riders that have never rode a magnetraction board, first off I would like to say keep you reviews to your self untill you have riden one. Your missinformation was not helpfull.

What I can say is that I spent my first day out this season on a Lib-Tech TRS Magnetraction deck (157), wow.

Our group went off trail and after only 25 to 30 feet in everyone, except me, bailed back to the main run. when I caught up to them they all said that it was too crusty for them and that they were going to wait a bit for it to warm up. What crust???? I delibretly hit the iciest sections on the hill and tried to sketch out I couldn't do it. This board turns double black "D" side scetch slippers into fall line rippers.

I am an intermediate level rider who isn't afraid to go any where on the hill(s) and have allways been a die hard Burton Custom rider but now my poor Custom will be my rock board.

All the hype surrounding this board is true, go buy one!!!!!
post #2 of 20
Wow, my next board is going to be Magnatraction and probably my next pair of skis too.
Thanks for the review.
post #3 of 20
magnetraction is great. But I still want to know how to tune one??????
post #4 of 20
Thread Starter 
There is an edge roller tool available.
post #5 of 20
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Originally Posted by TIACE View Post
I read allot of reviews posted by riders that have never rode a magnetraction board, first off I would like to say keep you reviews to your self untill you have riden one. Your missinformation was not helpfull.
Were these reviews here?
post #6 of 20
I've put a lot of faith in what I've read on the TGR forums, what I've heard first, second, and third hand from boarders, and what I've heard from shop owners.

So much faith that I plunked down on a pair of Libby-T's NAS over the summer (the under-$400 summer bargain price didn't hurt either).

They've been leaning up against my book shelf for months now and are awaiting a Duke mounting and some snow.

I'm hoping that the Magnetraction lives up to its' name and that the 19m TR isn't too turny.

Guy in my office just plunked down on a board, too. First timer. He's a former Burton head, too. But he heard good things and made the switch.

We'll both be breaking our Libby-T cherry's within the month.
post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
I'm hoping ... that the 19m TR isn't too turny.
This is why I'll never understand skiers. ::

I know, I know... "We don't need no stinkin' sidecut."
post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by TIACE View Post
There is an edge roller tool available.
Link? roller tool sounds sketchy...

(really, I'm not trying to rain on your parade...I do think the boards rock!)
post #9 of 20
Hey Noah - which ones have you ridden? I have been really interested to hear what an experienced carver/racer thinks of them.

LeeW is about the only other carver/racer that I have had input from.
post #10 of 20
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Originally Posted by TIACE View Post
There is an edge roller tool available.
Here you go.

magneTraction website index

magneTraction tuning tool
post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by philsthrills View Post
Hey Noah - which ones have you ridden? I have been really interested to hear what an experienced carver/racer thinks of them.

LeeW is about the only other carver/racer that I have had input from.
And Lee is a great guy, Met him at Bomber at the post RTTC party.

I don't remember which it was, it was only a couple of runs at the Stratton Trade Show a few years ago. If I recall it was the first one they made. But I ws very impressed. I tried to make it sketch out but it held like a SOB...
post #12 of 20
Yeah MTX works. I thought it was just fine. Actually rode some icy ass mogul runs under chair 1 at Loveland with the TRS MTX board. It worked well. As I've said, it makes the effective edge feel longer than it is. I took out a 161 and it felt more like riding a 167 or longer board to me.

The knock I have heard from good riders I know is that the tail washes out on deep carving turns. For the record I did not experience this at all. Then again I didn't try to lay down that low either. The guy who 'sez this is too good of a rider to ignore his opinion. Bottom line, it's probably best to try before you buy.

Rocker technology is also very interesting and fun. Try out the K2 Gyrator or Lib Tech skate banana with MTX. Seriously fun boards...
post #13 of 20
LibTech's propaganda says that it prevents you from catching an edge. In the last 3 years, I've caught an edge only once. I have the opposite problem really, simply sliding out on icy conditions on whatever edge I'm holding. How does MTX perform in this regard?
post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by philsthrills View Post
Hey Noah - which ones have you ridden? I have been really interested to hear what an experienced carver/racer thinks of them.

LeeW is about the only other carver/racer that I have had input from.
Ex-pro "s.orecchio", over on Bomber, is raving about his. he's ridden for many large alpine manufacturers, and states that the edge hold of his Lib exceeds that of any of the race boards he's ridden.
post #15 of 20
Is the Magnatraction tuning tool just a shorter version of the regular tuning tool?
post #16 of 20
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Originally Posted by hellside View Post
Is the Magnatraction tuning tool just a shorter version of the regular tuning tool?
In so many words, yes. I've no idea how to do the apex of the wave.
post #17 of 20
Here's an edge question.

Reading Libs explanation of why magnetraction works, it sounds to me they are saying a normal snowboard is balancing on the contact points at the tip and tail while in a turn. The magnetraction edge is supposed to have more bite between the feet and less at the tip and tail.

Doesn't a standard edged snowboard run on the whole edge length from contact point to contact point because of board flex through the turn?

If you are looking up at someone carving across the hill above you, you can't see a gap between the snow and the edge at the center of the boards sidecut. Or can you?
post #18 of 20
Griz,

If you're in marketing you can see the gap. Not having ridden an MTX, I can't speak from experience. But the way I read this stuff I don't read that they are implying a gap. The difference between MTX and "normal" edges sounds to me a lot like the difference between different edge bevel angles except that you get different performance in the middle versus the tip/tail.
post #19 of 20
I think with a normal edge, you get relatively even pressure all along the edge. With these, the pressure is concentrated at discrete points along the edge. It seems to me that would increase the grip, but I haven't tried it.
post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
I think with a normal edge, you get relatively even pressure all along the edge. With these, the pressure is concentrated at discrete points along the edge. It seems to me that would increase the grip, but I haven't tried it.
I think that's the right answer. I ski with a guy who accidentally tuned his skis with a serrated edge. He let a base flatenner chatter, or something. He said those skis had great grip on hard snow, but were real slow. That sounds like a pretty good trade off in the East, not so much in the West.

BK
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