Arbor Roundhouse 2014 - 2012 Review by The Good Ride
The Arbor Roundhouse use to be called the Arbor Roundhouse RX but for 2014 they eliminated the camber model (Roundhouse CX) so the name returns to just the Roundhouse. This is the mid/wide to wide version of the Arbor Element. It should just be called the Element Wide.
The 2014 Arbor Roundhouse is made at a new factory because the old factory (Elan) went under. The new factory (SWS) is going to be filled with all the people that made Arbor boards so most likely the 2014 model will be the same quality ride as the 2013 and have the same ride as well.
The Arbor Roundhouse is a good continuous rocker directional twin for taking a freestyle approach to powder riding or hitting the mountain with a switch/regular approach. The only real issue here is it lacks a satisfying feeling when it comes to hard to carving turns.
On Snow Feel: The Arbor Roundhouse RX has a somewhat loose playful feel between the feet and offers a good ride for those who like a catch free all mountain freestyle approach to the mountain. The 2014 has less of an effective edge but the ride is still very much the same. Most continous rocker boards are loose but this is semi stable and feels like a lot of hybrid rocker boards we have tried. One footing and flat basing is not going to be ideal but you can get use to it.
Powder: We’d love to see a setback stance with the Arbor Roundhouse for powder but this continuous rocker board still floats really well. This is ideal for that rider who likes to ride switch in pow as much as they ride regular. It’s very easy to maneuver in tight chutes or through trees. The reduction of the effective edge and the extension of the nose in the 2014 model makes the lot a lot easier and it’s really good for a twin.
Turn Initiation and Carving: It’s easy to control tight radius turns in almost any type of terrain. It’s very forgiving without being too easy. Nothing great here when it comes to wider radius turns to a carve and it can get a little washy. The old Arbor Roundhouse CX version owns the carving category and this is a far cry from that.
Speed: Nothing out of control and the Arbor Roundhouse RX can get a little unstable when you pick up speed. It’s better than the Wasteland and almost the same as the Westmark.
Uneven Terrain: The Arbor Roundhouse RX is not as effortless and bouncy through rough terrain as the Wasteland but you get a little more speed in return for almost as good as a feel underfoot heading over bumpy terrain and dealing with end of the day conditions.
Approximate Weight- The Arbor Roundhouse well built and very beautiful but they did what they could to make it light enough not to bother most people on the chair.
Edge Hold: Edge hold is very consistent while not being overly grippy. Love the extensions at each binding that they call grip-tech.
Flex: It’s a decent medium flex.
Switch: Almost excellent. Only a good switch rider would notice the difference in flex between the nose and tail.
Jibbing: The flex is too stiff and the sizing is pretty long to be a good ride but it’s not bad.
Pipe: The Arbor Roundhouse is a fun board in the pipe. The Arbor Roundhouse has enough edge hold to climb and stay your course between walls and the continuous rocker is very forgiving if you aren’t perfect in there like most.
Jumps: This is very springy and almost there with the non-wide coda. It’s got a little more stability that seems to take away some of the pop but it’s a nice balance between the two.
2014 Arbor Element (demo model)
2013 Arbor Element RX
All Mountain Freestyle
Intermediate - Expert
Dubai by SWS
On Snow Feel
User Reviews of the Arbor Roundhouse
handled it all
Love the rocker, still loose but stable. I was sceptical about the grip-tech but can honestly say it does work. It's playful when you want it to be but responds and holds when you need it to. Having big feet really limits your choices of boards.
Compared to other boards I've had it does feel heavier but thats a small price to pay for quality construction. Having dodgy knees I thought after a full day of riding and sitting on chairs that the weight would cause some grief, but it didn't even hurt a bit. This board makes riding more relaxed and effortless, I rode first chair till 3:30pm one day and felt a million dollars at the end of the day. It felt easy to ride and required less effort to control.
I was wanting a flexible board and this board wasn't the most flexible... so I was hesitant to purchase it but, I think the flex is pretty much exactly what I needed. Still yet to ride it through pow but hard packed groomers, chopped up crud, in and out of the trees, bits of the park was no trouble for this board.
Can get a bit loose when travelling at high speed... but still fast enough to be going too fast!
Not a big fan of the wood grain look but it's a small price to pay for having the right board. I have only spent 3 days on it but they were 3 awesome days and loved the way the board performed. I rate it slightly higher than 4 out of 5 (4.3). Still the best board I've owned and can't see myself riding any other for a while to come.