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Ride Crook Review And Buying Advice

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Riding Style Freestyle
Riding Level Beginner - Expert
Fits Boot size (US) 8-10, 10-12
Manufactured in China
Shape True Twin
Camber Profile Flat to Rocker
Stance Centered
Approx. Weight Feels Light
Split No
Powder Average
Turning Experience Average
Carving Average
Speed Average
Uneven Terrain Average
Switch Great
Jumps Good
Jibbing Great
Pipe Average
On Snow Feel

Stable

Turn Initiation

Fast

Skidded Turns

Easy

Flex

Medium/Soft

Buttering

Easy

Edge Hold

Medium Snow

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The Ride Crook is a really fun well-balanced freestyle board that is very snappy poppy and playful but still offers stability between the feet.  It didn’t have that Ride Ultra damp feeling which made it feel a little more lively underfoot for freestyle to jib board.  It’s been a low-cost favorite in the past and it’s very close to how the Ride Kink Rides.

Ethics Statement: We don’t get paid by the manufacturer to write these reviews.  We do make money from the “Where To Buy” links, but this is our best attempt at an honest and objective review from an average riders’ perspective.

Not much changed from 2014 to 2017.  There seem to be a few tweaks but overall it feels pretty much the same as it use to when we first tried it.  It’s still a very fun entry level jib to freestyle board.

Size: 155 and 154w
Days: many
Conditions:  Soft Snow one day and primarily hard snow with some softer snow the next.
Riders: James Jimbo and Peter,
Boots: Burton IonNike Kaiju,
Bindings: Ride RodeoUnion Atlas, Union Superpro, Burton Genesis,  Burton Genesis X, Burton Cartel,
Set Up:  Centered Stance, 15 front -15 back 23″ wide

On Snow Feel: Very stable between the feet because of the flat to rocker profile between the feet.  It makes it very easy for beginner freestyle to all mountain freestyle riders to get off the chair or deal with long flat runs that can be awkward when you have rocker between the feet. It’s got a stable but very catch-free confidence-inspiring ride for riders of almost any level.  It works for an expert park rider on a budget and a beginner rider that wants to progress without having to buy a new board. It’s got a light snappier feel to it.

Powder:  We did not get any powder but we have ridden other ride twins with flat to rocker and this should be pretty good for taking a freestyle approach to the fluffy stuff. It should be really fun if the powder is light and fluffy but will be a little more work if you encounter thick deep powder as you find near the West Coast.

Turn Initiation and Carving: Pretty easy edge to edge for a rider that skids their turns and not bad for a rider that actually likes to rail a turn as well.  It’s quick without being twitchy for short radius turns and pretty good for a soft flat-rocker twin when making wide radius turns and doesn’t feel completely lifeless.  It is not great on a carve but it doesn’t wash out unless there is a lot of pressure.

SpeedThis doesn’t have the ultra damp Ride feel and you can feel the board chatter under foot when you pick up speed.  It’s fine for most places in the park but on the mountain, you can begin to see it’s weaknesses.

Uneven TerrainYou can handle a crowded Saturday all day because of it’s soft flex but there is some pass through when it comes to hitting smaller bumps or riding a hard bumpy groomer.

Edge HoldPretty good here.  We had some hard (not icy) snow and the edge held well.  Right out of the wrapper this felt pretty good and almost great but over time it’s not going to hold like other boards with a little extra mustard in the side cut.

FlexIt felt pretty soft but some how lively and kind of snappy. Usually, a Ride board can handle just about any weight rider but

SwitchLike all true twins it’s really easy.

JibbingVery easy to hit just about any feature in the jib park and it’s a confidence-inspiring ride here.

PipeIt wasn’t bad in the pipe for such a soft jib specific board but after a few weeks in the jib park the edge hold will be gone and this won’t feel as good as it did for us.

Jumps: It’s not the poppiest thing that we have encountered but there is something about it that makes it really fun to ollie.  It’s got an easy snap to it that makes it fun for riders of all levels to generate their own air on.  It also has a stable confidence inspiring approach to kickers.

This is a mostly freestyle/park board that many will enjoy

 
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