Four new models have been added to their existing line of 38 and 44" Pintail models. New are the Lee Dansy Pro Model, a Funshape, Kicktail, and Cutaway models. All of these decks as well as the original 38 and 44" models come with two sets of mounting holes on the nose and tail, allowing you to tune the flex by moving the trucks closer or further away form the nose and tail. With the exception of the kicktail, all of these models feature vertically laminated wood cores, sandwiched under pressure between skins of pre-cured epoxy fiberglass. For strength considerations, the Kicktail features a more standard ply construction with fiberglass sandwich.
Perhaps the most interesting of the new bunch is the Lee Dansy Pro Model. Designed by X-Games Speedboard Gold Medalist, Dansy, it appears to be the widest of all of them and slightly shorter, roughly 36", judging by the graphic on their site. Rounding out the line are the 43" Funshape, 42" Cutaway, and 44" Kicktail.
The new Fibreflexes have generated a lot interest. A spokesperson for the surf/skateboard company said that roughly half of the email coming from the Gordon & Smith web site is queries about the Fibreflex. Fibreflexes can be ordered as decks or completes. The standard complete come equipped with Tracker B2s, Kryptonics 65 mms, and abec3 bearings, but can also be ordered with eXkates and Kryptonics 70 mms and may soon offer Randal IIs as well.
One concern with the new Fibreflexes was that the 44" Pintail model was too flexible, even with the trucks set at the least flexible setting. The spokesperson for G&S admitted that the first batch of 44s were too flexy, but that the second and subsequent batches were stiffer. If you're looking for a 44" Pintail, you might want to test the flexibility, since you may not be able to tell which batch it came from.
The new Fibreflexes are now being manufactured by Select Distribution, and if you are looking for one of the reproduction Fibreflex shortboards, they are still available and will continue to be manufactured as need arises.
For more information about the new Fibreflexes, check out their web site at http://www.gordonandsmith.com/.
Nose Wheelie, except where noted otherwise, was written and created by Chris Sturhann.
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