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The Bamboo-X Sportster // Redefining Comfort

written by Bubbles October 31, 2016

In 2012 the Sportster hit the market to meet the demand for a super low push deck that offered a freeride friendly approach.  We had just revolutionized our push ethos with the release of the Maestro board the year before, and were looking to continue the legacy of NY Push Culture.  The Sportster was originally our no-frills, no-nonsense, performance ONLY push board.  We were immediately astounded by the reception!  Rave reviews and dozens of riders swearing by the deck got us paying attention to some of the critical insights.  The two main comments were: A) we made it too big, and B) It could use a touch flex for comfort.  So over the course of 4 years of tweaking and developing, we landed on our current model: a shrunk-down, bamboo-ified version built to skate.  Mild flex and a compact platform makes it an extraordinarily nimble pusher that feels GOOD to ride, while the Radial-Dropped-Rockered shape locks feet comfortably into place for pushing out those slides.


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The drop-through design combined with our RDR mold (radial drops and rocker throughout the standing platform) give this deck a low down, high response, super controlled ride unlike any other board. The mild dampening flex provided by the combination of Bamboo and Maple, in addition to the slightly rockered shape and hip notches make this deck comfortable on smooth or rough terrain and the forked nose design allow it to pack a huge engine into a tight 33” frame while still maintaining a stable wheelbase.

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William Royce in New York City on the first edition Sportster.

Carla Javier in San Francisco on the Sportster and fresh Five-O Classic Wheels

SETUP
The Sportster is designed primarily around RKP trucks (pick your favorite), especially considering how low it is already, paired with wheels (pick your favorite). If you do decide to go for a TKP or other truck with a low ride height, make sure to use larger wheels to allow for adequate clearance from the road. We recommend looking for a truck in the 170mm – 180mm / 9″ – 10” range – look into Paris 180’s, Caliber II’s or similar trucks. For pushing or commuting, we recommend a hard-lipped soft wheel like the Bustin Premier Series or, if you want to go really large, the Sniper-R Race Wheel.  If you’re looking to get a little more slide-ways, pair it with a set of Swift wheels, or Royce PRO Five-0’s.

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FEATURES
PROGRESSIVE RADIAL CONCAVE – An ever evolving board merits an ever evolving concave! Progressive radial concave means the ‘cave is nice and gentle in the middle for easy pushing, and steeper towards the rails for grip when you need it!

ROCKER – The rocker is extended solely between the drops, which means that you don’t feel any change in the mounting platform, but you still get all the locked-in feeling of a rockered platform.

RADIAL DROPS – The classic radial drop feel from the original Sportster, flushed out to provide true truck performance and additional leverage over your bushings – MORE TURN!

SYMMETRICAL – Slide it and ride it, there’s no wrong way to throw down on the Sportster!

BOARD SPECS

Board Length ………………………………………….32.93”

Board Width ………………………………………….. 9.79”

Wheelbase …………………………………………… 26.56”

Concave ……………………………………………….0.65”

Drop ………………………………………………….0.60”

Rocker ………………………………………………..0.25”

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