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To flex or not to flex?

written by TeamBustin February 28, 2010

Blog by Derek Kretzer.

I would like to introduce myself as the newest member of the bustin crew.  My name is  Derek Kretzer and I am the new Print manager  at  Bustin Boards.  I am very excited for this opportunity  and look forward to taking it to the next level.  Along with printing I will also be doing some prototyping  with fiberglass.  My question to the Bustin family of riders is, what kind of flex is most desired for all around riding? Through the years many companies  have come out  with composite  boards with various amounts of flex.  Those of us at Bustin want to make boards that our riders will fall in love with and we think offering flex options could do just that.  Customization is very important to us and this is the perfect opportunity to  throw your ideas our way.  You never know, your idea could turn into the next Bustin composite model.


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Ray February 28, 2010 at 10:40 pm

Flex makes longboards feel alive.

Spencer March 1, 2010 at 9:43 am

having a lot of flex is a lot better. it makes the ride more smooth and fluid. i love flex

tfili89 March 1, 2010 at 12:23 pm

you guys should set up the choice of different layer combinations just like when customers choose their color schemes. that way the entire deck is completley custom right down to its flex pattern:)

Andrew Mason March 1, 2010 at 6:46 pm


I think that the production process is already too complicated to have different specifications of flex per each custom printed board. Even though its a great idea I think there will be too many easily made production errors and the cost to individually manufacture boards with their own flex and print is very costly.

Felipe March 1, 2010 at 9:12 pm

My first board was a Cigar which for a beginner has a considerable amount of flex. As soon as I stepped on it I fell in love. I have a Loaded Dervish flex 2 also and for me, the flexier the better. Flex offers to you such unprecedented response that it’s really hard to go back to a stiff board. Seeing a little bit more flex options in the Bustin Boards fleet would be sick.

yuquan March 1, 2010 at 11:03 pm

having flex options would be such a great option especially since you’re customizing the boards already. It will be something to stand out from all the other longboard brands.

Also being a boarder on the roads of NYC everyday, a flexible board would be awesome to cushion those not so smooth cracked roads every so often. : )

ColonyFounder March 4, 2010 at 2:48 am

Just to be the devils advocate here. Flex is not always better. better then what? it depends what you are going to use the deck for. for instance i would hate it if my strike had more flex then it does now it would be less stable at speed. however my sojourn would be a fantastic ride with a little flex to it. what i would really like to see though a bran new flex board by bustin not just a flexier version of what you guys already have. for instance if my sojourn was double drop down (instead of just the nose drop down) with a nice kick tail and some flex i think i would just die.
p.s i love the “NYC Rat” proto
keep up the good work bustin!

Brian Davenport March 4, 2010 at 8:33 am

good work Derek! i think what we’ve found here is there is no ideal set-up and everyone likes options. so let’s sort it out huh? give the people what they want!

Mike March 4, 2010 at 12:07 pm

I think having a flex option for all the boards would be great, i agree that not all boards should have flex and that’s why i believe it should be an option. Just like with loaded or original they have flex options. Im looking to get a sojourn possibly and if they added flex that would definitely make my choice easier. Pleeaassseeeee dooooo ittttt.

Christ March 5, 2010 at 1:18 am

You need to make a

Rob W. March 9, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Overall, I think a little bit more flex is nice. I love my Sojourn with its mild flex but it would be more comfortable with a tad more. While flex options would be nice, they would probably hike the prices across the board. My opinion? – Make all of the boards slightly more flexible, but not to the point where it contributes to speed wobble.

Calvin March 19, 2010 at 4:24 pm

definetly go for different flex levels on all the decks

Schuyler March 23, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Go for the flex!
Having a flex option would only added to the customizability that Bustin’ already offers.
A couple of weekends ago I stopped by the shop and you showed me the broken dancing prototype board (or as I like to call it as of now “The Boat”) and I was pretty excited that you guys were trying to make a flexy board. I think that more flex will give the rider a much livelier ride, and will add to the fun of traffic surfing.

Matt August 21, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Yes yes yes i was wondering when you guys would think out giving some flex i say do it! Obviously make it optional. I would love a bustin with some flex 🙂

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