Snowboard Review: 09-10 Ride Crush

06 May, 2009


Location: Keystone, Colorado

Snow Conditions: Overcast with hardpacked groomers to a mixture of conditions.

Setup: I rode the Ride Crush with Ride Bandita bindings and my Rome Vamps size 8.

First Impression: Easy rocker to ride…not insane rocker, but mellow and easy to cruise with.

Size: 155cm

Weight: lighter than average

Flex: The crush had a really forgiving flex on it, medium flex longitudinally and torsionally without too much stiffness to make a difficult ride but not soft enough to make it an entirely park ride. It handled freeriding the groomers and was a relatively easy mellow ride. It was the first time being on Ride’s lowrize rocker and it’s definitely a rocker that isn’t very noticeable, flat between the bindings and then rockers out towards the tip and tail. It’s just enough to lift the contact points up and make it less catchy.

Turning: It was easy to initiate turns and hold on edge, the radial blenz sidecut and made for a smooth ride, and predictable. I handled both short radius and long radius turns well and easy to hold the edge without feeling it give out or want to make a sharper turn than I needed to make. On the hardpacked groomers it held an edge and felt in control on some icy spots without washing out, definitely my big test for Ride boards to go through.

Stable: It was the last board of the day so I was going slower on it, on the groomers I didn’t encounter any speed wobbles but I also wasn’t trying as hard. The afternoon was a lot of chop and bumps and the crush absorbed them fairly well. My biggest issue with Ride boards is how they grip the snow on edge and the Crushwith radial blenz held an edge for the conditions which was good to see, it was getting icy in spots and I still felt in control on it.

Pop: I just played with popping off the same roller on it and it had good pop without needing to adjust to the landing, just a couple tail presses and butters on the snow where it was not catchy and okay to press.

Switch: Even thought it’s a twin board, it rode a little off when I went to switch riding. Could have been me at the end of the day, but something I noticed and wrote down was it didn’t ride exactly the same switch.

Overall Impression: Of all the reverse cambers, I think Ride’s is the most entry level progressing one. It’s not enough rocker to make the ride completely different, you can still hold an edge and carve but also be a little playful with it and it won’t catch…good progressing board because it’s easy to ride.

I highly give props to Ride on the graphics, it’s cool to see it change and the collaboration with a art class of kids.

Shay’s Honesty Box: I think it’s a good step in the right direction, but still not investing fully in the reverse camber so it’ll be interesting to see how it’s received. I can see a lot of people liking it because it’s not crazy reverse to get used to and you can progress on it. I probably wouldn’t pair the Bandita’s with it again, too soft of a binding for that board.

*This Review was done in February 2009, please be aware that products may change.

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18 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    June 12, 2009

    what has more rocker? the ride crush or the lib tech skate banana

  2. Anonymous
    June 12, 2009

    what has more rocker? the ride crush or the lib tech skate banana

  3. July 03, 2009

    I would say the Skate Banana over the lowrize ride rocker.

  4. john
    September 18, 2009

    hey shay, so i was in my local shop looking at this board and pressing it with my hand it felt pretty stiff. im looking for a board thats reverse camber that i can press with ease but still be able to hit big jumps with. i weight 160 and im 510 and i ride and 11.5 boot. would i be able to press that board easily if i got the 153 wide??? and still jump??? thanks for your help.

  5. September 20, 2009

    John,
    I wouldn’t judge a board by handflexing it in the shop…definitely wait until you ride it since that’s the best way to know for sure or actually strap in in the shop to play on it on carpet.

    Ride’s lowrize rocker is really lowrize, it’s easier to press than camber but isn’t as easier as rocker boards with more pronounced rocker to them if that makes sense. Surprised you ride the wide board with 11.5’s. Maybe see if your local shop will let you strap in and do carpet presses, to see if it’s suitable enough for you.

  6. john
    September 22, 2009

    ya i currently ride a stairmaster i 152 wide with 11 boots, ive riden smaller boards of my freinds and it just feels wierd with my toes over so much, what sucks about this is the limit for board choice, ya reason i was comparing it to hand flex is because thats what i did right before i went in with my stair master to compare it, and ya i know since its “preflexed” if u will, that it would be esiar to press, but idk i was just sceptical, i dont know about the crush anymore i was looking at horroscopes cause i love capita and union but idk about jumping one of those lol.. please dont think im a noob for caparing something with hand flex, just this shop is like owned by a old man and he would probably kicked me out if i steped on a board even though the plastic is still on them haha,

  7. vlassis
    October 20, 2009

    hey! u said that your bindings are not suitable for this bord! which bindings u suggest??

  8. October 26, 2009

    John, if you like your stairmaster flex, try the ultrafear FK. Horrorscopes are pretty soft but the ultrafear’s are stiffer and more like the stairmaster so worth trying that out. Ride Crush is still an easy ride but not very much rocker.

    Vlassis, I just didn’t like the too soft bindings for that board…definitely something more all mountain. Depends on your style of riding and boot size. For me, I’d rock one of the women’s bindings like sigma’s with it.

  9. GEOV
    October 30, 2009

    I JUST OBTAIN A RIDE CRUSH WITH EX BINDINGS!!ANY BOOT SUGGESTION?

  10. October 30, 2009

    Geov, really depends on your feet you need to try on snowboard boots to see what works for you!

  11. tekkiedude
    November 20, 2009

    hey Shay..
    Just go the 152..not sure what bindings…would flows work or should i stick with 09-10 ride ex or rx??

  12. November 20, 2009

    Hey Tekkie, depends on what your looking for, flows or ride bindings would work. What’s your boot size and what riding style do you focus on?

  13. tekkiedude
    November 24, 2009

    Hey Shay,
    I ride a mens 9, and do mostly jumps and some boxes..plus with crush’s board design, I want a binding that will compliment the board as well. Any recommendations?
    Thanks mate!

  14. JordanS
    December 11, 2009

    Hey Shay,
    Thanks fore reviewing, I was wondering, what’s the flex like compared to the indoor survival and the Horrorscope?

  15. December 13, 2009

    Tekkie, sorry for not getting back to you earlier. If you are comfortable with flows you could stick with them or try ride bindings like the delta or alpha movement mens bindings.

    Jordan, middle of the road between those two. Horrorscope is extremely softer than the crush and crush was slightly softer than the indoor, indoor still isn’t a insanely stiff board but definitely stiffer than the crush.

  16. Dave
    April 05, 2010

    hey shay, im going on my third year of snowboarding and its time for a new board, i can do park stuff but im still a newbie.. i was looking at this or the machete, what do you think?

  17. Ceejeroni
    September 01, 2011

    Ride crush or nitro rook for all mtn, jibbing and jumps?????

  18. September 03, 2011

    Dave, definitely crush and machete would be good choices. Crush is a bit more forgiving, Machete is stiffer than it. Depends on your preferences and what you want out of the board.

    Ceejeroni, I’ve never ridden the rook but what’s your experience level and boot size?