The Loaded Boards Bhangra is built with a dancer in mind. If you’ve ever had a chance to see Adam Colton ride this boat of a board you’ll understand just how fun it can be.
A more compact dancing/freestyle deck, the Bhangra offers plenty of foot space to get your dancing groove on yet is compact and lightweight enough to facilitate steezy slides and advanced flatland tricks. Upturned nose and tail kicks, purposeful griptape patterns, rocker, mellow concave and damp flex (created in part by the use of epoxy bio-resin & cork) result in comfortable and functional ergonomics that inspire confidence on both the dance floor and the hills.
Length: 48.5″ / 123 cm
Width: 9.5″ / 24 cm
Wheelbase (Inner Hole): 32.75″ / 83.19 cm
Deck: 5.6 – 6.3 lbs / 2.5 – 2.9 kg
Complete: 9.4 – 10.1 lbs / 4.3 – 4.58 kg
Flex 1 150-270+ lbs / 75-122+ kg
Flex 2: 90-190+ lbs / 40-86+ kg
The rocker (slight “U” bend when viewed from the side) really sinks you into the board and gives you that extra cushy, locked in feel. Feels great for dancing, makes sliding a lot easier and more comfortable, and puts the board lower to the ground, making pushing slightly easier.
We added a mellow “U” concave to give you more confidence when sliding. The concave also helps lock your feet in when landing big spins and such but is still mellow and comfortable enough for footwork moves.
NOSE AND TAIL KICKS
More nose and tail curvatures allow for easier catching of the nose and tail. With good timing, you can ollie the Bhangra. Not easy, but it can be done. Both the nose and tail will lock your feet in nicely for manuals, but the different lengths result in distinct feelings of balance and pop. You may find riding the board in a certain direction better for some tricks; for example, the tail is really good for catching shuvits-to-manuals, while the nose feels better for hang ten manuals.
This is our most thought out grip design to date featuring a functional, shoe saving design and two different types of griptape.
For the main standing platform, we used a mellower grip with a functional pattern to save your shoes. As you all know, when you do pivot motions on grip tape you slowly wear out the balls of your shoes; you are basically grinding away your soles on sandpaper. We cut out this grip design so that when you do your spinning moves, most of your shoe will move freely on the bamboo, not the grip tape. We also designed it so you still have plenty of grip tape on the rails of the board for confidence when sliding.
We used a gnarlier, gripper griptape on the nose and tail to help give you that extra locked in feeling when holding out manuals. The extra grip also makes it easier to catch the nose and tail for quick shuvit-to-manual moves.
Resin plays a big part in how a board feels. We tried out a variety of resins, each having their own energy return properties and flex characteristics. For a board like this, we really dug a more mellow, damp feeling resin. Something that sinks nicely under your feet and does not have so much energy return that it wants to buck you off. We classify the flex as soft, damp, almost “dead” flex. In contrast, a Dervish Sama has a more lively, springy flex.
We designed functional wheel wells to accommodate several brands of 180mm trucks and 70mm wheels without risers. They will prevent wheelbite in most circumstances; however, you may encounter bite if you run super loose trucks with soft bushings.
Flex 1: 150-250+ lbs
Flex 2: 90-190+ lbs
Flex 2 is what Adam S. (150 lbs) and Adam C. (160 lbs) ride. The Adams prefer a board with a bit of flex to it (feels a lot better for freestyle). You can still take the flex 2 plenty fast and do slides comfortably, thanks to the rocker and concave. Flex 1 is definitely stiffer, and if you are 160 lbs it will flex only slightly under you. If you like stiffer boards and plan on doing hard pounding tricks with this board or weigh more (over 190 lbs), this is your board.
Distinct nose and tail shapes create different amounts of leverage for different tricks. The standing platform is slightly wider in the front of the board to concentrate leverage over the front truck for predictable turn initiation while dancing.