The Dervish is on the expensive side, but you pay for what you get. This is a deck skaters buy and fall in love with. The detail and craftsmanship that has gone into this deck makes it perform like no other.
This is not a serious freeride deck. If you skate fast down a hill and pop out some big slides, it will be hard to control and the flex in the board will make it unpredictable.
Where this board shines is general longboarding. Commuting. Shop run. Finding a nice hill or path and just enjoying carving, and learning more freeriding skills. Concave mixed with the right flex pattern means you get this beautiful energy return in carves. You naturally unweight the deck at the end of a carve which snaps the deck back to its natural position. The result is an energy return that makes you want to skate all day. Once you get the feel of the concave flex, you can start having fun and learning your limits.
This board suits so many skaters. If you want to learn to longboard, this board will make it easy. The flex makes it comfortable and easy to push and carve. If you are an older skater getting back into it, this is your board. Looks great, top of the range, and pushing around your neigbourhood has never been so much fun.
Length (in): 42.8
Width (in): 9.0
Wheelbase (in): 31.5
Concave Style: Camber, Radial
Concave Depth: Mild
Plys: Vertically Laminated Bamboo
Construction: Bamboo, Fiberglass
Griptape: Multi-grit Black; Applied by Manufacturer.
Flex Level: Soft
What flex do I need?
It is the question that perplexes most skaters new to a Dervish or Loaded longboard. The simple answer is to stick with the recommended flex guide.
The complicated answer is matching a flex with your riding style. If you are going to be doing hand tricks, early grabs, jumps, shuvits that will flex the deck on impact then go a heavier flex. If you want to cruise and carve and be one with the road then maybe you'll like a soft flex that will give you more control and tighter turns at slower speeds and make it easier to slide, but you will lose stability at higher speeds. A stiffer flex provides more energy potential, is more stable at higher speeds, and holds up better to hard landings, but will not be as forgiving and lively when cruising.
Flex 1: 170-250+ lbs / 75-114+ kg
Flex 2: 100-185+ lbs / 45-84+ kg
Flex 3: 75-150+ lbs / 35-68+ kg
Recommended set ups
Dervish performs best with Paris 180 trucks. This deck works best with bigger wheels = 70mm to 75mm.