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The all round longboard
Really there is no such thing but the Tan Tien gets prretty close.
This board excels carving, pumping and commuting as it is a drop through board which means the trucks are through the deck making it lower to the ground. As the deck is lower, it is easier to push and commute on. The other benefit is its graceful carve action, leaning into this board and making a carve is a thing of beauty, you really feel like you are carving into the concrete.
As you can see from all the videos on this board (see below) you can light freeride and slide on this puppy. It is not good for bombing hills fast or aggressive freeride, but if you want to get into some sideways action, this board will do it.
The Tan Tien is designed to work with 180mm trucks and 66mm to 70mm wheels.
Don't get fooled, the best trucks for the Tan Tien is Paris 180. That is what they were designed around, and the board seems to have a bit more play and flex with Paris trucks.
For general use - carving and learning to longboard we recommend 70mm 4President 80a wheels.
For sliding and freeriding - use the 83a or 86a The Kilmer wheels. 86a is a harder wheel, and will be easier to slide on but not as forgiving on rough surfaces
How does it skate?
What Loaded do oh so well is construction. This board has bamboo and fibreglass layers, cross matched and laid up vertically and horizonally. What this means is it does not sag. A standard ply deck flexes in the middle (sag) The Tan Tien has been designed to lock in your feet and give you some gentle flex and energy return across the deck not just in the middle. The camber, materials and concave all combine to give you this spring and flex back. Makes it more comfortable commuting because the deck flex with your body movements and you'll find it working with you not against you with a stiff deck. When you carve the board flexes and the release energy back to you as you move into the next carve. If you do short quick carves you'll find you can propell the deck by pumping.
What flex is best for me?
There are three flexes. The standard measurement of which flex is based on weight: Flex 1 is for skaters weighing up to 125kg; Flex 2 is for skaters weighing between 59kg and 95kg and flex 3 is for skaters 35kg to 75kg.
Problem is a lot of skaters fit within 2 or all of those categories.
Here is how to choose the perfect flex.
Flex 1 is for heavier riders, so if you weigh over 90kg you should buy flex 1. If you fit in that 70kg to 90kg category then it all depends on your riding style. If you are doing jumps and skate aggressively, you should be on Flex 1. If you are only carving and commuting then go with the softer flex 2, it will be more joyful. If you are lighter and younger, go the flex 3.
The boards do get a bit more flexy as they age and wear, so eventually it feels like your favourite sneakers, perfect fit and comfortable, can I just skate it everyday!
Length: 39" / 99cm
Width: 8.75" / 22.25cm
Wheelbase (Inner Hole): 27" / 68.5cm
Weight: deck only: 1.4-1.6kg / complete: 3 - 3.2kg