RRD Fireride 125

Apr 28, 2010

RRD Fireride 125
V: 125 L: 246 W: 69

The ride: The Fireride is RRD’s new line of freeride boards. RRD maintains the responsive smooth ride of the line it’s replacing (the Z-ride), and adds some width making the Fireride plane up much quicker than before. The X-Tech construction is cheaper than the lighter LTD version, yet still provides a very crisp and efficient feel. The Fireride is not the most stable board while it accelerates, but the inboard footstrap setting is one of the easiest for progressional riders to get into once up and planing. The top speed is considerably faster in the outboard straps, but they aren’t placed out and back enough to match the fastest boards in the test. True recreational speedsters should look at the RRD Firerace models to meet their slalom needs. If you’re looking to cruise around then the straps’ position is great and keeps your feet well balanced. One other important part of the Fireride’s easygoing performance is the high-quality MFC Liquid Pro fin it arrives with.

The jibe: To plane fully through a jibe the Fireride prefers to be carved with full speed in a modern hips-in style that commits your weight forward over the board.
When turned off the nose in this manner it will plane through a tight jibe without hesitation. Conversely, if you lean your weight back during the entry then the board will bounce through a huge arc, causing you to fight it the entire way.

The forte: The Fireride is a great freeride board for recreational riders who are aggressive in their desire to learn. It rewards hard work with style and is a board that they’ll be able to grow into for years to come.


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