Loaded was practically the inventor of longboard dancing with the help of Adam and Adam. This is the continuation of their dancing board program that has now progressed to be lighter, rockered, and with concave. This deck is the choice of top freestyle longboard dancers.
The Dancer is dead – long live the Bhangra!
Loaded wanted to create a more compact dancing/freestyle board that you could basically do everything on. A board that has plenty of room to get your dancing groove on and is smaller, lighter, and easier to throw around. Something that is not overly huge, can bust out steezy slides, and can be carried and fit into a trunk easier. Can you downhill on this board? Probably, but it is not a DH board.
We are really stoked on the rockerin this board (the board has a slight “U” bend to it). The original prototype had camber and felt good, but we decided to put some rocker in it and bam a ram, it instantly felt so much better. The rocker just sinks you into the board and gives you that extra cushy, locked in feel. Feels great for dancing, makes sliding a lot easier and comfortable, and puts the board lower to the ground, making pushing a tad bit easier.
HURRAY, they added concave! they have 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. The concave is mellow and does not feel uncomfortable for footwork moves.
More nose and tail curvatures allow easier catching of the nose and tail. If you get your timing down, yes 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.
Functional Griptape Design, This is our most thought out grip design to date featuring a functional, shoe saving design and two different types of grip tape, oh yes.
For the main standing platform, they 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. They have 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. They also designed it so you still have plenty of grip tape on the rail of the board for confidence when sliding.
A gnarlier, gripper grip tape was used on the nose and tail to help give you that extra locked in feeling when holding out steezy manuals for the ladies and/or gentlemen. Plus the extra grip makes it easier to catch the nose and tail for quick shuvit-to-manual moves.
The Bhangra comes in two flexes:
FLEX 2 (90-190+ lbs / 40-86+ kg) is what Adam S. (150lbs / 68kg) and Adam C. (160lbs / 72.5kg) ride. The Adam’s 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 (150-250+ lbs / 68-113+ kg) is definitely stiffer, and if you are 160 lbs it will only flex 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.
For this graphic we decided to try something new. They took a collage of Adam Colton’s scary monster faces meshed together and screaming with joy and burned/branded them into the bottom of the board. If you feed them, they will stay happy.
The top graphic is sick and simple. It is a monster’s eye surrounded by a swirling line. If you spin on the swirling lines, you will get more speed… hahaha.
We are stoked to say this is Loadeds most organic board to date. They have created a durable beast bound together with jello and spider tears. Actually, the board is constructed from bamboo, cork and epoxy bio-resin. No fiberglass was used in this board but they were able to get the strength and flex characteristics they wanted by using two vertical cores of vert-lam bamboo with cork in the middle for weight reduction and dampening. The top of the board is a cross-ply of bamboo vert-lam to strengthen the board across the width and they have used a similar ply in the center (next to the cork) to stiffen up the flex.Length: 123cm / 48.4″ Width: 24cm / 9.4″