Loaded Bhangra 48.5" Deck
Flex 1 (150 to 250lbs)
The Bhangra is a more compact dancing/freestyle deck, the Bhangra offers a lot of foot space to get your dancing groove on yet is compact & lightweight enough to facilitate slides and flatland tricks. The Bhangra's upturned nose and tail kick, choreographed griptape patterns, mellow concave, rocker 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 street and the hills.
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.
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.
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.
Nose and Tail Kicks
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
For the main standing platform, Loaded 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. Loaded 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. Loaded also designed it so you still have plenty of grip tape on the rail of the board for confidence when sliding.
Loaded used a gnarlier, gripper grip tape 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) You can still take the flex 2 plenty fast and do slides comfortably, thanks to the rocker and concave.
FLEX 1 (150-250+ lbs) 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.
Loaded is stoked to say this is their most organic board. Yhey have created a durable beast bound together with jello and spider tears. Actually, the board is constructed from bamboo, cork and epoxy bio-resin. Loaded used no fiberglass in this board but were able to get the strength and flex characteristics we 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 we use a similar ply in the center (next to the cork) to stiffen up the flex.
Not sure if you knew this, but 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 just kind of 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 has a more lively, springy flex to it. So we found the perfect resin for this board and are even more stoked because it is a bio-resin and tastes good in cereal, hahaha.
Loaded 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.