The AB 3.0 is a sleeper. With a low key look, you'd never imagine that this thing could roll with the big kids, but my oh my, get ready.
A 9.5" to 9.1" taper, comfortable and progressive concave, and double drops at either end of the board make this an adventurous LDP monster. Not only low to the ground for effortless pushing, the platform's concave proves to be valuable for pushing and can even support freeriding, should your path inevitably take you down that mountain you just pushed up.
Solidified by a unidirectional carbon fibre stringer running throughout, the 3.0's new construction can handle heavy duty riding and riders. The increased strength and rebound of the precured fibreglass means on its widest wheelbase, the 3.0's a pumping monster with a little more flex; on it's narrowest, it has the strength to carry anybody.
Stiffness: 8.5 / 10
Push : 10 / 10
Cruise : 10 / 10
Weight : 3.75 lbs
The recommended weight for riding this board is equal to or below 300 lbs.
Bio sourced Greenpoxy laminates two sheets of pre-tensioned, pre-cured triaxial fibreglass to four plies of Hard Rock Canadian Maple and one central Poplar ply, as well as a stringer of unidirectional carbon that provides support along the length of the board. Together, you get a water risistant distance board fit for whatever weather you're riding in.
It goes without mentioning that the fibreglass eternally protects the graphic from rocks, curbs, and worst of all, speed bumps. That’s right, the graphic’s there forever!
The AB 3.0 is laminated with Greenpoxy, a bio epoxy that makes the board extremely water resistant. You'll never have to worry about rain when you're out on a journey again.
Simplicity enthralls; complexity gets lost in the cacophony.
I was hesitant at first getting an ldp board that had a taper, but I couldn’t be happier with it. The taper is mild enough, I haven’t kicked a wheel a single time, even when exhausted 30mi into a session. I do appreciate a flex for long distance, but this being a stiffer board I get better speed than ever before. Adjusting my trucks to the farthest length, I do get a bit of flex when pumping (I’m 190lbs). The deck itself looks super slick, having had many compliments in just a few weeks. The carbon fiber and fiberglass really hold up against the rain as well. The concave helps lock in for some of the sketchier turns and hills, as well as preventing foot fatigue. Out of my current 11 setups, this takes 1st, and I highly recommend grabbing one for yourself.
The AB is one of the best commuter boards around. It's light, flexy, carvy, extremely fun, and beautiful. I've landed on using 165mm RKP trucks with 85mm wheels. It's one of the most fun double drops on the market.
The strengths of the AB as a commuter also somewhat limit it as a proper LDP board. It has a good bit of flex, which does a few things: it dampens vibrations, it makes for a pumpable deck when setup with appropriate trucks, and it makes pushing very easy. Unfortunately, the flexiness also makes it feel a bit unstable when going down hills. I'm not talking about freeriding or high speeds, I mean hitting any notable incline on your commute. It's sort of springy, which is a lot of fun in most cases, but not confidence-inspiring on inclines at speeds where more stiffness would offer a bit more control and stability.
The asymmetrical shape is similarly mixed in terms of impact. It helps create a more carvy ride and gives a certain power carve from the rear. It also feels a bit cramped. The drops are less progressive that other top tier double drops so I sometimes struggle to find the best spot to put my feet, especially when hitting speed.
Something about the design limits wheel options. On other double drops, I'm able to put 150mm trucks on with 85mm Speed Vents without getting wheelbite. It's not as easy with the AB, I think because the drops are less progressive, which creates a smaller space on the neck for big wheels. Not a major problem, 165mm trucks are nearly as fun. But it's not perfect for me.
Overall, the AB is one of the best boards you can get for commuting, carving, and cruising. I own a half dozen double drops and the AB is arguably the carviest of them all. I'd like to see future editions add even more progressive drops, add a little more stiffness, and make the deck more symmetrical. Imperfect, but still stellar.