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Awesome board for freestyle, dancing, and cruising backed by great service from Vandem
The Premium Complete setup I bought is so much fun! The Tarab setup is more expensive than others you'll find on Vandem's site, but I'm so glad I went for this having skated it a while now before leaving this review.. The deck itself is a work of art. I leave it on display against the wall in the lounge, where it looks like a nicely crafted piece of furniture. The deck's nicely reinforced so should last better than cheaper decks. It feels well balanced and is not shaped too aggressively for dancing/freestyle, with just the right amount of flex and pop (I weigh ~80kg and chose flex 1). Really long dancing boards have a tendency to feel soggy once you start weighting, carving, and landing on them, but this is reassuringly stiffer without being completely rigid. I'd never skated on Cult Chronicles but am enjoying them. They feel grippy but can still slide when needed. They also match the green parts of the deck perfectly, so it was a smart choice for Vandem to pair them like this. They have a centre-set core, which makes them stick out less than offset wheels like the Cult Classic or Orangatang Fat Free. I thought this might make the setup less stable but haven't noticed any difference over the Fat Frees I've skated in the past. The Sabre Forged Freeride Trucks feel super light, which is perfect for freestyle and dancing where you want the board in the air and not stuck to the ground all day long — the board spins more easily and cleanly than with other setups I've skated, and it's clear the trucks play a part in that. Vandem shipped the setup ready-built to Austria for me and it arrived in good time without a scratch. They'd taken great care to package it well and I'll be buying from them again.