Hello and welcome to my Niche Crux snowboard review.
In this review, I will take a look at the Crux as an aggressive all-mountain-freestyle snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Crux a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other aggressive all-mountain-freestyle snowboards.
Board: Niche Crux 2020
Style: Aggressive All-Mountain-Freestyle
Flex Rating: Medium
Flex Feel on Snow: Medium (5.5/10)
Rating Score: 92.0/100
Compared to other Men’s Aggressive All-Mountain-Freestyle Boards
Out of the 20 men’s aggressive all-mountain-freestyle snowboards that I rated:
Overview of the Crux’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Crux’s specs and available sizes.
Hybrid Camber - But Mostly Camber
Waist Width (mm)
Rec Rider Weight (lb)
Rec Rider Weight (kg)
Who is the Crux Most Suited To?
The Crux is a great option for anyone who wants to ride freestyle over the mountain and in the park, but also wants to be able to bomb and carve up the groomers too.
It's poppy, aggressive and stable, but in no way completely unforgiving.
Not suitable for a beginner, IMO, but for anyone solid intermediate and up, it's a good bet, if it fits your style.
The Crux in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Crux is capable of.
Board: Niche Crux 2020, 156cm (254mm waist width)
Date: March 2, 2019
Bright blue skies. Groomers hard but not icy. A little cruddy in places.
Some light fresh off-groomer.
Bindings angles: +15/-15
Stance width: 540mm (21.3″)
Stance Setback: Centered
Width at Inserts: 265mm (10.4")
Rider Height: 6'0"
Rider Weight: 185lbs
Rider Boot Size: US10 Vans Aura
Bindings Used: Burton Malavita M
Form the little bit of powder I had, and based on the feel of the board overall and the specs, the Crux isn't the worst board for powder. But also average at best. Fine in the shallow powder I had, but get too much deeper and it would require a reasonable amount of effort to keep the nose afloat.
Carving & Turning
Carving: Really enjoyed this board on a carve. Just had such a satisfying carve to it. Really fun. Definitely preferred to carve over other turns. But wasn't bad with S turns either, but just preferred to carve on it.
Maneuverability at slow speeds: Not bad in terms of maneuverability at slow speeds. Better than I expected given it's penchant for carving. A little easier to ride slow than the Story (which I also rode that day).
Skidded Turns: It felt like there could definitely be some consequence for skidded turns. Not the easiest to skid turns on. Prefers to rail the edge!
Felt really stable and controlled at speed. Carving at speed or flat basing I felt really comfortable opening this board out.
It handled uneven terrain well. Damp enough without being ultra-damp and nimble enough to weave through too.
The Crux is awesome on jumps! Really fun.
Pop: More pop than the Story and plenty more pop than my control board (Rossi One). Really good pop and most of it easily accessible.
Approach: Nice and stable on approaches to larger jumps, but also maneuverable enough for slower approaches for smaller jumps or for when you need to make adjustments to your line.
Landing: I found I could really stomp the landings on the Crux. It's one of those boards that wants you to own the landing - and when you do, it feels good.
Side-hits: Really liked it for side-hits. It's nimble enough for trickier approaches and nice and poppy.
Small jumps/Big Jumps: It covers the spectrum well, IMO. Probably ideal for medium to large, and maybe not as good for XL (not that I took it on one).
Great for riding switch. Whilst it's not a true twin, it felt like one. I had to double check my measurements to make sure that it wasn't actually a true twin.
Awesome for spins. It takes off and lands switch really well, it's poppy and it's easy to get the spin around.
It's OK on jibs. Not a jib master (and neither am I!) but it's doable for jibs. If you're a strong jibber, shouldn't have any issues, but not made for it either.
It's not ultra buttery, but you can definitely still butter it. I felt it was easier than the Story to butter, and about the same as my control board, but very slightly not quite as good.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
TOTAL after normalizing
Overall, the Crux is a super fun, stomping beast. It's got some forgiveness to it, but that doesn't detract from it's ability to bomb.
It excels for jumps, spins, speed and carving - but it's not something you can't butter at the same time.
I had a blast on this board and wish I could have ridden it longer!
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you want to check out some other aggressive all-mountain-freestyle snowboard options, or if you want to compare how the Crux compares to other aggressive all-mountain-freestyle snowboards, then check out the next link.