Hello and welcome to my Ride Timeless snowboard review.
In this review, I will take a look at the Timeless as a freeride snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Timeless a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other freeride snowboards.
Board: Ride Timeless 2018
Price: $699 (USD recommended retail)
Flex Rating: Stiff (8/10)
Flex Feel on Snow: Stiff (10/10)
Rating Score: 83.7/100
Compared to other Men’s Freeride Boards
Out of the 20 freeride snowboards that I rated:
- The average price was $599 (USD)
- The average score was 82.1/100
- The highest score was 91.8/100
- The lowest score was 57.1/100
- The Timeless ranked 10th out of 20
Overview of the Timeless’ Specs
Check out the tables for the Timeless’ specs and available sizes.
|Style||Freeride||Flex||Stiff (10 out of 10)|
|Ability Level||Advanced to Expert||Feel||Locked-In, aggressive|
|Weight||Normal||Turn Initiation||Medium-Fast (faster when riding fast but slower, harder when riding slow)|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Camber (camber to the tail, rockered nose)||Shape||Tapered Directional|
|Stance Setback||Setback 20mm||Edge-hold||Hard snow|
|Waist Width (mm)||252||257||267||275|
|Weight Range (lbs)||100 - 150||130 - 180||140 - 190||150 - 220+|
|Weight Range (kgs)||45-68||59-82||64-86||68-100+|
Who is the Timeless Most Suited to?
This board is a true bomber. It’s super stiff (the stiffest I’ve ridden) and just likes to go one way – and to do it fast and hard.
If you like carving, bombing and hitting pow (when you get it), and aren’t concerned about anything else – and you like your board to be super-stiff – then the Ride Timeless should be high on the list.
Definitely only for advanced to expert riders. No beginners or even intermediate riders for this one. It just wouldn’t be that fun. But if you can tame it and like your riding aggressive and uncompromising, then this could be your board.
The Timeless in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Timeless is capable of.
Board: Ride Timeless 2018, 158cm (257mm waist width)
Date: April 15, 2017
Conditions: Mostly cloudy in the morning with periods of sun. Started snowing around midday (so much snow in April – it’s awesome!) Some fresh overnight snow made the snow nice and soft in the morning – hardened up as it was compacted but was still soft-packed on groomer and powder pockets off. Then Softened up again a bit in the afternoon with the new snow.
Bindings angles: +18/-6
This is a stiff board. The stiffest I’ve ridden, which is why I’ve given it a 10/10. Now, I didn’t ride anything stiff in the early 2000s, when this might have been relatively normal for a stiff board, but for me and now-a-days, this thing is really very stiff.
If you’re someone pining for that kind of stiffness and haven’t been able to find it, this would be worth checking out.
I personally prefer something with more forgiveness, even for freeriding, but for bombing flat-out speed on flat even snow, I have to admit this board was killer.
The Timeless was really good in powder. It’s got a mostly camber profile but there’s a good bit of rocker in the nose – and it’s got a long wide nose – and a tapered short tail – so there was no surprise that it was easy to sink the tail and float the nose.
Personally, even in powder, I would prefer something that wasn’t quite as stiff, but still really fun in pow.
Carving & Turning
This board carves really well, unsurprisingly. Once you get on an edge it wants to charge – and it was a fun aggressive carve, particularly when riding at speed in good conditions.
Definitely not one to slow down and play around with and not very forgiving of skidded turns.
Speed demon for sure! This board wants to ride fast and just handles really well at speed. It seemed like the faster you rode it, the better it felt. Also felt really damp and super stable at speed.
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I definitely preferred this board on flatter conditions where you could really open out on it. When you had to get into the bumpy stuff, slow down and make lots of little turns it didn’t feel at home. I ended up in a mogul field (accidentally – really not a fan!) – and it was frustrating on this board – once it opened out again, then the smile came back, big time.
I felt like you had to put a lot in to get this board to snap, but once you put that effort in it has really good spring. If you’re someone who likes boards this stiff, then you’re probably stronger than I am and you might find that you would have to put less effort in.
Definitely not a spinner – but no problems with straight air. Again, ideally I’d prefer something with a bit more forgiveness but if you like it stiff and like jumps, it would do the job.
Not one for riding switch or landing switch or anything that has you going the other way.
The tail is tapered, there’s camber all the way to tail and rocker to the tip, the shape is directional in terms of flex, sidecut, everything and you’re setback a good way on the board. Spin all that in the other direction and it just feels weird. And being stiff as heck, it’s a hard ride, riding fakie.
Doable of course, but one of the least enjoyable boards I’ve ridden backwards.
Changes from the 2017 Model
This board was out of Ride’s line for like a decade and made a comeback with the 2017 model. The 2018 model is pretty similar with a few tweaks by the looks of it.
I didn’t ride the 2017 version, but Ride say that the 2018 model is a little more forgiving flex-wise. If that’s the case, then the 2017 model must’ve been mega-stiff.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
|FACTOR||RATING (OUT OF 5)||CONTRIBUTION TO FINAL SCORE|
|TOTAL after normalizing||83.7/100|
This is a hard charger, and not for the faint of heart.
Speed is its biggest weapon, but it was also awesome on a carve and was fun in powder. There’s basically no speed limit here, so if that’s your bread and butter, this is a board that might suit you well.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you’re interested in learning more about the Timeless, are ready to buy or want to research current prices and size availability, check out the links below.
If you want to see how the Timeless compared to other freeride options or want to check out some other options, check out the next link.