Dervish Longboard Skateboard. Price
is for Loaded Deck Only. (deck is symmetrical)
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you need to buy for a Custom Complete is:
• Longboard Deck
• *Grip Tape If Needed (see above)
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otherwise all parts will ship seperate.
with a Complete or Custom Complete purchase:
• Steel Bearing Spacers
• Flat Bushing Washers (if needed)
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Out This Video From Loaded
We launched the original Dervish in June of 2007. In 2006 we had shifted our
entire line to bamboo, which opened the doors for us to create a flexy drop-through
board. All previous drop-throughs we’d built as protos had eventually
fractured due to stress on the oak cores. We’ve made subtle changes
to the Dervish since then (cutout and keyhole modifications and graphics),
but it’s now time to change it up in a more significant fashion. We’ve
learned a lot about compound contouring in the last few years (as seen on
the Tan Tien) and felt it was time to step up and
rethink the Dervish.
We explored many different width and shape options while prototyping the Dervish
Sama. We came to the realization that there is no “right” answer
and that there’s an inherent tension between stability and liveliness.
Using sophisticated (for us) design software and curvature calculations,
we extensively tested various different widths and subtle changes to the
deck shape. We then collectively decided that this new 9” wide shape
(the old Dervish was 8.5” with a different neck curvature) provided
a satisfactory balance of comfort, edge control, and responsiveness.
The Dervish Sama also received a more pronounced concave profile, which is
further augmented by the increased deck width. The result is improved edge
feel for turn initiation and extra control while sliding.
Nose & Tail
To keep up with the current caliber of freestyle riding, we gave the Dervish
the most tasteful of nosejobs. After testing several new shapes and sizes,
we lengthened the tips for additional leverage, widened the neck to increase
durability and ensure a consistent flex pattern through the entire deck, and
added subtle kicks to increase pop and to lock your feet in. The kicks are
reinforced with an extra layer of fiberglass for added stiffness and durability.
A six-piece symmetrical griptape pattern was designed with performance and
elegance in mind. The two sections at the kicks use an aggressive, rougher-grit
grip to provide enhanced control and security for manuals and freestyle
tricks. The four middle sections use a milder, finer-grit grip (comparable
to street skate grip) to facilitate dancing and footwork maneuvers. The
segmented design yields functional coverage without interfering with the
board’s flex pattern.
The Dervish Sama’s versatility lends it to many disciplines, but at its
heart lies a deeply rooted passion for carving. The cambered platform and weight-tailored
flex pattern work together synergistically to provide a lively, flowing ride.
Press your weight into a turn to preload the deck’s curvature; unweight
as you finish the carve and feel the board snap back with positive energy return.
Modifications to the width, concave, and thickness of the deck also resulted
in a new overall feel to the ride. The flex pattern remains very consistent
throughout the entire length of the deck and is also much more damp, tight,
and controllable. The
Dervish Sama gave us an opportunity to reexamine our current flex options.
We found that even on the softest flex Dervish (flex 2), it was difficult
for riders weighing less than 140 lbs to generate enough force to fully
engage the deck’s flex during normal riding. The
introduction of a third, even softer flex allows lighter riders to more
easily “play” with the cambered standing platform as they pump
and carve, achieving a much more lively and comfortable riding experience.
Flex 1: 170-250+
Flex 2: 100-185+ lbs
Flex 3: 75-150+ lbs
softer flex rating will give you more control and tighter turns at slower
speeds and make it easier to slide, but tends to lose stability at higher
speeds. A stiffer flex provides more energy potential, is more stable at
higher speeds, and holds up better to hard landings, but will not be as forgiving
and lively when cruising.
A vertically laminated bamboo core is sandwiched between layers of triaxial
fiberglass and a bamboo bottom veneer. The deck is pressed with concave
and cambered curvatures to create a lively, responsive ride with high energy
return. Localized fiberglass reinforcement at the nose and tail kicks (spanning
neck to tip) ensures strength under hard riding.
We recommend 180mm or 10” trucks for the Dervish Sama. This board is
designed to accommodate 75mm wheels without wheelbite. A wider race style wheel
is ideal for maintaining roll speed and traction through hard carves, while
a 70-75mm freeride wheel will provide a well rounded balance of grip and drift
for a more slide-friendly riding style. Riders leaning towards freestyle and
aggressive freeriding may prefer a lighter and/or smaller wheel in the 70mm+