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Today we will be talking about one of the newer additions to the Bustin Boards lineup the YoFace BGDK. The BGDK was built to skate little bit of everything but to specifically excel in freeride and downhill. Although I happen to know that this deck has been in the works for a long time Bustin's new shred stick is joining a market flooded with other topmount, double kick boards. Which means that the questions on everyone's lips all have to do with performance.
Before I can answer I can attest as to how the BGDK actually performs let's go over the technical specifications of the deck.
Kicktails make traveling through town more fun, period. Fortunately for all of those commuters out there the BGDK comes fully equipped with two big ol' beefy kicks. The kicks on the BGDK are not just ample but they are also functional. Functional enough to pop some ollies and get you up and down curbs with style and finesse. However, keep in mind, the BGDK isn't your typical light popsicle shaped street deck; nor was it deigned to be like one. It has some serious weight behind it so ollies on this deck do take some equally serious effort and skill.
Commuting isn't just about looking cool while you get around town, in fact, it's mostly about pushing. The BGDK is not super low, like an ideal commuter would be, but that's true of just about any topmount board. This deck does happen to sport a feature that generally translates to an uncomfortable pushing platform; w-concave. W is great for a lot of downhilly freeridey things but w-concave can just plain suck for pushing around town. It makes feet tired and sore. However, the BGDK is doing w-concave a little differently than many other boards. It has a w-concave that is very subtle and makes sure that your feet don't feel like they are being attacked by junkyard dogs while you are pushing. As someone who generally doesn't like w-concave for any sort of commuting the BGDK made it more than bearable it made it pretty comfy.
Upsides: Tails and Wheel Clearance
Downsides: Weight and Height
As I mentioned earlier the BGDK has a some intense and functional kicktails. The tails are angled in a manner that is akin to a street deck and therefore are ready to generate some pop. However, unlike your standard trick deck this deck is heavy and long. When you are ready to ollie this board get ready to throw down in a serious way. I am not expert at ollies but I can at least get this board up and over a curb as long as I time the pop right.
The platform on the deck is surprisingly comfortable to land on. I find that complicated curvature on a board can make the standing platform a bitch to land on for a lot of decks. While the BGDK sports a bunch of concave and features all of them are pretty mellow. It is precisely that subtlety which keeps the actual platform comfortable to land on.
Upsides: Kicktail Shape and Mellow Concave
Downsides: Heavy and Rails can Hurt
You wanna go fast? You'll like the BGDK.
Here is a board that was designed to hit some of the gnarliest hills you can find without breaking a sweat. That heaviness I mentioned up above is due to this board being nice and thick. That thickness translates to a board that is both very stiff and stable. Which are of course nice traits to have when you're haulin' down a mountain run stupidly fast.
Upsides: Stiff, Stable, Tons of Board Feel
I'm about to make a tall claim: The Bustin BGDK has become one of my all time favorite freeride boards.
(Which is saying a lot considering how many decks I have ridden... haha)
Upsides: Freeride Friendly Concave and Sick Tails
Downsides: Long Wheelbase
Bustin brought a heavy hitter to the table with the BGDK, or as I lovingly call it the Big Dick, haha. This really is a board that can handle a variety of skate styles quite comfortably. That being said people need to remember this deck was designed to hit big hills and bigger slides. The enormous kicks make it fun to dabble with for freestyle but the deck itself is very heavy.
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My Current Favorite Setup:-BUSTIN BGDK
-Surf-Rodz 176mm 50* RKPs
-Bustin Snipers 66mm 80a
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