One of the best freestyle boards that Loaded longboards offers, the Loaded Tan Tien Flex 2 is the board you want for cruising or doing tricks.
With double kicktails to allow you to easily pop the board up, tricks are made easy by the design. The special laser cut griptape holds your feet when you try downhill longboarding and even more so when you’re sliding.
First, the specs of the board. The Loaded Tan Tien measures 39 inches long and comes with a flexible slightly concave deck made out of bamboo.
Through past rider experience, Loaded tuned the flex just finely enough to bounce you out of sharp turns and allow riders to really feel what the board was doing underneath them.
Loaded knew they wanted to make a longboard that could dance down hills so the trucks are 180mm Black ProRide Reverse Kingpin longboard trucks. These trucks drop through the deck for stability and are tight enough to avoid speed wobbles down hills yet allow tight turns at speeds you would not have thought possible.
To complete the package, the wheels are 75mm 83a Yellow Pro V2 longboard Wheels which provide a small and nice contact patch to the ground. The Tan Tien also comes with Abec 7 performance bearings which riders might want to upgrade to Red Bones Bearings if you want to do some hard riding.
The flex of the deck really comes into play when riding this longboard. It does take some getting used to when you pop up for a trick and then the deck drops a little when you land. But it is definitely worth it. Once you get used to it, you can try bigger and bigger air because you know the board will simply flex instead of crack like stiffer longboards.
While the kicktails on the board might look small, both of them give you more than enough leverage to move the entire board during the trick. Riders can simply rest their foot in the crook of the kicktail and pop the board up for days. See below for Loaded’s personal introduction of the Tan Tien.
The Loaded Tan Tien also makes a name for itself in the superb sliding it is capable of. While especially long slides can be difficult at times, little freestyle/speed check slides are especially fun and easy to initiate. The cambered deck and griptape holds your feet to the board as you kick it out making sliding easier than on similar boards.
This all being said, the Loaded Tan Tien is not meant to be a downhill board. The setup of the board with a flexible deck, double kicktails, and freestyle trucks, means that the Loaded Tan Tien is mostly limited to speeds under 35 mph before it becomes more difficult to control.
That is not to say that this board can’t go downhill! Just that it is harder to control than other boards especially made for downhill, such as the Sector 9 Fractal.
While the Loaded Tan Tien can seem expensive, customers must also consider the resell value. Many previous customers have ridden their Tan Tiens for months and then sold them for just a bit less after those months of riding. On a cheaper longboard this would never be possible.
In addition, riders recognize that the Loaded Tan Tien is one of the flagship boards from Loaded. There will always be a demand for this board and it is easy to see why.
It is simple to see why so many riders rave about the Loaded Tan Tien. This longboard is simply one of the best out there for riders into freestyle and sliding. Review Longboards would definitely recommend this board as one of, if not the top, longboards around in these categories.