One can hardly call the cost of acquiring a Loaded Dervish deck cheap. But then again, the experience of riding a legendary Loaded Dervish longboard can be considered a priceless experience. Also, you can surely find a Dervish, which is cheap compared to other places that charge over $400! Researching is key because you can save a lot of money.
The Loaded dervish is a longboard renowned within the longboard community for its forgiving, smooth, lively, stable, agile and responsive ride. Loaded Carving Systems achieves this by making the dervish out of materials that have the right balance of flexibility and durability. The deck is made of a tri-axle fiberglass and epoxy sandwich with a vertical laminated bamboo core. When seen from the side, the dervish is shaped in a convex camber which compresses when the rider applies some force or his weight on it. This force is returned when the rider straightens up and releases some weight from the deck. This allows the dervish to lose little to no forward momentum when going in and out of turns.
The dervish is available in two different degrees of stiffness of flexibility to suit both the rider’s weight and his or her riding style. The Flex 1 board is the stiffer of the two and is thus suitable for riders with a more aggressive riding style and for sliding. The Flex 1 board is meant to accommodate riders who weigh up to two hundred thirty pounds. The Flex 2 board is for riders who prefer a smooth and flowing ride. This board is stable and is very responsive at moderate speeds which make it ideal for carving or for short commutes.
Along with the dervish’s flexibility, another factor which contributes to its stability and great handling is its low center of gravity. The dervish has precision machined cutouts designed to accommodate most drop-through kingpin trucks. Drop-through trucks allow the board to sit closer to the ground making it easier to push and slide. This stability also makes the board an ideal platform for dancing.
The board is also shaped differently from the typical longboard. It is narrower at its ends than it is at the middle. This eliminates the possibility of the deck biting onto the wheels when making sharp turns. This comes particularly in handy when avoiding obstacles when using the dervish to commute or sliding and riding down hills.