Cabrinha Tronic 137 2014

Cabrinha Tronic 2014

THE HYPE: 

The Tronic is a performance freeride model with a shape and build that allows a rider to crossover and experiment in any and all types of riding, including hucking huge lofty airs. Delivering top performance and slash ‘n’ run handling in small waves or choppy water, the Tronic’s curved tip outline and generous rocker is a chop killer. It cuts through rough water with ease and adds a whole new dimension of G-force inducing turns when banking off waves or redirecting in the flats.

Cabrinha Tronic 2014

 

TEST TEAM NOTES:

The Tronic has a pure freeride outline and is very rounded in the tips with a good hip in the middle. Robustly built, of average weight and very easy to spot in the water when you’re bodydragging, the Tronic is perfect for beginner and intermediates. It may only be a small factor, but we like the fact that Cabrinha have addressed any image issues people may have with having handles on their boards. The fact is that they absolutely make your life easier, so it’s nice to see a clear plastic handle that doesn’t stand out and is very neat and tidy. Interestingly, there are also grab handles on each of the thin ABS rails, which are a nice touch. The H1 pads are of a traditional adjustment, offering good grip and appropriate stiffness for freeriding. Not too fussy, they fit really well and are very hard to fault.

The bottom of the Tronic is quite unusual for a freeride board with six channels of varying widths that run through the centre and then stop, going flat towards the tail (which is actually the opposite of channel fashion in freestyle boards). Although they add grip, channels often slow a board up, so importantly the Tronic has plenty of stiffness to counteract that. A progressive rocker provides comfort without negatively affecting speed. The rails bite and the very rounded outline and pulled in tips really make carving a pleasure with very little tendency to skip out. Carving is one of the joys of any board sport, and all too often in kiteboarding the more parallel freestyle boards make it more difficult.

All of this adds up to a board that leads us to question why we see so many boards with such freestyle orientated parallel wide tips. Most people should be riding a board with a more rounded shape such as this until they are aware that it’s time to become a freestyle gangster. What we liked most is that the Tronic provides lots of encouraging grip and security, but was very easy to slide out when you wanted it to. You really can throw this about and you don’t feel like you’re very locked in and riding on rails, so for switching 180s it’s not fatiguing at all. There is also more than enough grip to maintain control when you unhook. In the air, the average weight isn’t tiring and on landings there is plenty of grip and positivity to help you maintain control. The Tronic is not going to deliver super explosive pop performance, but there is more than enough predictability and feedback to have a great time on it.

SUMMARY:

The Tronic isn’t aggressive, but it is able and would be a superb first or second board with stacks of room for growth. We tested it really powered on nine and seven metre kites and were always impressed by how it handled. It’s fun and easy from the moment you get on it, with a lovely mix of comfort, control and manoeuvrability. It’s also not too quick with the channeling seemingly restricting the board speed so that it doesn’t run away from you, which very much helps with things like the carving control and consistency.

KW LIKED:

Just the right balance between grip and control with plenty of ease when it comes to breaking loose for board manoeuvres.

KW WOULD CHANGE:

Riders that really enjoy a fast board would want to add an extra gear to this.

TRONIC BALANCE POINTS:

Build quality: 7
Fixtures and fittings: 8
Speed: 7
Pop: 5
Upwind: 7.5
Slider proof: N/A
Freeriding: 8
Freestyle: 4.5
Ease-of-use: 8.5

SIZES: 145 x 43, 141 x 42, 137 x 41 and 134 x 40cm

More info at: www.cabrinhakites.com

Here’s the official Tronic 2014 product video from Cabrinha:

THANKS TO: Cabrinha South Africa for the loan of this 2014 Cabrinha Tronic in Cape Town. Find them in Big Bay and at: www.cabrinha.co.za

THIS BOARD FEATURED IN ISSUE #69

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