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Thread: WCRM 177 Metaltop vs. Topsheet

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    WCRM 177 Metaltop vs. Topsheet

    By courtesy of CarvingScooby, I had opportunity to ride 2 versions of the Prior WCRM 177, 1st gen. metaltop and last gen. clear topsheet with full carbon. Real treat, considering that my 173 metaltop is one of my favourite boards ever…

    I set them both with TD2s on TD3 yellow elastomer, dead center on the inserts, 19.75” stance. Catek Lexan plates on the metaltop, just in case…

    You’d think, same maker, same model, they would be more or less the same. Well, wrong! While you get the “Prior” feel from both great boards, they differ quite a bit.

    Visible differences:
    12m scr on metaltop and 13m on the carbon (makes no difference to the ride); rounder nose and way less decamber on metaltop; more insert setback on carbon, slightly more camber on metaltop, slightly stiffer hand-flex on carbon, more taper on carbon.

    Ride differences:
    Metaltop is livelier board with more positive hook up and edge set, it responds better to more aggressive input; Carbon is smoother and makes “lazy” riding easier – sc railed heelsides were just a poetry on this board; Carbon is softer in front of the front binding; Metaltop is softer in between the bindings; Carbon rides chopped slope a bit better; Metaltop ECs better.

    Also, the previous week, I rode the metaltop with Vist plate. I think I liked it even better that way! I didn’t try the carbon with Vist – it would be a shame to ruin the beautiful top by permanent markings of Vist


    Metaltop in action:

    Last edited by BlueB; February 9th, 2011 at 08:34 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueB View Post
    ... I had opportunity to ride 2 versions of the Prior WCRM 177, 1st gen. metaltop and last gen. clear topsheet with full carbon.
    Here are the pixs
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    Thanks BlueB. I've always wanted to ride one of the metal topped Priors. I've heard they ride different then the new ones. Thanks for comparing.

    The 2010s with the clear topsheet were just dead sexy. Too bad they changed the carbon fibre for 2011. Clear topsheets are no longer an option.

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    Anyone have any tips on cleaning / polishing metal top priors without damaging them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RideGuy View Post
    Clear topsheets are no longer an option.
    as i just found out - they're out of the green topsheets & shut me down on another clear. the unidirectional carbon they use now (as opposed to the weave on this model) use probably wouldn't look that great on a full clear anyways. greater likelihood of imperfections to boot.

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    What's the waist width on that carbon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hilux View Post
    What's the waist width on that carbon?
    WAIST 19.5 CM http://www.priorsnowboards.com/boards_wcr_metal.php

    RT

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    Quote Originally Posted by RooX View Post
    Anyone have any tips on cleaning / polishing metal top priors without damaging them?
    Any polish what you use for chrome accessoiries for a car, you can use (is safe).

    I use this with a cotton cloth (always use 100% cotton, nylon will scratch) to get the snowstains out of my Cyborg BLING BLING EVO II and to get the shine back again:


    Sorry for hijacking this nice board review.
    Last edited by Hans; February 14th, 2011 at 04:26 AM.

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    i'm a big fan of this stuff:


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    Just found this thread. Love my metal Prior, easy to ride and looks great. Sold my Prior metal with the topsheet. Just didn't work for me. Here is how i polished my metal board.


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    Is that the same can be polished stainless steel (I have an old Volant Excel)?I heard that the steel structure will not allow it.

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    Steel polishes and holds the shine better then aluminum.
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