2020 Pantheon Nexus – Hybrid Commuter / Downhill / Freeride Longboard
Length: 36.25″ (92 cm)
Width: 9.6″ (24.75 cm)
WB: 29.5 – 30.25″ (75 – 76.85 cm)
36 Grit Laser Cut Griptape Included
8 Ply Maple, 2x Triaxial Fiberglass Construction
1-inch Crescent Drop
Out of stock
The Pantheon Nexus – Hybrid Commuter / Downhill / Freeride Longboard
FIRST THING’S FIRST, we got a COVID UPDATE. Currently, we are out of stock of the Nexus. Bummer, I know, because you could easily call this the best beginner freeride longboard on the market, and I know a lot of you are trying to get your slide on. We have more decks of all of our models due sometime around the end of August or very beginning of September. Our goal is to get them shipping ASAP after the order is done, and we will list our boards for pre-sale again once they are en route. They will be approximately 25 days out once they are finished, and we will ship them out as quickly as possible in the order that they were received. Thanks for your patience this year. Production has been crazy with all the COVID stuff happening, and very thankfully, it seems that the whole world is stoked on Pantheon and we are just trying to keep up!
The Pantheon Nexus – Double Drop All-Around Freeride Longboard
Speed, Sliding, Pushing for Miles and Miles. This is an all-terrain pavement crusher.
The Pantheon Nexus was our original double drop longboard. This means it is a drop through longboard also featuring a dropped platform. Designed to be the meeting point between many major longboard disciplines, we have made some minor changes from its original design but have kept the original intent alive. From downhill and freeride to covering long distances, the Nexus does it all extremely well. It is easily one of the most confidence inspiring boards out there. The double dropped platform lowers the center of gravity, enhancing natural stability and putting more side-force into the wheels when turning, which helps initiate slides with more ease and confidence. A comfortable, progressive concave combined with the drops is designed to lock you in for easy freeriding in any direction. And being so low to the ground makes pushing an afterthought. The stiff platform also provides both confidence at speed and the necessary stiffness for heavier riders looking for a push-specific deck.
The Nexus has intense curves that are both ergonomic and comfortable. The crescent drop you’ve grown to know and love Pantheon Longboards for is, of course, a big part of this deck. One inch big, to be exact! And in between the drops, we’ve added a quarter inch of rocker for even lower pushing and to increase confidence in slides. Combine this dropped platform on a drop through longboard, and this is the board that we’ve been taking up and down the mountains here in Colorado, setting personal records for uphill pushing and equally pushing our limits down the hill. Seriously…the fastest standup slides I’ve ever thrown have been on this deck, in bathing suit shorts. While the clothing choice is not exactly recommended, the point stands. Confidence goes up being on such a low, stiff, and forgiving platform. A lot of advanced riders willl move to top mounts for a dedicated freeride longboard, but this Nexus will keep up in every way and is especially easy to learn on for people who are just beginning.
What’s New on Our Updated Nexus Longboard
· Lower Platform! – Features a big 1-inch crescent drop with a quarter in rocker in the platform! It is lower for easier distance pushing and more confidence inspiring sliding
· Speed Stiff Construction – We created this deck with 8 plies of maple and 2 layers of triaxial fiberglass to increase rigidity along the length and across the deck. Increasing torsional stiffness increases control, and confidence!
· More Wheel Clearance! – We’ve been honing this over time to get it just right. You can now run thinner trucks with larger wheels on the Nexus when compares to previous models
New Maple and Fiberglass Construction!
The 2020 Nexus has been in the prototype stage for FAR TOO LONG. We truly tested virtually every construction we could think of, and we even sold a few fancy carbon / poplar decks for a while. We’ve done bamboo cores with fiberglass, maple only, bamboo/maple hybrids, bamboo/maple/fiberglas hybrids. But nothing stood the test of time or offered as much bang for the buck as classic fiberglass and maple. A freeride longboard doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, and we feel that the maple/fiberglass construction is truly optimized for the task. The final deck combines 8 plies of Canadian maple with two layers of triaxial fiberglass underneath the top and bottom layers of maple. This gives the deck excellent stiffness while still offering just a touch of dampening flex that can be noticed in the center of the board while pushing, and it makes the board virtually warp-proof. The Nexus will undoubtedly stand the test of time and weather the elements quite well.
The stiffer platform also makes the Nexus deck an optimal push board for heavier riders. Whereas 200 lb + riders have been historically forced to max out the Trip or Pranayama (and to be fair, it’s been working for them), they now have a double drop deck that can properly hold a 250-pound rider without fear of breaking down mid-ride. We don’t have a weight limit set for this board yet, but if you’re 300 pounds, we’ll probably be willing to discount a board for you so that you can ride it and review it, and we can see how she holds up!
Best Setup for our Premium Hybrid Freeride Longboard, the Nexus
The Nexus has been redesigned for more versatility in setup selection than ever. It makes for a most excellent pusher, which is why we put almost the exact same clearance capabilities as our Double Drop Trip longboard deck. Designed primarily around RKPs, the Nexus has only a slightly wider neck (for added stiffness) than the Trip, meaning that if you choose to set it up with Paris 150s, you will need to stiffen up your setup by just a touch. That said, with it’s 9.6-inch width in the body, it really shines with 165mm trucks. That makes Paris 165mm the ideal setup–either the cast V3s or the forged Savants. And being that the cast V3s provide so much value, that is the setup we are offering as a complete on our website.
For riders with their eyes on speed, we are offering completes set up with 43-degree cast Paris trucks! Paris may actually make these more readily available soon, but for now, this is the only place you can get them! For pushing speed, we recommend the 50-degree trucks, and we are offering split angles (50 in front, 43 in back) for pushers and hill riders who want a capable freeride longboard with a directional feel that expect to hit speeds on this board.
Some other trucks we have tried that we like are Ronin 160mm cast Katanas. 165mm Arsenals can feel good for hill riding, but the center feels too strong for pushing control, so if you’re a pure hill rider, go for it, but we recommend any Paris combo over these for people who will spend a lot of time pushing. And you can certainly fit anything over 160-165mm, too, which brings out a ton of options for 180mm trucks. Personally, we only recommend 180mm trucks if you’re riding a centerset wheel that won’t stick out much. Otherwise, the wheels tend to look a little weird on the board, and, of course, sticking further out will increase the likelihood of potentially kicking the wheels on accident.
Lastly, one thing you may enjoy trying is a 169mm TKP truck on the inner wheelbase. This will be a much more “floaty” setup, but it’s definitely worth trying if you like TKP trucks but need a stiffer or longer deck than our other TKP-compatible boards.
Though the Seismic Speed Vents aren’t exactly notorious for their smooth sliding, the roll speed is most excellent, and make for an excellent slim setup for pushing. For pushers only, we like the Speed Vents. We love the grip that Orangatang Caguamas bring to the table, and recommend them for people who want to ride hills and grip, and then slide for the purpose of slowing down. They tend to be a little chattery for sliding, but a little less than the Speed Vents, and they definitely grip harder. We don’t recommend them for people who primarily want to use their board for freeride, but they’re a nice middle-ground wheel for ups and downs and speed control. For riders looking to do a lot of mixed skating, still want a smooth roll but plan to do a lot of sliding, or for riders who are learning to slide for the first time, we really love the 69mm Powell Peralta Snakes. Though nothing compares with the smoothness and speed of our 85mm wheel selections, Snakes have a 75a urethane in them that actually feels very smooth, though they lack a bit in speed. If you are looking to maximize the amount of fun possible on this board and you aren’t looking to grip tight turns, we highly recommend the 165mm 43 degree Paris and Snakes combo on the inner wheelbase. You really are maximizing the control by getting the feet closer to the wheels, and this setup truly shines as safe but highly effective.
The Nexus comes equipped with downhill-quality, 36 grit griptape. For most applications, this will be perfect for a mix of all types of skating. If you are hitting some gnarly hills and sliding fat wheels like the Caguamas to really shed speed quickly, you may want to upgrade your grip in the foot pockets, but our grip will fit the bill for most freeride longboard applications, and it won’t tear up your shoes too bad during the push, either.
Hill Riding Is LDP’s Future!
There is no better active way to get around on hilly terrain than a skateboard! Seriously, I pass more bikers going up our local Lookout Mountain than bikers pass me. Only the tightest of spandex wearing bois have a chance, and the steeper the hill, the more likely I am to make the pass–up or down. Meanwhile, these guys have a saddle up their nuts and are activating far less balance muscles than a skateboarder ever would. The Zen you will experience on a skateboard has value, and sure, maybe it’s a little tougher to master, but mastering hard things is a huge part of the human experience! Live it! Not shitting on bikes here, but…skateboards are way more fun, and bikes go further and can handle trails. There’s a trade-off somewhere, and our double drop decks like the Nexus push that distance trade-off further down the road.
And once you’ve taken the leap to a skateboard, the next step is mastering your skills and learning how to survive whatever is in your path. Hill riding is a sort of special skill–one with seemingly large stakes. But once you’ve learned how to fall (assuming you are properly geared up with a helmet and some slide gloves like the Free Hands fingerless slide gloves), you can do it very safely. If the distance bug has bitten you, the next thing you’ll start to think about is where you can go. Learning to master skills that will stretch your ability to travel is both integral and exciting!