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Old 05-21-2009, 09:47 PM
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I am thinking of getting a new pedal soon and I am wondering whether to get a longboard or regular pedal? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?

I play heel-up (toe-heel) if that helps.
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Old 05-22-2009, 07:42 AM
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I played a regular Axis 2 for about 16 years then upgraded it to a longboard. I had no problems with either. Only took me a couple days to get used to the upgrade. (1) The longboard makes it easier to do heel-toe stuff, and (2) you can sit a few centimeters farther back since there's more board.

I don't see any particular disadvantages to the longboard. I also worked perfectly fine with the regular for all those years. But if it's a new purchase, I'd go for the longboard.
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Old 05-22-2009, 07:48 AM
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I am thinking of getting a new pedal soon and I am wondering whether to get a longboard or regular pedal? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?

I play heel-up if that helps.
You should stick with regular pedals and build up your foot technique.
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Old 05-22-2009, 07:53 AM
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I played a regular Axis 2 for about 16 years then upgraded it to a longboard. I had no problems with either. Only took me a couple days to get used to the upgrade. (1) The longboard makes it easier to do heel-toe stuff, and (2) you can sit a few centimeters farther back since there's more board.
Heel-toe can be performed just as well on a regular pedal (assuming you can do the heel-toe technique).
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Old 05-22-2009, 09:11 AM
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Heel-toe can be performed just as well on a regular pedal (assuming you can do the heel-toe technique).
Yes, that is true. It just feels easier with the longboard (in my experience).

That said, I'm working on Matt's "Unburying the Beater" technique now and it's not heel toe...
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Old 05-22-2009, 10:12 AM
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I am thinking of getting a new pedal soon and I am wondering whether to get a longboard or regular pedal? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?

I play heel-up if that helps.

Get the long board, it can do anything a short board can do and more.
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Old 05-26-2009, 03:51 PM
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Thanks for all of the responses everybody. Does anybody else have any say on this topic?
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Old 11-23-2011, 01:31 AM
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A lot of people say you can do heel toe on a regular pedal just as easy as on a longboard but its not true. It can be done yes, but it is definitely easier with a longboard. I am fairly new to the technique but I am able to get it going pretty good on the Tama SC longboards. I tried on my DW 9000s and it's a no go. Im sure with more practice I will be able to get it down but it IS easier on the longboard.
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My experience has been that longboards offer more power, regular footboards offer better agility. It's a simple case of leverage.

Ideally, you want a pedal where you can adjust the footboard length to a comfortable place inbetween. There are a few that do this, I know for sure my Taye MetalWorks does. I keep the setting slightly longer than factory, but not quite a longboard.

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Heel toe is all about practice. Use the technique correctly, build up your stamina, and you will be able to heel toe on any pedal no problem. I've owned Yamaha Dragons, Speed Cobras, Iron Cobras, 9000. I can heel toe like the wind on any of them. If anything, I would work on developing heel toe on a regular size footboard. That way you know you have it down.
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