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Pantheon Nexus Longboard

The Nexus merges downhill, freeride, and long-distance riding seamlessly.

BOARD TALK: PANTHEON NEXUS FG RUINS LONGBOARD

Introducing the Pantheon Nexus. A low, stiff double drop longboard made for heavyweights and riders looking for a stable commuter that can handle downhill speeds and sliding. Pantheon's stiffest double drop platform, they describe the Nexus as a meeting place between longboard disciplines. If you’re a heavyweight OR if you want to go fast on your double drop OR if you’re looking for an easy longboard to start learning more advanced skills like sliding, the Nexus is a perfect choice.

WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER THE PANTHEON NEXUS

First, if you’re a beginner, the Nexus offers plenty of foot space, giving you ample room to grow into new disciplines. You can start pushing around and gaining balance, and the low platform will make it easy to push and learn how to footbrake. The comfortable concave won’t cramp your feet, but when you turn your foot sideways, your foot will be heavily locked into the board’s signature crescent drops and concave. This, combined with the board’s stiffness, will provide confidence at speed and help when it comes time to learn how to slide. The low platform, again, makes it easier to reach the ground once you are learning hands-down slides, and the lower centre of gravity makes slide initiation more gentle and effortless. 

Non-beginners will love the Nexus, too! The versatility that the Pantheon Nexus provides will reduce limitations on riding conditions. Hills are no match for this baby, and your Nexus will not keep you from taking on any particular terrain. Ups, downs, and flats are all great. Also, if you’re a heavier rider, the Nexus has been tested up to about 320 lbs with success. There aren’t many if any, other double-drop longboards on the market that you could trust for that. 

The Nexus a great longboard for heavy riders.  The intense curves of the nexus are both ergonomic and comfortable. The Strength the curves provide combined with the 8 Ply maple core with Triaxial Fiberglass construction, and you have a super strong and stiff platform. Ideal for heavier riders - and down hill!

Nexus Karma Complete

Trucks: Paris V3 165mm 50º Polished

Wheels: Pantheon Karma 92mm 

Bearings: Loaded Jehu Bearings With Integrated Spacers

Hardware: Loaded flange Head Bolts

The Pantheon Karma wheel core and tyre were both created simultaneously from scratch to maximize strength, grip, plushness, and speed while minimizing weight.

Shop The Karma Setup Here

Nexus Deck Specifications

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 core with Triaxial Fiberglass on top and bottom, encased in wood veneer.

1-inch Crescent Drop

1/4″ Rocker

Nexus Caguama Complete

Trucks: Paris V3 165mm 50º Polished

Wheels: Orangatang Caguamas 85mm for maximum cush!

Bearings: Loaded Jehu Bearings With Integrated Spacers

Hardware: Loaded flange Head Bolts

The Pantheon Nexus, Orangatang Caguama setup is great for cruising around and being able to glide over cracks in the pavements and slightly uneven surfaces. They also make for a great commuting, carving and long distance push setups.

Shop Caguama Setup Here

THE COMPLETE LONGBOARD SETUP OPTIONS:

Because Pantheon like to ride the Nexus fast, their favorite complete for the Nexus consists of 165mm trucks in the 50/43 configuration. This puts a high degree turning truck in front, and a slightly lower degree in back for increased stability. This is ideal if you’re going to be riding your Nexus fast and especially on hills. For lower speeds and a smaller turning radius, choose the 50/50 options. Pair your Nexus with 165mm trucks to get as close to rail matching as possible, lining up the edge of your wheels with the edge of the deck.Because Pantheon like to ride the Nexus fast, their favorite complete for the Nexus consists of 165mm trucks in the 50/43 configuration. This puts a high degree turning truck in front, and a slightly lower degree in back for increased stability. This is ideal if you’re going to be riding your Nexus fast and especially on hills. For lower speeds and a smaller turning radius, choose the 50/50 options. Pair your Nexus with 165mm trucks to get as close to rail matching as possible, lining up the edge of your wheels with the edge of the deck..

THE NEW MAPLE AND FIBREGLASS CONSTRUCTION

The 2020 Nexus was 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 fibreglass, maple only, bamboo/maple hybrids, and bamboo/maple/fibreglass hybrids. But nothing stood the test of time or offered as much bang for the buck as classic fibreglass and maple. A freeride longboard doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, and we feel that the maple/fibreglass construction is truly optimized for the task. The final deck combines 8 plies of Canadian maple with two layers of triaxial fibreglass 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 centre 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.