- Sizes: 150, 154, 158, 162
- Flex: 8
- Profile: Camber Rocker
- Shape: Directional
- Price: £619 / €700
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Less the new kid on the block and more like the big, beefy bodybuilder who just rolled into town, the Jones Ultra Mind Expander is the latest newcomer for this season’s lineup. It takes the loose, surfy “alternative all-mountain” shape and supercharges it for faster, harder charging freeriders. If the Mind Expander was your gateway drug, the Ultra edition is the full-blown acid trip.
Both boards share the same Chris Christenson designed outline and unsinkable base contouring, but the key change comes in the profile. The Ultra Mind Expander has been bolstered up with a solid section of camber running far beyond the inserts. Perhaps the only drawback of this board’s predecessor was its handling on choppier, icier and sketchier terrain. The Ultra put this to rights. It’s hungry to bite the metal into every turn and spit the leftovers out the back.
“The key change comes in the profile, as the Ultra Mind Expander has been bolstered up with a solid section of camber running far beyond the inserts”
That’s enhanced with the addition of the more pronounced Traction 3.0 edges and the substantially stiffer core. Just about every material sat atop and hidden inside the Ultra has been selected for the highest levels of performance. The Triax Carbon Inegra layup, triple-density Power Core and all-new Basalt Power Stringers elevate the board from its “Playful” origins (as the original was described), to “Precise”.
Combined with the ash veneer top sheet, the board is essentially wrapped in a comfort blanket to dampen out any unwanted vibrations. Mind you, you’ll undoubtedly encounter a few once you release the hand brake. No prizes for guessing the 9900 sintered base on Ultra Mind Expander is ultra-fast.
Thankfully, it’s still manoeuvrable in tight spots. A shorter sidecut radius alongside the nose and tail rocker will make the Ultra ride a little shorter than its length suggests and keep it fairly agile. You might even surprise yourself with a couple of switch landings along the way. It is, after all, designed for all of the mountain.
That’s not to say it’s designed for all types of rider. You’ll want a few miles under the belt before you get behind the wheel of this one.