Taken directly from World Cup racing success, Titanal construction has taken over the Alpine market in no small way. It did require an adjustment period in which we sat back quietly working on designs and looking for a more durable way to incorporate it for everyday use. It took an extra year but as of the 2007 season it was nearly used in all boards we built. So far to date we have yet to have a Titanal related workmanship or material failure and no warranty  replacement issues at all. The Titanal boards are marginally more prone to breakage under extreme forces as experienced in crashes but at that point it may not be a bad thing.
We do not have a single method of construction as many different applications require different materials to get desired results. Blending of various carbon, rubber and glass components will yield different results required by different riders. It does not make sense that a light non aggressive rider needs the same  rebound of a high carbon board that a heavy aggressive rider does. Each board line has been developed around a general set  of materials most suitable to its needs and still gets tweaked beyond that to meet the individuals needs. Stiffness is only one issue as twist, vibration and rebound control all factor in to getting a suitable ride. 
The board dampness we have settled on for most applications uses approx 70% of full rubber. We find this best for a good balance between dampness and liveliness. Full rubber can be installed for those who want the highest level of dampness and is recommended for higher end race models. Slight additional fee will be added for this option .
Our construction technique is unique and allows for a high level of stiffness control beyond that of any normal board construction technique. It eliminates the factor of wood density variables with stiffness adjustment and checks throughout the entire process. It is a lot of extra work and was developed while working with world class athletes to be able to get them boards suited to their exact requirements. Truth of the matter is you will be getting all the same steps done on your board as top level athletes do as it is the only way we build boards. 
The end stiffness is set based upon previous data from years of rider input. Discussion can indicate that even those numbers may need to be tweaked a bit. Ideally, if given the chance, it is best to try one of our boards and use it as a reference as then there is a benchmark to work from and that narrows things down even closer. 

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