2016 Rickter XFR - Awesome!

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TC Freeride / Taylor Curtis built XFR:
Just picked up a 2016 XFR fully assembled from TC Freeride and couldn't be happier with it! Build is a glass XFR with a Dasa 1100, RRP pipe, Skat 155 pump, Thrust trim, jetinetics flywheel, enhancer and a bunch of other goodies and it completely rips flatwater, boat chasing and surf! Most versatile ski I have ever ridden. If you haven't had a chance to ride the new Rickter short hulls then I highly recommend that you check them out. In my limited experience they are worth the extra dough. I was shocked at how easy this was to ride and as a new to freestyle I feel like this hull will help me learn the tricks on my long list of trick goals for the summer. Night and day better than most other comparable short hulls I have ridden. This is my first short hull after having spent most of my time riding on race hulls (Trinity Vector/SXR). Usually I have found the SXR to be the easiest stand up hull to ride for a beginner but I think a newbie could learn pretty quick on this XFR. With the rear sponsons and a long ride plate it handles like a superjet and turns with ease. I felt confident within seconds and didn't have any trouble riding at high speeds. Short ride plate and its a flipping, spinning, ripping flatwater capable ski that can do anything you ask of it with ease. The glass surf layup is definitely heavier but the hull is so short that I really can't tell that its a surf layup on flatwater. I almost think Rickter does themselves a disservice calling this a FR/ free ride hull because I was concerned that it would be too heavy for flatwater but I was wrong. I actually think for anyone not going pro, there is a lot of benefit to a little more weight in the handling characteristics.

Quality is another area where Rickter seems to have taken it up another notch. This thing is flawless and everything bolted up perfectly as it should. My only very trivial complaint would be the turf used. The factory turf is not as durable as hydroturf, particularly the flat stuff on the rails and front (bottom mat is better- the square stuff). It is very soft and seems to tear a little too easily. This is easily remedied by riding it as long as it lasts and then returfing with hydro so not that big of a deal but if I could have asked for one thing to be improved that would be it.

Anyway, thats my 2C on the 2016 Rickter XFR. Hope it helps someone decide on their new hull. It was a hard decision for me and I couldn't find much info out there on the new XFR so I was definitely nervous about making the right call before I had it in the water (I bought without having ridden one because there wasn't one within a 1000 miles of MA).

Lastly, I had Taylor Curtis do my build for me and for what its worth I highly recommend TC Freeride. Taylor was great to work with and very reasonable cost to save me from screwing up my new ski before it hit the water. If you like riding more than wrenching then definitely consider TC for a Rickter build. XFR 1.jpg XFR Dasa 1100.jpg
 

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Yeah man, good luck with your build. I am really impressed with the hull. I think enough R&D has gone in to these aftermarket hulls now that they are actually making them easier to ride and improve performance simultaneously.
 

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Yeah you can't go wrong with these Rickter hulls. there are a lot of great hulls out there but if you don't have access to them all to try and you have to take a shot in the dark like I did, I think Rickter is a smart choice. This was a hybrid small surf (I live in northeast) and flatwater build for me. I did decide I wanted a lighter hull for flatwater so I am doing a carbon Revolver R now as well but keeping the XFR. I will say that for learning the heavier hull makes it much easier in the water to get comfortable riding a short hull, so for beginners I definitely encourage starting w a glass hull. I really believe I was able to progress faster because of it. Good luck with your build- to quote Rick: "I know you'll love it."
 
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Yeah you can't go wrong with these Rickter hulls. there are a lot of great hulls out there but if you don't have access to them all to try and you have to take a shot in the dark like I did, I think Rickter is a smart choice. This was a hybrid small surf (I live in northeast) and flatwater build for me. I did decide I wanted a lighter hull for flatwater so I am doing a carbon Revolver R now as well but keeping the XFR. I will say that for learning the heavier hull makes it much easier in the water to get comfortable riding a short hull, so for beginners I definitely encourage starting w a glass hull. I really believe I was able to progress faster because of it. Good luck with your build- to quote Rick: "I know you'll love it."
Thanks! I'm in CT so my surf riding plans really didn't pan out. So had to come to the realization the rickter edge wasn't the flatwater backflipper I needed. It was glass and awesome! Bulletproof proof! I just want to walk to lake and flip. Probably do a blaster build for surf , love those things. It's a gamble but i can't see how ninja textreme can't be as solid as it gets for what I want. For my $ seems like the best or one if the best u can get. I'd love to hear how revolver turns out. Where r u in NE? Thanks again!
 
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Yeah you can't go wrong with these Rickter hulls. there are a lot of great hulls out there but if you don't have access to them all to try and you have to take a shot in the dark like I did, I think Rickter is a smart choice. This was a hybrid small surf (I live in northeast) and flatwater build for me. I did decide I wanted a lighter hull for flatwater so I am doing a carbon Revolver R now as well but keeping the XFR. I will say that for learning the heavier hull makes it much easier in the water to get comfortable riding a short hull, so for beginners I definitely encourage starting w a glass hull. I really believe I was able to progress faster because of it. Good luck with your build- to quote Rick: "I know you'll love it."
I'm looking for a high-end flatwater hull and like you, I can't ride them all before buying. Bought an EME Micro without riding one, and like it but don't love it and want to get the next one right. Curious about your decision to buy a Revolver R- how would you compare it to the XFS Ninja in textreme Carbon? I'm leaning toward the Ninja, and would love your thoughts. Thanks
 
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Waiting on xfs ninja. So hearing about hull and build makes me feel great! Good luck with it. Keep us posted!
I'm also thinking about a textreme XFS Ninja. Do you have yours yet? If so, let me know how you like it. Also, did you right other top hills before choosing the Rickter? How does its weight compare to other carbon hulls such as Circus, X-Scream, & LSP Revolver? I can't seem to get clear info to compare. Thanka
 
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I'm also thinking about a textreme XFS Ninja. Do you have yours yet? If so, let me know how you like it. Also, did you right other top hills before choosing the Rickter? How does its weight compare to other carbon hulls such as Circus, X-Scream, & LSP Revolver? I can't seem to get clear info to compare. Thanka
The only other one I had was the rickter edge glass hull. I loved it. Rickter has the quality imo across the board. Ninja is ridiculously light, but not the lightest. That's not always best even for flatwater. I might run two gas tanks or other build options to fatten it up. But I think the recipe will be spot on. So, it's definitely a little bit of a gamble, but one I'm total comfortable taking. I always do a ton of research and talk to people that I trust and feel steer me in the right direction. Also, I seriously doubt I won't love it, but there are so few textreme ninjas, selling it won't be an issue. My edge sold for every dollar put into it. From my research all you listed seem solid form everything I've either read or spoke with people riding or companies that build them. Everyone has a preference or hull that they think is best. I'm a loyal customer I keep coming back until it's time not too. Like my cars all same brand. Really only other option I suggest is havasu. Probably the most hulls available to try in one spot. I should have mine any day. I'll keep u posted!
 
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Thanks man, I really appreciate your insights. Great points on the XFS. I'm probably leaning towards it for the same reasons as you are- the build quality seems to be the best around. I can't get to Havasu this year, but actually went last year and saw a Textreme and it looked great. My son rode it and had never flipped before, but nearly landed one within a couple of tries. The boat seems very capable and has a really cool look. Who is doing your build, and what engine setup are you running in the XFS?
 
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I'm in love with the colors on this ski, and I see in a lot of places that this is a flat water and freeride ski.. but is it actually a good freeride ski? looking for input from someone who has ridden this in surf, compared to an edge, or a ninja
 

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I think this would be more comparable to an edge than a ninja. I would for surf both the Xfr and edge are great choices. The Xfr is a slightly smaller and more agile than the edge but the edge will be mildly easier to ride of the two in the surf so just depends on your application. I'm in the northeast where we have very small surf usually so for part-time flatwater and small surf the Xfr was a no brainer. If you are in an area with larger surf and primarily only doing free ride, the edge would likely be the better choice. While you certainly "could" ride an Xfs ninja in surf it is primarily designed for flatwater and would likely be a frustrating hull in the surf if that's what you are going to do mostly. Xfs is a great flatwater hull though. Good luck. Cheers
 
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Thanks so much for the input! I think I know what I want. Haha. Now waiting on a few stars to align. Really love the hell out of that Black and Blue..

Will be a perfect transition from my 14' SJ
 
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Bringing this back from the dead. looking for any more first hand rider reports of the xfr. Have my eyes on a xfr textreme build. Will be doing mostly flat water. Iv been doing some reading and it having a xfs layup, would tell me it will perform like a xfs but has a larger tray because of the xfr top deck. Correct me if I'm wrong?

Coming from a glass 2013 xfs with a xfr top deck, would this ski be compareable and then some to my old ski? I sure loved the way it handled and flipped. With the one I'm looking at being a 2017, it will be the redesigned shorter design make it even easier to flip and spin, correct?


Any information good or bad please send away!

Thanks!

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