Review: Madrid Bigfoot Madmax 37″
Do you have extraordinarily large feet? Do you like your skateboards to be named after mythical creatures? For me, the answer to both of these questions is a resounding yes. Luckily for us, Madrid has produced a board to meet such needs: The Bigfoot (sometimes referred to as the Madmax 37”). This is a directional, eight-ply* maple downhill and freeride deck at 37 inches long and 10.375 inches wide and it is meant to take you fast and keep you locked in. The width makes my size 12 feet look small for once. Features include a subtly dropped (estimated around a half inch) platform, a nice fat W concave, CNC wheel wells and a “kicktail.” All this coupled with a 27.625” wheelbase makes for a responsive and comfortable ride when hitting up your favorite hills.
So let’s get started on the pros of this board. The number one thing that stands out in my mind is the combination of the w-concave, the wide body and the dropped platform. Together, these three things make up one wicked standing platform that acts like a cradle for your feet, locking you in when you’re going fast, sideways, or more likely both. When sliding, I generally keep my front foot pushed up against the front drop and the arch of my back partially over the rear drop to get maximum control. While in a tuck, there’s virtually no need to look down at the board and take your eyes off the road since your feet have a combination of reference points from the drop and the W. The wide platform spreads the W out so that it doesn’t feel too aggressive or uncomfortable, but still keeps your feet planted firmly where you want them. When you first step on the board, you may think “there’s no way, this concave is way to mellow,” but that is just a sensory illusion. Since there is so much room to spread out over, it seems like there isn’t much to it, when actually there is more than enough to hold your feet in position.
Another big plus for this board is the attention to detail in the construction. While Madrid didn’t use any fancy materials in the board’s construction, they definitely put in some work with their build quality; this is one solid piece of maple. The CNC wheel wells are massive and perfectly placed for the mounting holes. I can imagine that you could fit any kind of combination of trucks and wheels without much difficulty. I was able to fit 75mm wheels with no rise on my 50 degree trucks and had no problems.
One thing that could be viewed as a con would be the feel of the board. Namely, it had more flex than I would have expected from an 8-ply* maple board. It hasn’t seemed too noticeable at speed and it likely helps in dampening the vibrations from rough roads, but I was expecting a rock hard deck. Perhaps it has to do with how wide the deck is, or the way the board was pressed, but it was unexpected nonetheless. If you’re on the bigger side (bigger than me at 180lbs) I would probably recommend a stiffer deck if you intend on going extremely fast due to the slight flex.[sam id=”8″ codes=”true”]
Another con I found was that the board was advertised as having a “kicktail.” I would say this is a generous application of the word. There are hints of a kicktail: an extra 2.5 inches of board past the rear holes and a slight upturn in the decks surface, but it is faint. I was even tempted to redrill to put an extra inch or so in the back so that I would have a kicktail, but then again, I’m biased and think that nearly all boards should have kicktails. So I will advise you now, don’t buy this board to do ollies or kickflips on. Buy it for its big cushy W and dropped platform.
I’ve tested this board on some steep hills and what it seems to excel most at is giving you the confidence to hold out some nice long slides and predrifts. Its ideal discipline is most certainly high speed freeriding. No longer do your feet need to search for just the right spot to stand on; the 10.375” width that runs through the majority of the boards standing platform ensures that your feet will be in contact with the decks surface no matter what direction you’re going. The board offers a lot of control over slides without needing to hang your heels or toes off the board’s edge too much. I would have to say that overall, Madrid did a fine job creating a fast freeriding machine that is one of the more comfortable boards I have stood on. This board will definitely hold a place in my quiver for some time to come.
*A previous version of this review stated that the deck was 9 ply. It is actually 8 plies.[sam id=”9″ codes=”true”]