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I've got a rail being welded professionally - gonna be a 20ft straight rail. I'm trying to decide wether I want a shotgun rail or a flatbar though... Which do you think? I wanna be able to practice my sw-ups and spins on and off of the rail...
so I ended up going with the majority here on this one, and got a shotgun. It's 20ft long, 3.5ft high on one end, and 2.5 on the other (because I'm putting it on relatively flat ground)
It hasn't been started though, and I'd like your guys opinions on whether or not making it slightly down is a good idea or not... the ground i'm putting it on is on a slight angle, and i'll have a nice ramp to get speed, but iunno i don't wanna get stuck... if it's too much of an angle i can always put wood or something underneath it to flatten it out...
STOP!!!!!! I would definitely shorten the height. I made a 20 ft. flat bar that's 2.5 feet tall. When I made it I thought 2.5 wouldn't be bad, I can't rack on it, but when i set it up a shorter height would have been much better. I recommend 1.5 feet tall unless you can bury your rail legs in a ton of snow.
A flatbar rail is a rail that is like a rectangle the whole way down - i.e. if you were to take a long rectangular piec of metal in the shape of a 2x4, and lay it out flat and make that a rail, it would be a flatbar.
A shotgun is like a shotgun barrel the whole way down - i.e. if you were to take two pipes, put them and weld them side by side, and then put that flat and make that a rail, it would be a shotgun.
1) they help with balance by being less stable than a flatbar unless they are wider
2) they are easier to pop and spin on(like 270's, switch ups..)
3) They are definitely faster because their is less friction between skis and rail which is a plus for backyard set ups where speed is hard to get