alexeyga wrote:I'm ~200lbs
It is true that the original Monk was favoured by the lighter riders and that the control / chop handling at speed it offered was less relevant to the heavy (er) weight. The Monk Forever was tuned to give more bottom end and retain the same top end control, especially in the new 134x42 and 136x44 sizes, and it definitely shows in the sales figures.. A lot more 90kg+ (200lbs+) riders championing 134 and 136 Monk Forevers than we saw on the original model.
That said, I still think, of all the shinn boards the 135x44 Dundee is one of the heavyweight's favourites, and now we have he Speedball W18, I think the goalposts will shift.
The W18 feels arguably the same size as a 42 wide board, yet has a great deal more low end, akin to a 46. It's very lively, agile and a hugely practical solution for 200lbs (90kg+).
and here is a copy o f the Monk Test..