Raiders position on the snowboard can be central or with setback to the tail.
Stance setback means that tail group of inserts is closer to the tail rather than tip group of inserts to the tip. In other words, tip group of inserts will is closer to the center of working area rather than tail group of inserts.
In general, stance setback range varies form 5 to 70 mm and the value of setback depends upon snowboard purpose.
SETBACK THAT SUITS TO DIFFERENT SNOWBOARD STYLES
For those who prefers freestyle it is required central stance arrangement.
Centered stance allows rider to feel more comfortably in switch position and perform different tricks on rails and other park elements.
All mountain-freestyle snowboards are more inclined to central position of inserts, since use of mountain landscape as park obstacles makes switch position integral part of riding.
Since all mountain snowboards are multipurpose, setback usually present, but is not that big.
The reason lays in riders preference to ride in switch and perform elements of freestyle from time to time while riding.
But still, small setback is present. The advantage of setback is displayed in riding back country. Tail has to be shorter in order to perform maneuvering better. This contributes in more comfortable riding.
Since all mountain snowboards are something intermediate between freestyle and freeride, than stance setback usually is not more than 20 mm.
Central stance arrangement is not typical for freeride snowboards since switch riding and trick performance is almost absent in freeride. There is only one parameter important: maneuverability in cross-country and in powder.
Freerider spend most of time in back country searching for virgin snow. That is why application of efforts in order to keep tip higher above the surface has to be absent. In the result, raider can be more concentrated on choosing of optimal route and maneuvering.
In general, freeride snowboards stance setback starts from 20 mm.