File this one under the completely unfounded rumor category, but it looks as though Ronix may be experimenting with a 4-bolt binding pattern for their wakeboards and wakeboard bindings.
The advantage of a 4-bolt system over the industry standard 2-bolt is a more secure mount for increased contact area between the binding and wakeboard. The result is additional responsiveness when edging, as well as added durability when it comes to pulling out board inserts.
A number of manufactures, including Slingshot and the now defunct Full-tilt, have attempted to take a 4-bolt pattern mainstream in the industry, but none have been able to gain enough traction to dethrone the standard 8″ 2-bolt pattern that dominates the industry.
Of course there are issues with a proprietary binding insert system, the biggest of which is the loss of compatibility with other brands products. With the standardized insert pattern on current wakeboards, you can use any brand board with any brand binding, which is great for wakeboarders that prefer a specific manufacturer’s binding or board.
Of course this could all be a non-issue, as we’ve seen shots of Ronix wakeboards with a new insert pattern for over two years, and nothing has come from it. You can be sure we’ll be watching for any developments, and will keep you up to date on the latest developments.
[Courtesy of WakeWorld]