PO Box 522, Indian Hills,
CO 80454 USA
The Pantheon Nexus is a low, stiff double drop longboard made for heavyweights and riders looking for a stable commuter that can handle downhill speeds and sliding. Our stiffest double drop platform, we describe the Nexus as a meeting place between longboard disciplines. This board makes for an excellent commuter / pusher longboard because of the low, double dropped platform, and it also equally manages sliding and speed with ease due to the low center of gravity and downhill stiffness.
You should consider the Nexus for several reasons. First, if you’re a new rider, the Nexus offers plenty of foot space, and it will give you ample room to grow into new disciplines. You can start pushing around and gaining balance, and the low platform will make it easy to push and easy to learn how to footbrake. The comfortable concave won’t cramp your feet, but when you turn your foot sideways, your foot will be heavily locked into the board’s signature crescent drops and concave. This, combined with the board’s stiffness, will provide confidence at speed and help when it comes time to learn how to slide. The low platform, again, makes it easier to reach the ground once you are learning hands down slides, and the lower center of gravity makes slide initiation more gentle and effortless.
Non-beginners will love the Nexus, too! The versatility that the Nexus provides will reduce limitations on riding conditions. Hills are no match for this baby, and your Nexus will not keep you from taking on any particular terrain. Ups, downs, and flats are all great. Also, if you’re a heavier rider, the Nexus has been tested up to about 320 lbs with success. There aren’t many, if any, other double drop longboards on the market that you could trust for that.
We recommend setting up your Nexus with 165mm Paris trucks or something similar. Feel free to couple with large wheels up to 85mm Caguamas for maximum cushion, 85mm Speed Vents for maximum speed, or smaller wheels like the 68mm Seismic Tantrums for optimizing sliding. Choose the 50/50 options for maximum agility and turn, 50/43 for directionality and stability, or 43/43 for a stable freeride setup. And prepare to have a lot of fun!
Stiff, sturdy, versatile. The Nexus may initially seem like a freeride deck of years past, before short topmounts became the fad of downhill skaters, but that would sell this board short. It’s a beautiful, amazing deck that’s suitable for riders of any skill level.
As a commuter, the Nexus is my least favorite of Pantheon’s lineup. It’s heavier and more stiff than the Quest and bigger than the Trip, Pranayam, and Ember. However, I am a bit lighter than the range that the Nexus would benefit most (220+). If you are a heavier rider, this is the best distance option on the market.
Where the Nexus shines for me is on hills. It’s stick, low design makes it loads of fun to drift at high speeds. It’s a great option for anyone learning to slide, especially on straights. It is also a blast when hitting corners, just be mindful of the fact that it is dropped, so it will drift a bit more than a topmount.
The Nexus is a beast. Perfect for heavier riders looking for a pusher and a great option for downhill skaters looking for a bit of that old school feel.
Zach (verified owner) –
Absolutely incredible deck for freeride, and cruising! I have not had as much time as I would like on this deck due to living in the coldest part of the country where it’s cold and snowy six months out of the year, but the miles I have been able to sneak in have been incredible.
The tub concave gives you a nice ledge for your feet when kicking out slides while the drops on the nose and tail give you amazing pockets to snug into when pushing. The deck is stiff, wide, and, subsequently, super stable at all speeds. When I’m pushing the limits of my ability on a hill, this is what I bring to the show.
Make no mistake, this is a 5+ star board and it would be my favorite deck (*is* my favorite for RKPs), bar none, if I hadn’t also snagged a Pranayama around the same time– I’ll be dropping a stellar review for that deck in the near future as well!
Set-up (6′, 0″, 150 lbs rider):
Deck: Nexus (obviously)
Trucks: Paris V3 50° 165mm (though I have been curious to try some 150s!) w/ stock 90a standard bushings
Bearings: Bronson G3 & LY Spaceballs, respectively to wheels below
Wheels: Purple Caguama 85mm & Peralta Snakes 69mm, respectively to bearings above
Alex Bohman (verified owner) –
This is an absolutely amazing board! I rode a regular skateboard for many years, but I’m still new to longboarding, and my first longboard was a Sector Nine Dropper Dread that I absolutely love. However, all it took was one ride on my Nexus to instantly tell a difference in quality compared to the other board. From graphic design to shape and engineering, this thing is a work of art.
I wasn’t able to order the recommended trucks/wheels for this board, but I’ve found that my current setup does the job; I am running 180mm 43° Paris trucks along with the 70mm 78a Nineballs that came with my first longboard. This setup sits very low to the ground, and pushing and foot braking became far easier as a result. It was also far more stable going down hills than my other board.
I’m around 255lbs at the moment (have to lose about 70lbs), and I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of flex in this board. I plan on getting more comfortable going down hills, and hopefully learning to slide in the near future, and I truly believe that this board will help me accomplish that. For anyone on the fence about purchasing this board, I would strongly recommend pulling the trigger. I did a lot of research on Pantheon boards before making my purchase, and I’ve found nothing but positive reviews; so far they have absolutely lived up to the hype. My only complaint thus far would be the triangle on the grip-tip (it’s not perfectly centered lol), but I can’t blame them for me being insane and noticing that.
Dylan Moulton (verified owner) –
This board. This. Board. I am a large rider, 6’3″ 360-ish lbs. I’ve broken boards from my size a typically look for weight ratings as the first thing when shopping for boards. So when I saw the 320 lb testing it caught my attention. Today it arrived. I took it out off the box, slapped a set of Gullwing Sidewinder 2’s on with some grippy wheels and went straight out to one of my skate spots. I have never ridden anything that is more comfortable, when you plant your feet the board does most of the work. Carving on it is smooth and controlled. This board made me feel instantly confident, and before long I was carving and surfing like I’ve owned it for years. Besides that, the board is gorgeous. The photos really don’t do it justice(not that they look bad mind you) in person it’s a warm, rich, dark veneer and the graphic is vibrant and clean. 20/10 Would absolutely recommend this board!
Jeff Vyain –
Hi Dylan, Thank you so much for the review! I’m sure that other heavier riders will really appreciate the feedback.
Just as an FYI, the Gullwing Sidewinders are fine as long as they work for you, but they do actually lengthen the “lever” aka increase leverage at the drop. I don’t believe this board will fail you, but Sidewinders are probably the worst possible truck out there for forcing a deck to break at the neck. That said, it sounds like you’re finding that this Nexus is quite a tank, which was our intention! If you do decide to make a switch down the line, I’d recommend a classic RKP truck like a Paris V3 or a Gen 6 Bear truck. Just a suggestion! At the end of the day, ride what you like!
Cheers, and thanks again!
Jeff and Team Pantheon
John McGuire –
I bought one of these secondhand. Wish it had been my first board. So much easier to use than my Magneto boards. Pushes easy and rolls forever. Turns well and handles my weight with no problem(285#). So happy with this board I ordered a Bandito and Genesis as well! Set up with the paris trucks 43/43, zealous bearings and 85 mm speedvents.
Wyatt (verified owner) –
I just received mine a few days ago and with the help of a local skate shop put together a killer setup. This deck is amazing. I am a heavy rider and competitive strongman weighing in at nearly 300lbs and this board has NO problem carrying me to Valhalla. Amazing board; I highly recommend.