View Full Version : Bic Techno Formula 170

31st December 2006, 07:19 PM
Can anyone comment on this board? I'm looking for an entry level Formula board but I'm an experienced sailor. Does Starboard have a comparable item?

31st December 2006, 08:58 PM
Hi RobSwift,

Please found below the link for the F160 tufskin who is a perfect one for Formula Experience class as the Bic Techno Formula :


All the best

31st December 2006, 09:29 PM

Why do you need an entry level formula anyway? If you can sail on ''normal'' boards, I don't see you having trouble adjusting to a regular formula board...

Hope i didnt say something stupid...

And i hope you get back to us in this life...:D


1st January 2007, 07:03 PM
Maybe you should let me know why I shouldn't? Actually, I'm not sure I want another board. I have found a good deal on a new Bic with shipping which has appealed to me.

1st January 2007, 07:21 PM
However, I'm now leaning against another purchase. A couple of years ago I bought a new freestyle board which I prabably should use in those light wind conditions in which I want to use a Formula. There's not enough racing where I live. Only one big pro event seems to have survived the ravages of time, and that's a freestyle one. A year ago to the day I bought a used board which I haven't used yet, too. I just never saw the winds which it would serve.

2nd January 2007, 10:56 AM
Hi Guest,

I would say go ahead and make a purchase for light winds, because it's nice to be able to get out on the water instead of waiting for enough wind for a freestyle shortboard.

If you don't think you'll race, it probably doesn't matter whether you get the F160 tufskin or the Techno Formula. I doubt there is much difference in how soon they plane or how much fun they are. But if you're going to race, the F160 has better speed, angle to the wind, and control.

You could also consider lightwind planing boards that double as beginner boards, like the Rio or Phantom. That would be nice for your friends.

Or if you don't already have a longboard, the new ones from Exocet are fun and plane earlier than old longboards.

2nd January 2007, 06:51 PM
Actually, I have an old Bic Transitional 170 which I use in light winds. I'm finding some of the basic freestyle moves like clew forward sailing make it useful in light winds. There are all sorts of drawbacks to Formula boards where I sail starting with the large fins. Someday, I figure I'll replace the old Bic with one of these new boards, but if I wait until I'm in Florida to buy it, I think my life will be better. There are all sorts of added expenses like a new roof rack, a larger boom, longer mast and bigger sail which keep me from taking the leap, too. I also prefer to golf in those dog days of summer as well.

2nd January 2007, 11:34 PM
Hi again

Have you ever thought of buying a used formula?

You can get a formula board with a rig for the price of a new board.

Mine even has a 100% carbon boom and it cost 900 euro (about 1100 dollars)...


5th January 2007, 07:29 PM
Well, I have no idea why my posts are going in under the Guests moniker, but it doesn't matter to me. As a reply to the question, yes, I have considered used equipment. It's definitely an option. However, in my region where there's no racing, this kind of kit is rather rare. Again, I'm not going to continue to accumulate boards right now with the idea that if I ever retire to Fla. or Hawaii, I can always start there.