MBS Bindings first impression.. for those who really want to be one with their board

Quick first impression on MBS bindings and how it stacks up with trampa and freebord I know this is a bit of a fringe topic but I couldn’t find a indepth comparision on the forum so I am sharing my experience


I had my doubts on bindings, the thought of being unable to bail scared the crap out of me but I’ve since fallen in love with them… of course I blame @okp for making those awesome videos of riding with bindings. (See them here https://www.instagram.com/ridewithokp/ )

I have ridden freebord, trampa, and MBS bindings

Short Version For those who don’t like reading IMO if you ride with bindings all the time the F5 MBS bindings are a great upgrade and probably a worthy line item on your christmas list :slight_smile: I would take them over trampa and freebord.

Why ride with bindings?

  • You will have alot more control over your board with bindings.
  • You can lean harder, push harder without your foot lifting or the sensation of falling over. This allows you to execute tighter turns while still maintaining very tight trucks. This is very useful on mountain board builds like MBS and Trampa.
  • When you go over bumps or humps because your foot is strapped onto the board your foot is always in contact with the board and you won’t loose control.
  • Enables jumping, wheelie, tictacing to turn etc.

MBS Bindings

  • Very comfortable. The paddings are nice a soft and thick. I haven’t felt any pressure points like freebord.
  • Very good fit. Unlike trampa’s binding MBS bindings have 2 points of adjustment one on each side of the binding allowing you to get the fit just right for any shoe size foot shape. This means that it will hold your foot down snugly with little wiggle.
  • Ease of use is great. Trampa’s binding ratchet tends to stick when you really tighten them down making it hard to release. MBS’s ratchet’s release works like a charm even when tightened.
  • Price. These are pricey no doubt. The quality is there but they are still alot of money for a set of bindings.

MBS vs Tramps vs Freebord

  • VS Trampa - MBS pretty much out performs Trampa’s binding on everything except price. If you got the money to spare and are looking for a set of bindings, MBS in my opinion is a clear winner
  • VS Freebord - Aside from the fact that they are complete assholes to the ESK8 group I would actually not recommend freebord bindings for the following reasons - They don’t actually hold your foot down snugly (what a binding is suppose to do) - You can’t actually reliably bail from them especially if you run a build with a top mounted battery pack. TBH I rather have both foot stuck when I fall vs 1 foot still stuck and one foot free. You can probably wave your ankle bye bye if you get stuck in that scenario

Other Notes

  • Trampa’s drill pattern is compatible with MBS bindings
  • I have the heels straps but haven’t found the need to use them yet. The bindings themself have done a really good job. Perhaps when I start hopping around more they will see more use
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Great write up, very glad to see it here. I hate bindings. Of all the bindings I have tried, and its been a few, I like F5’s and Free/Bord/Dani bindings the best. I like MBS F4’s a lot as well, but they are almost impossible to find.

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Nice write up!
Not sure about US, but mbs Europe sell the f5 bindings for 57€ right now.
In my opinion definitely worth every cent, that’s why I just ordered set 3 yesterday :joy:.
One down side I would like to mention are the plastic parts they use.
Some people had issues with the clip to fix the binding position.

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@Andy87, can you please tell me if the price (57 euros) is for a set of two bindings ? It’s not written in the description and even if pictures show 2 bindings, I prefer to be sure before ordering anything

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It says its for 2 at least for the heel straps. Though no tax/shipping added yet so the total was a bit higher than expected

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So for those who have fallen strapped in… what happened? What was it like? Were you on the road or on the trail? How did you prevent further injury to yourself?

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I can’t promise but I very much hope those come in a set of two.
I think the others I ordered as well came as set of two.
@taz just ordered some not long ago. I think he can confirm that.

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@Andy87 @Gerrycorrado Ok thanks guys ! I’ll order and we will see :wink:

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Yes, it is for a set of 2 bindings.
Heelstraps are not included and must be ordered extra.

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Yeah \o/ Thanks buddy !
Those bindings will be the first parts of my first MTB build (next year)

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$57 USD from mbs us.

Great write up, bindings forever! I tried the f5s exactly one time and bought them and rode them the next day.

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Quick Public Service Announcement.
These unobtainium bindings are now back IN STOCK
Grab them while they last!

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I just signed up to this forum just to say think you to the OP. Love the info, esp the part when you mentioned that drill pattern is compatible. Definitely saved me some money and time, i thank you!

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You are very very welcomed!
I am glad this post had help you out.
And thank you so much for the kind words :slight_smile:

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