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post #1 of 39
Thread Starter 
I remember reading a post about this a few weeks back and I will now share my experience. The topic of this post was about a NE ski shop that was charging about $30 - $40 to mount Atomic bindings and everyone thought that was outragous because no drilling was involved. I recently bought my wife a pair of Atomic C:9's and went to Ski Chalet in Richmond to ask their price. the answer was $60!!!!!!!! So I went home and read the directions and I had them on the ski's in less than 5 minutes. I know I will have to have them adjusted by a pro prior to use, but i got them darn close on my own. Don't worry I wont go back to the chalet again.

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post #2 of 39
Now that's ridiculous.
post #3 of 39
They have to charge extra for Atomic to offset the lawsuits.
post #4 of 39
If they're gonna charge that much, the bindings should have come with an automatic tree avoidance system on them. My oldest daughter could've used this a couple of years ago.
post #5 of 39
Thread Starter 
When the women told the price I asked her to repeat it. When she did I just stood there, I had no response!!!! Then I guy walked up from the back I confirmed it with him and he said "yep sixty bucks" I told him these are intergrated bindings but he really didn't seem to care. So I went home and looked at the instructions to see if I could at least get them on the ski's. I was surprised how easy it was.
post #6 of 39
I'll bet that shop would want the same $ to set them, without even mounting them.
post #7 of 39
Most shops dont even charge that much if you have an aluminum plate and bindings with 10 holes per pair. Since they have to mount the plate, and tap all 20 holes it gets pretty time consuming. Usually they extra charge you for half of a binding mount for the plate, which totals about $45 for plates and bindings. $60 seems a bit steep especially for the skis you were having mounted. Take them to a local mountain repair shop and have them release checked and youre good to go. Don't pay any more than $10 for a release check - usually if they are close they are free (which they should be - free that is).
post #8 of 39
Yeah, the system bindings are real easy to mount and even adjust. Like others have said, have a function/release test done for $10-$15 (you should do that at the beginning of each season anyway) and you're good to go.

She'll like those C9's [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
post #9 of 39
Being charged so much for a mount is ridiculous. To be honest being charged for a mount at all is quite surprising these days unless you are in resort.

Many local businesses in my area rely on repeat business and would not even think of charging a stranger for a mount. Better the guy or gal has a properly mounted pair of safe bindings and have a chance of repeat custom than charge.

Bindings are becoming so easy to mount and adjust nowadays, the modern Atomics are one screw fix, Look mount in 5 seconds with all the pre drilled Dynastar plates. I can understand a charge for a mount which takes a while but....
post #10 of 39
Thread Starter 
Our first trip next year will be to 7 Springs. I'll take them to that nice shop you have there.
post #11 of 39
For bindings that easy to mount, we don't usually charge anything. Our regular price at Kirkwood is $25 for a drill mount, but I do pilots and other pre-drilled mounts free of charge. $60 is just a stupid crazy price for that kind of thing.
post #12 of 39
Almost everything is overpriced at Ski Chalet, I'm not surprised they are charging $60.

The shop near me charges $50 if you just walk in off the street with your own stuff, $30 if you buy either the ski or binding from them, and nothing if you buy the ski -and- binding from them. I can see the $30 policy, but $50 is nuts.

I know enough about Marker bindings that I can mount and adjust them myself (plus they have a really simple and well designed system), so that's what I've been buying for the past few years.

post #13 of 39
Thread Starter 

Are you talking about Ski World? That's where I was going to start going.
post #14 of 39
Originally posted by Ullr:
Our first trip next year will be to 7 Springs. I'll take them to that nice shop you have there.

Those clowns could screw up a 1 car funeral procession. Seriously, I won't let them touch my equipment.
post #15 of 39
Originally posted by Ullr:

Are you talking about Ski World? That's where I was going to start going.
Yep, they have a shop in Newport News. There's 1-2 real knowledgeable guys there, and they do discount skis a little bit. It's still not like some of the great ski shops I used to frequent in New England, however.

They did have a 50% off blowout sale last week which was good if they had what you wanted, but there was nothing left for me (not even gloves).

post #16 of 39
Thread Starter 
Originally posted by Taylormatt:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by Ullr:
Our first trip next year will be to 7 Springs. I'll take them to that nice shop you have there.

Those clowns could screw up a 1 car funeral procession. Seriously, I won't let them touch my equipment.
post #17 of 39
something to keep in mind. in the greta white north insurance companies (spit, spit) are increasing rates charged to extreme sports shops (like skiing and moto x) by an average of 600% as the most common lawsuit is against the shop and binding manufacturer the cost has to go somewhere. just because some idiots crashed some planes we all get the shaft.
post #18 of 39
Mounting skis is a highly technical task requiring great skill and years of training. The top people command a high salary for their skills. You should have paid the $60. If you don't pay top dollar for something, how can you be sure the best job was done?
post #19 of 39
Nothing against ski shop techs, but mounting bindings is a task that any reasonably mechanical person can handle. However, it's extremely important to have all the information such as drilling/tapping specs, spring settings, etc...

Personally, I have been mounting all my own stuff for many years. I specifically buy Marker bindings because they are easy to mount and adjust once you know the ropes.

post #20 of 39
because the plates are pre-drilled. years of training, my... umm... butt (family edit). yeah, you have to be certified, but bindings aren't the world's most complex devices, especially when you have a pre-drilled plate! c'mon now... a predrilled metal plate is more or less impossible to screw up - you can't overtighten the screws! if you can adjust forward pressure and DIN yourself, you should be good to go...
post #21 of 39
The Device binding on the C:9 is really quite simple to install. I've got it down to about 2 minutes for the pair. No power tools are even needed, only a #3 Pozi and a 1/4" bladed. For a ski shop to charge that much is ludicrous, but the service should be charged though if the skis were not bought there. Internet sales is putting the hurt to brick and mortar shops, which have a high overhead. I know of many instances where people will get boot sized at a shop or use the services of a salesperson for skis and bindings and take the info and buy online. This isn't fair to the shop, so when you go and do this and then want a fitting or a mount, why shouldn't someone charge a bit?
post #22 of 39
what BR said. one ady i'm going to write a book about all the guys (it's always a guy) who say "i've got a rad set of tools, i'll just mount these at home..."
who are then waiting at the store the next day after screwing up their new skis.
Ha ha ha ha...
i know how to change the oil in my truck, that doesn't mean i do.
post #23 of 39
If you mount them yourself, and you don't have that high-falutin' shop-style insurance, what happens when you screw it up, get injured, and have no choice but to sue yourself? Playin' with fire kiddies, playin' wit fire.
post #24 of 39
Baloney. Get 3.5mm and 4.1mm drill bits, a Pozi-drive screwdriver (or bit), and a #12AB tap, and you have everything you need to mount most bindings. Like I said earlier, it's important to have the technical documents so you know specifics of particular skis or bindings (like if you should tap a particular ski). Other than that, it is not rocket science. Anybody who makes this out to be complicated is overrating the whole process.

post #25 of 39
That is Crazy! At the shop we charge $18 and people still complain. Guess we should send them to virginia

post #26 of 39
219, i never said it was hard. but there are liability issues that should be addressed.
especially in the USA where suing is the national sport
post #27 of 39
Re "suing is the national sport ..." don't mean to hijack this thread, but for better or worse in the USA, tort law and private insurance are how we've chosen to compensate and care for injuries. With very rare exceptions (e.g., 9/11 victims fund), we don't provide public compensation or healthcare for accident victims. Plus, it's how we motivate mfrs to improve design safety. I'm not saying its perfect or efficient, but it may be necessary and it's had some good effects. My ski bindings (and cars and smoke alarms and elevators and airplanes ... ) are safer and more reliable than ever before.

Given those reasons and also Betaracer's point re shops being killed by internet sales, I don't mind all that much paying a reasonable amount for a shop to do it right.

That said, $60 is not a reasonable amount -- it's insane.

Rant over.
post #28 of 39
I agree most of there stuff is way overly priced but my dad and I got a good deal from the manager. Last year I bought a pair of 02 rossi cobras for 300$ and my dad bought some 02 scream pilot 10's for $350 with bindings.
post #29 of 39
ts01, i've got no issues with tort law or private insurance and your points are well taken.
however frivolous lawsuits for personal gain are ridiculous no matter where they happen in the world. my business law courses in college were filled with the hot coffee at mcdonalds and the "what do you mean i can't trim the hedges with my lawnmower" cases. common sense must prevail somewhere. that being said i like old metal bindings.
post #30 of 39
These guys are trying to recoup costs lost to E-shoppers going to Canada for the better deal.
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