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Are composite poles weak in the start gate?

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 

i have 125cm atomic race composite poles.  I'm 5'7".  They are fine for freeskiing, but in the start gates they feel weak and don't let me explode out of the gate like I see some other people do.

 

Will it be cost-effective for me to invest in both a longer and aluminum race pole, or in reality are we talking about hundreths here?

post #2 of 5

I used to have HEAD graphite iCarbon poles...which I snapped...they were always pretty flexy.   I have another set of carbon poles that are just backups, they flex too.   My race poles are all Leki aluminum, and due in part to the aero-profile they offer more stiffness than any of my composite poles ever did and allow for a better start.  My GS poles are extra long, that helps a lot.

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 

cool, thanks for the info

post #4 of 5

It depends on composite. Most race poles are 100% carbon, while lower end "carbon" poles are normally mixture of carbon and fiberglass (up to 20% carbon, 80% fiberglass). These poles are definitelly not as stiff as alu poles, but 100% carbon poles are all a whole lot stiffer (and lighter) then any alu poles. So it depends what kinda poles you actually got, since as you see, not all carbon poles are really carbon poles ;)

 

post #5 of 5

I picked up some Swix CT1 GS poles for like $50 new a season or two ago and they're far stiffer and presumably stronger than my Scott aluminum WC SL poles (7075-T6 Al). If I didn't stumble upon such a good deal I wouldn't say they're worth it and you'd be better off just getting Scott WCs in the future though, unless you're far richer/better than me.

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