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What Kind of Risers are on Ligety's HEAD GS Skis

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I was looking at the new Race Werks Catalogue and saw a photo ot Ted Ligety in mid GS and he is not using the factory  issue HEAD GS plates. He is using a plate that looks similar to an old D Flex or the Fischer Aluminum DH plate from the 90's. Any Ideas what kind of plate he is using and what would be the advantage over the standard plate that Cuche and most others use?

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Now I can't tell this for sure, since I heard few stories about this. There are few people telling he is (or at least was last season) using some custom plates made by one of my countryman here in Slovenia (from where was also his long time Rossi serviceman). But the guy who is producing these plates is pretty controversial guy, so personally I don't trust him everything what he says. On the other side I heard few people telling these stories are not true, and he is suppose to be using normal Head/Tyrolia plates. Considering Ales is not his serviceman, I can't get more detailed info about this from him, so all I have are these speculations I heard through last season.

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To the OP, could you post any pics, Please???

I don't have a Race-Werks catalog, I did order one, but it will take some time to arrive...

 

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That's an excellent shot of what I'm talking about! It appears to be solid metal and not anodized so maybe stainless, with a hinge pin at the front and probably at the back too. It looks as though there is a seperate piece for the toe and heel. I'd guess some kind of anchor block in between although it doesn't stand out in the photo. I saw an pair of  SG skis that had a similar kind of plate a couple of years ago. The guy that had them claimed that the plate was made for Bode locally in Vermont or New Hampshire. I guess he wasn't BSing me. Outside of being bulletproof, does anyone know what the advantage this would have over the stock delrin race plate?ligety plate.jpg

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That looks very much like the rossi plates that both skied when the FKS was the standard issue binding???

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I've seen and touched those. They are pretty much an RK plate that's machined from solid aluminum. I'm not sure where you get them, but I think I could find out.

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If you see a race in person you'll see all kinds of custom milled aluminum plates on the skis, which are quickly hustled away and replaced by something stock in the finish area.

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That's an excellent shot of what I'm talking about! It appears to be solid metal and not anodized so maybe stainless, with a hinge pin at the front and probably at the back too. It looks as though there is a seperate piece for the toe and heel. I'd guess some kind of anchor block in between although it doesn't stand out in the photo. I saw an pair of  SG skis that had a similar kind of plate a couple of years ago. The guy that had them claimed that the plate was made for Bode locally in Vermont or New Hampshire. I guess he wasn't BSing me. Outside of being bulletproof, does anyone know what the advantage this would have over the stock delrin race plate?ligety plate.jpg



I actually just picked up a pair of the Head RDX plates & have a similar Rossi plate to the on in the picture.  What the advantage looks to be is a stiffer set up.  The RDX plates are a 2 part plate set that allow the ski to flex & lets the bindings float some.  This plate pictured will be much more torsionally stiff & will deliver more once up to speed.  Getting up to speed....when you may have to be Bode.  Interesting that Head is choosing to sell skis in the shops w/o the plates installed.  Many of the others now use 'hostage plates' to pair a certain binding,  This is why I will no longer be skiing on Nordicafrown.gif

 

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09GRD0YRnYk  ...  & L Vonn SL HEAD skis ?th_dunno-1[1].gif

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