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Why does the tune on demo skis suck

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I just picked up a pair of skis to demo this weekend.

The shop said they were good to go, but when i got home i noticed that the edges were dull and the base was grey.

i've had the same problem with on the hill demos. a good tune can really affect the overall impression of a pair of skis.

why would a rep or store let skis go out for a demo/test runs when the skis need a good tune?
post #2 of 8

Because the rep/shop doesn't care enough about making a good impression and is oblivious to the fact that their reputation and future business will suffer.

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Originally Posted by SkiNut View Post

I just picked up a pair of skis to demo this weekend.
The shop said they were good to go, but when i got home i noticed that the edges were dull and the base was grey.
i've had the same problem with on the hill demos. a good tune can really affect the overall impression of a pair of skis.
why would a rep or store let skis go out for a demo/test runs when the skis need a good tune?



You could also ask how a manufacturer could sell you a pair of $600. $800 or $1k pair of skis that need a tune before you can ski them to their potential.... th_dunno-1[1].gif

 

 

post #4 of 8

Definitely depends on the shop/rep. I agree with you, though. Why WOULD a shop or rep do that when the tune can make such a HUGE difference? If they want to make some money, they should keep awesome tunes on their skis and then tell people that's just how they ski. Just sayin' . . .

post #5 of 8

This varies tremendously by area and even time of year.

Vermont - in areas with 3 or more ski shops in town, generally very good rental prep. Unless it's at the mountain. It's unlikely you'd get obviously dull and white bases.  Doesn't mean it's well tuned, but probably sharp and waxed.

I've noticed better prep in general in good eastern areas than Colo. Hey, if it's soft who needs sharp?

Montana in March.  Basically, "we're burnt" , "what do you mean tune?".  I've demoed bent skis.

post #6 of 8

Start Haus tunes every ski meticulously before it is sent out. We are talking the difference between a "demo" and a high end "rental" some shops don't know or don't care about the difference. 

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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

Start Haus tunes every ski meticulously before it is sent out. We are talking the difference between a "demo" and a high end "rental" some shops don't know or don't care about the difference. 



Which is why so many of us seek out the StartHaus deals. :-)

post #8 of 8

A little further on this.........................

 

The factory tune on most skis is "skiable" but when a good tuner finishes the skis off by hand, the difference is often dramatic. Most ski makers say their stuff is ready to go right out of the wrapper. Generally, I find this to be the worst sort of fiction. The big makers build 400K to 600K pairs of skis a year and the realities of production are that the shaping done by mass production machines is fair at best. One reason is that they are mass production machines and another is that skis will change and "cure" over the first few weeks after they are built. Any prep work that is done at the end of the production line can be largely irrelevant 6 weeks-6 months later. This is the reason that good ski shops sell a hand prep with new skis. If one chooses not to purchase this hand work.......no problem. Usually the skis will be at least passable without prep work.

 

Some ski makers are well aware of this yet others seem to be in denial. At the just completed national intro @ Winter Park, I tried a ski from one of my own favorite brands. The tune was sooooo bad that I won't even bother to review it. Yet.....I know from past history that this ski is one of the best in category. Some brands have the attitude that their stuff is soooo good they can just throw it on the snow and it's good. I generally pass this off but it is frustrating at times.

 

SJ

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