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Hey just wanted to let you guys know of a sweet new site called SidelineSwap which is a platform to buy, sell and trade ski equipment I have sold a ton and it has been awesome. Take a look!


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Originally Posted by cantunamunch View Post

Leg position at turn start >> differences in mount position.    Very interesting observation.    And I mean that in a "ya know a lot of things we fix with hardware should be corrected by improved training and fitness" way.


Certainly nothing wrong with shooting to find some kind of ideal equipment setup, but human beings are very adaptable, both physically and mentally. When they want to be.   ;-)


I find it fascinating to get on a variety of different skis, and try to feel/figure out what it takes to make them do what I want them to. Easier (for me) to experiment when I can amass and choose from a wide range that I picked up for $100 or less - sometimes a LOT less!


Earlier in the season I spent a couple days on some 186cm 2005 Head im85's. Frankly they felt kinda planky/sluggish, but I just did all the usual stuff I do when skiing - some one-footed drills, short turns, groomers, some bumps, what off-piste there was available. They're skis, they worked, and I adjusted to them. But after that I switched to some 178cm 2006 Dynastar Legend 8800's, and man, did they feel like the snappiest carving skis ever! It felt to me like it helped my skiing to wrestle with the im85's. If nothing else switching from ski to different ski to different ski could sensitize someone to the feel of what a particular ski can and will do with various inputs.

Originally Posted by cantunamunch View Post

I might just play with that all season, I'm in that sort of mood. 


Play (variety, experimentation) is good. I was watching an old Warren Miller movie, and it had a segment with Penelope Street where she ripped around on downhill skis  in pow and bumps, then did some incredible ballet stuff, then romped around on tele skis. She said even though initially she was somewhat dismissive she made her way to tele because (paraphrase) "once you're an expert at something where's the fun?".


Quick shot of her here at 2:43...



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Just for kicks thrift store find: 1997 Head Cyber Spaces in 160cm.    She likes them so much I will replace the bindings.

Extremely damp, quite soft to the hand flex.     The skis had a lot of camber when we found them, and the bases were pristine, but I had to cut away an absolutely incredible amount of sidewall to get her a 2 degree side edge.   Weirdly, the sidewalls are soft, almost Rubbermaid dustpan soft.    So either the original owner never had these ground - or someone whaled away on these with a super old school 90degree compact file holder and got frustrated when they couldn't get effective edge.

You may remember these from any number of carving instructional videos - I know Martin Heckelman used them; I'll have to check Lito and that H guy.

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I bought a pair of used Mantra's off CL last summer for $20, and as I was leaving the seller asked me if I wanted these for free...


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Guessing they are similar vintage to your Head's? 170's, skis and bindings are almost showroom condition.


Haven't skied em, but may for a few runs sometime.

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Olin was putting out some good skis in that era. The Outer Limits was a fat (for the day) ski. I have a pair of Sierras (?, I'll check, fuzzy memory)

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I seem to remember something called a 'Selkirk'?

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Yes, I think those, too. 

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My CUTs are 130s. We used them at Wildcat, NH in the late 20th century in a direct to parallel program. I'd free ski them on occasion and they were quite, er, lively.

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Hehe, ^those are 188 CUT 11.5s - the opposite of lively really.      Easily the only CUT I ever liked. 

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My touring setup (the B4 Squads) for the moment. I don't tour much and don't need these skis for the resort so I'm pretty happy with the Fritschis on them.


I paid about $60 for the Squads with Rossi Axial bindings. I've had the Fritschis since the last century.


It's amazing how stuff continues to work after it has been superceded by 'the next best thing'. ;-)


The other skis are for the museum.

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Is that the 170-something chick-Squad?   I think I have a pair of those somewheres.

post #673 of 682

No. They are the 184 Dude Squad. Heavy metal, man.

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Originally Posted by cantunamunch View Post

Hehe, ^those are 188 CUT 11.5s - the opposite of lively really.      Easily the only CUT I ever liked. 


Well, since they were "ten centimeters wider at the waist than most midfats" of that era I can see why!


Originally Posted by MastersRacer View Post

Heavy metal, man.


Natch!   ;-)

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Originally Posted by jc-ski View Post
Originally Posted by cantunamunch View Post

Hehe, ^those are 188 CUT 11.5s - the opposite of lively really.      Easily the only CUT I ever liked. 


Well, since they were "ten centimeters wider at the waist than most midfats" of that era I can see why!




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I was traveling last November and saw these at a ski shop...



They had failed to sell at a swap, shop was giving them away for free. The reason they didn't sell is they were somebody's touring skis, and had been badly beaten up and mounted several times. So naturally I had to give them a home.   ;-)


Tops (aside from multiple mount holes) and edges were in decent shape. Bottoms had lots of gouges filled with p-tex and one core shot repaired, but overall seemed like they could be serviceable for a soft snow ski. I gave the bases a good cleaning and hand (block) sanding, tuned the side edges, and filled all the old mount holes with JB Weld. Was able to find what seemed like a reasonable place to mount some Railflex plates, yielding this...



Which wasn't too far off from this...



Which are a pair of skis some Maggot had and apparently liked a lot.


Here's the thing - I took em out for one run end of day a while back, and they were (for me) totally uncooperative. I just could not get them to respond to tipping or steering, had to really muscle/hop em around to turn, and I'm used to skiing longer skis with relatively large TR's. It was ... bad. Was happy just to stay upright until I got down and got em back in the car!


Took a closer look at home recently and amongst other things they appear to have a pretty severe base edge angle, in the 3-4 degree range. They also (by design) have some pretty hefty camber...



I'm wondering if there's enough base material left to do one if it might be worth getting a grind at a shop and having them reset the base edge to a more reasonable 1 degree angle.


Regarding the Railflex plates I mounted, I was able to position them so their center hole, (which lines up with boot midsole mark when boot's clicked in), is 25mm behind CRS. When I put the bindings on I actually used the rearmost plate hole, so that put boot midsole 40mm behind CRS - that's as far toward the tail as I can get the bindings.


Thoughts/comments? ( Other than snarky " you get what you pay for" and so forth? ;-)

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In the 'camber' shot are the little dark pips screws/holes?


3-4 degrees base angle would be manageable on a soft ski in soft snow;  I am wondering if you might have a perfect storm of  stiff ski, lots of camber, and bad base bevel. 


The reason I ask about the screw holes is that if your heel is on top of or behind the center of camber you can't get away with the old trick of intentional backseating.

post #678 of 682
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Yea, they were insert screws for some kind of "DynaDuke Mounting Plates". Not a Dynafit guy, not hip to that.


The heel of my boot with plates/bindings as mounted is indeed behind the center of camber. The center of my boot heel is about 6" behind CRS.


Maybe it is a bad combo as is - the ski is stiff, and the pronounced camber strikes me as a little weird, but I guess folks really used to rave about this model.


Come this far, can't help but wonder what it might ski like with a grind and new base bevel. Think I'll check into it.

post #679 of 682
When you do get them flattened, do me a favor and get a single run in in the forward binding position.

Sacrifice for science eh.
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I owned PM Gear Bro 164,  and my pal had a couple sets of Lhasas

He still has his SuperBro's 195cm which he says are still "totally awesome" and happened to be made by Blossom Skis in Italy ( so rumour has it )

Hence the build & ride quality of the SuperBro is superb and many are still out there being skied.


No offence to PM Gear, but if they had production issues, they still readily sold off the production "weird-ones" and cosmetic-blemished skis.

So there are a lot of "not-perfect" skis out there, some with different amounts of camber amounts, different flexes, etc.

TGR forums was full of PM Gear chat about 2-6 years ago, and lots are still being skied by TGR folk

You may want to post over there if you have any PM Gear questions as someone there will surely know.


~ Andy

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Thx, Andy. TGR is a good idea. I did search and scan some posts there at one point, but didn't try reaching out with a thread or direct to any members.


I did actually try to communicate with PM Gear,  just to get some info on these Bro's I picked up, but never heard back from them.


>> do me a favor and get a single run in in the forward binding position.


Another good idea, (hopefully) couldn't hurt.   ;-)


Think I'll take another crack at the bases and edges by hand, then try the full range of fore-aft afforded by the Railflex setup. If no joy anywhere there then maybe to a shop for a grind.

post #682 of 682
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I found something in an eBay listing for somebody trying to sell 188 Bro's last year...



The Railflex plate I mounted has its center hole at about 1010mm, and rear hole at 1025mm. Not sure where the eBay poster got that from, but if accurate it would appear I am mounted somewhat forward of the recommended line.


Then again the skis I picked up have a lot more than "3mm camber underfoot". More like 8mm on one, 10mm on the other.

EDIT: A helpful Maggot pointed me to some useful stuff, including this...



Edited by jc-ski - Yesterday at 5:53 pm
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