I just bought a new pair of skis for my wife and had the Griffon Schizofrantic bindings put on them. She has a boot size of 267 mm which is in the smallest boot size range for the bindings which is 265-289mm. The bindings are designed to go +3 cm fore and -3 mm aft, but with the smallest boot size settings, it can go + 3 cm, but only about -1.75 cm. The ski tech who mounted the bindings has mounted 10 of these this past season but this is the first time he has mounted them for a boot size this small. The ski tech was with a Marker technician on the phone for 2.5 hours who confirmed he had mounted everything correctly.
I looked at the bindings myself and found out the problem. The cable in the center of the binding is attached to a metal rectangular piece in the back. This metal piece slides back into a groove in plastic base plate on the heel side. With the binding set for the smallest boot size range of 265-289 mm, the metal rectangular piece must be attached as far back a possible to a metal plate on the heel side of the binding so it hits the back end of the groove in the plastic base plate at about -1.75 cm.
I contacted Marker who said
"The Schizofranatic is a binding that is specific to K2. You will need to contact K2 in regards to this binding. Their website is www.k2skis.com.
We do have a similar product, but if it is a Schizofranatic it is a K2 binding.
I find it an odd response when the Schizofrantic binding is on the Marker website. I have contacted K2 and am awaiting their response.
I thought that Marker would have tested the bindings for the full range of settings. Isn't this the third season that this binding has been out? I thought they have caught this design flaw earlier.
I will post a follow up when I hear from K2.