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11-12 freeflex 14 pro, stiffness feature?

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Hey guys,

Does anyone know how the stiffening feature is built into this binding? Thanks.
post #2 of 9

The ones I have there's a bar coming from the heal piece and the toe to the middle of the binding. Inside the middle they are coupled together through a spring arrangement. By turning the large center screw 90 degrees you can lock the two bars together cutting out the spring.

post #3 of 9
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Thanks bud.
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I don't believe that this is correct.  I just reviewed the Tyrolia installation manual (tech ref) and Freeflex bindings should not be used with the screw in the "loose" position.  The intention is not that this screw chooses whether or not the spring is engaged versus the adjoining support bar.  The screw is there to support the installation of the Freeflex bindings.  Once they're installed the bindings should only ever be skied with the screw in the tightened position (thus engaging the Freeflex mechanism).

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Noodler,

 

Interesting point posted in regards to Freeflex binding.

I have asked over the past 3 years several technicians, reps and even racing techs. No one seems to know correct "application" !

 

I do not know what technical manual edition you are referring to ( 2011, 2012, 2013 ) since I was given an excerpt which stated that a skier had two options in order to "tune" the flex characteristics.

 

I suspect you are right!

I wish top level brass of company would comment!

post #6 of 9

Tyrolia changed the connecting band on the Freeflex Bindings between the toe and heel pieces about three years ago. Earlier models did have an adjustable spring screw in the center to stiffen/soften the flex. The newer models have a connecting band without the springs. The newer ones are not adjustable. I have several models of both. JMD.

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Originally Posted by Noodler View Post

I don't believe that this is correct.  I just reviewed the Tyrolia installation manual (tech ref) and Freeflex bindings should not be used with the screw in the "loose" position.  The intention is not that this screw chooses whether or not the spring is engaged versus the adjoining support bar.  The screw is there to support the installation of the Freeflex bindings.  Once they're installed the bindings should only ever be skied with the screw in the tightened position (thus engaging the Freeflex mechanism).

That is my understanding as well. It also makes them much easier to mount than the newer version. On the new one if you don't get the jig just right it is a real PITA. frown.gif
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Originally Posted by JMD View Post

Tyrolia changed the connecting band on the Freeflex Bindings between the toe and heel pieces about three years ago. Earlier models did have an adjustable spring screw in the center to stiffen/soften the flex. The newer models have a connecting band without the springs. The newer ones are not adjustable. I have several models of both. JMD.

This. The old ones with the little springs were cooler. But heavier. You can still find them around. OTOH, the difference in flex tight to loose was virtually undetectable. Not like a Piston binding. 

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I had to go back to the '07-'08 Tech Ref to find info on the older spring-based Freeflex bindings.  The only thing in there is that turning the middle screw clockwise will "engage the Freeflex mechanism" - there's nothing there in reference to stiffening the ski when the screw is in the counterclockwise position.  I still have a couple pairs of these older Freeflex bindings and when I get home I'm going to experiment a bit to see if there is a change in ski flex.  I never considered that the screw would be used to engage AND disengage the Freeflex mechanism as needed.

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