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Are there any shops that I can trust to mount bindings?

post #1 of 11
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Ok. So I went to sell some of my son,'s old racing skis. 130 Volkl Race tigers.

Some guy mentioned that it looked like the bindings weren't mounted straight based on the holes that were left. I took a ruler, and it does seem a little off.

The graphics on the ski don't measure exactly straight either. Is this normal?

When bindings are mounted, is it mounted based on the base of the ski,or the top for the jig?

Is there an easy way for me to measure and see if it was screwed up?

If it is messed up, this is the 2nd set of skis that got messed up for my son. A different shop near us messed up some skis a few years ago because their jig was missing a rubber bumper on one side.


I'm nervous because I'm having a shop mount some new skis for me. I really want to be able to check that they don't screw it up.

It's too late on the old skis, but if a shop messes this up, what do you do?
post #2 of 11

They're supposed to measure from the bottom edges and pay no attention to the graphics on the top sheet. Not uncommon for them to be off a few mms to one side or the other regardless.

post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by mogulman1 View Post

Is there an easy way for me to measure and see if it was screwed up?

 

One option from:

 

Finding Your Ski’s Centerline

 

post #4 of 11

If a shop screws them up....walk over to the ski wall, grab a new pair, and say "try again".  There is no reason that they shouldn't 100% back their mounts to be good.

post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by Skidude72 View Post

If a shop screws them up....walk over to the ski wall, grab a new pair, and say "try again".  There is no reason that they shouldn't 100% back their mounts to be good.

 

Pretty much, but it probably will work out better if you first try with a more diplomatic tone; and drop the passive-aggressiveness (or is this aggressive-aggressiveness since you're telling someone how they should be doing their jobs).

 

Usually they will want to make it right too, so work in a positive manner on this.

 

If you are not satisfied, you can file complaints/register with BBB or equiv. or writeup your dissatisfaction on yelp and other review sites.  

If you're not the vindictive type, just cut bait and go with a different shop after a few strikes.


Edited by raytseng - 9/23/12 at 6:22pm
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by mogulman1 View Post

Ok. So I went to sell some of my son,'s old racing skis. 130 Volkl Race tigers.

 

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Originally Posted by Skidude72 View Post

If a shop screws them up....walk over to the ski wall, grab a new pair, and say "try again".  There is no reason that they shouldn't 100% back their mounts to be good.

 

Right. That'll work......

post #7 of 11

Far and away most mounts done by shops are good.  I'd go so far as to say almost all of them,  

 

Shit happens - it's hard to find any industry that never screws up...but especially so when they pay low wages.  It's amusing to see how people on ski forums complain about the cost of mounts and also fret about mounts going bad.  

 

edited for grammah

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Originally Posted by snofun3 View Post

 

 

Right. That'll work......

He isnt worried about the old skis anymore....he was asking what to do if they mess up his NEW skis...

post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
Yeah. Since I've 2 bad mounts.

I'm using a different shop from the first 2. So what is the easiest way to determine that it is mounted right. Centered on the ski and good front to back also.

Seems like a lot of shops hire kids.

Also, what do I do if they screw up.
post #10 of 11

Well, there are millions of skiers out there that don't have problems.... They must all mount their own bindings. smile.gif

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Originally Posted by markojp View Post

Well, there are millions of skiers out there that don't have problems.... They must all mount their own bindings. smile.gif

Or they don't ever look at the results...

 

 

But seriously, the reason mounting jigs exist is to make it possible to do correct mounts without specialized skills.  I suspect there were a lot more mounting errors when wide skis were new and a lot of shops were trying to get by without the right jigs.  Should be through the transition era by now, I'd hope.

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