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Started Tuning for This Season!

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Not really but close enough.  I'm bringing some skis to the tune shop tomorrow (SkiMD) and I needed to get the storage wax off and decided to remove the bindings too.  Felt good to start the process again.  I can't wait until I get the skis back.  I'll be cycling hot wax in until we start skiing.  I have about ten pair to maintain.  It was also nice to try out the new shop.  Needed to make some quick adjustments but it was nice.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/60865/the-utterly-shameless-extroverted-show-off-your-tuning-set-up-picture-thread/150#post_1611364

 

By the way.  I couldn't believe the crap tune on my daughter's brand new still in shrink wrap Head SL Race skis.  They should be ashamed.    With the naked eye you can see variations in the base structure and edges.  My cheater Elans aren't perfect but came way better than the Heads and the FIS Elans I just got come with a very nice race tune.  It is a noticeable difference.

 

Next weekend I start repairing tree skis and I get to use new tools:yahoo:

 

After skiing, tuning is my next favorite thing.

 

Life is good,

 

Ken

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How is SkiMd?? I am thinking about taking him all my skis for tuning. Do you have him do everything or just flatten the bases?

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He rocks. I have him do the full monte. I'm bringing him 6 pairs of skis; 5 race e and 1 all mountain. I do catch myself thinking, "does it matter that much?" If the bases are flat and the edges set right, what's the difference? Maybe it's a placebo. Maybe it's the confidence that comes from knowing your skis are perfect. Maybe they skis really are that much better.

Don't know but I've never been let down with the skis he's done and have been plenty of times with the skis done by other shops.
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thanks Ken.  I am a mechanical engineer and when I read his website I felt he knew what he was talking about. I have rescued some poorly tuned skis by hand myself, and it is a lot of work, but on the hardpack it really makes a difference. I had a bargin shop tune all my skis last season and the base bevels were bad on every ski and edge hold became a memory. Can't wait to be able to carve on ice again.

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By the way.  I couldn't believe the crap tune on my daughter's brand new still in shrink wrap Head SL Race skis.  They should be ashamed.    With the naked eye you can see variations in the base structure and edges. 

 

    Yeah...pretty unbelievable what you see coming out of the factories. For instance, most people aren't even aware that most new skis, race or not, are not beveled at the tip and tail so if they haven't received a tune from the shop after purchasing them (as in, you bought them online) and you take them out skiing you likely have a 1/2 for most of the ski but then a 0/0 at the tip and tail. And then there's the hardened edges, inconsistent beveling, convex/concave bases, etc.....

 

  I like that the Volkl race stocks have been coming unfinished (0/0 edges and minimal structure) for the last few years...I wish more manufacturer's stocks were coming that way--it is so nice being able to do what you want with them right off the bat!

 

  I love tuning too and can't wait rip--there's snow in the forecast in my neck of the woods! :ski

 

    zenny

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Atomic's come from the factory absolutely perfect! 1/3 and ski amazing right out of the wrapper! (cleaned & waxed before on snow of)course)

 

I have never had a problem with Head race skis, only their wider boards. THE WORST!!!!1

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Atomic's come from the factory absolutely perfect! 1/3 and ski amazing right out of the wrapper! (cleaned & waxed before on snow of)course)

I have never had a problem with Head race skis, only their wider boards. THE WORST!!!!1

That hasn't been my experience. When I called Atomic, they said they set their edges at 2.5. When I asked Élan, they said 1/ 2.5 +/- .5. I would bet Atomic has at least the same tolerance.

When I got my Élan FIS GS, there was a sticker on them stating they came with a race tune; .5 / 2.5 and the bases looked pretty good. Better than the cheater SLX skis from Élan I got at the same time.

I should have taken a picture of my daughters SL skis. I couldn't believe it. I could see on the base a few spots that looked like the machine paused. Stayed there after I brushed them out too.

I'm with Zenny's. Send them to me with nothing and I'll put on what I want.
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