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Should brake size = ski width?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

OK, so probably a stupid question, but I want to be sure before spending a couple of hundred dollars on skis. I acquired some Rossignol Axial2 120 bindings that had the 100mm brakes. I was looking to get a pair of Sin 7 skis (98mm underfoot), but found a local deal on some Scott skis that are 100mm underfoot. Is this going to be an issue at all? I'm wondering if there should be some extra room between the brake size and the ski width. Again, stupid question, but would love some insight.

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 9
Should be absolutely fine, but the axial 2 brake is easily interchangeable if you need wider.
post #3 of 9
The shop should be able to swap out the brake levers.

I just bought 119mm skis on line, took it to a shop where they sold me next years 2015, Marker Schizo Jesters for $250, and ordered me a 130mm brake at no charge.

I would ask for a wider brake.

My Kendos have a 90mm brake on the 912Ti binding, I tune my own skis, I have a hard time getting the brake down past the heal pices and the diamond stone and file hit it. I'd go at least 10mm wider then the ski.

Over the 3 years with this binding, I have found a couple of times when I step out, the brake has not deployed. It happened again last Sunday.

Go wider.
post #4 of 9
The look/Rossi brakes are a bit wide. There are differences between manufactures. The Head 115 brake is notoriously narrower than 115. smile.gif
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Brakes that are too wide can be a problem.  On a set I've got, even when the boot is in, the arms protrude enough that they've hooked my ski pants on the opposing leg, and occasionally lock each other so that my skis are locked together briefly.

 

I was able to bend them in the right spot so that they don't stick out so far when retracted and still deploy properly.  But it was difficult to get the bend to occur in the right spot and do all four levers uniformly in the right amount.

 

 

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post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by scottyja View Post
 

OK, so probably a stupid question, but I want to be sure before spending a couple of hundred dollars on skis. I acquired some Rossignol Axial2 120 bindings that had the 100mm brakes. I was looking to get a pair of Sin 7 skis (98mm underfoot), but found a local deal on some Scott skis that are 100mm underfoot. Is this going to be an issue at all? I'm wondering if there should be some extra room between the brake size and the ski width. Again, stupid question, but would love some insight.

 

Thanks!

I actually go the other way.  I have a 90mm brake on my Hell and Backs (98 under foot) and the same on my Bonafides (Also 98 under foot).  You can take the 90mm and "stretch" it. I like the way they tuck completely up and out of the way once my boot is in the binding.  No drag issues, none of the pant leg grabbing crudmaster spoke about, but there is a little tweaking that has to be done during mounting which really just comes down to bending the brake arms out a little. I have Marker Jesters on both pair, and the next step up is 110, and that's too damn wide. 

post #7 of 9
WIth two pair of good needle nose pliers you should be able to adjust the brake levers. Or at least one good pair holding the lever where it comes out of the plastic under where the boot heal hits and another pliers on the end of the lever.

If your not sure just ask the shop tech, you'll know what to do. They may not charge you, but may sure you leave a nice tip in the jar.
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks all for the input. Took everything to the shop and they got them mounted without a problem, no bending required. There's not a ton of wiggle room, but sounds like that's the way to go to prevent unintended snags.

post #9 of 9
Good to hear, As mentioned above, I put the 130mm brake on my 119mm waist skis the other night. Just a matter of installing 4 screws. Easy job for me. But assemble things at work everyday and do my own car repairs for the most part.

Alway's, when in doubt, leave it to the experts.
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