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Binding mounting - how can I tell if my shop will do it right?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Just got my first set of new skis and bindings since forever (been demoing all these years). I found some great deals on the boards and bindings from two separate shops online, so now I need to get them mounted up.

Guess I'm wondering how nervous I should be about this. Is it safe to assume that any of the four or so local shops will do it the same way, following some manufacturer-prescribed formula for placement? Or is that not a given, and I should be careful about who I take them to?

Are there questions I should ask? Is there particular information I should be prepared to offer about what type of skier I am, and the type of skiing I want to do?

Thanks for any input.

Tom
San Francisco Bay Area
post #2 of 8
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Originally Posted by shortski View Post

Just got my first set of new skis and bindings since forever (been demoing all these years). I found some great deals on the boards and bindings from two separate shops online, so now I need to get them mounted up.

Guess I'm wondering how nervous I should be about this. Is it safe to assume that any of the four or so local shops will do it the same way, following some manufacturer-prescribed formula for placement? Or is that not a given, and I should be careful about who I take them to?

Are there questions I should ask? Is there particular information I should be prepared to offer about what type of skier I am, and the type of skiing I want to do?

Thanks for any input.

Tom
San Francisco Bay Area

If you're willing to wait, take them to Donner Lake  Bike and Ski Lounge (not sure the name's official), if you're comfortable setting din. Greg will set forward pressure and toe height, if it's adjustable. He doesn't have a binding test machine. Price is discounted accordingly. Greg is not open for business yet but he's usually there and is doing skis.  Great place for a tune. Greg is very careful. 

 

Sounds like you might not be comfortable with setting DIN, in which case you should be prepared with your height and weight and level of skiing from I(beginner) to III+ (true expert). If you don't want the skis mounted on the factory line be prepared to tell them that. Unless you know from experience or from multiple reviews of the ski that you want them mounted forward or back, mount them on the line, which is the default. Be prepared to leave one boot. Any shop will mount them per manufacturer's instructions, and on the ski manufacturers line unless you tell them differently. If you do a lot of park or switch skiing you might want to discuss mounting position with the shop. Some park skis will have two mounting lines--one for park and switch and one for general skiing--the park line is more forward. If it's a park ski and there's only one line it is probably already forward.

 

Some techs will be more careful than others. All will make a mistake at some point in their careers. Chances are your skis will be ok. 

post #3 of 8

Almost every shop (I mean shop, which has a din testing machine) could do it for you.

Honestly, I would skip REI, but I'm sure they could do job as well.

 

in SF Bay Area: 

 

http://www.californiaskicompany.com/

http://helmsports.com/  <-- been good a few years ago, but now I think they have new tech...

 

in Tahoe:

http://starthaus.com/ 

 

the details such as: mounting online, +/-n from line, etc, are personal preferences and not even the best shop could guess your personal preferences if you have any.

post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks for info, guys. I know my preferred DIN setting - that's pretty easy to adjust, I think (big screwdriver). Just want to make sure the bindings are set properly and securely, and I have not a clue about what that entails. Sounds like the "line" you mentioned is the standard approach. I've got Salomon STh 2 WTR bindings and Bonafides. I am not a park skier, and have no idea about mm forward or back of the line. 

 

Cal Ski is a great one, for sure, on Gilman near Berkeley - was just there getting boots adjusted - Mike is the best. I live in North Bay, so shops near me are Any Mountain in Corte Madera, and Uli Seilor (sp?). 

post #5 of 8

You should just ask if they are familiar mounting with the binding you bought.  

 

If they sell it themselves then you should be confident.  If they don't sell that binding or that binding make, then you should be less confident.

They will ask you to fill out the standard rental/service form to set the DIN and bring a boot (for verifying BSL and final testing).  

 

You can also mount on your first trip at a shop during your first trip up to the mountains (tahoe? where are you going?) .  

 

If you're going up early season, many of the shops won't be so busy, so they can get it done for you by next day with perhaps only a small extra rush fee.  They may let you take out a rental for reduced cost for the day.  

There are plenty of respected shops up in tahoe that will do a great job.

 

Just based on volume they have way more experience.  Tthink about the turnover in the rental fleet, and all the practice the techs get in setting up all those skis as well as testing the fleet.  They get good pretty fast.


Edited by raytseng - 11/13/14 at 10:54pm
post #6 of 8

More or less any shop should have a Salomon jig and that plus basic competence is all the tech needs.  Just go somewhere you trust to make it right in the unlikely event that they screw it up. And answer questions honestly about ability etc so you can get checked on the DIN charts.

 

The only other decision is whether you want on the line or fore or aft.  If you're not freestyle inclined fore is usually a bit risky, a little aft can suit some skiers depending on style, personal balance but for the majority the recommended line will be fine.

post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by Oleg S View Post
 

Almost every shop (I mean shop, which has a din testing machine) could do it for you.

Honestly, I would skip REI, but I'm sure they could do job as well.

 

in SF Bay Area: 

 

http://www.californiaskicompany.com/

http://helmsports.com/  <-- been good a few years ago, but now I think they have new tech...

 

in Tahoe:

http://starthaus.com/ 

 

the details such as: mounting online, +/-n from line, etc, are personal preferences and not even the best shop could guess your personal preferences if you have any.

Yes, if you are in the Bay area, California Ski Co. in Berkley is about as good of a place as you can go to get bindings done. Greg and his crew are top notch. If you want to wait till you get up to Tahoe, we would be glad to do it at The Start Haus. 

post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 

Great input, all - thank you. Based on your input I'm feeling much more confident about getting this done right. May wait until I have a chance to get to Tahoe - that could work out well. Really appreciate everyone's help. 

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