Originally Posted by clink83
Well, since skis have a pretty specific core profile, useing a fancy machine to decide where to mount when the ski designers think is the best place seems a bit overkill don't you think?
Thats assuming that its even valid to assume a ski being bent by a machine simulates ski forces.
I'm not sure you understand how the machine works. It doesn't bend the ski. http://www.epicski.com/a/positioning-ski-bindings-using-the-campbell-balancer
The theory is that different body types have different balance points--to put it less euphemistically, some of us have bigger butts than others (In my case due to extremely powerful gluteus muscles, of course) --and that the mounting point of the binding should be adjusted based on where the skier's own center of mass is, not the hyper fit athlete who tested the prototype. Personally I always have mounted on the line. My last pair of skis--Atomic Automatics--are interesting. A lot of forum posts talk about mounting them forward. In fact the mounting point identified in the Atomic shop manual is a cm or two (I forget which) forward of the mounting line on the ski, measured from the tails.