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Rossignol E88 Tuning Questions

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

Hi,

 

I have a pair of Rossi E88s that I have used approximately 6 times and am getting ready for a week-long ski trip out West (going to mostly be on piste skiing) and I have a few questions.

 

First of all, I am definitely going to get a hot iron wax before the trip, but should I also get a tune performed?  I was thinking if I get them tuned to only get the base bevel and the side edge done because the bases still look good.  This leads me into my second question.  I have read that Rossis come with a 1 degree base bevel and 1 degree side edge angle out of the factory.  If I get them tuned should I keep the 1/1 or would I be better off going with a 1/2 or even a 1/3? 

 

Another question is about how the tuning is to be performed.  All of the places that I have called do machine tuning only.  One place uses a Montana machine that according to the tech, only does a base bevel that varies from 0.5 to 0.7 depending on whether it is at the waist or tips...To me that sounds weird because that is a more aggressive base bevel than I want and I would think they could set the angle if they wanted.  The second place (REI) uses a machine as well but will let me pick the base and side angles.   I know machine vs. hand is a big debate here, but since I can't find anyone to do a hand tune, would machine be OK?  Does anyone have experience with REI ski tuning?

 

Thanks,

Gnarvin

post #2 of 6

No question 1/3. I would NEVER let REI tune my skis. 

 

It is pretty much impossible to have your base edge MACHINE tuned WITHOUT grinding the base. 

 

Why does your base edge even need tuning after 6 times of skiing?

 

You can just have the side edge done by hand and change it to a 3. No reason to touch the base edge unless or use a machine. 

 

Take 'em to a Pro Shop that does the Racer's skis in your area.

 

#1. It is over1 degree

#2. Badly Damaged

#3. Your skis are skiing odd due to concavity or convexity of the base. (Skis ski loose or like they are railed. 

 

Where West are you Traveling to?

post #3 of 6
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I am going to Copper and Breck in CO.

 

I didn't know that the base bevel didn't need to get done so I won't have it done (thanks for educating me).  I would like to get the side edge just done by hand but it seems most of the places here ONLY do machine tunes, which is frustrating.  I am considering just getting the skis waxed and then getting them tuned in CO if any of the shops there will do it after the lifts close and will have them done before the next day.

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Originally Posted by Gnarvin View Post
 

I am going to Copper and Breck in CO.

 

I didn't know that the base bevel didn't need to get done so I won't have it done (thanks for educating me).  I would like to get the side edge just done by hand but it seems most of the places here ONLY do machine tunes, which is frustrating.  I am considering just getting the skis waxed and then getting them tuned in CO if any of the shops there will do it after the lifts close and will have them done before the next day.

That's what I would do. Ask someone on the hill who does best hand tuning. 

 

Now there are Machines that can do Only the side edge. it is a ceramic disc grinder that can put a 3 on the side edge only.

 

But I think you are best off finding a competent shop in CO and tell 'em to put a 3 degree side edge on your skis. And make sure they remove the hanging burr created from filing the side edge. 

 

Again theonly reason to do your bases is if they are over 1 degree, have bad damage or the skis are skiing funny!

 

I do ALL my daily edge maintenance on the side edge only. I almost NEVER touch the base edge after intial base edge tune!

post #5 of 6

Frisco Colorado is only 10 minutes down the road from Copper and Podium Sports, which is in Frisco, has a pretty good tuning shop.  The tuning shop is across the parking lot from their main retail store.  If you're coming from Denver, you'll pass through Frisco right before you get to Copper, you could swing in, drop your skis off, walk across the parking lot to the retail store and look around for something to spend your hard earned money on.  Or, better yet, if you don't already have some, talk to one of their boot fitters about having them build you a set of their custom insoles, they do a good job there.

post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the great advice guys!  Sounds like I will be stopping into Podium sports to get a 3 degree side edge put on my skis.  I could also use a new pair of boots and Podium sounds like they have good bootfitters, hmm...

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