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Head Tyrolia CP13 / SLR13 plate

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I had a few questions on these and related bindings, if anyone has any info that would be much appreciated!

 

These are the 13mm plates used with the Head/Tyrolia/Fischer etc. Freeflex bindings. I think the newest version is called Speedflex Plate 13.

 

A few questions:

 

Does anyone know how many times you can use the same set of holes on the composite plate (say if switching between mounting points or different BSLs)? Maybe if tapped beforehand they will last longer even though the screws are self tapping?

 

Do these 13mm plates add much stiffness compared to a Powerrail setup? Technical manual seems to indicate they are not very stiff but I'm curious.

 

Any reason to go with Freeflex Pro + plate setup over the Powerrail + PRD binding?

 

Thanks!

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I think that the screw holes have some kind of sleeve, no? But in any case, I've used various Tyrolia plates on three remounts and counting, no slop issues. No, the plates do not add significant longitudinal stiffness. They increase the lateral stiffness a touch, but nothing dramatic like a metal plate. Mainly, the height gives you a better geometry for going over on edge. No, no giant reason. The Pro setup has a heel that only releases upward, like most other bindings; some prefer that feel and more conventional forward pressure. The PRD has a 150 degree lateral heel release, so prolly some added protection in certain rolling or twisting falls. But some don't like getting in and out (if you try to click in at a slight angle, the heel will just roll sideways instead of capturing the heel), and it may not give quite the locked in quality of the Pro. I have bad knees, so I prefer the LD heels except for actual racing. I also prefer the Freeflex because it's a touch beefier and more impact absorbing. But have never had issues with either. 

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Confirms what I thought for the most, thanks!

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