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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I have a pair of Atomic 10.18 bindings that are not working right. When you press the heel release lever you have to pull the heel cup up hard to make it release. I tried oiling it...but that doesn't seem to work...has anyone had this problem or have any ideas. Thanks.
post #2 of 14
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Originally posted by julio:
I have a pair of Atomic 10.18 bindings that are not working right. When you press the heel release lever you have to pull the heel cup up hard to make it release. I tried oiling it...but that doesn't seem to work...has anyone had this problem or have any ideas. Thanks.
Don't have a solution, but we have seen it at our mountain recently with another instructor. Try warrenty [img]smile.gif[/img] .
post #3 of 14
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Originally posted by julio:
I have a pair of Atomic 10.18 bindings that are not working right. When you press the heel release lever you have to pull the heel cup up hard to make it release. I tried oiling it...but that doesn't seem to work...has anyone had this problem or have any ideas. Thanks.
Don't have a solution, but we have seen it at our mountain recently with another instructor. Try warrenty [img]smile.gif[/img] .
post #4 of 14
I have not had this problem but something else happened to my Atomic Xentrix 412 bindings. During skiing on Stubai glacier (Austria) before Christmas the part of brake, which goes into
snow to stop the ski, broke off. I just noticed that it was not there and it was a bit disappointing (it was my second day on new skis and bindings). The guy in local shop swore that he has never seen anything like this to happen. Anyway the shop replaced the whole heal unit for free (warranty) during the evening and I was ready to hit the hills again the next day. Anyone had similar experience?
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
The bindings are a few years old and my local shop said that Atomic wouldn't give me new ones...does anyone have an email for Atomic that i could contact them directly and start fighting with them? Thanks for your help.
post #6 of 14
To start a war will only lead to more aggrivation to yourself. The warranty on bindings is one year. Race stock equipment has no warranty, and the 1018 is race stock hardware.

Your best option is to ask the retailer to find out if there might be a used 1018 heel piece at Atomic USA which you could purchase. You could ask a racer if he/she has any parts that they are willing to part with.

The problem is that the release lever has popped off its pivot pin. It can be repaired by removing the heel lug by pressing its pivot pin out. Then the release lever can be removed. Twist the release lever such that the ends that slip over the pin are closer together. Center that pin in the binding housing. Slip the release lever into placesuch that all pins are properly engaged into their respective holes. Replace the heel lug taking care to position the return spring properly. The heel lug pin slides back into place properly when the lug is in the down position. The only force required is to remove the heel lug pin and the final locking of it. Everything else can be done without force, so if it doesn't go easily, something is not aligned properly.

[ January 21, 2003, 04:20 PM: Message edited by: BetaRacer ]
post #7 of 14
I have had nothing but trouble with Atomic bindings. The main problem I have had is safety oriented. Myself and numerous other skiers have had pre-release problems with Atomic bindings. I have a pair of Atomic 10EX bindings and the Varizone 614 could have killed me if I'd kept them. I pre-released out of the bindings 12 times and finally switched to the Tyrolia Free Flex binding. End of problem! Atomic bindings are not well built and have a bad rep with many skiers and shops.
post #8 of 14
I would bet that the shops that are hacking on Atomic bindings don't carry them, very professional. I work for another ski company with a binding and I always recommend Atomic bindings(and skis for that matter) when somebody can't see the light and choose my stuff.
post #9 of 14
I have had nothing but excellent performance with Atomic bindings. The main feature I praise them for is safety oriented. Myself and numerous other skiers have had excellent retention with Atomic bindings. I have a pair of Atomic SL:11 with 614 (set at DIN 8) and could have lost the race if I had not kept them. I won 12 races and finally switched so my teammates could earn points too. End of problem! Atomic bindings are well built and have a good rep with many skiers and shops.

Just wish they had something I could slip my cable lock through.
post #10 of 14
Actually the shop sells alot of Atomic bindings. They recommended them for my 10Ex's and I had them put them on. The shop manager, who has 30 years in the biz, had 3 customers with pre-release problems on the 614 - all aggressive expert skiers. He was even contacted by a race shop in Alaska that had several youth racers having the same problems. Trust me if the bindings would have worked I would have kept them. Most people seem to love Atomic bindings. Regarding my problem, the shop tried to adjust my bindings based on Atomic feedback and still at a DIN of 8 I released out. I think the wet-heavy snow in the pac-nw may be a factor, but all of my other bindings (13 pairs) don't have pre-release problems.
post #11 of 14

Peteski still around? I have some issues with Atomic bindings too!

I know this is an old forum, but I'm interested in what Peteski had to say here regarding Atomic bindings.

I've had some issues with them myself...skiing aggressively and non-aggressively, I might add.

Looking for some advice and venting support.

I'd love to talk to Peteski, but this being such an old post...

Any thoughts?

Thanks!

J-ski
post #12 of 14
I understand that the new Neox series is much improved if this is any help. Phil or Atomicman may have more specific insight for you.
post #13 of 14
Thanks very much.

Has anyone else had pre-release issues with the Centro 412, or is it just me?
post #14 of 14
Peteski made 10 posts in one week in January 2003. I don't think you'll be hearing from him
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