Originally Posted by skidoc
Do not ever file that base edge. New skis rarely come with a true and consistent 1 degree base bevel let alone .5. Only a hairline true bar will identify what they are for sure. Check out some of my previous threads on edge angles and how to identify them.
If I should never file my base edge on my boards, how should I set it after a grind? I like .5 or slightly less underfoot...more like 1 near tip and tail. Sharp from just beyond contact to contact.
I don't yet have access to a disc edger that can vary bevel continuously along the base edge
|You must remember, just because the manufacturer states the way the edges are set, in no way means they come that way to you. However, Dynastar does generally manage to have a factory tune that you should find quite satisfactory.
I've found them to be pretty good this year as well.
Worst factory tune of the year award: 4front...two years running now. These people don't even own a stone.
|The minute you start base beveling your skis, regardless of the guide you use, will be the minute you begin to "un-install" performance to your skis. Only maintain the factory base edge angle using a diamond stone. You may sharpen the side edge with the stone as well. If you choose to file at all, then do so only to the side edge. If you want to increase overall performance at that time, then change the side edge angle to 3 degree.
I definitely agree with the change to 3 degree. Definitely worthwhile. I've found some edges respond better to stone re-polishing than others...Rossignol in particular seems to require file use more often . Perhaps this has to do with the hardness of the material?
I usually try to get non-tuning customers a good side guide, a good stone or two, and some lubricant for the stone. That's the best way to go with the least knowledge/materials/tools IMHO.