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Rossi Axial Bindings

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
Question to all out there:

I am considering the Rossi Axial 100 bindings. There are two versions, the freeride and the race version. They share the same DIN settings and look the same. Only thing that appears different is that the freeride is on a plate and the race version are two separate pieces (toe and heel). What's the difference performance-wise of these two different designs? Will one be significantly heavier or anything? Thanks.
post #2 of 7
Thread Starter 
Addition to above post:

I just visited Rossi's website and now it appears that there are 3 types of Axial 100 bindings - 2 race types, 1 freeride type.

One of the 2 race types comes in a plate version and the other is an independent toe and heel setup.

The freeride version only comes on the plate.

Now I'm confused more than ever. Could someone clarify the differences between these? Thanks!
post #3 of 7
Rossignol has too many similar bindings. There are actually 4 models of the 100 Axial plus numerous 120 & 140 models. The 100 models run up to a DIN of 10, the 120 models go up to a DIN of 12 and the 140 go to 14.

There is suppose to be no difference between a Freeride model and a race model of the same model number and the same plate (or lack of) except for the graphics. There are some differences in construction between the 100, 120 & 140, but not in functionality.

The plate is suppose to aid in edging and help absorb vibration. It also adds 14 mm of height to the toe and 10 mm of height to the heel. The 4 mm difference between toe & heel is to compensate for the heel being 4 mm higher than the toe. Thus, if you get the binding without the plate your heel will be 4 mm higher than the toe, while it will be even with the plate.

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post #4 of 7
I have a pair of 120's with plates. I have never been happier with a binding in the last 10 years. I liked them so much, I pulled the Marker's off another pair of skis and mounted another pair of 120's to them.
post #5 of 7
Rossignol Axial race 100-120-140 have very little lift, the Axial T-Plates have more lift and the free-rides have some type of shock absorption in the plate. If your getting bindings for like the T-Power 9S Plates slalom ski as an example you would get the Axial race bindings since the ski has plenty of lift allready from the plate but if you getting Axial bindings for a ski that doesnt have a plate you would either get the Axial T-plates or the Free-ride models.

All the Axial Race models are two peice toe and heel peice with very little lift for ski's with plates,, hopes this helps.

If you look at Rossy web page look at the amount of lift and you will see no lift is listed for the Race bindings.
post #6 of 7
I've been skiing the '99 Axial Pro 120 for a couple of seasons and find it to be the best binding I've ever used. Excellent elasticity allows lower DIN settings. I ski mine at a DIN 7 and I'm a level 8 skier, 5'10" and 160 lbs. Never pre-released. EVER.

Of those you're considering, I would elect the model that has separate mounts for toe & heel, rather than a joined plate mount. The ski flex will be more natural. Don't forget, the Look Pivot series is the EXACT same binding in different graphics. They may be a bit cheaper depending on supply/demand in your area, so look around.
post #7 of 7
Not all the Race models are two piece models. In the 120 series you can get the Race model with a T-Plate (which mounts as a single unit) or without a T-Plate (which mounts as two pieces). You can only get the 120 Freeride with the T-Plate. As for the difference between the 120 T-Plate S Freeride & the 120 T-Plate S Race, I have been told by a few people I've asked that they are the same binding with different cosmetics. If you look at their specs on the Rossignol site you'll see that everything is identical.

dc9mm's point about not getting the T-Plate for certain models of Rossignol skis is very important. Many of the T-Power skis come with integrated plates and are designed to work with the two piece bindings.

The T-Plate will add extra height and stability which is desirable if you are looking for better carving performance on groomed runs. If you plan to spend a lot of time off-piste, in the terrain park or skiing moguls you would be better off with the model without the T-Plate.

I just got a pair of skis mounted with the 140 Axial Race bindings by a guy whose been mounting bindings for me for years. He always set my DIN at 8.5 for Marker bindings and 8 for Salomons. This is the first pair he mounted for me with Rossignol bindings and he set the DIN at 7. He enclosed a note with the skis telling me he tested the bindings and a DIN of 7 is all I'll need. It should be interesting to see if he is right.
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