Ah, time for more flex-testing!
So I go down to the basement to play with skis . . . again.
The Elan MO2 flex is a strange beast, because it resembles the letter W.
The section with the center edge is stiff, the ends are stiff, as f2f says it is stiff overall, and he isn't joking, in that or that it likes to be jumped. How do you say big air in most languages? O2?
Gathering 'round all the other skis that I had in comparable lengths (170-178cm), I set up a little dip station with some clamps, and found the following (stiffer ski indicated):
'00 Atomic 9'18 vs. MO2 Forebody: MO2 by far Tail: MO2 by far
'97 Volkl p30RS vs. MO2 Forebody: MO2 by far Tail: p30RS by far
'02 Scott P2 vs. MO2 Forebody: MO2 by far Tail: MO2
'99 Volkl p40F1(red) vs MO2 Forebody: about same Tail: about same*
I don't know whether that gives you an accurate idea; it might to some.
*Keep in mind that I am looking at overall flex in each section and ignoring the soft spots in the middles of the MO2 forebody and tail. The p40 bends rounder. And, yes, I did turn 'round and try each ski with both hands.
Two further observations, if you choose to get this ski:
- Make sure the rest of your kit is well sorted (boots!)
- Get bindings that allow for front-to-back position adjustment.