Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
Just curious, no where did I see "high end" being specified. The SCX wasn't taken serious by (all but a few) high end skiers. I did ski with Geoff Bruce an ex world cupper whe was skiing them. He was on 163's stacked to the max. You might be right on with the 110/62/110 dimensions though. IMO the Monoblock version was very stiff torsonally and I liked the cap version too, it was a little easier to modulate and had more turn shapes than the Mono. But hte Mono isn't that much different than the Slalom skis of today.
I was already hooked on carving from hardboot snowboarding. Basically, a frustrated skier who couldn't carve, I used snowboard to get a clean carve untill the SCX came out. So, I got a pair of SCX and some plastic telemark "hardboots" to drive 'em. Then, I could carve on skis! I joked with my knuckledragging friends that Elan SCX made snowboards obsolete. It was a little bit true. I bet a lot of folks here would be using carving boards if carving skis hadn't come around.
The dimensions are 112-60-99. The term parabolic means the taper is the same fore and aft of the waist. As with most skis, the narrow point is well back from chord center, so the tail ends before it gets as wide as the shovel. My red cap skis say monoblock on them but there was a stiffer model with a lifter. I think they were all cap skis. I don't think there was any idea of a "race stock" sandwich SCX, basically it was more for beginner/intermediate/advanced. Serious race skis took years to get deep sidecut.
I don't think it's off topic or only history. They are still the best skis I have used, so I vote for Elan SCX as the best overall. I put Derbyflex and Voilé CRB 3pin and cable on mine. Now I have Hangl plates on them and a Hardwire upgrade on the CRBs. I also have a pair of Elan Darksides, same dimension, subtle tribal graphics, and came with lifters. The Darksides are really my best overall, but they are SCX.