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How can I soften the flex of my Tecnica Diablo Race Pro 130

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
First post on this forum.

I have just received a pair of Tecnica Diablo Race Pro 130s.

The fit is perfect (or will be soon), however I may want to soften them slightly. The flex doesn't seem that stiff at present, but will be a lot harder in colder conditions.

Can anyone suggest ways of softening the boots (I know you can remove the bolts on the back) such as cutting or slicing the shell?

Your suggestions are much appreciated.
post #2 of 19
you can thin the shell by grinding.


or better yet, Hit the Gym, pump those legs up, put on a few pounds, and just bend 'em!
post #3 of 19
I have most often seen a "V" cut in the rear portion of the very upper edge of the lower shell where it overlaps inside the rear of the upper cuff. Ooften times there are even dotted lines molded into the shell to show where to cut. I would really have an experienced bootfitter look at it. If you go too soft, there is no going back.
post #4 of 19
Paul,

I used to have a pair of Nordica Grand Prix when I raced. Since i'm not that big of a guy, but tall, I needed them to be a little softer (130 flex index). The boot fitter that did the work for me took the under tounge in the front of the shell. The was a hole about 1" or so down from the top of that piece of plastic, he took a dremmel tool and cut out a line from the top of that plastic tounge to the hole. The tounge was now split into 2 pieces, somewhat. It definitly made them a bit softer, he guessed it took them down to 115 or 120 flex index.

Good luck. If you're ever in Stowe, look for Inner Boot Works, ask for Ben Wax. He's been in skiing mags, and a mighty nice guy.



Dave
post #5 of 19
You could just try using Booster Straps in place of the regular ones. This may give you the feel of softening the boot without cutting, & grinding.
post #6 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by Martin
You could just try using Booster Straps in place of the regular ones. This may give you the feel of softening the boot without cutting, & grinding.
Very good suggestion, but make sure you put the booster strap inside the upper cuff over the tongue. So it goes between the tongue and the cuff.
post #7 of 19
buy the race 110
post #8 of 19

boots

You need to find someone who KNOWS Technica. Are the chances good in Scotland of finding such an individual? There are lots of "hidden" parts that can come out of a boot, screws and internal shims.

A friend who has since quit the business tore a pair of Icons apart one day and I was amazed at the process.

GMO at Stratton tore my Lange L-10's apart and there was plastic flying all over the shop.

Before making cuts, though that may be the answer, get a good techie to vet em' out! No cuts were made in the adjustment of either brand.
post #9 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone.

There is actually a thriving ski scene in Scotland as well as a good race training at all the 5 ski areas and several dry slopes. There are 3 ski shops with good techs in my home town of Edinburgh. I just wanted to check ideas out with other tech heads!

I do most of my skiing in Engelberg, Switzerland. Check my site out http://www.snowride.net

Thanks
post #10 of 19
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by troller
buy the race 110
Had them on order, but could only get the 130s. Tecnica didn't make enough 110s
post #11 of 19
I worked as a boot tech. I did met head and toe box expansions, sole grinds for canting, lots of knuckle busting work.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Atomicman
I have most often seen a "V" cut in the rear portion of the very upper edge of the lower shell where it overlaps inside the rear of the upper cuff.
This is exactly how I was taught to soften forward boot flex.

Make sure your boot fitter/tech takes conservative steps so you can test between his adjustments.
post #12 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by Seven
I worked as a boot tech. I did met head and toe box expansions, sole grinds for canting, lots of knuckle busting work.



This is exactly how I was taught to soften forward boot flex.

Make sure your boot fitter/tech takes conservative steps so you can test between his adjustments.
Seven, thank you for your endorsement!
post #13 of 19
Why don't you try them on first and then cut them? I would only cut the lower if i were absolutely sure it would be too stiff on the hill.

Yes you can remove the rivets and there are cut lines in the lower. tecnica recommends a certain procedure: remove the the top rivet first, then the lower rivet. Here is a link that i think you will find useful:http://www.tecnicausa.com/skiing/diablo_series.html
Click on "Diablo Race Pro" and then click on "flex adjustment".
post #14 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by paulmorris
First post on this forum.

I have just received a pair of Tecnica Diablo Race Pro 130s.

The fit is perfect (or will be soon), however I may want to soften them slightly. The flex doesn't seem that stiff at present, but will be a lot harder in colder conditions.

Can anyone suggest ways of softening the boots (I know you can remove the bolts on the back) such as cutting or slicing the shell?

Your suggestions are much appreciated.
Paul, I know that London is too far for you to go for boot work, but phone Hamish at Profeet in London & I'm sure that he'll give you some advice over the phone.

I know that Hamish has successfully altered the flex of number of Tecnica sponsored pro skier's boots.

http://www.profeet.co.uk
post #15 of 19
First off ignore anything anyone else has except sywsyw, secondly ski them first!
And do not v-cut them, that changes the flex pattern and direction.
post #16 of 19
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by sywsyw
Why don't you try them on first and then cut them? I would only cut the lower if i were absolutely sure it would be too stiff on the hill.

Yes you can remove the rivets and there are cut lines in the lower. tecnica recommends a certain procedure: remove the the top rivet first, then the lower rivet. Here is a link that i think you will find useful:http://www.tecnicausa.com/skiing/diablo_series.html
Click on "Diablo Race Pro" and then click on "flex adjustment".
Thanks sywsyw, I will try skiing the boots first before I make any changes. The link to the Tecnica USA site was also really useful.
post #17 of 19
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by kosackthrower
First off ignore anything anyone else has except sywsyw, secondly ski them first!
And do not v-cut them, that changes the flex pattern and direction.
Good advice, I plan to ski them as you suggest, then if I need to I'll try removing the boltd before cutting.
post #18 of 19
Just take out the bottom plug in the rear of the boot. That should soften it enough to make a difference.
post #19 of 19
Wow, it was a given you would ski them before altering!!!!!
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