Atomicman makes a good point about base bevel tools and concave tips and tails. Also, when I think about it, there are some skiing situations where you might want to detune to enable easier skidding. I know that extreme skiers do detune at the tips to allow for the easy application of rotary forces in chutes and simular situations. I can understand why at downhill racing speeds, racers may want detune the tips somewhat. However, for today's shorter carving skis in typical frontside snow conditions, detuning limits the effective edge and performance capability of these skis. I suspect a lot of shops still detune the tips and tails because they beleive that most of their customers are still skidding their turns even with modern carving skis. Although they may be right, they are really doing their customers no service, IMHO.
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4/9/06 at 8:52pm