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Mantra mismount...

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Picked up my new Mantra's today...

To my horror they were mismounted. The binding was forward of the center mark and about an 1/8" to one side of the ski.

Good news:

The owner instantly said he would take care of me. The problem is, there are no more Mantra's available in a 184 cm. He offered me any ski in his rack mounted, prepped and had waxed at no charge. He suggested that I take a look at the one pair of Scott Schmidt Stockli's. Being a man of opportunity I had to take a peek. As much as I wanted to ski the Mantra's this week (which was not going to happen) I couldn't help but be intrigued by the SS model. A chance to try the legend for the cost of a Mantra. I jumped on it. Hope it works for me. If not I'm betting I can trade it for a Mantra.

Who's ridden these bad boyz? I like the feel of the flex but I've heard they are stiffer than they feel.

<M
post #2 of 18
If the mantra is the ski you want, why not just have them remount the binding properly? You are not going to cause any harm to the ski by mounting twice. The shop would likely give you a nice discount on the ski if you went that route.
And I practice what I preach....I had my mantras initially mounted with the new Rossi bindings and hated them so remounted immediately with Salomons. No harm, no foul.
post #3 of 18
Should have just remounted the Volkl's. It's not a big thing.
post #4 of 18
I like my new cars with the front end all out of alignment.
post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Squeaky Wheel
If the mantra is the ski you want, why not just have them remount the binding properly? You are not going to cause any harm to the ski by mounting twice. The shop would likely give you a nice discount on the ski if you went that route.
And I practice what I preach....I had my mantras initially mounted with the new Rossi bindings and hated them so remounted immediately with Salomons. No harm, no foul.
Well...

#1 I didn't buy the ski's from the shop that did the mounting so there wasn't a discount offered... just replacement.

#2 I paid top $$$ for the Mantra's in the first place and unlike you, I have a problem with a "new" ski that has been mismounted with holes showing in front of the toe piece.

#3 If I didn't dig the ski the re-sale value would probably be 1/2 with two sets of holes already in the ski

#4 What if I want to re-mount the ski in the future??? The ski is already Swiss cheese

Call me an idiot for thinking this way... being offered and getting to try a very sought after $1K ski for $650 is worth waiting for next years Mantra IMO. I worked for a company as a supervisor of 7 ski shops while back and nothing like this = no harm, no foul from where I stand. There is no excuse for two seperate issues in a mismount. I was taken care of without even asking and I appreciate it.

YMMV

<M
post #6 of 18
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by John J
I like my new cars with the front end all out of alignment.
Exactly... or maybe a nice ding in the front fender?... still works...

<M
post #7 of 18
Silly question, but I'm a little nervous the local shop mismounted my Elan M666's. I may just be being paranoid, but something seemed a tad off with them. If you're afraid the binding is crooked or off, what do you do? I assume get out a ruler and measure? What difference is within spec?
post #8 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Moods
Call me an idiot for thinking this way.
No. Not an idiot. But you sure are touchy.

In any event, I hope you're happy with whatever you wind up with. I know I am with my swiss-cheese Mantras.

And kudos to the shop for doing the right thing.
post #9 of 18
That was cool of him to take care of you. Consider buying your skis there next year and refer some customers their way, they deserve it!
post #10 of 18
Moods
First of all good work. In that situation I would've done the same. What's the worst that could happen, don't like the SS's and you sell them for 650 and buy new mantras. Sounds good to me.

Seth
post #11 of 18
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Quote:
Originally Posted by The Squeaky Wheel
No. Not an idiot. But you sure are touchy.

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Sorry SW

That was not directed at you... that was a general statement. Normally I wouldn't be bothered by a re-mount. I've remounted my own skis many times. I don't normally pay $650 for flat skis so if I came of "touchy", well I guess that's the way it is. I was a little bent yesterday. My apologies.

Glad you dig your Mantra's. Hopefully I will enjoy the SS as much. It's all good.

<M
post #12 of 18
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by MattL
That was cool of him to take care of you. Consider buying your skis there next year and refer some customers their way, they deserve it!
I agree...

I definitely will buy my skis from the same shop again next year. I purchased a pair of skis from them earlier this year and a pair for my wife with no issues. I've already sent many people to the shop and will continue to do so.

<M
post #13 of 18
An idea: you could have them simply remount (no biggie given the mismount dimensions you stated) and make a deal with the guy to do a lot of service work. That doesn't come out of his pocket directly, as would a new pair of skis as he can just have an EE work on your gear instead of standing around.
post #14 of 18
I'm 100% with you Moods. And glad to hear the shop didn't hesitate to take good care of you.
post #15 of 18
Squeaky:

What type of Salomons did you remount on your Mantras?

I currently have Marker Titanium 13 Pistons on my Mantras (yeah, I know, I know) and am thinking about swapping them out.

I actually have a pair of 912's mounted on some Armadas that I'm trying to sell (the skis, not the bindings). Was thinking about removing them and remounting on the Mantras.

Any ideas?
post #16 of 18
FWIW, this thread started last winter. Mantras are very tolerant of multiple mounting because of all the metal in the top sheet and wood core. 4.1 x 9 mm drill.
post #17 of 18
DOH!

I need to start looking at the original post date.

Does anybody know what Moods did with his mis-mounted 184's?
post #18 of 18
I'd imagine the shop took them in exchange, they'd still be able to try and sell them for $500 given they'd never been skied, so the shop wouldn't lose too much out of the situation. Wholesale cost of the Stocklis is probably 5 or 6 hundred dollars, so the shop isn't that bad off depending on how much they can get for the Mantras.
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