Originally Posted by learn2turn
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Can you explain how it changes the ski. How will the performance differ on a ski with 0, .5 or 1 degree of base bevel?
I'm sure A-Man or others can give a more detailed explaination, but here is my understanding in "idiot" mode:
The less base bevel you have (0-0.5 degree), the quicker your skis will react to input. However, this includes unintentional input (errors) as well, and will make your skis less forgiving.
The more base bevel you have (0.5-1 degree), the slower your skis will react, but the more forgiving and easy going they will be.
It has also been shown that for racers, the base bevel makes a difference in speed. For flatter courses, .75-1 degree is faster, allowing the ski to "swim" when flat. For steeper courses, .5-.75 degree is faster because the ski slips sideways less. For the steepest courses, .5-0 degree is fastest for the same reason.