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post #31 of 45
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Originally Posted by viking kaj View Post
I'm 6'3" 225 lbs. and like to ski fast so getting enough weight on the ski to bend it even at the stiffer flex should not be a problem.

I can't wait to get these on the snow...
For whatever it worth I'm 6'4" 210 lbs, ski fast but do not race (yet) and I have the the same skis you just got, do not remember exact flex numbers but slightly softer then yours. I love the skis but wish they were a little bit softer. I liked feel of retail version much more but it was long time ago and I never had a chance to compare retail and race stock side by side.

I'm sure you'll like yours, please let us know how when you try them.
post #32 of 45
I've been using the GS and SL's since around 2000 and have found nothing else that even comes close to their performance. I just picked up a pair of SL12 race stocks and I currently use a pair of 165 05/06 SL11 race stock and 183 05/06 GS11 race stock skies. I made sure to pick out the softest skies I could find, as I am a slight bit lighter then most racers (130# 5'11"). As anyone will tell you, great stability, amazing edge hold, and extremely nimble.
post #33 of 45
Can you tell me the flex index you use Cam? I'm just curious.
post #34 of 45
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Originally Posted by TMAS29 View Post
Can you tell me the flex index you use Cam? I'm just curious.
The flex of the race stocks I have are all on the race room stickers covered up by the bindings. I'll see if I wrote down the info someplace else or if I can sneak a peak underneath the binding somehow. I understand from what people here have said that the flex of the SL12's is on the tail, but those are at the tuners right now being broken in. I'll report on those as soon as I get them back.
post #35 of 45
Alright thanks alot
post #36 of 45
My 2004 race stock sl:11's arrived today and they are gorgeous! Can't believe it, hardly a scratch on the top sheets and the bases were covered with a thick coat of storage wax. The guy didn't lie when he said he only used them for one race. I think they are regular race stock since they have the silver plate, not the black VIST-like plate like I have on my gs:11's. They do have the little silver sticker with the flex numbers on the plate. My 2004 614 race bindings arrived yesterday, so now I need to get these mounted up and on the snow. I will report back when I do.
post #37 of 45
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Originally Posted by StevensMan View Post
For whatever it worth I'm 6'4" 210 lbs, ski fast but do not race (yet) and I have the the same skis you just got, do not remember exact flex numbers but slightly softer then yours. I love the skis but wish they were a little bit softer. I liked feel of retail version much more but it was long time ago and I never had a chance to compare retail and race stock side by side.

I'm sure you'll like yours, please let us know how when you try them.
Which palte is on your skis?
post #38 of 45
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Originally Posted by Atomicman View Post
Which palte is on your skis?
Aman! go back to Carvemeisters picture---

I have that plate and wondered how do I move the "blind nuts" to a different set of holes? My boot sole is a different length that the markings on , I think it was the heel.
post #39 of 45
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Originally Posted by skier_j View Post
Aman! go back to Carvemeisters picture---

I have that plate and wondered how do I move the "blind nuts" to a different set of holes? My boot sole is a different length that the markings on , I think it was the heel.
Let me make sure I understand your question. Someone mounted your bindings in the wrong holes on the plate for your boot sole length and you want to move the binding to the correct holes? Is this correct?

What is your boot sole length in mm?
post #40 of 45
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Originally Posted by Atomicman View Post
Let me make sure I understand your question. Someone mounted your bindings in the wrong holes on the plate for your boot sole length and you want to move the binding to the correct holes? Is this correct?

What is your boot sole length in mm?
I'll PM you.
post #41 of 45
I just picked up the 05-06 race stock SL:11, 165cm. I believe the plate is black, silver and yellow. I am 6', 180lbs and raced in high school and college (debating a return to the master's circuit). After reading what everyone has said about this ski, I can't wait to get out on it. Since I haven't raced since '93, I haven't kept up to date on equipment. Finally last year, I picked up some Volkl Superspeed 182cm for cruising, and yes this was my first shape ski. What an amazing ski, stable at sick speeds. The superspeeds are great for mornings (groomers, cruisers), now I hav the SL11's for the afternoon fun! I'll let you know my opinion after I try out the SL11's. BTW - Nice to know there are others out there with an almost unhealthy zeal for this sport and equipment. For the old people out there, my recent additions replaced 207cm Volkl P9RS (Circa 91), and 203cm Atomic 833SL (circa 92).
post #42 of 45

A few Photos of the Twins

Thought everyone might appreciate a few photos of my new racing twins mounted up:











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post #43 of 45

sl:11 Mini Review

Just back from a trip to Co. where I had my first chance to ski the new/old race stock sl:11's over several days.

Wow! And Wow again!

I love these skis. Never felt out of control, the skis were very precise and performed wonderfully. No top end, but these things do want to turn. At higher speeds I would be more comfortable on my gs:11's due to the stability factor. Conditions were mostly goomed and icey, for which they are the perfect ski.

They also well through the bumps. They are a little stiff to get any kind of a rocking chair going, but they turn on a dime so you can usually power them through. I did release on them once in the bumps when they ran into the front side of a really steep bump and augered in rather than bending.

On high speed groomer runs the energy was amazing. The rebound and snap from turn to turn was enough to give you whip lash. The one thing you have to watch out for is that you can't get behind them. Any attempt to steer from the tails will dump you on your butt.

Any bigger skiers out there who are thinking about these things should buy them. Now.

Kaj
post #44 of 45
I had the same experience with Salomon's World Cup race room GS skis( Hangl Plate). I will never buy the retail version again.
post #45 of 45
By now have I have about 10 days in on these skis and my admiration is starting to grow. At 67mm under foot, a 165 length, and 11m radius, you would think that this is a pretty dedicated short turn ski. Not so. What continues to surprise me is how well these things ski under almost any conditions. You wouldn't think that a race stock slalom ski could be a quiver of one, but for me this thing is pretty darn close.

Of course the skis will snap quick short radius turns down the fall line. But they are also almost bomb-proof stable at about 35 mph in nice large radius arcs. Not quite GS speeds, but pretty close. I took it down some concrete tank trap frozen and refrozen bumps (a little like race course ruts), these skis just ate them up with a spoon. Best ski I have ever been on for that type of bump. Great in softer snow as well, it doesn't have to be icy for these things to do their tricks, the train just keeps a rollin'. And on the steeps you can just pick up the tails, these things are so short and precise that you can jump from turn to turn if you want.

And then, the biggest surprise of all, was the performance in six inches of fresh. Not very floaty, but they did just fine. With the shorter length and stiffness they are easy to control, you know where you are at all the time. In light pow you just get kind of a balanced stance, sit back a little, and rock them back and forth. No problem! The one issue is that you have to watch out with the narrow waist, since it is easy to roll these over in soft snow if you are not careful.

One additional caveat, for best performance you need to keep them tuned. Do so, and you will be richly rewarded. While I will continue to test, I continue to be amazed at how versatile these things are for me. I never would have thought it.
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