Originally Posted by jamesgig
based on your article, it seems that I need a lot of stuff so I have a few questions...
Do I need to do the base leveling regularly or can I just get that done at the shop once per year?
Is the Pro Edge
bevel guide okay (I cannot find the one you suggested)? Should I go with the 2 and a 1 riser or just the 3 (I have never used a specific bevel so I am unsure what I want.)?
How much of a difference would I notice between an all temp wax and a temp specific wax? What wax would you suggest?
Thanks for your help.
Garry Z is right, there is a lot of info available, but let me just answer your questions quickly:
--Most bases come from the factory pretty close to level, and in fact, most skis are already pre-beveled to the manufacturer's specs. A ski that is really
hosed (very concave or convex) is something that needs to go to a good shop, usually once only. Again, you can tell with a true bar. I've gotten some new skis that were slightly railed in a couple of sections, and that I am always able to get out by flat-filing as described in my article.
-- The Pro Edge bevel guides look good to me, they're just pricey. I'd consider a Standard Side of Beast with the 1/2 Bevel plates, which gives you a total of 3, and you can buy more plates later if you like for pretty cheap.http://www.ski-racing.com/side_of_beast.html
-- Universal waxes are wonderful things, as long as you don't get into extremes of temperature or humidity. So a good choice for a universal wax might be Toko Universal Glide Wax (TOK-9770
) or Moly base prep (TOK-9878
). Give either/both of those a try and see how it works. If you get into extremes of conditions (very dry/cold or very wet/warm), then you might want to try some temperature specific stuff. I like Toko for a lot of reasons (one being that one of my teammates can get me Toko at 40% off list), but one of the big reasons is it's a simple system that works: blue for cold, red for middle temps, yellow for warm.