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post #1 of 14
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I'm looking for some help from our not too distant past ski historians.

As sometimes happens in ski towns I've come into possession of some older skis. This will be my third season skiing and I've never been on a ski of this shape.

They're green Kastle Speed Machine GS 193 cm with Tyrolia 490 bindings. The shape is 86/60/75. The skis are in really good shape with plenty of base/edge and there appears to be good life in them (when I put them base to base there is a good amount of space at the middle).

The bindings will have to be redrilled. I guess the questions are, how will they ski, and should I ski them or just let them rest there in all their flourescent glory.

This might be mean, but I'll ask:

HEY PHIL, HOW ABOUT A NEW PAIR OF SKIS? :

Thanks for the help,
Ken
post #2 of 14
I appreciate the offer. I have some old G9's in a 203 IF I need to get my retro speed demons out. Even a 86 tip was narrow for then, the G9, 9100 and G-max's were over 90.

Are you sure of those dimensions?
post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese View Post
I appreciate the offer. I have some old G9's in a 203 IF I need to get my retro speed demons out. Even a 86 tip was narrow for then, the G9, 9100 and G-max's were over 90.

Are you sure of those dimensions?
Phil,

I just remeasured them and the numbers appear to be correct.
About what year are these?

Ken
post #4 of 14
97/98
post #5 of 14
check that tail measurement.
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by KenE View Post
......I guess the questions are, how will they ski,
Assuming you are an average size guy, they are short for a GS ski of that vintage, if you can work a ski front to back you may over ski it. If you can't, the ski will over work you.


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and should I ski them or just let them rest there in all their flourescent glory.......
With out a doubt, yes, ski them.

Just check that the bindings are still serviceable, and if not, replace them.
post #7 of 14
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...hippingPayment

I just bought some Tyrolia 480's, the gen before the 490's
post #8 of 14
I don't think the Tyrolia 490 is indemnified anymore.

Those skis are absolutely useless; PM me and I will send you the address to dispose of them for free.

PS. Are they the all-metal 490s or the racing 490 RDs, or the disposable Delrin 490s?
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese View Post
check that tail measurement.
I just checked it again, it's 75.
Ken
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by Ghost View Post
I don't think the Tyrolia 490 is indemnified anymore.

Those skis are absolutely useless; PM me and I will send you the address to dispose of them for free.

PS. Are they the all-metal 490s or the racing 490 RDs, or the disposable Delrin 490s?
They're the disposable Delrin's.
Ken
post #11 of 14
In all honesty I would replace the bindings, but keep the skis; I love the feeling I get from my old Kastle SGs. I imagine the GS would feel similar, but be a little more versatile. It's nice to have an alternative to the hyper carver, a ski that doesn't mind being aimed straight down the hill or into a super wide arc now and again.
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by Ghost View Post
In all honesty I would replace the bindings, but keep the skis; I love the feeling I get from my old Kastle SGs. I imagine the GS would feel similar, but be a little more versatile. It's nice to have an alternative to the hyper carver, a ski that doesn't mind being aimed straight down the hill or into a super wide arc now and again.
And, it's an excellent time of year to shop for bindings. Thanks Ghost, Phil et al. I'm looking forward to a new skiing experience. Time to figure out how to use that radius calculator.

Ken
post #13 of 14
I have a pair of the 200s as my fast groomer ski. Which they are. Very fun for speedy groomer days, not much use otherwise. Very heavy compared to a more contemporary ski.

The master indemnified bindings list for 2005/06 is on the NSSRA website. Presumably, they'll post this season's list in a couple of months.
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by GarryZ View Post
97/98
No way. More like '94-'95 season. GS skis had shape in '98.
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