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Advice for mounting bindings and tuning new skis

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
First of all, I live in Austin, Texas. There are painfully few shops here that realize that there is any type of skiing besides water skiing. There is a Sun and Ski Sports franchise that focuses more on cycling (Austin being the home of Lance Armstrong = tons of cycling enthusiasts), but indicates on their web site that they perform ski tuning, waxing, repair, etc. Another local shop is Sail and Ski which surprisingly also indicates that they work on snow skis. The closest certified ABB shop is in Dallas 3 hours away.

I have new skis that need a good tune and the bindings mounted before our first trip in November. So my question is, do I take my chances with one of the local shops, commit to the drive up to Dallas, or do I wait until I get to Frisco, CO and use a good shop there? I realize that I don't necessarily need an ABB shop to mount and tune, but I'd love to be able to work with someone on boot fit and canting while I'm at it.
post #2 of 10
I'm strongly pro-mounting -- I find new skis practically useless without it. Unless you're dealing with a real low-volume ski (e.g. the Bro Model), most new skis come with a factory tune, though.

OK, seriously, you need to give us more information. Are the skis and clamps at all unusual?

As for boot fit, you would be well advised to do that on- or near-mountain, where you can have tweaking done.
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
OK, smarta$$ .

Basically I'm asking would you trust a shop in Texas that does not do this on a regular basis.

Nothing unusual about the bindings or skis themselves other than they are women's specific. Wondering if a ski shop with more experience can help with fine tuning binding placement.

And I have always read that a factory tune is not really good enough and they should still be taken to the shop before using them on the mountain.

What else do you need?
post #4 of 10
Brand and model of skis? Brand and model of bindings?

I always thought that a factory tune was insufficient too. Then I brought my wife's Phat Luvs in to be mounted and tuned at a good shop. They told me most factory tunes are quite good, and looked at the skis and said they were in good condition, no need.

As far as that specific shop, well, I like to think that I know what to look for when I pick them up -- a symmetrical mount on the appropriate line, etc. If I saw something different, I'd want them to make good.
post #5 of 10
As for mounting, most shops should be able to do that very easily and correctly. The shops won't fine tune the mount unless you ask for something specific so don't worry too much about that. In today's shops mounts are pretty generic. As for tuning new skis, DO IT! Factory tunes only put a little bit of edge on the skis and the shipping wax will be gone in one run. You'll probably be okay in Austin but, if it were me I get them done in Colorado
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Is this still true?

Originally Posted by skierhj View Post
As for tuning new skis, DO IT! Factory tunes only put a little bit of edge on the skis and the shipping wax will be gone in one run.
I know in the old days you had to tune new skis, but today? One manufacturer web site (think it was Atomic) was pretty forceful that their skis came with a good tune, so don't **** it up. What do the other companies do?
post #7 of 10
I guess factory turnes must depend on the factory, like in the "old" days. My Kästles came out of the package with a 1/2 degree base bevel sharp enough to shave with and a foil stuck to the bases for you peel off just before your first run, and they were GRRREAT!

As to mounting the bindings, if the shop has no more experience than you do, I wouldn't trust them to drill anything, but if they are bindings that simply bolt up together on a pre-mounted plate or rail I would. If it's the latter you could mount them yourself, but you will have waranty peace of mind if you get the shop to do it.
post #8 of 10

Boot fitting guarantees from a shop in Texas are not of much value when your are on the slopes in Colorado or Utah and need adjustments which new boots universally do.  

The situation is even more complicated if the boot shop by mistake, or misunderstanding, etc sells you too large a boot.


You need to consult people with experience, but do not turn your brain off or let down your guard just because the shop comes highly recommended.   The ABB shops are independent shops.

The skill level can still vary highly from shop to shop. Going to an ABB shop is not a guarantee of a quality fit or even a good fit or decent fit.  It just means that  the fitters have taken a set of course and passed some tests.

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The above thread is 6 years old.

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Sorry,   about posting to an old thread.   I was just trying to help people and add to the search engine memory if some one comes across the thread again.


I learned the hard way that America's Best Boot Fitters have no QA control over their affiliates.   I would not base a purchase solely upon whether the shop is an ABB shop or not.  I got scammed by an ABB shop this past year.  Boots were too wide, and had too high an instep.   There was a reason that my previous boots were race boots.  I have narrow heals, fallen arches.   I discussed this with the shop.   I would have hurt myself with the fitted boots.    I tried early on to press on the warranty.   I got the line they will ski great.   I would have had no control.


ABB is not a guaranteed fit.  

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