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Changing Bindings: Redrill?

post #1 of 6
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I bought some Fischer BigStix 7.6 skis last year and had them mounted with some Atomic Xentrix 310 bindings since my sister had some lying around. The bindings are OK, but have pre-released a couple of times, and are a pain to put on when there is snow your boot. I currently have the DIN set at 8. Would it be possible to replace the Atomic bindings with a pair of Salomons or Rossignols without redrilling? If not, would a Atomic 614 be a better choice?

Thanks
post #2 of 6
You will need to redrill your skis for any other brand's bindings as well as the newer Atomics. My suggestion is to have your Xentrix ones tested at a shop. Those bindings in particular had a pretty high failure rate a few years ago. the 614's will fit in the same holes and probably have fewer issues, but you will still have the same problems with putting them on when there is fresh snow and such. Ultimately you will probably be happier with a Salomon or Rossi binding if you can live with the holes.
Have fun.
post #3 of 6
It's OK to drill a ski a couple times. It won't damage anything as long as the old holes are sealed properly. You'll be fine.

That Atomic binding is well known for problems with spring rate changes over time. have it checked (5yr warranty).
post #4 of 6
cool, that's good to know. I have a pair of Mantra's I'm contemplating swapping the bindings out on. Never having had the need/desire to swap binding before I wasn't sure whether it would affect the integrity of the ski or not.

i once bought a pair of Rossi's from a shop that were new, but had been drilled. my boot size was different than the boots it had been drilled for, so my bindings covered up the previous holes.

so it will still be okay if you re-mount for the same boot size? I'm gathering that different makes of bindings have different mount set-ups (i.e. they don't all use the same mounting hole configuration). Is that right?
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Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
'm gathering that different makes of bindings have different mount set-ups (i.e. they don't all use the same mounting hole configuration). Is that right?
Yes
post #6 of 6
Regardless of the binding you should always remove the snow from underneath your boot. Even if some will be easier to set your boots in, if you still have snow under your boot when hooked in the bindings will not function optimally.

And since you got some range left on the bindings, why not move them up to 9-10 DIN before you change?
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