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Wanted: GS Race Ski, 181-188cm, new or almost new

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
I thought it would be a good idea to start a thread which just dealt with this question. Partly, I'm just getting clearer on what I want/can afford. Dollar for dollar, for what I want right now, I think race skis are going to provide the most bang for the buck. I know -- some people are going to think I'm crazy and asking for a torn ACL, but I'm a big guy (6'1", 220#) and I want some ice razors for long turns.

I've now got $200.

I'm especially interested in Atomics, Fischers, Voekls, and newer Heads.

I'm less interested in Salomon because of durability concerns (unless you can enlighten me about how I'm wrong!).
post #2 of 21
What are you going to do about bindings?
post #3 of 21
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What are you going to do about bindings?
We dont need no stinking bindings!
post #4 of 21
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What are you going to do about bindings?
I deliberately left that open. Was going to see what offers did appear and play it by ear. Whether drilled, undrilled, plated or not, with bindings or not, I'd like to hear from people.
post #5 of 21
Volkls will be your best bet. They are the softest, and brand new, they are the cheapest out of all the stock GS skis out there.
post #6 of 21
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Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier View Post
Volkls will be your best bet. They are the softest, and brand new, they are the cheapest out of all the stock GS skis out there.
Hey, Hell, what's your op on Salomon race skis used the way a recreational person would use them? I have some durability fears. I mean, racing would be more stressful for them, right?
post #7 of 21
Any company's race GS ski will last forever being used as a recreational ski by a recreational skier, they will see such little use (not exactly versatile, not exactly fun) that they will never wear out.

You WILL buy different skis before you NEED to replace a Salomon (or any brand's) GS Race ski.
post #8 of 21

skiproshoponline on ebay

I bought my race stock Nordicas from this shop on ebay:

http://stores.ebay.com/skiproshoponl...QQftidZ2QQtZkm

I picked up the World Cup GSRs and they are an incredible ski if you know how to use them. Most if not all are under $200 and in wrap.
post #9 of 21
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Any company's race GS ski will last forever being used as a recreational ski by a recreational skier, they will see such little use (not exactly versatile, not exactly fun) that they will never wear out.
This. I just bought a pair to replace my last set from...2002 probably? Ran out of edge to tune...

That link jay posted has some deals for sure:

http://cgi.ebay.com/2007-NORDICA-DOB...QQcmdZViewItem
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post #11 of 21
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Been watching 'em, Richie. I expect they'll draw much higher bids than $200 though.
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Originally Posted by jay_p View Post
I bought my race stock Nordicas from this shop on ebay:

http://stores.ebay.com/skiproshoponl...QQftidZ2QQtZkm

I picked up the World Cup GSRs and they are an incredible ski if you know how to use them. Most if not all are under $200 and in wrap.
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This. I just bought a pair to replace my last set from...2002 probably? Ran out of edge to tune...

That link jay posted has some deals for sure:

http://cgi.ebay.com/2007-NORDICA-DOB...QQcmdZViewItem
These look quite promising ... I'm going out of town today, so may miss some of these auctions, but I'll take a look tomorrow. Meanwhile, I'm still inviting offers here ...
post #13 of 21
With FIS changing rules all the time you should be able to get new old-stock for cheap. I saw some pretty good deals at Sportcheck last spring on Atomic GS race skis. I wouldn't buy used race skis for fear of running out of edge. I don't think you can get them with bindings for 150 though

I don't get this argument about a 220 lb guy not being able to enjoy GS race skis.

BTW, a 20 to 25 meter sidecut is just what you need to crank out some nice turns; the turn radius on the hill is the sidecut radius times the cosine of the tipping angle. If your carving turns on boiler plate you might even find yourself with too short a sidecut at speed to avoid being over-banked at the tipping angle required for the turn. For example a 1 g turn on a 21 m sidecut ski with the skis tipped to 45 degrees would give you a turn radius of about 15 m and a speed of about 27 mph. I prefer the feel of a pure carve turn at high speed that I get from my old SG racing skis, and I only weigh 165.
post #14 of 21
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Originally Posted by Trotski View Post
I deliberately left that open. Was going to see what offers did appear and play it by ear. Whether drilled, undrilled, plated or not, with bindings or not, I'd like to hear from people.
So, 200 + bindings. I know of a pair of (hardly used) Titan Nines (181 122/86/109) with bindings that will be in the mid-upper 300's, these ski like a wide GS ski. PM if interested, I can get you the guys contact info. But for under 400, these are a steal.
post #15 of 21
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So, 200 + bindings. I know of a pair of (hardly used) Titan Nines (181 122/86/109) with bindings that will be in the mid-upper 300's, these ski like a wide GS ski. PM if interested, I can get you the guys contact info. But for under 400, these are a steal.
Tempting ... thinking ... still would prefer a cheaper race ski tho -- Blizzards WOULD be cool!
post #16 of 21
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Originally Posted by Garrett View Post
This. I just bought a pair to replace my last set from...2002 probably? Ran out of edge to tune...

That link jay posted has some deals for sure:

http://cgi.ebay.com/2007-NORDICA-DOB...QQcmdZViewItem
I bid on these! I'm winning for now -- unfortunately, I'm going to be camping in the woods tonight when the auction ends, which sucks. Chances are slim!
post #17 of 21
Doesn't ebay bid for you, only as high as needed up to your maximum?
post #18 of 21
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Tempting ... thinking ... still would prefer a cheaper race ski tho -- Blizzards WOULD be cool!
Your loss, these would do almost everything a Race GS would do, but also be an a great all mountain ski for you.
post #19 of 21
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Doesn't ebay bid for you, only as high as needed up to your maximum?
Yeah, I put in a higher bid, but if the bidding goes one dollar above this, I won't be able to challenge it. Oh well. Let's see.

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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
Your loss, these would do almost everything a Race GS would do, but also be an a great all mountain ski for you.
Appreciate the chance! I need to learn more about them, but for now I'm offline -- gotta run! Again, I appreciate the tip, Phil.
post #20 of 21
Thread Starter 
OK, folks, I got my new skis. 2005 Dynastar Course 66 Comps -- brand new, in plastic, 187cm, for $139.00!!!!!!! Many thanks to you all -- esp. to Barretscv (Michael) for the Ebay tip and Phil P for great ideas -- sorry, Phil, went with these 'cause the price is hard to pass up. AGAIN, THANKS BEARS!

post #21 of 21
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Originally Posted by Trotski View Post
OK, folks, I got my new skis. 2005 Dynastar Course 66 Comps -- brand new, in plastic, 187cm, for $139.00!!!!!!! Many thanks to you all -- esp. to Barretscv (Michael) for the Ebay tip and Phil P for great ideas -- sorry, Phil, went with these 'cause the price is hard to pass up. AGAIN, THANKS BEARS!

It looks like these MIGHT have a universal plate that can accept any bindings, let me know when they arrive. I think these will be more user friendly than the Austrian skis.

Michael
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