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post #1 of 13
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...has the same dimensions/turn radius as the M11:B5. The only reference I've seen on the forums says it differs from the 11:B5 only in the topsheet color. A couple of other internet references point out that it has Mg power channels instead of the 11:B5's plastic. At least one add says it has B5 integerated, while others say B5 connected like the 11.

Does anyone know the real story on this thing? Is it heavier and/or stiffer than the 11:B5? Does it ski just like the 11:B5?
post #2 of 13
The Atomic B:5 stands alone a a unique ski in the metron line.

The 11:b5, b 10, etc. may be nice skis but are just really carvers.

The B:5 is constructed completely differently.
post #3 of 13
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Originally Posted by Gotama View Post
The Atomic B:5 stands alone a a unique ski in the metron line.

The 11:b5, b 10, etc. may be nice skis but are just really carvers.

The B:5 is constructed completely differently.
This is precisely why this is confusing. The B5 Premium is the not the B5. It has the length and sidecut of the 11:B5 (less sidecut than the B5), and is referred to either as an alternatively colored 11:B5 or an 11:B5 kicked up by replacing the the plastic rods with Mg. Indeed it looks like the 11:B5 rather than the B5, and it doesn't seem that the rods run the full length of the ski.
post #4 of 13
Color. Gold vs. the Blue/gray of M11:b5.
post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 
Phil, I take it from your terse response that the Magnesium vs plastic does nothing to the weight or performance?
post #6 of 13
I was trying to find out where this model came from too. I don't think I'll figure it out until I see it and check it against the full blown B5 and the 11 B5. Even the shops do not quite know how to describe it.
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post #8 of 13
I looked at them at the LSS last year. Aren't they just the M11B5 with a different top sheet?
post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 
The first indication I saw of any noncosmetic difference came from the following ebay listing,

http://cgi.ebay.com/New-2007-Atomic-...QQcmdZViewItem

which says:

"Take Atomic's latest all-mountain slayer the Metron 11 B5, and kick it up a notch with Magnesium Power Channels; Now you've got the new Metron B5 Premium from Atomic. The Metron Premium B5 has beta-5 connected technology for optimal distribution of power, and Magnesium Power Channels for kung fu grip, even on the icies of surfaces."

Thers a closeup photo in a comment posted by skifreeordie at

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?p=512081

where you can see the shony Magnesium in place of the regular 11:B5's dull plastic.
post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 

Ok, so it looks like they are the same afterall...

I got the chance to look at and weigh both the M11"B5 and the B5 premium in close succession. Construction seemed identical, flex felt the same as far as I could tell. According to high-precision digital food scale I got at Target a few months ago, their weights per pair were as follows:

2006/2007 M11B5 158cm 8 lbs 1/2 oz
2006/2007 B5 Premium 158cm 8 lbs 2 oz

That is to say, they weigh the same. Looks like that Magnesium stuff is just a big confused lie. Incidentally, the B5 Premium I was looking at was a pair that for some I was able to buy brand new on ebay, with NEOX 412 ALU bindings, for all of $385!

While I was at it and because I like to measure stuff,

2007/2008 B5 162cm 9 lbs 15 3/8 oz
2007/2008 M9 164cm 7 lbs 8 1/4 oz
2007/2008 M9 157cm 7 lbs 12 7/8 oz

NEOX 412 ALU 6 lbs 8 oz
post #11 of 13
As far as I have been told the changes are cosmetic. The materials and construction remain the same. Companies change names to help with marketing.
post #12 of 13

I realise this is an old thread, but I wasn't sure where to put my question.  I tried (a little late I know) a pair of Metron B5s at Christmas.  I loved them.  They are the ski i have been complaining for years that ski companies don't make.  A slalom ski race ski that you can ski in powder. 

 

I have a pair of Volkl AC50s.  Great on hard pack, great in powder, but they don't really like to turn.  Sure, they are stiff and hold a firm edge, but on piste (and off) they ski like Super G skis.

 

So to my question.  I ordered a pair of remaining Metron B5 Premiums in length 170cm.  I was sent a pair of 164cm skis.  Aside the annoyance of this mix up, I now cannot seem to find a pair in the length I wanted.  Never having skiied anything this short (aside from slalom race skis) I am planning to send them back.  But I am curious to hear the opinions of others -

 

How big is the difference between a 170 Metron b5 and a 164? 

 

And, is anyone still making this type of ski.  As far as I can tell, all companies have gone to fat waisted skis that only like to carve big fast gs turns.  Anyone know of a quick edge to edge, turny ski that functions well off piste?  I have yet to find the answer.

post #13 of 13

They made them to use really short, a mistake in my opinion.  The longer B5 is really stiff.  If you aren't pretty heavy that 164 will be the right length for you.    You might look at the M:11 or M:10.   I'm 180lbs and use a M:10 in a 172, and could use the 178.

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