Originally Posted by U.P. Racer
You aren't a racer or a coach, are you? Trust me... You are very uninformed on this issue.
Even Nor-Am, and probably Europa Cup racers are on regular, off the shelf, race stock skis.
I don't know where you are from, but in areas where USSA is prevalent, race stock skis, plates, bindings and plug boots are easily accessible. Why wouldn't they be?
OK, I said I was out on the issue but I had to rebut the personal attack that I am uninformed. After this I am out
1. My credential are such that I probably know more FACT than most. I have plenty of time racing, coaching and behind a shop counter. I have been inside the walls of a true "race room" full of hand built flex match World Cup skis. I have many contacts in the industry and have a fairly good understanding of what actually goes into a manufacturers WC race program. I won't go further than that.
2. I don't think you understand the point that I am making, or maybe I am not making a clear point:
"Race Stock" in MY OPINION =
the "stock" that the top 25 or less World Cup Racers have access to. I'm talking hand produced limited production, no serial number product that is under lock and key at each manufacturer.
Thus the reference to "race room"- the room containing a couple hundred pairs of skis that are as described above. You can't purchase it- rather it's given to SELECT athletes.
Realize that the Nor Am, Europa Cup, etc athletes may be given product from a manufacturer, but it's "off the shelf" product that you can buy at retail and not the hand made "race stock" I defined above. (It maybe flex matched, but it's serialized off the shelf product)
3. There is tremendous contradition in your response. You can not say that "off the shelf" and "race stock" skis are the same. Either they are "off the shelf" denoting that ANYONE can purchase them ANYPLACE that has them on the shelf or they are "race stock" implying there is something outside the normal production specifications or procedures that makes them such. (Eg- the Monte Carlo you buy at your dealer is not "race stock" just because you see one on TV at Daytona) The top sheet on your ski may be the same as Bode's, it's simply not the same ski though.
4. I hear everyone talk about buying "race stock" in my area, back to my point- if you or I can walk into a shop and buy it in MY OPINION
it's not "race stock".
Key operative in all of this would be my opinion, and I respect yours.
I think that should clarify my point, no?