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Removing grips on a composite pole

post #1 of 8
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Most of my ski poles are Scott aluminum poles which I've never had any problem removing the grips on. I bought my girlfriend some Joystick composite poles which she loves but she would like them an inch shorter. I went to remove the grip the oldfashion way using a door and its frame and the damn grips won't budge. Any ideas on how to loosen the grips to get them off????
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Most of my ski poles are Scott aluminum poles which I've never had any problem removing the grips on. I bought my girlfriend some Joystick composite poles which she loves but she would like them an inch shorter. I went to remove the grip the oldfashion way using a door and its frame and the damn grips won't budge. Any ideas on how to loosen the grips to get them off????
put the handles in boiling water for a few minutes, they'll slip right off.
post #3 of 8
Did you look for a small set screw?

Goode poles have a screw and they need the hot water and after that they were still a pain since there was a glue/sealant too.
post #4 of 8
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I looked for a screw and one wasn't obvious. Where are they on the Goode?

I tried boiling for 5 minutes with no luck. Next up is inserting a small, thin screwdrive between the handle and grip to try to loosen any areas that might be glued.
post #5 of 8
My local shop has a tool specifically designed for removing ski pole grips. The pole is inserted with the grip down and the employee steps on a lever which grabs the grip and pulls it off the pole. I brought a couple of poles to be shortened and it didn't look easy.
They struggled but were able to remove the grips from one pair of Swix composite downhill poles. On a pair of Swix XC poles, one of the poles cracked just below the grip as they were trying to remove it. Fortunately, the poles were very long for me and they cut the pole below the crack and ordered new grips which they installed for free.
Good luck.
post #6 of 8
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I looked for a screw and one wasn't obvious. Where are they on the Goode?

I tried boiling for 5 minutes with no luck. Next up is inserting a small, thin screwdrive between the handle and grip to try to loosen any areas that might be glued.
Try 10 minutes then. Trust me it works, I've done at least a dozen of different flavors. put the pole upside down in the boiling water, I prop the pole behind a cabinet handle to support it, remove the pole with a towel, try to remove the handle. If it doesn't come off, put it back in the water again and wait 5 minutes, repeat until the handle almost falls off.
When you cut the pole, wrap duct tape around where you're going to cut, and use a hackksaw.
post #7 of 8
Rio,
I am not too familiar with the poles you need to cut but here is a possible solution. Check the diameter of the bottom of the pole where the tip is. If it is constant diameter without much taper this may work. On some composite poles there is a small screw holding the tip ferrel in place. Remove the screw, boil to loosen glue, remove tip, cut, re-epoxy, tada.....

Work Smarter, Not Harder.......
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Originally Posted by Rio View Post
I looked for a screw and one wasn't obvious. Where are they on the Goode?

I tried boiling for 5 minutes with no luck. Next up is inserting a small, thin screwdrive between the handle and grip to try to loosen any areas that might be glued.
You may not have the interlock grip but the screw position is the same across all goode poles, see below.

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