Originally Posted by ZeroGravity
I am looking for advice on a suitable combination of angles for an I2 (J5?) racer.
: He's a slender kid at ~85lbs and a reasonably good skier. He has a few balance and weighting issues to work through at the moment and has a tendency to ski with a too wide stance and weighting his inside ski.
I had both of his pairs of skis (Elan RCX - SL and Elan RCG - GS) setup for 2/0.5. Since he is having some difficulties getting a good edge, I wanted to give him a more aggressive edge at 3/0.5 but a coach (not his) mentioned that 3 may be difficult for him.
What does the collective wisdom of the forum think?
3 is not the problem although i still think it may be a little aggressive for a J5.
A .5 is a very demanding base bevel. It gives very little ability to skid. You are either on edge or off with little foregiveness in between. . If you are not right on your skis they can very unruly. Base bevel does not increase edge grip. It governs how quickly the edge engages when the ski is tipped . Side edge bevel governs how well the ski holds once the edge is engaged.
I would go with a 1/2. (for future refernce you always quote base bevel first, then side edge bevel) so that would be a 1 base and 2 side edge. the reason he can't get a good edge is technique not bevel angle. I understand you want to give hime the best combo for him to be successful but by using a very demanding .5 degree base bevel you are maiking his skis extremely demanding.
A .5 base bevel is definetly not the answer. Since you can change side edge bevel up or down without a grind. I would definetly increase his base bevel to 1 and leave the side at 3. (You only want to change one thing at a time so you know which change was a plus)
If after skiing on the 1/3 all day he is still struggling, change the side edge to a 2.
Base bevel changes of even .2 degrees have a profound effect on the skis characteristics.
Many coaches just don't have a handle on tuning issues.