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Racer Bears: Newbie Race Ski Questions

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I'm starting to race on my highschool team this year, and as I get a little more serious I"m realizing that my Rossi Squads have just a tad too much girth on them to be a good race ski. Ive only raced for a year and although I'm a pretty aggressive skier with decent technique, I just havent logged the hours into racing.
Im buying a pair of GS skis this year, probably some older ones just because of how cheap they can be found. Right now I'm looking at some Elan GSX World Cup 176's or Fischer RC4 173 or 178's World Cups. Both look like awesome racing skis, wood core with two layers of titanium, similar sidecut, handmade etc. Other than that I know very little about them. BUT the Fischer RC4 has a "world cup racing plate" on it, while the Elan is flat. I'm hopefully looking to put my Look Pivot 10's on whatever I buy, as I have them laying around alraedy. The Fischer plate claims that it will take ANY binding, and has a 15mm rise. Are the plates helpful? Is it too much with my bindings? Am I going to run into trouble trying to mount these myself? Both are similarly priced, but I want to make sure I'm not gonna regret going with/going without the plate.

Im interested in those 2 skis mainly because I can find them cheap, and between Fischer and Elan can you go wrong?

Or if you think one ski is waaaayyy better than the other that would be helpful too.

I'm 5'5 130 lbs.
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Try posting in the race forum.
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