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Dirty Birds

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For all you people out there thinking about mounting a Tele ski Alpine, do it. I picked up this pair of Rossi Dirty Birds last Spring for next to nothing mainly because my B2's finally gave out. (Tails delaminating) after 200 plus days on them. Anyhow, the Dirty Birds are the same sidecut, turn radius and basic construction. I pulled the Axial 120's and mounted them up.

Finally getting on them today for the first time. They kicked ass. Granted this day was hero snow, hardpack with some fluff, cold and bluebird. But honestly, these things were so much fun. High speed, and I mean high speed cranking down the groomers. The skis were stable, edgy and vibration free. Never once getting out of line or deflected off edge. Not supprising was their performance in moguls. They handled the tight powdery bumps here with ease and stability never giving me any feeling other than right in the drivers seat.

How are they on ice or crud? Don't know. but if they are anything similar to their brother the B2, they should be fine.

What impressed me the most? Hey for a 17m sidecut, these things carved so well and the ease of turn transition was unbelievable.
post #2 of 11
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For all you people out there thinking about mounting a Tele ski Alpine, do it.
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post #3 of 11
rossi's tele skis are the same as their alpine in every regard except graphics
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rossi's tele skis are the same as their alpine in every regard except graphics
Ahh, basically with these I guess. We had quite a discussion on this very topic a while back. The base is different as well as the metal insert. The sidecut and widths match up but the lengths are a tad different. The B2's were just a tad longer, the shovel on the DirtyBird is a tad wider but the feel is so similar. What really supprised me was the Birds had less tip vibration while really standing hard in a carve. I expected the reverse.

I'm not going into a complete rage with these until I get them in some cut up crud and slush. But overall, I'm pleased.
post #5 of 11
we did, and I still maintain, per Rossignol's designers, that they are the same. I offered to put you in touch with them last year and the offer still stands
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we did, and I still maintain, per Rossignol's designers, that they are the same. I offered to put you in touch with them last year and the offer still stands
Thankyou. That's not necessary. I'll conceed that you know more about them than I do. That doesn't matter, what matters is that they are fine skis and I'd recommend them to anyone who enjoys skiing the entire mountain.
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we did, and I still maintain, per Rossignol's designers, that they are the same. I offered to put you in touch with them last year and the offer still stands
I've had the same conversation with the director of Rossignol's (US) Tele dept., same result. The ONLY difference between the tele and alpine skis (from Rossi) is graphics and the F.A.T. inserts.
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I've had the same conversation with the director of Rossignol's (US) Tele dept., same result. The ONLY difference between the tele and alpine skis (from Rossi) is graphics and the F.A.T. inserts.
So they aren't the same then? If they have different inserts and a different base, they are different?

It's not just a B2 with DirtyBird graphics correct? Noticable differences besides the base is the B2 is a 176 and the DirtyBird is a 174
post #9 of 11
This is great information. I think the "Bird" line graphics are great. Very retor and clean. I will be purchasing a pair and putting my Look pivots on them.
post #10 of 11
The color of the base does not really qualify as a difference and the FAT inserts are the mounting plates on the top sheet of the B series skis, more than anything they are there to help hold the screws of alpine bindings.

That being said, fantastic skis!
post #11 of 11
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Yes they are. They were definitly the talk of the lift lines yesterday.

No one around here has seen them before.
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