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Nordica XBS bindings install ...how hard

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I bought my wife a pair of Nordica Olympia Drives from Sierra Jim this morning...price was out of this world....

How hard is to install the binding's...

Are the instructions that come with the bindings thorough enough so a intelligent and mechanically inclined person can install them, or is beyond the home gear junkie...

I know about setting the forward pressure on the bindings, each one is different of course, but since the plate is already on the ski it should be just installing the toe and heel piece...and making the necessary adjustments...yes/no...?

My concern is that most of the shops around here are starting to wrapup for the season...the skis should arrive on Monday, we are going up to the mountain on the following Sunday...
post #2 of 15
I haven't done it, because I wanted the peace of knowing the warranty would be honored, but it should be pretty simple. Just make sure to use the right type of screwdriver and don't strip the threads! I can't tell you how much torque to use.
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
Did not think about the warranty part of it...
Maybe it would be better to take them to a shop and let them put them together...cant take that much time...
Thanks for the heads up...
post #4 of 15
If it's the same as my Afterburners, it's as simple as sliding the toe and heel pieces on the track and flipping the switch (it's labelled so that you can see that it's safe to ski). DIN settings and forward pressure are separate issues. Given how easy the bindings are, if you are uncomfortable with putting them on, a shop that you have dealt with previously should put them on (and likely for free - it takes less than 5 minutes for the whole thing).
post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hey...

Thanks for the info...

Its the XBS system, should be the same as your afterburners...

I thought it should be fairly simple...

My wife is jazzed about giving these a whirl...
post #6 of 15
I have to point out that I'm not familiar with the XBS. My experience is with other bindings. They too were pretty simple, just a few screws to screw in to the appropriate holes on a mounting plate, but these sound even easier.
post #7 of 15
The XBS system is really easy - just like adjusting a demo binding. In fact, one of the nice features about the system is that you can adjust it fore and aft to find your own personal sweet spot (kind of like the idea behind the Tyrolia railflex bindings).
post #8 of 15
Just follow the directions sliding the bindings on from the back to the front. Adjust the length for your wife's boots, double check the forward pressure indicator in the heel and you should be fine. For a minimal cost a shop will verify the DIN and torque are correct. This can be good peace of mind, though I admit I've never done it. This XBS binding can be changed in seconds to accommodate most boot sizes. We do that often, and don't make release adjustments between users unless someone has significantly lower or higher DIN requirements. Most upper level skiers know the settings that work for them.
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by Alberto View Post
it takes less than 5 minutes for the whole thing).
Not in this country.
post #10 of 15
Not sure what that means - the bindings simply slide on to the track and have a switch that show whether the binding is locked in place. It actually took longer to open the box of bindings than to put them on.
post #11 of 15
They're so easy, I've been known to adjust them fore/aft .5cm on a daily basis depending on the snow conditions.

I like the suggested line on hard-snow days and one setting back (which I guess is around 5mm.) on more forgiving snow days/crud/buff.

If you can... why not?
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by Alberto View Post
Not sure what that means
It means in this country boot/binding systems are tested when installed, even new, and no sane shop is going to do that for free.

Such a test is merely recommended in your country.
post #13 of 15
That makes sense - but your original use of the quote didn't.
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
Well just thought I would report back ....
Got the skis Tuesday from Sierra Jim....
He made me a deal I could not refuse...
Took them in to the ski shop where i do most of my business...
They put the bindings on and put a nice coat of wax on them...
I asked how much the damage was going to be...
They said since i have purchased so much from them this year..."No Charge"...
Hows that for customer service , especially in this day and age of Money first and customer service second...
The wax job they did was a real nice one too...i watched the guy wax them, he made it look real easy...I need more practice waxing our skis...
post #15 of 15
Has anyone put one of these plates onto a softish ski over 90mm waist?
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