If you every find out a date of birth of the Kenvyn lyman theski let me know.
hey i just bought this pair of skis today,i used to ski with the cable bindings and leather boots its what I learnt on so I couldnt resist these for £5.00 for both pairs aswell the guy bought them in germany whilst in the RAF for himself and wife used them once then put them in storage early 70`s.The Skimatics are mint but i dont think his wife could ski looking at the state of them the there must of been alot of crossed up legs as the top sheets are chipped pretty badly.Ive never seen skimatics before,anyone else?.
Snowdog....they may well be a work of art BUT the Marker Simplex DL were almost single handily responsible for the term "Marker out". They were like a light switch...skis on/skis OFF. I remember them well, probably skied them for 2-3 seasons before the MUCH inproved M4 toe piece came along to offer some relief. Best of all you only had to drill one additional hole in each ski to mount then, which kept the boot in exactly the same place on the ski. The M4 had much improved retention at lower release settings (but still not as good as the Look Nevada toe)
hi rossi,i had noticed that the release on the toe piece is very easy.I tried to crank them up and even on the highest setting my four year old lad can still turn the toe piece,how you could ski on anything other than flat terrain without turning beats me but as soon as it snows again I will let you know.Would you be able to tell me the age of the skis and bindings and have you ever heard of Skimatic from the logo it looks like dynastar`s logo,what do you think?.
The Marker Simplex toe is not "releasing" when you pivot it on the main shaft. You actually set the height of the toe piece by removing the front pin and screwing the entire piece up or down on the center post, then replace the front pin. The release "splits" the toe. Turn down the release setting to the lowest number and pivot it at the frontsprung ball detent. I can't really explain it better but it will become immediately apparent. I'm not near a pair right now but if you don't figure it out I can post a pic next week.
Anyone else have a pair handy that can post a pic of it in the "released" condition?
I can't help you with those Skimatics, never have seen a pair before.
Here's the pix as promised. This is the Simplex DL in the "released" condition.
I remember back in the 70's, one of SKIING magazine's tech guys did a "race prep setup" of the Simplex/Rotamat FD combination. A very quick over view was to do the following;
Place a plastic shim under the toe piece base plate to raise it up high enough so that the unit was "screwed down" on the pivot post at the correct setting for the boot toe height. This was done in parallel with adding a thicker real AFD under the ball of the foot in place of the thin black plastic piece provided by Marker at the time.
Then they would grind back the the outside corners of the toe piece where they contacted the very outside of the boot toe. I do not remember the actual dimension but it would give the toe piece a bit more travel before it would trip the ball detent setting.
On the Rotamat heels they would change out the gold springs for the black race springs and set them up with as high an angle as possible on the springs (45 degrees not 30) Another words, as short a cable or screw in the rods as short as possible when positioning the heel piece on the ski.
Congratulations, your Markers are now race ready (I'd sell them and get the Look's )
Yes, I am with you on the "Marker out" theme.
I definitely meant 'work of art', and not 'work of engineering'.
They are best suited for the museum display wall, although I do have a few pair mounted on skis that I wouldn't mind trying.
Thanks for the 'performance mods'. I may have to upgrade a few pair myself, although I will definitely ski lightly with them. I also have a couple pair of skis in my collection with plastic shims mounted under the bindings and now I know why.
Hi, I've been reading through this thread (not a particularly easy feat at this point) and I've really been getting a kick out of hearing from some fellow straight ski enthusiasts. I learned to alpine ski on my Dad's Elans (see below), and as a college student and nordic racer, I've recently begun to appreciate alpine skiing as one of the few sports where people will literally pay you to take their old gear, even if it performs just as well as it did when it was new. This besides, my nordic mentality makes me slightly suspicious of any ski that attempts to turn on its own with little effort from the driver. I don't really downhill much (half the time, at my school's little bump-in-the-ground ski area), but when I do, I prefer fast runs on the groomers, the one area where straight skis still remain supreme.
My current setup that I keep at school, 200 cm Volkl p20's with Salomon 957's. Best skis ever.
The skis of my youth: 195cm Elan RC06's that I still use when I'm home; 200cm Olin XTS; 210 Fischer Europa 99's with the standard tele 3-pin toepiece along with the front throw cable from some early Silvretta AT bindings that you could use as cables for the tele binding, or could use with the suicide clips to lock your heel down; Fischer xc racing skis circa 1975.
The ever-popular Look 99's
Rainy day today, perfect for getting some skis ready for next season!
The Cheeseburgers getting some love on the tuning bench
Closeup of the bindings and rental plate
610 Comps got some work as well.....
What's with the rubber bands, why not just snap the plate in it to lock the brake?
There are some 60's chairs for sale at Ski Butternut in Great Barrington, MA.
$200 a piece.
There are 60 Carlavaro chairlift chairs available which were originally installed on the ski slopes at the Dartmouth Ski Way in NH. Channing purchased these chairs from them in 1992. These Italian made chairs served as backup chairs for the original summit double chair and for our beloved Paddy's beginner chairlift, also a Carlavaro, which through great care is still in operation at the resort today.
This past season I skied the Thunderbolt ski trail on Mt. Greylock the day before the 75th anniversary race.
I was able to obtain one of the banners that were displayed in Adams, MA all winter and set up a mini tribute to the mighty Thunderbolt!
I have 3 pairs of the softs (one from a generous Bear), these are 95-78-86 which was WIDE for the day. If you do a search you should find a write up I posted (a TR of sorts). These were when powder was more of a "ski in it" more than on it..... My guess on the day-glo orange ones is late 70's to early 80's.
Hi Rossi -here is the K2 Four you asked about - SKIING October 1996. I still have my pair I bought new - 198cm -- still in great shape with the Marker Selective Control binding. See photo of me with the family in 2000 with my K2 Fours in South Lake Tahoe.
I'll dig up the ad - I know just what it looks like.
Can we add retro snowsuits to this thread? When I was a wee skier, my mom would force me out in the MOST ridiculous but also awesome vintage snowsuit- blue and red, complete with bell bottoms! wish I had a pic to share the glory days...