Originally Posted by alex4412
Just purchased the the K2 PE's... I remember someone saying to center mount them. Is this a center mount as specified by the ski or a center mount as measured by a tape measure? I'm going to be using these for snow days in NE and taking them on trips to Europe/PNW/LCC. Not really for the park...
holy sweet jesus... if you aren't going to be doing park, then DON'T CETER MOUNT THEM!
and for the record, everyone refers to the "tape measure" on the side of the ski when discussing mount points. if this is an all mountain ski and you don't ski park or ride switch, then i would recommend around +2cm (going FORWARD from the most REARWARD mount point) for decent turn initiation, stability at speed, and float in powder. if you are fairly concerned about float in powder, then go at +0cm. if you don't ski that fast and like a ski that is really easy to initiate and aren't concerned with powder, then i'd say go +3-4.5cm.
in GENERAL, the further forward, the more easy it will be to initiate turns and be "playful" on this ski (skiing switch, doing jumps, jibbing around). but this is only up to a POINT. i think that the furthest forward you should go is k2's "suggested" mounting point of +4.5cm (they suggest this mount point because they market this ski as an all mountain PARK ski, and hence think it should be skied equally in and out of the park, hence the forward-ish mount), otherwise you would have to be very balanced fore-aft while skiing this ski. if you have a tendency of driving into your turns (strong forward lean), then you will probably be sorely disappointed by mounting more forward than the "suggested" mark (for reference, "core center" mount is +7.5cm for heavy park duty, even though it is not TRUE center... flip one ski over and compare the "tape measures." the core center marks don't even come close to matching up). the further back you mount, the more tip and the less tail you'll have, so you can expect better stability at speed and better float, but you'll trade off some turn initiation and you will be in more trouble if you tend to accidentally sit back.
EDIT: i just noticed your sig, and see that you have rx8's, so these will only be coming out on soft days. therefore, i recomend +0-2cm.