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Elan GSX Fusion 2008... and Elan Skis in General

post #1 of 13
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I caved in and bought new gear for next season: a pair of Elan GSX 2008 164cm with Fusion Bindings.

It's being shipped, and now I have to sit here and imagine what it'll feel like for another seven months...

This is the first time I ever bought anything from Elan, I've frequented many review sites and apparently Elan has a very good reputation with their hand-made skis. Any thoughts on this?

Would you like to share your experience with Elan gear, just so I can live vicariously through ya?
post #2 of 13
Thread Starter 

Elanproganda

How Elan Skis are Made


This is the video that made me cave in... I'm a sucker for these types of advertisement.

PS: The Elan reps in the video are obviously reading from a script; English isn't their first language judging from their tonal inflections, hilarious.
post #3 of 13
The last four pairs of skis I've had have all been Elan's, not a problem with any of them. Don't plan on buying anything else. I've never been on a pair of Elans that I didn't like. I'm anxiously waiting for the new Magfire 78ti to hit the stores for next year. They really do seem to still make them the old school way, the quality is flawless. I especially like the Fusion binding system, made by Tyrolia. No slop at all, unlike some other binding systems. Elan also mounts the bindings further forward than some other companies. Tyrolia also makes the Railflex bindings on Head skis, which are adjustable, but there is a huge difference between where Elan mounts them and where Volkl does on their Tigersharks, for example. Anyway, I'm sure you will be pleased with them, and they'll last a good long time. Let us know how you like them when you get a chance to try them out.
post #4 of 13
I've been thrilled with mine. I've had these:

M02.2 Double Rail - 175cm (shoulda went 185)
Magfire 14 - 178cm
Magfire 10 - 178cm
Speedwave 12 - 178cm

All in all, great skis, and they do exactly what they're advertised to do. I don't plan on looking at much else in the near future. It's a bummer most of the skis are "system skis" though, as it would have been fun to set some up for tele.
post #5 of 13
Gotta love Stenmark.
post #6 of 13
Quality plus and the Fusion binding system
makes you feel like your part of the ski.
post #7 of 13
Yeah, the Fusion system is great. I only see one flaw in it - you can't adjust the system fore/aft like you can with Railflex. But I still think it would be nice if they offered a few more flat skis.
post #8 of 13
One of the reviews I've read about Elan race skis (http://www.ski-mag.com/en/ski/clanak.php?id=18339) is mentioning Elan's edges as their weak point in the past:

"It is exactly the edges that were Elan's week point over the past few years. Many have assigned it to too soft and weak alloy."

I'm looking at Elan's GS ski at the moment ready to pull the trigger, but the "edges" comment concerns me even though it is a "Ski-mag" comment (This Ski-mag is different than SKI magazin that we all know, but still).

Elan race skis users - do you have any comments?

Thank you,

cfr
post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 

Caved in again

Bought myself a new pair of 2008 Elan Magfire 14 @160cm from milehighathletic. Now that's two pairs of Elans that will not be broken in for another seven months.
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by cfr View Post
One of the reviews I've read about Elan race skis (http://www.ski-mag.com/en/ski/clanak.php?id=18339) is mentioning Elan's edges as their weak point in the past:

"It is exactly the edges that were Elan's week point over the past few years. Many have assigned it to too soft and weak alloy."

I'm looking at Elan's GS ski at the moment ready to pull the trigger, but the "edges" comment concerns me even though it is a "Ski-mag" comment (This Ski-mag is different than SKI magazin that we all know, but still).

Elan race skis users - do you have any comments?

Thank you,

cfr
Yes. Comment is, that's nonsense. I have a pair of Elan Ripsticks - I think the precursor to current GSX - edges hold up fine and really seem to hold a tune. I'm an obsessive ski review reader and I've never read elsewhere that there was any problem with the alloy used for Elan's edges or any other edge-related problem.
post #11 of 13
I haven't heard that either, nor have I had any issues with any of mine.
post #12 of 13
ts01, axebiker,

Thanks for the response! GSX WC it be!

Cheers,

cfr.
post #13 of 13
You will love them! I have been skiing Ripsticks also. Never a problem with edges. I keep demo-ing everything on our ski trips and can never find anything I like better than my Elans. Edge hold is superb on steep ice here in the east. No noticeable speed limit. This is my first pair of Elans in 30+ years of skiing. I am sorry I did not try them earlier.
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