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post #151 of 169
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Introducing the RTTP GS Special:






*Ignore the unicorn and rainbow, not my doing...
post #152 of 169
Yup, unicorn and rainbow should be heavily ignored. Not really my doing ether. Time for a new thread?
post #153 of 169
Hah, I don't think you should ignore it at all...the unicorn and the rainbow totally make the ski!
post #154 of 169
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Yup, unicorn and rainbow should be heavily ignored. Not really my doing ether. Time for a new thread?
 

Public Service Announcement.  Beware of Candy Mountain!

post #155 of 169
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Bump for skis, not unicorns...
post #156 of 169
Thread Starter 
I know it's hot out, but November turns are only 3 months away...


$50 off all existing designs and $30 off custom designs if ordered by 8/8!

Some more info coming after I eat lunch...
post #157 of 169
Thread Starter 
Several people have requested info on my existing designs, so here it is:

 

*Lengths are measured tip to tail on an un-cambered ski
*I need to find where I wrote all the weights down

 

Mind's Eye
Length:172cm
Tip:114mm
Waist:75mm
Tail:104mm
Radius:~15.75m
Core: Ash and Cherry
Sidewalls: Cherry
Graphics: Red cotton fabric with silk decals
Topsheet: 4 oz fiberglass, UV protected with spar urethane
Weight:

 

Comments:

 

This was my first foray into the world of ski building. My goal was to make a pair of skis as cheaply and portable as possible, so my tooling was made small and out of recycled wood. The woodworking was done in Maine, and I transported everything back to my apartment in Rochester and made the skis in my living room one at a time. I learned a lot, like don't use someone else's cost-cutting techniques! While pressing the second ski, my vacuum system failed, rendering the second ski useless.

 

These felt very stiff when flexed by hand, due to the primarily ash core at 13mm thickness.

 

 

 

Blue Cheese
Length:172cm
Tip:114mm
Waist:75mm
Tail:104mm
Radius:~15.75m
Core: White Pine and Cherry
Sidewalls: Waxed Cherry
Graphics: Blue cotton fabric
Topsheet: 4 oz fiberglass
Weight: Scary light

 

Comments:

 

This is my second pair of skis, the same design as Mind's Eye. For these skis I took into consideration the difficulties and observations encountered on my previous attempt, and rebuilt my entire mold as well as changed my technique. They are a HUGE success!

 

I have skied these for two season now, and have done everything I can to break them down. I ski them hard, over rocks and logs, off of things and intentionally jam the tips into submerged objects while in the woods. Aside from a few scuffs they look and function like new. I've even dropped them off the car a few times onto pavement and left them outside in the snow, rain and sun for a week straight with no noticeable effects.

 

These are on the softer side, great for trees, bumps and moderate powder. I suspect a similar construction in a longer ski would be great for powder. With the pine core these are very light and "poppy"

 

 

 

 

 

"American Smoke" (red pair)
Length:178cm
Tip:134mm
Waist:100mm
Tail:125mm
Radius:~19.9m
Core: Maple and Poplar
Sidewalls: oil Treated maple
Graphics: Custom printed
Topsheet: Sublimated Plastic
Weight:

 


 

"Purple Haze" 
Length:165cm
Tip:114mm
Waist:82mm
Tail:104mm
Radius:~19.9m
Core: Maple and Poplar
Sidewalls: Oil Treated maple
Graphics: Custom printed
Topsheet: Sublimated Plastic
Weight:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments:

 

These two pairs were made for LeeX and his wife. Aside from the first photo, credit goes to LeeX for the pics.

 

This was my first experience using printed topsheets, and overall I was very pleased. The quality of the print is amazing, and the material is very easy to work with. i am told by Lee that these appear to hold up and scratch just like most commercial skis.

 

Both pairs are designed to be more powder oriented, and were designed to mimic the performance of two commercially produced skis. I would rate the flex on the stiffer end of a medium flex, and the skis are also somewhat heavy due to the dense maple core. LeeX can comment on their performance, and has a TR somewhere about his Taos trip last winter.

 

"Naked Kneedrop"
Length:186cm
Tip:130mm
Waist:90mm
Tail:115mm
Radius:~23.5m
Core: Maple and Ash
Sidewalls: oil Treated maple
Graphics: none
Topsheet: Clear Plastic
Weight:

 


 

 

 

Comments:

 

Designed for telerod15. This ski has threaded inserts for a telemark binding, notch in the tail for skins and a clear topsheet to show off the wood core. These are the largest skis I have made so far. The bases came out just very flat, and have been ground and sharpened by a former WC tech. i attribute the fantastic base finish to the the tech and to the advanced 4001 "Race Base" material, which finishes smoother and holds wax better then the standard 2001 material.These skis are heavy and stiff due to the maple and ash core combination, but should ski rock solid. Due to a small core shift the inserts can not be used (the bindings would be off center) and thus the fate of these skis is yet to be determined. I made a similar pair the day these came of the mold, using the same techniques, and the core did not shift. Regardless, further fixture improvements are planned.

 

 

"Green Things"
Length:186cm
Tip:130mm
Waist:90mm
Tail:115mm
Radius:~23.5m
Core: Cherry and Ash
Sidewalls: oil Treated Cherry
Graphics: Green Cotton
Topsheet: Clear Plastic
Weight:

 

Comments:

 

Same design as the Naked kneedrops, but made for myself. Pics to come, waiting on batteries to charge...
post #158 of 169
Bump. Buy em before the snow falls and Kyle goes back to school!
post #159 of 169
I really wish I had the funds to do so! Needed to buy too many audio engineering tools recently . As soon as I save up some more I'll probably get a pair...most likely in time for next summer!
post #160 of 169
Kyle, any chance you could do a 215cm ski?
post #161 of 169
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Originally Posted by Rise To The Top View Post

Kyle, any chance you could do a 215cm ski?




Materials are going to be a bit more, as a ski that long is going to require 3 meters of fiberglass (sold either by the meter or yard) and longer lumber for the core. And I'd have to double check the length of the current mold, but that can be changed.


Is this a serious question?
post #162 of 169
Yes, it is. I am considering going full custom this year instead of going with Nordica. I have two pairs of skis that are coming back on warranty that I plan on selling immediately to fund new Nordicas or new customs.

I'd ultamately like to see how the current skis are build wise before I make my decision though.
post #163 of 169
Thread Starter 
NEW DESIGN:

126-80-112 175cm Semi-twin

Basic design all worked out, printing templates later in the week...
post #164 of 169
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NEW DESIGN:

126-80-112 175cm Semi-twin

Basic design all worked out, printing templates later in the week...

The "Chach Ski"...
post #165 of 169
Possibly coming soon: The Race Line
post #166 of 169
Bump for the newest EpicSki Sponsor.
post #167 of 169
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post

Bump for the newest EpicSki Sponsor.


New ordering info coming soon!



Quote:
Originally Posted by Rise To The Top View Post

Possibly Coming soon: The Race Line


Post edited for truth!
post #168 of 169
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I was given the task of doing some preliminary research for a 6-month design project (electro-mechanical spine model for calibrating motion capture devices and other rehabilitation tools at a PT center) on Friday, so I really haven't had time to get everything together for an updated thread.

Hopefully in the next few days, until then just send me a PM.
post #169 of 169
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New name, new info, new thread:


Introducing Pilote Custom Skis!

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