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How to tune my edges?

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I haven't been on skis in years, and I finally picked up new ones and am leaving for Switzerland tomorrow. I grabbed all my old tuning gear. I'd like to see a guide on how to tune my edges. Is there one available?

Thanks.

Chris

PS I use Swix stuff from Reliable Racing.
post #2 of 16
Ummm... really? You can't find a guide for tuning edges? In the TUNING forum?!?

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post #4 of 16
Did your old skis have a base bevel in the edges, or were they filed flat? If they did not have the base bevel, you need to learn some new tricks. You'll need a guide, of which there are a couple of types. I like 1° base bevel and 3° side bevel. Others have different preferences, but something like this is the way the edges need to be sharpened. Flat bottom edges and 90° sides are history. Detuning the tips and tails are also history for many of us.
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 
I saw the FAQ but I was hoping for some illustrations.

My old SL skis were 1 and 3.
post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 
I saw the FAQ but I was hoping for some illustrations.

My old SL skis were 1 and 3.
post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by mbp67 View Post
I saw the FAQ but I was hoping for some illustrations.
Under 'Resources' (bottom) in our Tuning, Waxing & Base Prep Blog, I'm reorganizing and dumping our illustrations/details which can be viewed as a slideshow.

In the Blog and Archive, search for edge entries. There are some embedded videos and tons of info.
post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by mbp67 View Post
I haven't been on skis in years, and I finally picked up new ones and am leaving for Switzerland tomorrow. I grabbed all my old tuning gear. I'd like to see a guide on how to tune my edges. Is there one available?

Thanks.

Chris

PS I use Swix stuff from Reliable Racing.
Probably, want new tuning stuff. I was in a simliar situation. Tuning has evolved significantly with increasing sidecut in skis.

Alpinord and others sell the SVST, DVD guide for tuning. It helps me to see the tuning being done. (I'm a strong visual learner)Translation into action is sometimes lost with 2 dimensional print.
post #9 of 16
http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/s...ead.php?t=5528

This is more of a waxing guide, so take it for what it is worth..
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by mbp67 View Post
I saw the FAQ but I was hoping for some illustrations.

My old SL skis were 1 and 3.
Call Reliable Racing or walk into any Swix dealer and ask for a copy of the Alpine Tech Guide. Handy little pamphlet, mostly high quality tech info, lots of illustrations.
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by Garrett View Post
Call Reliable Racing or walk into any Swix dealer and ask for a copy of the Alpine Tech Guide. Handy little pamphlet, mostly high quality tech info, lots of illustrations.
I know I grabbed that before I left, but wasn't sure if I put it in my ski bag or not.
post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 
Is tuning then waxing done now, or do some start with a baselayer of wax to be left on for at least a night, then scrape off, then tune, and then wax up?
post #13 of 16
All sorts of methods. Some people like to use protective base tape while tuning. Others just frequently clean the base. Waxing, scraping, tuning, brushing, then repeating the wax/scrape/brush isn't a bad plan if you have the time. Obviously tuning without scraping can gunk up your tools/make them slide poorly. The overnight soak isn't really necessary.
post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 
Another question: how difficult is it to do your base edges with file guide rather than a bona fide base bevel?
post #15 of 16
Go to our Tuning, waxing & Base Prep page, select 'Edges' & 'Side & Base Edge beveling' on the right side. There are two embedded SVST videos.....
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