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Elan Speedwave 12 - Where to buy?

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
Has anyone seen any for sale online? I cannot find any! Can only find a few '08 leftovers but not in 168 and I don't see anyone selling the '09s yet. Plenty of places carrying the rest of the '09 Elan line but not the speedwaves.

If anyone has run across them or knows of a nice used pair let me know. The season is here!
post #2 of 24
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Originally Posted by ManDown View Post
Has anyone seen any for sale online? I cannot find any! Can only find a few '08 leftovers but not in 168 and I don't see anyone selling the '09s yet. Plenty of places carrying the rest of the '09 Elan line but not the speedwaves.

If anyone has run across them or knows of a nice used pair let me know. The season is here!
Try contacting dawgcatching here on Epicski. He's an Elan dealer.
post #3 of 24
I have a pair, but they're 176. I'll PM you.
post #4 of 24
BTW - Speedwaves are not available in the US in '09 from what I understand.
post #5 of 24
Thread Starter 
Hmmm... That's not what I wanted to hear. Ebay Germany has plenty of '09s.
post #6 of 24
From what I hear, the GS Waveflex is based on the Ripstick - that would probably be a great set of boards.
post #7 of 24
I second the suggestion to call dawgcatching ...at 541-593-2453
post #8 of 24
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I second the suggestion to call dawgcatching ...at 541-593-2453
Yep, That's where I got mine. Scott & the boys are great. I think they were out of 12's, but who knows... I know they had some 14's, as I was looking pretty hard at getting a set. I just haven't been able to get funding together (as well as thinning my own quiver) to get any at this point.
post #9 of 24
+1 for dawgcatching... I got a pair of SW10 from him last year. The service, speed, ... were great and I have never been happier.
post #10 of 24
Thread Starter 
I PMed Scott. He has no 12s either. Did say he could make some calls.
post #11 of 24
As of last spring, the SW12 was not available. But, it is in the consumer catalogue for 2009. Go figure.....

I sent an email to the regional rep and report back with availability. Without that ski, it seems that they have a pretty big gap in their line. While the Magfire 78ti is a great ski, it is still a 17m turn radius and more of a GS feel. If you live on a 100m vertical hill, it probably isn't the best choice, and the next step down are detuned race skis, which aren't as versatile as the SW12.

Related to an earlier post, I am planning on picking up a pair of GSX Waveflex Fusions. It is a superb GS carver, and if you like race skis, a whole lot of fun without being demanding. The GS fusion is basically the old RIPstick (which is an awesome ski in itself) but with the new waveflex technology.
post #12 of 24
Well, the actual Speedwave 12 is not in the US. But, there are a few of the Wavemaster skis in the States. This is a limited-run ski, and I haven't skied it. It is supposedly a bit more refined and damp than the Speedwave series, but with similar performance (something like the Kastle stuff that is coming out). It isn't cheap (retail is $949) but my price would be a bit lower for Epic people. Google Elan Wavemaster and you can see the ski.

If you are interested, let me know, as there are only around 15 pair in the US. Again, I wish I could say more, but this ski wasn't available last spring for demo. I may bring a shop pair in for demo
post #13 of 24
Thread Starter 
Not in the US! Wow. Like you said this does leave a huge hole. Was any reason given for dropping it in the US?

How about the SL Waveflex Fusion?
post #14 of 24
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Originally Posted by ManDown View Post
Not in the US! Wow. Like you said this does leave a huge hole. Was any reason given for dropping it in the US?

How about the SL Waveflex Fusion?
I'll take a stab at this -- the SW series were all <70 waisted "all-mtn carvers", which is a HEAVILY represented market segment. They also tip-toe in to the race ski category with that waist width, so they're kind of a ski without a home. You can get tuned-down racers that do what they do, and they're a bit on the narrow side to really be an all-mt ski.

With that said, they still RIP, and I think they're great skis. I haven't met a recent Elan I haven't liked.
post #15 of 24
Thread Starter 
A dozen phone calls later and I located two pairs of '08s for $650, 4 hours of driving each way though. Also found '09s in Germany for $680 USD includes shipping. Going to have to do a reality check.... was really looking forward to this ski this season.
post #16 of 24
Tons of good skis in this category. If you can't find the Elans then look to other brands of skis. Have you looked for used 08 SWs?

Mike
post #17 of 24
Thread Starter 
For any who care...

I emailed Elan the other day and thought I would share their response. I won't copy and paste due to the privacy statement on the email but was told that the speedwave line is not being distributed to the US this year. It is slated to be returned to the US for the 2009 - 2010 season.

Scary and weird to be thinking about 2010!
post #18 of 24
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For any who care...

I emailed Elan the other day and thought I would share their response. I won't copy and paste due to the privacy statement on the email but was told that the speedwave line is not being distributed to the US this year. It is slated to be returned to the US for the 2009 - 2010 season.

Scary and weird to be thinking about 2010!
The market segment for the 69mm skis have been dropping consistently. Look at the new popular skis for the frontside skier who wants close to race-ski performance: Head Supershape Magnum, Fischer Progressor 9+, Fischer Progressor 8+, Nordica Mach 3, Blizzard SuperSonic: all are around 72mm underfoot. Not that there is anything functionally different between the SW12's 69mm and the new 71-72mm skis but the wider skis are being pushed as "new" and the narrower skis are somehow now "old". It is probably just marketing: I had a person associated with Head tell me that "our engineers have determined that the ideal width is 71mm underfoot for a frontside ski: that width just skis the best". What a load of BS. The Magnum skis great, but how they determined that 71mm, not 69mm, 73mm, or 74mm is better, is beyond me.

The SW12 was/is a great ski, one of my favorites. Still, if you are looking in this category, check out any of the above skis, as well as the Dynastar Contact 10 or Contact 4x4, and perhaps the Tigershark 10 from Volkl as well. I think you can definitely find one of the above that you will like. Or, just wait for the 2010 product to come back. Probably the SW12 will be up to 71mm by then as well
post #19 of 24
Your local Elan Factory rep is named Tim. Check with him cause I know he has both 168 and 176.
post #20 of 24
Hey mandown I cant reply to your PM because I need 5 posts and only have one....er two now. I'll try and post a few tonight so I can reply. Got a phone number for you.
post #21 of 24

Wavemaster

If anyone is still looking for the Wavemaster, we have two pairs, both in a 168 length.
post #22 of 24
I'm selling a new pair of Speedwave 12s in 160cm in case anyone's interested.
post #23 of 24
I have a pair of speedwave 14's for sale.176cm, fusion 12 binding.  Great condition.
post #24 of 24

I got to demo a pair at a resort shop in ohio... 

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