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Mounting Marker plates on Nordica SG skis

post #1 of 10
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I have a pair of Nordica SG skis on their way from the warehouse, and I would like to mount a set of Marker Piston plates on them, but they already come with the Nordica WC plates. For those who have Nordica race skis with the plates and have used piston plates before, is it worth re-drilling for the piston plates, and would I loose significant performance from the redrill?
post #2 of 10
Why don't you just use the plates that they come with?
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
I'm afraid of stack issues and their flex performance. Just looking for opinions.
post #4 of 10
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would I loose significant performance from the redrill?
No.

Can't answer the rest of your questions.
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I'm afraid of stack issues and their flex performance. Just looking for opinions.
There is a reason they put that plate on there to begin with.... the ski has been designed around that plate. Not that it won't work well with something else, but you know that it has been tested with, and works as intended, with that plate.
post #6 of 10
You are over thinking this process. Stack height is stack height regardless of whether you are using the Marker plate or the Nordica plate. 50mm if you are racing at Continental Cup level or better. 55mm if you are at domestic FIS races. If you are racing Masters who is counting stack height? You can adjust w/shims either plates stack height to what you need.

Also I agree with the responses that you have received. All Nordica skis are developed with the plate they own. And there is little to no issue removing a Nordica plate and replacing it with a Marker Piston plate.

Did you happen to miss Marco Sullivans WC DH victory last January 26th at Chamonix? BTW, Marco finished 5th place today at Lake Louise in the SG on Nordica skis and plates. Best US finisher.

jim
post #7 of 10

keeping it real

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There is a reason they put that plate on there to begin with.... the ski has been designed around that plate. Not that it won't work well with something else, but you know that it has been tested with, and works as intended, with that plate.
Plus 1, I run the Nordica Plates w/ my race skis & have been rather happy. There is no reason to mess w/ the design. They accempt a range of bindings & lifters very well.

I have more concern w/ the speed concept thou. Just buying a speed ski & attempting to be a SG skier is not the way to go. As I recall, not to long ago you were considering becoming a SL specialist.

While I encourage you to continue technical events & grow in racing, jumping on the speed bandwagon is a not so great idea.

Find a coach who will work with you. Go to a speed camp, rent/demo a SG ski (WITH A SKILLED COACH), Get into some closed hill training & then see if you want to purchase a WC SG ski.
post #8 of 10
I agree with the above post(s), have you been to speed training yet? If not, you don't know what a speed ski should feel like. It's a different horse freeskiing a SG ski on an open run and running a course in a dh suit on a skied in and fast track.

If anything I would test out the ski at training first and then decide if you are looking for something different, but again I wouldn't worry too much about it.
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I agree with the above post(s), have you been to speed training yet? If not, you don't know what a speed ski should feel like. It's a different horse freeskiing a SG ski on an open run and running a course in a dh suit on a skied in and fast track.

If anything I would test out the ski at training first and then decide if you are looking for something different, but again I wouldn't worry too much about it.
I ran a handful of courses at Okemo last year on 193s, so I have an idea of what it is like and what I want in a ski. I tried a pair of Rossi and Volkl SG's over the past few weeks and didn't really like ether, so I talked to my shop and I decided on Nordicas after discussing how I felt on the Rossis and Volkls. I'll find out this weekend how they really feel, and if I have any issues with them I can work it out with my shop. As for training, its hard to find programs that do early season (December/January), but I'll find my way some how.
post #10 of 10
FWIW a number of Nordica racers do run the piston plates. Two years ago I deoed GSRs with the Nordica/VIST plate and the Piston plate back to back and there was a real difference between the two. I'd have taken the piston ones for sure.
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