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2 degree base bevel on fat skis?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
I've purchased a new pair of fat skis this year (Nordica Blower, 110mm waist) and just can't get them skiing comfortably on any kind of packed snow. Of course I didn't expect them to ski groomers well, but I'd like to at least get down that last run of the day without fear. They ski great in powder but are very hooky and squirely on any kind of packed snow. They came out of the plastic a little concave, so I had them flattened, which helped, but they still feel odd. A couple of people have suggested to me that I try a two degree base bevel. That seems like a lot. I'm wondering if anyone else has expierience using that much bevel on a big ski, and/or if I should just de-tune the heck out of them. Thanks. FWIW, my everyday ski is a 90mm waist, so I'm comfortable skiing on wider skis.
post #2 of 8
What the current bevel on the skis?

For the ski to ski OK on the groomesr you only need the ski to be sharp underfoot. So, I would try to the following steps.

First, try de-tuning the widest parts of the tip and tail. You may want to de-tune to the point of rounding the edges. The ski tip/tails should slide into the turn without catching.

If that doesn't work or overshoots, I would go with variable base bevel. 2 degrees in the tip and tail with 1 degree underfoot.
post #3 of 8
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Originally Posted by tom.gos View Post
people have suggested to me that I try a two degree base bevel.

It is easy to increase base bevel but takes a good base grinding to decrease base bevel. Start with 1 degree and see how they behave before going to 2 degrees. This is easier to do if you tune your own skis and remember to bring your base beveler with you to the hill.

Can you hear the voice of experience talking....?
post #4 of 8
you probably have an argument for detuning the tips and tails. I know that many here think that detuning is akin to breaking open the gates to hell but there are times for it. I sharpen the entire edge of skis that are groomer skis, even all mtn skis. But on some of my wider boards (everyone gasp in horror now) I detune tips and tails
post #5 of 8
If you haven't done so, make sure it isn't a burr first.
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys. The ski is now tuned with a 1 degree base bevel and 1 degree side bevel. I have not detuned it, but it does not feel overly sharp. I'll start with the detune and see how that goes, although I've never liked skis sharp under foot and detuned on the ends - rather I've felt better detuning the full length. Anyhow, I'll give it a try and then maybe go to the two degree bevel. I never thought a two degree base bevel would be a good idea, but I've had a couple of people tell me that it skis really well on wide (over 100mm) skis.
post #7 of 8
What are your 90mm waist skis?
post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 
The 90mm ski is the Nordica Hellcat, but I also own a pair of Pocket Rockets and I have a 90mm Karhu BC90 for my randonee setup.
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