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 So I bought some new skis with new bindings a couple weeks ago and have skied on them twice.  I don't have the greatest technical knowledge with skis as I've only owned a couple pairs.  A couple of things are going on with my skis (watea 94) that have me thinking I was taken advantage of.

 

When the brakes are deployed, they contact my edges.  I know these bindings (Dukes) are available with three brakes widths.  This leads me to believe the guy at the shop wanted to make a sale, only had the bindings with the wrong size brakes, and mounted those up, assuming I wouldn't notice.  


The other thing that initially slipped past me is that I think the bindings are not mounted sole center.  There is a small arrow on the side of the ski which I assume is the point to line up with the sole center line on the boots.  I latched my boots into the bindings and the sole center line is about 1/2 to 1 centimeter in front of this line.  

 

The thing with the brakes pisses me off a little but I could live with it if I had to bend the brakes a little.  Like I said, I'm just learning about technical aspects of skis but if I'm correct with how the bindings are mounted I feel like I've really been screwed over.  I mean maybe this is where I want to be on the skis but I wanted to be mounted center sole and go from there.  (skis are 178, I'm 5'8", 180lbs)


What should I do?


Edited by Mutorq - Sun, 01 Feb 09 18:51:33 GMT
post #2 of 10

Have a tech look at them at another shop an give you an evaluation.  If they're wrong take em back and demand a fix.  If not, bend the brake a little - ski and have fun.  Brakes just need to deploy and stop the ski properly.  Are they sicking out still once your boot is in?

post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 

 I will demand a fix if it is wrong but I don't want an extra set of holes drilled in my skis!  

post #4 of 10

They should give you new skis too! Don't settle for less. 

post #5 of 10
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Yeah, I know...this is ridiculous.  If it's wrong, I want new skis and new bindings and I'll take them and mount them elsewhere. 

 

I'm gonna take them by another shop right now and see what they say.

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Yeah, I know...this is ridiculous.  If it's wrong, I want new skis and new bindings and I'll take them and mount them elsewhere. 

 

I understand the ski, but why would you need NEW bindings?

post #7 of 10

Hey just wondering how it went?

 

Where is the shop located anyway?

post #8 of 10

I agree it would just be a new brake!

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Originally Posted by Mutorq View Post

Yeah, I know...this is ridiculous.  If it's wrong, I want new skis and new bindings and I'll take them and mount them elsewhere. 

 

I understand the ski, but why would you need NEW bindings?

That's what I meant :) 


I took them to another shop and they basically said the other place mounted them correctly...I don't know the process but I guess there's like notches every 1/2 cm or something that have to be lined up and they were going by that and that's why it's not perfect.  This being the case, I don't think I can really ask for new skis.  We're only talking like 6 or 7 mm anyway...whether that affects performance I don't know.  Having different boots would change the sole center and different bindings would also change the sweet spot, etc., so I think I'm pretty close.   I just wanted it right on.  As far as the brakes, I'll just bend them a bit.

 

...unless, there will be an appreciable difference in performance.  


Edited by Mutorq - Mon, 02 Feb 09 06:38:47 GMT


Edited by Mutorq - Mon, 02 Feb 09 07:48:36 GMT
post #10 of 10

If the brakes are just touching, the shop did the right thing as I would prefer to have the narrowest brakes that will work. The shop either didn't notice or probably bent them out just far enough but the brakes settled back a little bit.

I'm not familiar with the Dukes yet, so I can't answer the mounting point part. Just guessing, but since it is a rail, there may be certain spots to mount them, then adjust binding to the boot, which will vary where the boot center lands. If they're both the in the same spot, I wouldn't worry about it, just get the brakes bent slightly.

 

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