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How to know if your skis are tuned properly?

post #1 of 8
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The thread title says it all. I want to figure out if my skis are tuned good from the shop I bought them from.


The dealer basically took them out of the package, fitted my boot on it, and I was off to go in no time. I didn't sit and gawk over his shoulder, although I should have. He didn't have the skis in the back for more than a few minutes when I bought them.


What are your thoughts?



post #2 of 8

Unless you are racing, factory tunes are usually fine.



Take them out if the skis feel good you are set.  If not, you may want to pay for a tune.



BTW: Most shop do not tune new skis for free.

post #3 of 8

They probably would benefit from some wax, and until you ski off the edge, some more wax.  I f you ski a lot of ice or crud, then the edges will need some work, but....................as already mentioned factory tunes are good for most, unless your racing. 

post #4 of 8

If you're at the point that you're looking for a tune with a new ski purchase, you are probably equiped to do the tuning yourself.

post #5 of 8

I took my brand new twin tips out without waxing them.


They sure do stop short when they hit sticky patches.


post #6 of 8

The thing that really matters the most is the base is flat and then a base edge bevel of say 1 degree (or less) can be put on the metal edge only.  If the base is not flat or has some sort of huge base edge bevel the ski can act really weird.

Is this a given in a new ski? No, certainly not. Should it be? From the customer's perspective yes, but should a ski shop really have to pay out of pocket to grind them flat? No too.


This is just the way it is.  If you want to start a campaign to change it go for it but most of the public is either innocently ignorant or on the opposite side take the view that it matters not.  The attitude of "I don't need to know anything about that, I just ski" or "That tuning stuff is for gapers" etc. . The first is just ignorant and the second is interesting since the very same people will spend hours discussing the looks of jackets, pants, and helmets, none of which affects the skis performance.


Of course if you ski soft snow all the time it doesn't matter all that much.  You don't need ptex on the base so you certainly don't need wax, and the edges can be round since you don't need those either.  Even in those conditions though wax will make it way easier to glide out of the flat terrain at the bottom and also helps to make the ptex more resistant to light rock strikes.


Apparently a good example of new skis needing work is the Head IM 88.  You can read about it here:

2009 Head Im88 Review by Richie Rich.  Post # 68 by Atomicman and on (probably some before also) talks about the factory tune or lack of.



As to the question "How do I know".  You need a true bar.  Look under the wikis under "T" for true bars and tuning. There's info there.  Also the tuning section.  Elsewhere on line, Slidewright (run by Alpinord here), and Tognar tool works,  have good tuning sections, or Race Place - makers of "The Beast" tuning tools has good info.

post #7 of 8

Hey Ryan,


If they were brand new skis, then they came factory tuned.  The store you bought them from may or may not have put a coat of wax on them. 


Unless you are racing a factory tune should do the trick :)

post #8 of 8

I've got to agree with Tog.  In theory a factory "tune" is sufficient, in practice those tunes leave a lot to be desired. Rarely are the edges beveled to factory specs, the wax is usually not appropriate to your current conditions and the edges are rarely very good.  But more often than not, the bases are not flat.


Any racer will get maximum benefit from ultra precise tunes but most skiers will benefit from properly tuned edges, a wax made for their snow conditions and flat bases.  The tunes from the factories are only as good as the tuner.  Sure they all use big automated machines that basically take the human factor out but like most automated systems there still needs to be a human watching things.  The edges from those machines are usually of poor quality, the bases can be decent but is the structure the right one for your snow?

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