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$60 - $70 to mount binding?!

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 

That seems to be going rate around NYC.  Is it a little too much or am I too cheap?  Can anyone recommend some shops in the area that is reliable and reasonable?  Thanks

post #2 of 19

I was quoted $60 at a shop up here in Manchester, NH, for slide-on integrated bindings. I ended up putting them together myself and having them tested for $10 at a shop near my home mountain, although this was after I had used them several times, which wasn't smart on my part.

I'd check into having it done at a shop near wherever you ski, but maybe not right on the mountain. The same place that tested my bindings for $10 also drilled bindings for me last season for $30.

 

There was a long and sometimes bitter discussion about this a while ago...

http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/80242/what-to-expect-to-pay-to-get-bindings-mounted/30


Edited by Virtus_Probi - 3/2/2009 at 05:02 am
post #3 of 19

I hope the lube is included.

post #4 of 19

This has been discussed here before. Yes, that is outrageous, but perhaps that's the going rate in the city these days. I have never paid more than $35 here in CO, and if you buy either the skis or the bindings I was just quoted $15.

post #5 of 19

If you didn't buy the equipment from him, the dealer is disinclined to give you a good deal on mounting. I've paid close to $100 in DC, which seemed like a good idea at the time. The shop was reported to be the best and the only one nearby that would be familiar with mounting Telemark bindings. I should have taken them to Whitegrass which is a long drive from here, but I could ski while I was there. I have done that in the past. I had bindings mounted at the ski shop in Blue Knob's lodge last weekend. Getting them done at the hill while I ski works for me, saves two trips dropping and picking up.

post #6 of 19

 

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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post

 

If you didn't buy the equipment from him, the dealer is disinclined to give you a good deal on mounting. I've paid close to $100 in DC, which seemed like a good idea at the time.

 

Kinda gotta wonder if the client is funding stuff-up insurance on bring-ins.

post #7 of 19
Thread Starter 

Thanks.  I'll pay if that's the going rate.

 

Is there a checklist questions I need to ask to make sure they know what they are doing?  I keep hearing this jig thing, not sure what it is?  And there are seems to have a list of test that need to be done.  How do I know they are qualified to do the job?

 

Last time I used Princeton Skipshop, since they are a specialty chainstore, I didn't even bother ask.  Now that they are gone, anyone else in NYC area that is reputable?

post #8 of 19

A local shop was doing mine for $40 up until recently. I took some skis in and didn't bother asking. I was surprised when my bill was all of sudden now $80! I didn't have a choice but to pay it. So now I guess I won't be going there for other things either. Who lost more on that deal? Not me, as I have other places to go to have my work done. I tend to send people to where I am getting taken care of as well.

post #9 of 19

A few thoughts:

 

- That doesn't sound surprising to me for a shop that's actually in NYC or, I suppose, "around" it. At the rents they pay, it's not like anybody's raking in a big profit mounting bindings for $60 a pop.

 

- If that also includes tuning, that's not such a bad deal ... if, that is, your new skis require any tuning. Some don't, some do (e.g. railed edges, over-bevelled edges = base grind). For some reason, it seems a lot of kids' skis come out of the plastic-wrap in serious need of attention.

 

- Most shops where you'd buy skis, at least in in urban areas, are primarily retailers. The backshop stuff isn't really their main business, it's just an adjunct to support the retail business. If you buy skis there, a decent shop should mount your bindings for free or for a nominal amount, and should also do the tuning required (if any) to get the skis in decent shape. If you walk in with skis and bindings you bought on the Internet, it's not hard to understand why they're not enormously eager to do everything necessary to make you satisfied that you opted for that purchasing strategy.

 

- When you get more in the vicinity of the actual areas, you'll find more full-on service-oriented shops, owned and staffed by ski-bummish types (rather than would-be actors, or whoever they hire in NYC) who know their stuff but may not be highly financially ambitious, and with a decent flow of customers who need work done on their skis.

 

- Personally, I mount system bindings myself, and only go to a shop if a drill's going to pierce the topskin.

post #10 of 19

If you are a regular/friend at Skinners, Frankie does it for free... if I ever pay/have to pay for a mount, $30 would be my limit. $70 is robbery, esp with  the economy today. If its a rail binding/doesn't require a drill, you should just tell us what ya got and someone here should be able to help.

post #11 of 19
Thread Starter 

OK.  I give up on price.

 

- Is there a checklist questions I should ask before handover my skis?

- Is there a list of EpicSki approved reputable shop within driving distance of NYC?  Like recommended bootfitter list.

 

Thanks


Edited by whoever - 3/3/2009 at 03:12 pm
post #12 of 19

When and where are you going skiing next? What type of skis do you have?

post #13 of 19

There is such a list (sort of):

 

http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/52066/list-of-recommended-tune-shops-by-region

 

I didn't page through to look for a NYC-area shop.

 

EDIT: Okay, I didn't even have to page through it. I think the first one is, maybe.

post #14 of 19
Thread Starter 

Thanks, I'll check them out.  I mostly ski near NYC, like Hunter, Windham and other Catskills.  Occasionally to Vermont.  I guess price is not really matter that much as any saving will easily be wiped out if it's not close by or on the way. 

 

Last time my ski was $50 and Princeton skipshop was famous, so I didn't really bother check anything.  Now I am looking at 1K+ skis, like Rossigal Z9 or Atomic Metron M11, so want to be sure everything is done right.  Missed out on some deals, will see what I can get.

 

So what kind of questions do I need to ask in the shop?  Seems like they need to have the "jig" for a particular brand.  Anything else?  Thanks

post #15 of 19

 

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Originally Posted by whoever View Post

 

Thanks, I'll check them out.  I mostly ski near NYC, like Hunter, Windham and other Catskills.  Occasionally to Vermont.  I guess price is not really matter that much as any saving will easily be wiped out if it's not close by or on the way. 

 

Last time my ski was $50 and Princeton skipshop was famous, so I didn't really bother check anything.  Now I am looking at 1K+ skis, like Rossigal Z9 or Atomic Metron M11, so want to be sure everything is done right.  Missed out on some deals, will see what I can get.

 

So what kind of questions do I need to ask in the shop?  Seems like they need to have the "jig" for a particular brand.  Anything else?  Thanks

 

Ask them what their liability policy is if they screw up your mount/ski during the process.

post #16 of 19
Thread Starter 

Thanks.  But with my knowledge and attention to details, they could duck tape and paint over and convince me it's all right

post #17 of 19

This is why I'm really glad for three things:

 

1.  System bindings.  I can mount most on my own.

 

2.  I like Salomon bindings.  Always have.  Which is great because...

 

3.  I have my own Salomon mounting jig! 

post #18 of 19

The Startingate in Stratton will mount skis for $35.00

post #19 of 19

To do a mount and function test can take around 45 minutes.  Most shops charge $60/hour labor, so it seems a little high, but if you live in the city, could be higher.  Of course, some shops have 2 prices: one for product purchased in-store, and one for stuff that was purchased online: can't expect shops to mount bindings for cheap if you aren't spending money in their store.

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