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Rossignol B78 vs Zenith Z11?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

Does anybody have opinons on the Rossignols? 

 

I can get a B78 set at 174cm for about $299, and I can get a set of the Z11's at 170cm for $429.

 

Z11's:

128-76-106

 

B78's:

116-78-105

 

I ski pretty much what is available in the Northeast, so mostly hardpack/groomed/crud.  I'm coming off of a set of straight 190cm K2s that need to retire.

 

I'm really wondering if the B78's would suit me well.  I think the extra length might be a better fit (I'm 5'11, 175lbs), but the Z11's are slightly fatter overall.  It would be nice to save $140.

 

 

post #2 of 9

I did a review on the Z11's - http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/50261/rossignol-zenith-z11-mutix

 

BTW - the arms DO make a big difference in the way this ski performs - it really is a totally different ski depending on which you decide to use. 

 

The B78's are a one-trick pony, but a good all-arounder.  Probably a little bit of an under-performer though.

post #3 of 9

 the more time you spend on the groomers the more youll appreciate the z11

 

it is wide enough underfoot though to blast through lumpy stuff if you need to

post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 

Well, my the UPS guy deliveredy my brand-spaking new 2009 Z11s today.

 

I can't say how they ski, but they sure are pretty!  I can't wait for winter to come again (it's pretty much done here in PA).  I ended up with 176s.

 

I looked at the directions for mounting the bindings and it seems very straightforward.  Is there anything I need to watch out for?  Should it be done by a pro? 

 

Chris

www.stovenet.com

 

post #5 of 9

There a few things, like drilling too deep, or mounting in the wrong spot.

 

I'd take them to a ski shop and get them done there. The cost will be worth any mistake made plus they'll do a release check for ya.

 

jmho

post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 

Lars,

 

This set has integrated bindings.  All I need to do is snap on the toe and heel pieces, no drilling.  It SEEMS very simple, and that's what I'm wondering is if I'm missing anything.  The directions for mounting the bindings are nothing but pictures.

 

On both the heel and toe pieces there are levers that it looks like you move in order to allow the toe and heel pieces to move front or back.  They included a chart that shows where to mount based on your boot length.

 

Then the only thing left is to adjust the tension on the toe piece.  I assume I can just set it to what my old skis are set at? 

 

Chris

www.StoveNet.com

 

post #7 of 9

 

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Originally Posted by Zinger View Post

 

Well, my the UPS guy deliveredy my brand-spaking new 2009 Z11s today.

 

I can't say how they ski, but they sure are pretty!  I can't wait for winter to come again (it's pretty much done here in PA).  I ended up with 176s.

 

Congrats, I think you've made the right choice.  The B78 are good skis, but don't do too well on icy groomers.  I like mine in the right conditions (anything on the softer side), but they only get used about 10% of the time.

post #8 of 9

Chris,

 

First - welcome to the brotherhood - you got some wicked skis!!  Second, just set the DIN to your old setting.  Set DIN with your boots IN the bindings with these - and don't forget the heel...and also - CHECK YOUR FORWARD PRESSURE!  If you have ANY doubts about them, bring them to a shop and get them tested.  They are pretty easy to set up, but it's always good to be cautious.

 

You will find a DEFINITE difference betweent the two different arm sets - play around with them, and have a ball!! 

post #9 of 9

I think you will like your choice of the z 11. When you get the bindings installed, put your boot in and look at the window on the back part of the rear binding, it will be half yellow, half black when your forward pressure is correct.

Enjoy!  

 art

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