I think it's less of an "I meant to do that" and more of a "We wish it didn't happen, but it's a result of the manufacturing process/materials that can't be helped, and has proven to be a non-issue as long as the base @ a half-inch along each edge is flat."
I have heard it both ways, planned and a manufacturing problem.
I had three pairs stone ground a couple of seasons ago and the tech at a good local shop took much of of the concavity out. My Metron 10's and my wife's Balanze both sucked. Just felt dead. My SL-9 seemed fine. I scraped in some concavity and now they hook--need to work on that. I moved my wife's Alpine bindings to a different pair of the same ski with the factory tune and she was instantly happy.
Last year I mounted up an Atomic made Dynamic cheater GS ski and found it had really poor tip engagement and wandered. I checked the base and found it flat, so I metal scraped in some concavity. I now love those skis. Make of that what you will. Edited by newfydog - 12/1/09 at 4:17pm
Binidng position is a very individual adjustment. Everyone's ski style and physiology is different. I hate skis mounted forward. So just because madmole likes them forward does not mean that will work for you. Boot forward lean, binding delta and zeppa delta
also all play into fore/aft position.
Depending on what binding you use on them (You may want to try Atomic Race Series or Neox) can be moved for and aft as an integral part of the setup.
The Neox almost has infinite adjustment As long as the boot sole length numbers on the connection band added together equal double your boot sole length you are good to go. (Within reason) For example if you wear a 310mm boot and you want to move your boot forward 10 cm you would set the toe band to 32.0 and the heel band to 30.0 (multiply by 10 to get actual mm) so 320 + 300 = 620 (Normally you would set your boot to 31 toe and 31 heel )again muttiplied by 10 is 310+310 = 620
then there are also 2 additional adjustments for forward or centered and all the above apllies still. The only thing limiting you is the detent for the AFD and heel piece. but you still have a ton of latitude!
Race 6.14 5 different postions
You can easily find what postion works for you with some trial and error.
Stockli's for example are mounted (factory Mount point) much farther forward then Atomic or Head or many other Brands (K2. Volkl) At least their factory mount point on the Laser slalom is) I hated the ski and sold them . Didn't want to remount the plate and binding. One of my other friends absolutley loved that ski where & I hated it! Placed directly next to my (same size Atomic SL11 mounted as prescirbed the Stokcli w/Marker comp 14 eps on marker WC slslom plate were a good 20-25mm ahead) I double checked the Stockli mounting point with another shop and they were spot on. We got the jig out and measured them per the Stockli manual and they were mounted correctly for factory spec. Edited by Atomicman - 12/2/09 at 9:56pm
Thanks for all the replies! These skis come with the Atomic XTO12 binding. Since I got them online, I'm going to take them to a good local shop for mount. They used to sell Atomic, but do not anymore, but I trust them to do the right thing.
The XTO is a Salomon binding. I am really out of touch with the newer Atomic gear as I switched to Head a few years back now, so i don't know if any other binding is even an option on the Ti. But i do believe there is no fore/aft adjustment capability like on the Race Series and Neox series.
The XTO are really really adjustable with no tools. Just lift up a lever and slide. They are even marked for boot length
Slide front and rear to your boot length mark, clip in boot and check tension arrow is withing 3 marks at heel. Job done
Atomic always place their ski centre mark about 1" behind the true ski centre. I find That using the true ski centre makes them far more positive. I was cambell balanced and this confirmed the further forward position for me
But with the XTO's you can change the position in seconds, so dead easy to try forward or backwards positions, even easier to adjust than the NEOX and can be done out on the hill with tyour gloves on