Hey everyone I'm new here at EpicSki and looking for advice on race ski setups. I am by no means a racer, but due in part to my company (an airline) participating in a 4 event race series against all of it's competition (other airlines), I plan to partake in some Giant Slalom next year. I'm typically a park rat. I've been riding K2's various freeride skis since 2003. Last year, I purchased the Hart BarHopper, and have decided to go with the Hart Javelin GS as my weapon of choice for next year. (already bought it and it looks amazing).
The Javelin GS comes as a flat ski with no lifter. I purchased a Tyrolia/Head FreeFlex 17 Binding to go with it. This binding has 2 available lifters, a 9mm and a 13mm. I understand the FIS rules (not that I'm obligated to pay any attention to them) limit race skis to 50mm stand height. I believe both plates will keep me under this limitation, but do any of you have any thoughts on which one I should use? I purchased both just in case they sold out everywhere.
Like I said I do intend to race with them, but I am not a racer. I am a strong skier everywhere else. Did moguls from 98-00, and park and big mountain ever since. I'm strong all over the mountain. 6'5" 195 lbs. I'll probably use these skis for ripping around on hard pack icy days as well as when the park sucks. (as it often does at my temporary home mountain in California).
Hart Javelin GS
Tyrolia Free Flex 17
9mm or 13mm race plate for minor league GS racing?
Also. Anybody know if Hart resolved the mounting point dilemmas they were having...with the mounting point being too far back? The Hart mounting spec sheet now lists the Phoenix, Pulse, and Cheetah as they should be mounted +2 or +3 cm forward from mark. It still lists the Race skis to be mounted at the factory mark. Can anybody verify this?