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I'm still new to the sport and had a local sports store mount my Marker Griffon bindings on a new pair of K2 Extremes. The shop asked if I wanted an all mountain or park setup. I opted for all mountain. Should the bindings be equidistant from the front and back? They're mounted rather far back. Also, with twins, is there a true front? With one, the K2 logo is at the top and the other ski the logo is at the back. Simply, these don't look right....or am I still that new to this sport?

 

Thanks for any advice!

post #2 of 10

With most twins, yes there is a front and back. However some park skis are completely symmetrical (extreme is not) in dims, sidecut, and flex so for those it doesn't really matter (although there is still a "front" but thats basically just to line the graphic up).

 

Mounted back is good for all mtn, going forward is only really good for park as it makes spinning, grabbing, and skiing switch easier. 

 

K2,s often have weird graphics and mismatched logos on tips/tails. 


Edited by FieldsofGlory - 10/8/10 at 7:30pm
post #3 of 10

Yeah the Extreme isn't symmetrical so it definately does have a front and a back.  I think K2 usually has a scale on the sidewall that has "core center" or something like that, and the scale goes back to like 7.5 cm from there.  The "All mountain" setup your shop talks about is probably all the way back.  The idea is you will be skiing forwards more than backwards, and in soft conditions, this puts more surface area in front of your foot, helping you stay on top of powder.  If you spend all your time in the park going backwards or upside down, you want the center mount so the swing weight of the ski is the balanced.  But they ski weird in soft snow.  You can compromise anyway you want.  My first set of Public Enemies (The older Extreme) I mounted at +2 cm from the back.  My Fujatives I did +4, and my second Public Enemies I did +5 (or 2 back from center)

post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 

Your responses are appreciated and make me feel better. Sounds like all is good? If the setup just doesn't work, bindings can obviously be remounted, correct?

post #5 of 10

Yes, the bindings could be remounted. But, be ready for another mounting fee. Also, if you went toward a more center mount and decided you liked your first mounting position I would advise you against go back to your old mounting position. I personally do not like remounting into already drilled holes.

 

Ski them and see how you like them.

post #6 of 10

Also if you remount them it leaves holes underneath the binding where the original holes were.  It weakens the ski.  Take a hard crash and that's where they will break.  I'd leave them where you have them.

post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by FujativeOCR View Post

Also if you remount them it leaves holes underneath the binding where the original holes were.  It weakens the ski.  Take a hard crash and that's where they will break.  I'd leave them where you have them.



Uhh, hole plugs?  I know what you are getting at though.  It does create some structural weakness, but so do the holes your bindings are mounted in.  I have re-used existing holes numerous times with no problems.  It all depends on how strong the screw retention in the ski is.  Some skis have soft wood cores and no screw retention sheets or titanal.  These are obviously more sketch.  OP:  I wouldn't worry about it at this point.  Ski em, you will probably like them just fine. 

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One of the better forums on the 'net. Thanks much!

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Uhh, hole plugs?  I know what you are getting at though.  It does create some structural weakness, but so do the holes your bindings are mounted in.  I have re-used existing holes numerous times with no problems.  It all depends on how strong the screw retention in the ski is.  Some skis have soft wood cores and no screw retention sheets or titanal.  These are obviously more sketch.  OP:  I wouldn't worry about it at this point.  Ski em, you will probably like them just fine. 


Did not work on my OG Public Enemies.  When I came down far from the position I was supposed to be in, the original holes is exactly where the ski broke...all the way across.

post #10 of 10

And....?  I thought we knew that already.

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