Originally Posted by Booya
Wow Jacques, you are a magician! It is incredible that they let those new skis out of the factory in that condition.
Thanks Sharp Edges for your insight too.
A couple more questions: if I get my bases ground to a 1* bevel, will that reduce the base material significantly or reduce the life of the skis?
Second, if I start with a 1* base bevel, why would I want to change to a 1/2* bevel? Or even increase it to a 1.5* bevel? How will that affect the ski differently?
Also, if I start with a 2* edge bevel, what would happen to the ski behaviour if I either decreased or increased the edge bevel? I have heard increasing the edge bevel is better for harder snow but that's all I've heard.
Well......a base grind is to flatten, and impart structure. It does not set the edges. You, or someone needs to do that after a grind. A ski might be ground a few times depending before it gets too thin. Unless the base is not flat from the edges in one third to middle, then don't worry about a grind.
You would not want to go back to 0.5 from 1.0. You got it. Once the base is "set" you only touch it up with stones. The base bevel is most important in how the ski handles. It should be the same as possible from tip to tail. Most ski great, and like a 1.0 base. Some racers may want no base bevel to 0.5. So a racer wants a ski with no bevels from the factory. This way they can set them to their choice.
You will be fine with a 2 or 3 side bevel. Going beyond a 3 side I would not recommend. The side bevel gives more bite in the snow when it's tipped on it's side to carve. If your not carving, you will not know any difference. OH yea, you can change the side bevel, but there is only so many "hard" tunes in a ski edge! Hint: The more you polish with Boride, and Ceramic before you hit a rock etc. the harder the edge will be, thus less damage. Polishing is from a progression of finer, and finer stones. It takes a long time, but you reap what you sow.
I hope that helps you a little. Be good.