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fat brake for Fischer X14 binding (for Fischer Watea 94)

post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 

I have a new pair of Fischer X14 bindings and the brake is a 93 and the waist of ski is 94. Is there a fat replacement brake for this binding? Is there a generic brake out there to fit?

post #2 of 4

First of all, welcome to EpicSki!

 

The easy answer to your question is:  Just bend the brake out a bit and it will fit.  You absolutely do not need another brake if the ones you have are 93mm and the ski is 94mm.  The best way to do it is to clip your boot into the binding and then bend the binding arms out a bit by pulling on both sides.  If you can't bend them by hand then you can use a short piece of pipe to give you more leverage.

 

Mike

post #3 of 4

The whole brake width thing is really annoying.  First, let me assure you that 1 mm deficit is probably OK out of the box, and certainly adjustable.  (I *think* the width is the width of ski they fit, not the actual width of the brake opening.)

 

Not let me vent about the general situation.

 

The usual blase "oh, they'll be fine" as a stock response for 2 or 3 or even 5 mm deficit is a crummy answer.  At two different mountains I have had demo skis in the 102-105 width range with brakes that did not reliably deploy because they were not really wide enough.  As in, drop the ski on the ground, go to step in, and notice the ski has moved a couple feet and is accelerating.

 

So when I bought skis, I bought 105 mm brakes for a 102 mm ski, and they are significantly too wide.  I think the 100 would have been a better fit.

 

Vent over.  Thanks.

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...thanks guys for the good advice. I was able to bend them just slightly and they clear. ...off to the mountains!

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