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What tuning needs doing to my new skis

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

G'day all well i'm going to buy a pair of Blizzard Soniq IQ's to ski on but what i wanna is are they ok to ski straight out of the box? Or do i need to make some adjustments to them first?

 

Do most skis have a defualt edge to them? I just didn't want to swap my old skis to a new pair and find them harder to use my old pair is a 2000 pair of Head cyber space XT

 

So what needs doing? edging? waxing? or should they be good to go

post #2 of 11

Discussed many times before - search for the old thrreads...

 

In the mean time, they may work OK, they may not.  I always recommend a complete full tune.  I have never seen a ski straight out of the plastic that didn't need at least something done.  Base geometry is much better in general these days, but edge geometry always seems to be inconsistent out of the factories.

post #3 of 11

Do you know how to use a true bar to check the bottom flatness?  If so, take it to the shop and check them before you pay.  If they aren't true everywhere on the bottoms, persuade the shop to give them a full tune before you pay.

 

If the bottoms are true-flat, you can do the edges yourself, can't you?  If not, look very closely at the edges and be sure they are sharp enough to get some scrapings off your thumbnail.  If not, persuade the shop to run the skis through their edging machine.

 

Or, just get the full tune with the edge angles set to your style of skiing and your expected snow conditions with hot wax to suit.  This will guarantee the best skiing performance for you on your first days out.  Some ski factories put the skis out in excellent condition.  Some put out skis that are very variable.  Some new skis cup due to continued curing of the epoxy.  Don't count on new skis skiing their best without work.

post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 

What edge can you recommend putting on the skis i can't find much info about it

post #5 of 11

I think that a 1,2 is common. That is 1 degree base bevel, 2 degree side edge bevel. The base almost acts as one true surface, including the edge, so a full tune would work well for your situation. Afterwards, you do not need to touch the base edges as much as the side. I usually start the season (or a new ski) with a tune at the shop, and when I wax and sharpen during the season I just sharpen the side edges with a 2 degree tool.

post #6 of 11


Here is a link to a page on edge tuning and suggested angles:

http://www.racewax.com/category/tuning-tips.edge-tuning/

 

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What edge can you recommend putting on the skis i can't find much info about it

post #7 of 11

Most all "new" skis need tuning with few exceptions where hand finishing is done at the factory.

 

post #8 of 11
Do you go looking for old threads to resuscitate?
post #9 of 11
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Do you go looking for old threads to resuscitate?


I do a search on the web.  The threads then appear.  Seems the date is irrelevant.  I forgot what the search words were now.  Anyway, these threads never seem to die as they always come up in a search.  Could it be that people will search for certain things on the web?

post #10 of 11
Well, Jacques, if they're searching, I'm pretty sure they've found your videos by now. And if they're not, they're starting a new thread.
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Well, Jacques, if they're searching, I'm pretty sure they've found your videos by now. And if they're not, they're starting a new thread.


Cool!  Sounds good to me.

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