If you want to mount your skis at true center, measure the entire length of the ski, including the tips and tails, and divide it by 2 to find the center. If you want to mount them at core center, then you measure the running length, and divide by 2.
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yeah but dont they just come to the same mount when you do that? because with measuring your tips and tails, you get say 165, then you take off the tips and tails and just measuring the part of hte ski that touching the snow and divide by two. since you subtracted the same amount that you started with from each ski wouldnt they end up the same?
no, because the tips of most twin tips have a longer curve up in the front than the back. measuring the whole ski tip to tail is stupid, you end up with more running surface behind your foot than in front, rather than it being equal.
I would recommend you measure the running length and then divide by 2, so you have a mark right in the middle of the running length, then you move about a 1 cm back and mount there. That's how I have always done my park skis as well as my hellbents, and that's how most of the guys on the armada team do it.
okay so that means you do -1 back from center? so i'm confsued tho why are the rails shorter than the tips? and since i ried the line mini (symmetrical ski) doesnt that mean that it doesnt matter how i do it it will be okay?
if its a totallt symmetrical ski like an invader or a fujative, theres no point in not mounting it true center, but if u have a ski thats still a park ski but with a more directional flex and/or shape, tthen mount it like 1 cm back. I have a pair of kamasutras, thats what i did, and they perform just as well switch as forward
yea if you have a 100 percent symmetrical ski then mount it right in the middle where it says.
I am talking about the actual curved part of the tip and tail.. most twins are built to be mounted a few cm back, and the tail is smaller than the tip because the dimension of the very end of the tail is less than that of the very tip. Most people, myself included, still measure out center and mount there or close to it regardless of sidecut or how it's actually built to be mounted, because the performance difference is negligible for regular skiing, and it's better for balance in the park and riding switch.
"centre" will vary from ski to ski, which is why i think it's a terrible reference point, unless you just go at a recommended mounting point for that particular ski. even amongst manufacturers and retailers, there seems to be a lot of difference between descriptions of the marked centre. Core centre, or cord centre, or one of many other names for it is more useful for traditional, non twin-tip skis. a straight line is measured from the tip to the tail (often using a string or cord). this number is divided by two. personally, i think true centre is a much more useful and universal point. do some research for approx where you want skis mounted for your type of skiing. if you decide to use true centre as your reference, make sure the shop tech knows that though when you tell him where you want your binders mounted.
spark notes: true centre is usually further forward and makes switch riding easier (usually).
most twins will have marks for ski center mounting and true center mounting and any shop should beable to mount the whereever you want go true cente for even swing weight or a few cm's forward from ture center for a li'l more normal ski feel if you plan to do a lot of carving. also note candide thovex doesn't ture center mount his skis