Some fuck sold me a new pair of Scratch 140Ti bindings. he conveniently forgot to tell me that they were the free system version of the binding. I didn't realise this and took them into a shop - where they told me that they couldn't find a jig to mount them with. The drill pattern is slightly different to the standard binding.
I took them to the other shop that I use and they looked into it a bit more and realised what they were. The second shop doesn't really want to mount them in case of liability. The first shop will mount them but it's going to be like $60 because of the time involved since there isn't a jig available at all.
They have a different drill pattern to the standard Scratch 140Ti. It also has different screws, they aren't self tapping, so the shop would need to find some suitable screws. Does anyone know if there are any other difference? I want to mount these on a pair of Scratch BCs - they don't have the free system. But basically, will it be safe to use these bindings mounted straight on a ski without the system? It looks like it'll work but I want to be sure.
An as far as I can tell release settings and tension etc should be the same because they're supposed to be bolted on the ski, not mounted on a rail system where there would be some give. Well it's kind of a rail system for the toe piece but it doesn't look to be a floating system like marker had a few years back. More like you slide the toe piece to where you want it and then tighten it down.
A video explaining the binding system:
A blurb from rossi:
If someone who knows what they're on about could reply that would be really awesome. I was hoping to be using them this weekend but that doesn't look likely now.
The other option is to write these off ($120) and shell out for another pair of new bindings. My local ski shop is getting in some shop soiled Markers. They said they were freestyle ones but when I asked they weren't actually sure what model they were. So I'll find out about them tomorrow hopefully.