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Old 02-14-2011, 07:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So I've been riding my 09-10 SL-R (7 days so far) and it's my first season on a hybrid camber board. I love it so far but the only complaint I have is that it feels a little "hooky" on flat and icier terrain. Not sure if that's the right term for it but when I'm cruising on flat areas, the board sometimes hooks and I've caught a heel edge a couple of times.

So I feel like I've got to really pay attention on this type of terrain while on my old board (Rome Anthem), I was basically on autopilot. Is this normal? Do I have to detune the tips or something?
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Old 02-14-2011, 09:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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could be the vario grip ... but detune the ends anyway, easiest way to see really
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Old 02-14-2011, 09:19 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Check your edges for burrs. If you haven't deburred/sharpened them since day 1 then chances are you have quite a bit of burrs on your edges and that is why you keep catching or your board is hooking.
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Old 02-14-2011, 10:53 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Check your stance. I center mine (raptor and revolver) with the holes.
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Old 02-14-2011, 12:01 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Definitely detune the tip and the tail.

I also agree with keeping the bindings relatively centered. I have the Evo, not the SL, and I know that when I've tried to set back the bindings on pow days it doesn't respond well at all when I hit a groomer. Not sure if the SL would respond similarly, but the Evo doesn't like a setback stance on hardpack.
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Old 02-14-2011, 12:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I believe the SL-R naturally has a setback.
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Old 02-14-2011, 12:43 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Definitely detune the tip and the tail.

I also agree with keeping the bindings relatively centered. I have the Evo, not the SL, and I know that when I've tried to set back the bindings on pow days it doesn't respond well at all when I hit a groomer. Not sure if the SL would respond similarly, but the Evo doesn't like a setback stance on hardpack.
You know, I actually added a very minor setback to my Evo (3/4 of an inch) and noticed an improvement. It put my weight back just enough so that it wants to float better in powder, and I have more torque in making turns.
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Old 02-14-2011, 12:48 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I've never played around with a slight setback on the Evo. I may give it a shot. On a deep pow day, I set it back pretty majorly and it didn't respond well at all. Not surprising out of a relatively soft true twin. Figured I'd give it a shot though.
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Old 02-14-2011, 01:02 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I've cut my nose open (luckily didnt break it) and had a black eye after doing a faceplant due to my bindings not centered. Hit a 15footer first run, landed it but caught a toe edge right afterwards.
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i usually continue to detune my board 1 to 1 1/2 inches towards the center of the board from the widest points on the tip and tail. its a personal preference, it doesnt really seem to effect my turn initiation negatively but it feels as if my board is much more stable flat riding and i NEVER catch, even on chopped up ice/groomers.
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