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|02-22-2011 05:41 PM|
|01-30-2011 03:54 PM|
If you want to widen you stance, you move the bindings toward the tips of the board by the same amount from the ref. point.
If you want to narrow the stance , you move the bindings toward each other ,also symmetrically .
Using more forward lean makes you keep your knees bent and increases responsiveness at the expense of your quadriceps getting tired faster.
|01-30-2011 03:44 PM|
As others have mentioned, every board type has a specific geometry. Directional boards will have a sidecut of which the most narrow point will be centered around the reference stance on the board. Yes, even ICS boards have reference stance points.
I don't know all of the technical engineering details, but the best way I can describe the feel of a centered stance on a directional board... it feels like you are riding switch when you are riding normal. That means it will actually ride better switch.
Centering yourself on a directional twin nets the same results due to sidecut. Basically put, when you center your stance on a board that is built with a setback, you are mounting your bindings forward. That's not a good idea.
To the OP: yes, start from reference stance and widen your stance evenly. You can move both bindings back for powder riding. Even if you move just the front foot forward, the ride will be affected. You can move just the back foot back, but it will still handle different. The difference just won't be as drastic as moving anything forward from reference.
I'm also not just pulling this from thin air. I have a directional board and I experimented with every stance imaginable.
|01-30-2011 03:41 PM|
|01-30-2011 03:33 PM|
Originally Posted by thetraveler View Post
Originally Posted by phile00 View Post
FirstChair and skipman: thanks for the answer. I'll certainly look into adjusting the forward lean of the highback, though surely that mostly affects the handling the heel-side edge, right?
|01-30-2011 03:04 PM|
1. Directional sidecut - always the sidecut is setback - meaning the waist (thinnest part of the board) is set back from the dead center of the board. Basically, you get the most performance out of your effective edge when your weight is centered over the waist of the board (how boards are designed). As this waist is setback on a directional sidecut your stance should be centered over the waist, not the board. This means you're not getting the most out of your board by centering the stance over the length of a directional board.
2. Directional flex - usually stiffer in the tail. Don't know/understand enough about this to give you any sort of answer but betting it has something to do with riding powder and having better pop.
|01-30-2011 02:56 PM|
The +- on the back of the highback is your forward lean adjustment : as you turn it , the highback will go forward +,or back -.
Mine are set at 2 and I have experimented with them quite a bit. Mine are Cartels also and 2 is quite a bit of lean.
When I got new boots I tried backing off the lean to 0 and it felt very unstable to me.
Hopefully this helps.
|01-30-2011 02:51 PM|
If you're used to that then you've adapted, but it's certainly not ideal at all. If you want a centered stance, buy a true twin or directional twin board.
|01-30-2011 02:48 PM|
Originally Posted by Leo View Post
the good edge hold often linked to the CX refers to riding the board with advanced riding techniques - doing pure carving or carving with minimal skidding, which invaribaly involve riding at speed.
the stiffness of the board will make it impossible for you to manipulate the board the way you manipulated your previous board(s). this goes for pretty much everything you learned on your previous boards. the CX will dictate how you have to ride it to tame it. this is good news - you'll have to learn near impeccable riding technique.
my two cents
|01-30-2011 02:47 PM|
Btw, can somebody explain to me what the +/- switch at the back of the hi-back does? I've adjusted the hi-back to be more or less parallel with the heel edge, but didn't notice any difference between any of the switch positions.
Sorry for all these silly questions. My last pair of bindings pretty much only allowed me to choose the stance angle and the position along the board. This is all pretty new to me.
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