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  1. Agreed. Even if it were (and could clear a...

    Agreed. Even if it were (and could clear a search), the number you'd have to sell to just cover legal expenses would be huge.

    One thing folks don't realize about patents is that if someone...
  2. And be sure to read all of the nuanced comments...

    And be sure to read all of the nuanced comments about how much to offset the fifth hole. Helpful hint: @lucknau's iteration seems to have the most traction.

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  3. So I got to see a Shift in the wild yesterday,...

    So I got to see a Shift in the wild yesterday, and I can see where it needs another riser level ... LOWER ... but that's just me ;-)
  4. I drew a Shift template based on @lucknau's...

    I drew a Shift template based on @lucknau's revised template and overlayed it onto a Pivot. Note that I've never mounted a Shift, but for these purposes, I think the two toe holes shown as...
  5. Lots. 1800+ posts and we learned where to...

    Lots.

    1800+ posts and we learned where to locate a mounting screw, adjust forward pressure and store the brakes in the touring position.

    We also learned there are quite a few bros who "need"...
  6. I wonder how many CAST sales have been generated...

    I wonder how many CAST sales have been generated from this thread - especially with respect to big boys like you ;-)

    ... Thom

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  7. Great metaphor that also crossed my mind. ...

    Great metaphor that also crossed my mind. Everyone has a different level of risk/reward tolerance.

    Me? I get a creepy feeling at 45mph on a downhill (road bike) - wondering if a headset was...
  8. And sig. worthy sarcacm it was. Sent from my...

    And sig. worthy sarcacm it was.

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  9. Lotsa better ways to waste my time, but I stand...

    Lotsa better ways to waste my time, but I stand corrected about Instagram. This video was posted on the ON3P thread and it's righteous skiing:
    ...
  10. Is it just me, or is both the content quality as...

    Is it just me, or is both the content quality as well as the edit quality on IG several notches below that of YouTube and Vimeo?

    I don't know why I ever bother clicking.

    ... Thom

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  11. If it were me, I wouldn't back the screws much -...

    If it were me, I wouldn't back the screws much - less than a turn (maybe 2mm?). Basically what spyderjon said.

    Even that (2mm shim) assumes a healthy thread (no spinners or near-spinners), along...
  12. One thing I'd love to see is x-ray shots of...

    One thing I'd love to see is x-ray shots of various boots, to see where the plane of the boot board is. That's what we're all trying to reference.

    ... Thom

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  13. I wish I could say that I follow my own advice. ...

    I wish I could say that I follow my own advice. I have a pair of Spring skis coming in and I'm giving serious consideration to either ATK Crests or Haute Route 2.0s - both with a new toe design.
    ...
  14. Sorry to hear about your MCL, @gregliest. My...

    Sorry to hear about your MCL, @gregliest. My combined condolences and thanks to all of you beta testers. I feel bad for Cody and the team 'coz you can't test everything.

    So on one hand, we have...
  15. Thinkin' out loud here (not liking what I'm...

    Thinkin' out loud here (not liking what I'm seeing). I'm reminded of truss rod adjustments on guitar necks. The procedure is to loosen the strings before tightening (adding tension to) the rod.
    ...
  16. Awesome, & thanks. I'll snap photos & follow up...

    Awesome, & thanks. I'll snap photos & follow up there, assuming no one covers my approach first.

    ... Thom

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  17. Continuing this thread derailment ;-) My Pivot...

    Continuing this thread derailment ;-)

    My Pivot forward pressure is set so the bottom ledge of the dongle is parallel to the ledge on the boot heel.

    Is this a baseline for shortening, or...
  18. ^^^ This, and @spyderjon did a flex analysis with...

    ^^^ This, and @spyderjon did a flex analysis with a soft ski (somewhere earlier in this thread) - proving that when correctly mounted, the toe didn't pop out.^^^

    My bet is for a very tight...
  19. My question related to what I think he was saying...

    My question related to what I think he was saying - that when a sliding AFD binds, it becomes the equivalent of a fixed AFD. That's pretty obvious, but maybe he's trying to say more..

    If this if...
  20. So if i understand his study correctly, then no...

    So if i understand his study correctly, then no amount of "excess" height clearance will help with lugged soles and AFDs, whether fixed or sliding?

    ... Thom

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  21. This has been my general approach, even with...

    This has been my general approach, even with fixed AFDs.

    I use a piece of paper for a shim (about .003"). Mount the boot with the paper shim between AFD and boot (starting with an adjustment...
  22. Maybe some of those horseshoe heel fittings? I...

    Maybe some of those horseshoe heel fittings? I forget. Were they for Kingpins?

    ... Thom
  23. This has been my thinking as well, and one other...

    This has been my thinking as well, and one other thing to check might be wear on the boot heel ledge.

    ... Thom
  24. I had a thought about the brake release thing. I...

    I had a thought about the brake release thing. I haven't handled them, so I don't know how the locking mechanism works.

    For those who have experienced this, have you bent the brakes to fit a...
  25. Third climbing position, improved brake lock, and...

    Third climbing position, improved brake lock, and maybe more intuitive toe height setting? Maybe a tweak for the front nubbin so shop rats don't mess up?

    All in all, a great first release but...
  26. So what you're saying is that they shouldn't use...

    So what you're saying is that they shouldn't use wood springs?

    I tried finding details on fatigue resistance for alu springs but came up empty.

    I wonder if their fatigue cycle calculations were...
  27. Aluminum spring ??? I ain't no stinkin engineer,...

    Aluminum spring ??? I ain't no stinkin engineer, but that creeps me out. I'm guessing they know what they're doing ... I think.
  28. Darn smart phone keyboard. Yes, lash or backlash...

    Darn smart phone keyboard. Yes, lash or backlash ;-). I corrected the original post.

    ... Thom
  29. With most adjustments of this type, all you're...

    With most adjustments of this type, all you're experiencing is the lash/backlash (play) in the threads.

    ... Thom
  30. At the end of the day, you're looking at the boot...

    At the end of the day, you're looking at the boot board surface, but you'd need to take x-rays to make truly valid comparisons.

    Since every manufacturer has a different interpretation of all of...
  31. Great observation, and worth taking note of (test...

    Great observation, and worth taking note of (test mount) if one is using the printed template.

    ... Thom
  32. Yeah, slow and steady. Better to underestimate...

    Yeah, slow and steady. Better to underestimate than overestimate your skills.

    A 2x4 for practice is your friend. Of course it won't teach you how to control drilling depth. It's good for...
  33. If you're comfortable with not having an...

    If you're comfortable with not having an "official" ski bit:

    3.6mm bit = 9/64"
    4.1 mm = #20 bit

    https://www.engineersedge.com/drill_sizes.htm

    Lowes, Home Depot, etc.

    ... Thom
  34. Maybe you didn't notice that the gnabros are...

    Maybe you didn't notice that the gnabros are using the current current version version and are good with it.

    ... Thom
  35. Same here (daylight, or a piece of paper which is...

    Same here (daylight, or a piece of paper which is .003" or .08mm).

    Also, as margotron mentioned, there's thermal expansion (you're measuring at room temperature), so you'll have more clearance in...
  36. 30mm heel travel. Scroll up about 15 posts. ...

    30mm heel travel. Scroll up about 15 posts.

    ... Thom
  37. Oh well, I picked up a pair of Vipecs from them -...

    Oh well, I picked up a pair of Vipecs from them - admittedly, 18 months ago.

    ... Thom
  38. Sport Conrad looks like a pretty good deal. ...

    Sport Conrad looks like a pretty good deal. Priced in Euros (449,95 ). Deduct the 19% VAT & then convert (using xe.com).

    We just went through currency conversion on the Down group buy thread. ...
  39. Yup. The only exception I can think of is...

    Yup.

    The only exception I can think of is one of Binding Freedom's screws - either the small head or low head.

    I may be wrong about this. I'll check a spreadsheet I built which catalogs...
  40. I use my google skills (the search jong always...

    I use my google skills (the search jong always messes me up), but in this case, my Google search only turned up questions about templates and no answers.


    Navigate to the first page in the...
  41. I re-wax several times during a run to...

    I re-wax several times during a run to accommodate changing conditions on the mountain.

    On a serious note, I can see another (albeit small) group of individuals who require high risers: those with...
  42. This is stick-worthy! ... Thom

    This is stick-worthy!

    ... Thom
  43. Wow! Talk about a beautiful piece of...

    Wow! Talk about a beautiful piece of engineering. Totally disruptive product. Congratulations on the fruits of 7 year's hard work, guys.

    ... Thom
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