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Second hand skis - binding re-drilling needed?

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Hi Snowheads,

i'm interested in a pair of used Rossi skis with Axium 100 bindings. The bindings are currently set up for Mondo size 26 ski boots. I have size 27.5 boots, does anyone know if the bindings will adjust that far up or will/can they be re-drilled and set to my size?

Any advice appreciated,

Nathan. Puzzled
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it's not the foot size that matters, but the boot sole length. different brands, and even different models within brands will have different sole lengths.
Ask the seller what is their sole length, and then compare that with yours.
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The bindings are currently set up for boot length 298mm, my boots are 319mm in length, what d'you think? Will they need re-drilling, and if so, will this be possible? Thanks. wink
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That is a big difference! You may be lucky, but I suspect a remount will be required. It should be possible to do it.
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You have to watch that the centre mark of your boots match with the centre line of the skis. If only the rear binding is moved to accommodate the longer sole then the boot might be mounted too far back on the ski. Just how sensitive the ski or you are to this is another question but I think that bindings that allow movement for different styles (like some Atomics) do it in 7 mm increments.
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I don't recall any Rossi bindings that have movable toe pieces, which mean that even if the heel adjusts enough, you'd end up a bit a back on your skis.

21mm sole length total difference means about 10mm each end, which is plenty far enough for redrilling. Re-drilling shouldn't be a problem for your local ski shop: in my ski toolkit I've even got a couple of plugs which are designed to fill the old holes in just such a case.
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Are the plugs readily available in ski shops?
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nog, if a shop fits bindings, it should have the plugs (although some may cheat and just fill the holes with glue)
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I've not seen the plugs explicitly on sale in a ski shop - but as WTFH says, if the fit bindings they should have the plugs to fill holes if bindings need to be moved (which is actually quite common). A place which does sell plugs as well as lots of other ski servicing gear is Kandie Imports (http://www.kandie.co.uk ), but not sure if they supply direct to the general public.
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Thanks for all your help,

Nathan. Razz
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