way we slide downhill has changed dramatically. The
continuing growth of snowboarding and the introduction
of a plethora of new ski shapes brings snow sports to
a new level of performance. From beginning carver to
Olympic rider, we can tune just about any snow toy you
can think of, with the exception of the Radio Flyer.
While a belt-sanded finish makes your board of skis
perform like new, a textured stone ground pattern gives
the extra performance you demand. By tailoring the pattern
to the snow conditions, performance is improved even
in magical conditions.
| What is Tuning?
way your board or skis perform relies on more than just you're
ability. It also depends on the base profile and stone ground
structure, edge condition, bevel, wax and whatever else touches
the snow. Tuning is a way to control and optimize performance
by refinishing the running surfaces.
| Why Tune?
there are many ways of constructing a board or ski, a good tune
has as much influence on the way it performs as the way it was
built. If you're tired of endlessly slopping across the fall
line, if you're stuck in a rut and can't seem to improve, or
even if you lost the last race by 1/10 of a second, our certified
technician's tune-up is the ticket to better performance, a
safer ride and more fun on the hill.
| When to Tune?
how often you tune depends on snow conditions, terrain (including
rails, tables, logs, etc.), and the level of performance you
are looking for. A Buckles and Boards fall tune-up when you
take your board out of the basement and Buckles and Boards
tune-up about every 7-10 times on the hill should provide
consistent performance. A pocket stone and daily wax are also
recommended for best performance between full tune-ups. Any
significant base or edge damage should be dealt with right
away to prevent any further damage.
skis and snowboards should always be 'prepped' before you
ride them. Most need tuning work and stone grinding before
they are ready to rip. For the best performance get our certified
technician's stone grind tune-up!
| Regular Buckles and Boards tune-ups and
simple care will preserve your board or skis:
wax often to protect base and ensure performance.
and dry your edges each day on the hill.
your board or skis in a cool and dry place.
any damage immediately.
a thick coat of wax to base and edges at the end of the
| What Problems does tuning solve?
|You endlessly struggle to set
an edge in a patch of ice, but instead the edge slips and you lose
control. You can't ride your edge and carve big sweeping turns.
edges are dull and rounded.
is dusting you on the flats. Every time you turn the transition
from edge to edge
seems like it takes forever.
Your base is dry, damaged, and/or not stone ground.
Your board or ski hooks
and continues up the hill when you've completed you turn.
Your edges need to be de-tuned.
thing in the morning your board or ski feels like it won't carve
a smooth turn. Later in the day you can't carve a turn at all.
Your edges are seriously burned,
becoming duller by the turn.
to turn, you can't get off the edge for the transition. It feels
touchy and won't slip sideways. The base profile is concave
or 'edge high'.
board or ski wanders and feels squirrelly. On the flats you
don't feel stable,
you're just waiting to slam.
Your base profile is convex or 'base high'.
| What is a Good Tune-Up?
good tune-up will match your board or ski' performance to your
riding needs. Make certain that you inform the technician performing
the work of your ability. Inform him of the type of riding you
like, the terrain you frequent, the performance you require,
and any problems you have. Our technician can better tailor
the tune-up to your liking.
|To properly tune your board or skis, a
Buckles and Boards technician will perform a number of basic steps.
The top, sides and base should be wiped clean, paying attention to
removing any dirt in the base. The board or ski should then be inspected
for damage, including base damage, delimitations, sidewall blowouts, and
edge pull outs. Any repairs needed will be pointed out and performed as
- BASE REPAIR.
Next, any nicks, gouges, or core shots are filled with P-Tex. By heating
the P-Tex properly, our technician will have bonded the new material to
the existing base. The excess P-Tex will then be removed, and the board
or skis will be ready for flattening.
The entire base (including the edges) is sanded. This step removes
material evenly from tip to tail and from edge to edge, exposing a clear
running surface. Ideally, the base should start out perfectly flat
before the next step.
The base and side edges are then tuned to your liking. Depending on what
you're looking for in performance, the edges are beveled anywhere from 0
to 3 degrees. The edges should then be polished using a soft stone of
GRINDING. Our technicians will
probably recommend stone grinding the base of the board or ski.
During this process, minute diamond-shaped or linear grooves
are ground into the base. In addition to allowing the base to
hold more wax, stone ground patters are the best way to break
the suction and friction between the base and the snow. By grinding
this light pattern into the base, you'll find that your board
or ski will easily transfer from edge to edge. Different temperature
and snow conditions require different structures and snow conditions
require different structures for optimum performance. Only your
Buckles and Boards technician knows the right formula!
Your technician will then likely recommend de-tuning the tip and the
tail. De-tuning is the dulling of your board or ski just ahead of and
behind the running surface. This is to aid in transition and turning and
to prevent catching the tip and tail.
The last process in any tune-up is hot waxing. Hot waxing impregnates
the base, providing protection from damage and increasing gliding and
turning characteristics. As with stone grinding, wax is specific for the
temperature and snow consistency. If it is not possible to predict
conditions from your house in the city, good universal waxes are