A while back I remember you telling me to try the carbide runner from Starting Line Products that you have been using on the Straight Line Tracking skis for years. When I went to order some, the 35-122 runners are not listed any more……….. what happened?
When you told me this I about flipped out. I have been recommending the 35-122 carbides for the Straight Line Tracking skis from SLP ever since they came out, so I about panicked. I always have a good supply on hand, so I checked with SLP to see what the deal was. They told me their carbide supplier stopped carrying the 90-degree carbide inserts that has been used on the 35-122 runners, so they switched to a 75-degree insert, which was more readily available and had the most similar handling characteristics to the 90-degree variety.
In reality, six inches of the 75-degree carbide acted more like six inches of the even more aggressive 60-degree carbide than it did the original six inches of 90-degree carbide of the 35-122 design. Further testing revealed that four inches of the 75-degree carbide was the most similar to the six inches of 90-degree carbide on the Straight Line Tracking ski. Since the length and angle of the carbide changed, they opted to change the part number of the runner as well. The new part number is 35-126 and it has a 4 inch 75 degree insert. Starting Line also passed on the savings to you, as they were able to reduce the price by $5.28. Hopefully this clears up any confusion.