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  • in reply to: Atomic backland 2017 snapped cuff #879608
    lernr
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    I have cracks in my Ultimate cuffs. Not the carbon, where the thin upper plastic is right above the carbon.

    in reply to: FS: Unused Phantom M6 L/XL #867939
    lernr
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    Update: I have used once just to try out. Reducing the price to $300 shipped CONUS.

    in reply to: Atomic Backlands with Phantom Link #846035
    lernr
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    Welcome!

    Leaving (both, not just back) boot in tour mode was a terrible idea for me riding down from camp Muir once. It was not pow surfing, though – hard snow conditions. Felt like I can’t ride at all. This may work for some in pow if it’s wide open and you can take your time with your turns. I do have a snowskate that I ride using Vans sneakers and it’s great but I can only ride it so hard, definitely limited in many conditions. Having said this, I think many people actually keep the back foot in a steeper forward lean angle (soft boots – through highback lean) – surf turns drive from the back foot, so you want the support and steep angle there. This does depend on the board shape & design, of course – some shapes you just have to drive with the front foot. Others definitely ride better emphasizing the back foot.

    My Backlands are the carbon cuff Ultimates and while I like them a lot, right now I think the Link Levers are too soft with the green spring for the way I ride, as I mentioned above. Haven’t tried the non-carbon ones, so can’t comment on this. Interestingly, I like the back foot as is (no Link Lever) = stiffer but still soft enough to me. Wanted the Link lever for the front boot to play with the forward lean but it’s so soft, I think I may throw back the original lever and spend some time like this to see if it’s really too steep of a forward lean.

    About the cuff mod: I guess it depends. Was a game changer for me for the TLT5 – it helped reduce my heel lift resulting in much better control. I want to try on my Backlands, too. Hope to have it complete soon, will report back.

    Ping me when you decide to go up Rainier, I like to tour around there every once in a while and it’s cool to meet people

    in reply to: Atomic Backlands with Phantom Link #845983
    lernr
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    Hi again – Wrath sent me a message and asked if I can post his thoughts and mods here so let me try:
    Phantom Link Levers initial thoughts and mod.

    Atomic Backland convert, mondo 24, women’s version with grilamid shell and cuff; 170#, Amplid Creamer 163 diy split, Phantom alpha ride/tour, upgraded Phantom tech toes and now Phantom link levers at Baker. Also using the Backland boots for all my riding; resort and BC.

    The stock Backland levers seemingly work ok and have managed to ride fine due to the grilamid cuff is flexible enough and easily adjusted using the top buckle and power strap to dial in flex and movement from loose to stiff performance. The issue with the stock levers is that you can not easily adjust the forward lean without a mod. Some folks (mainly with the carbon version) note that cuffs are stiff but primarily there is no gradual forward and backward transition flex/give. Also, there is the issue is at the end of the flex range is a “hard stop” without much gradient nor dampness. Therefore, the Phantom Link Levers were apparently developed to address these issues.

    The stock Phantom Link Levers, ordered the stiffest “Green” springs rated for 160+ lbs riders. They look to be well made, sturdy and up to the task.

    After one day of use: My issue with the stock Link Levers, with the green spring: There was too much range of forward flex and there was not enough resistance provided by the springs. I imagine in part due to the more flexible non-carbon grilamid cuff…however with the stiff carbon cuffs the springs and range might work better. The backward dampening worked well. However, the top rubber bushing/washers that are used to dampen the backward movement appears that it will not hold up for very long.

    My issues with the Phantom link levers: The green spring was too soft which resulted in too much forward flex range that kind of threw me in to being over-committed on toeside edge. And the backward dampening rubber bushing felt rather harsh and was not going to be very durable.

    The Mod: I removed the spring and the rubber damping washers and replaced them with hose. Specifically, car/auto vacuum line (softer) for the backward dampening bushing and gas/radiator line for the forward flex (stiffer) to replace the spring. Each piece of line was the same length of the bushing and the spring. Then adjusted the forward lean/angle from the 70mm (which is the Backland’s stock lever non-adjustible distance) to 75mm (length from pivot pin to latching pin). Tried 80mm and it was too much forward lean. Also tried the softer vacuum line where the spring sits and it compressed too much. The cost of the vacuum line was under $1 for a 12” and the stiffer gas/radiator line was about $1.80 for 12”…enough line for 3-4 sets of the link levers mods.

    Tools: 10mm open box wrench,
    2 philips head screw drivers,
    Silicone grease or spray to easily slip the hoses over the rod (but its not required),
    Metric ruler to measure the distance of the pins,
    Blue loctite

    Mod Results: In bounds/resort at Baker, with 6” of fresh typical PNW wet heavy cream cheese poo, firm groomers in the morning and sugar groomers in the afternoon. Riding an old Option stiffy freeride full cambered board, Sparks One Binding pucks and Spark Dyno DH bindings. The car/auto lines/hoses worked well. There was enough dampening both forward and back and the flex was firm, predictable in a significantly reduced range that resulted in the ability to dig in the edges and easily get the board up on toe and heel edges. Actually, the board, binding and boots felt more like an extension of my body with the ability to feel the snow/board and have excellent responsiveness of a well-tuned integration of the parts. Had memorable runs from top to bottom of chair 8, going skier’s left of the old terrain park that weaves around and hooks up the chair 7 to 8 groomer run. It was flat out flying over rollers, straight lining the dips…scary fun. Am sure at times, hitting mid 50’s mph without issue. Other runs were “death star” and the natural half pipe where the LBS runs. The set up felt solid, stable and assured.

    ***Note recently Phantom sent out a email note, that the 1st and 2nd production runs there was an issue of the pivot pin screws coming loose and falling out. The recommend fix was to use some blue Loctite…there is a youtube vid. There is also a youtube vid that shows you how to switch out the springs.

    An email to Phantom and they are aware of the rubber bushing issue and apparently working on a up-grade for next year…I suggested that perhaps the material could be a more durable poly material bushing like what is used on front end suspensions on cars and for skate board trucks. Also noted thinking about replacing the spring with a metal tube to eliminate or reduce the range of the forward flex. However, upon further thought, figured that the hose lines would be a better place to start and a idea; and I’m very satisfied with the results.

    The top/thicker hose is the gas/radiator line and the bottom/smaller line is vacuum line.
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Ej9OYu4jT-yC6mrH_wTMg6zVEOJeIOEa

    The small bushing above the square nut is the stock rubber bushing that consists of 2 rubber washers
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1NLVGnj5j_keGWlZbG_aDkv1nBGZVMjk5

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1zNHZ-j3cHAEnm-x2BltQ43Fav9Zmi4pa

    in reply to: Atomic Backlands with Phantom Link #845924
    lernr
    Participant

    Hey guys,

    I didn’t think I’ll ever say this but now my 2019 / 20 Backland Ultimates feel too soft even with the green spring! They are softer than my TLT5 for sure, and even softer than my Burton Tourist. I actually kept my back foot boot as is, seems perfect without any mods. The reason I got the Phantom Link Levers was to play with the forward lean on the front foot only – the 13 degrees was a bit too much when floor testing.

    I am running the original liner, thinking I may need to swap for something stiffer. Also asking Phantom if there is a stiffer spring to try… Any other ideas?

    in reply to: Difference b/n Backland Pro and Sport #843343
    lernr
    Participant

    Actually now I’m thinking about the Backland Ultimates (can get 40% off on them) – like how light they are, but concerned they may be stiffer because of the carbon – has someone compared Ultimates to Sport or Pro?

    in reply to: SOLD THANKS: Phantom bindings #843341
    lernr
    Participant

    Tyler sent payment so I’ll consider these SOLD. Thank you!

    Already got my new M6 so am able to ship these asap. Tyler was interested and I’ll give him some time to respond but don’t want to wait very long

    in reply to: SOLD THANKS: Phantom bindings #842064
    lernr
    Participant

    ^ You know I’m not sure what models exist. I know they aren’t 1st gens for sure.

    in reply to: Dyno or Phantom? #841381
    lernr
    Participant

    I just ordered the new M6 binders from Phantom. But also have Arc Pros from last year.

    in reply to: Tech toes and dyno dh #836067
    lernr
    Participant

    THanks for sharing, Scooby2 🙂

    I hate taking the board off, but have found through my experience it’s probably better and safer than trying to push skinning up steeps. More power to those, who can!

    in reply to: Tech toes and dyno dh #835434
    lernr
    Participant

    I realize this is a bit old but thought it’s important enough to comment: my thinking is on a 45+ degree slope you should probably be booting up with the board on your back, no?

    in reply to: FS: 2 Splitboards #830318
    lernr
    Participant

    Everything sold, thank you!

    in reply to: FS: 2 Splitboards #830254
    lernr
    Participant

    Thank you for the endorsement, Permnation! I got two new splits (carbon Paragon and Flight Attentant X) so thought the old ones must go… I’ve had some of my best bc riding on this Furberg, for sure 🙂 but lately orienting myself back to camber

    in reply to: FS: 2 Splitboards #828919
    lernr
    Participant
    in reply to: FS: 2 Splitboards #828604
    lernr
    Participant

    NS is sold, Furberg still available

    Thanks!
    Ivo

    in reply to: Venture 75 MPH Highway Impact #827690
    lernr
    Participant

    I do have a small quiver but if I had to keep just one board for everything, then it would probably be my Paragon.

    in reply to: FS: 2 Splitboards #827689
    lernr
    Participant

    Hey guys, sorry – I’ve been in an out of the country, sick, now moving house. THe boards are still available, several people have asked for them so I’ve sent Furberg photos where I have email and talking to folks about meeting in person as feasible.

    Want to give people first right of refusal in order of PMs but not sure who’s still interested so let me know.

    Cheers
    Ivo

    in reply to: FS: 2 Splitboards #826238
    lernr
    Participant

    Just came back from vacation. Sent a note to daway, he’s asking about the Furberg. Nothing final – I still have both

    in reply to: FS: 2 Splitboards #825785
    lernr
    Participant

    Holiday bump:

    Knocking $50 off the asking price for each, and am motivated to sell to free space for another board.

    in reply to: SOLD: Spark bindings + parts + crampons #817611
    lernr
    Participant

    How about I take out the Sabertooth crampons form the pile and ask for $120 for the lot – I really need to clear space!

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