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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-04-2011, 07:56 AM Thread Starter
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runners or carbides?

Hi Everyone,

I'm new to the sport this year. Picked up some inexpensive sleds for me and the wife. We have an '88 formula mx and a '90 indy 650. I need to replace the wearbars on the skis of both. If i cheap out and put runners only is this suitable for light trail use? Should I drop the extra $20 per sled and get a carbide runner instead?

Any opinions are valued.

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carbide runners last longer because they have carbide pads that take wear, and they also turn on solid surfaces when wear bars wont, like ice.


i had brand new carbides last year, and i was acctually able to turn around with no sliding on concrete under the gas pump area.


i was very impressed.


the carbides really only do much on hard pac trails and ice, the softer the snow gets, the less the carbide will do for you.

so its a choice, depends of how much you can afford i guess.

i run them because i like them, but i like to ride a little fast, and the handling is important to me.

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csdwearf11's answer is spot on. On ice, hardpack, or on asphalt (like in the parking lot) the carbides let you turn a LOT easier. If you use just wear bars, they will protect the skis on the harder surfaces, but if you want to make a turn, you will be jacking the sled around by hand. And that 650 is such a light sled to be pulling around by hand

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^^^ X3

I run plain old wearbars, because on the trails I ride, it's pretty much all light-packed or powder. I've crossed 1 road, in 300+ miles of riding. :-)

When I lived in the NE, I went through 2 sets of carbides every year! Lots of road-running there...

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Like whats already been said, if you can afford it the carbides are definitely worth the extra cash. I personally run them on all my sleds no mater if they spend a lot of time on packed trails or not, just in case you hit that hard packed spot and need to turn. It gives you that little bit extra that can really help out sometimes.

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Like whats already been said, if you can afford it the carbides are definitely worth the extra cash. I personally run them on all my sleds no mater if they spend a lot of time on packed trails or not, just in case you hit that hard packed spot and need to turn. It gives you that little bit extra that can really help out sometimes.
I agree. How many times have we gone around tight icy corners on a trail only to slide across the corner. Carbides will eliminate that from happening. So, carbides can be added safety.......

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Absolutely carbides for All my sleds, always, especially this time of year when the temps climb a little and freezing rain mixing in. It is too easy to hit an icy corner and slide through it. Play it safe.

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Unless you ride through all powder buy the carbides. Once you have to keep getting off your sled to pull your sled around by hand on the asphault you'll wish you had them.
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Carbides the ONLY thing I'd buy for my sled. If I had the money for skegs but not carbides, I'd rather wait and not run my sled at all. The life span makes up for the extra cash and then some, and the steering is SO much better. I've had to do quite a bit of asphalt and dirt riding this year to get to the trails and my carbides still look brand new. Last year I had skegs and I'd go through a pair every other week.

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I never had carbides until I bought my sled.......and man what a difference. I was surprised when I was able to turn on hard surfaces.

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