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― Mahatma Gandhi
Unless you are a very experienced ski tech (and even if you are), watch this video to learn how to properly mount the Bishop or Switch Plates to your favorite boards with our mounting template, a G3 or Black Diamond mounting jig. Measure twice, drill once. This is what you will need:
|Tape Measure, Felt Tip Pen||3.5mm step drill (or 9/64") or Drill Stop/Tape|
|Tape||Chamfer Bit or Large Drill|
|Center Punch or Big Nail||#3 Pozidrive screw driver|
For optimum performance and fit, you want a good solid snap from the heel clip, and also adjust the Top Rail to give your outside ski even more stability and control (this is the ski that has your heel down at the end of a turn). On a side note, it's not a sin to para-mark (or tele-allel, fake-a-mark) at times, especially down those wide open groomer at high speed. Your Bishops will hear your confession (aka screams of joy and delight) and absolve you. As long as you are skiing in control, of course...
Customizing how your boots interact with the binding is part of being an advanced Bishop freeheeler, and a key part of the telemark turn. There is no right answer here. Adjust the Bishop for your own unique free heel style. Some like to go super low and/or have less resistance to flexing the boot, others (especially if you are in the park) like a super "active" binding that resists flexing the bellows and puts more force into the ski as you flex your toes. Moving the main pivot forward toward the tip of the ski decreases activeness, while moving the pivot back towards your tails increases activeness. One adjustment to rule them all! The Thru Axle Main Pivot.