knobby

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I'm hoping someone can explain why Look has moved from the RockerFlex to the RockeRace bindings. The name RockerFlex implies that it would be for the added ability for the tail of the ski to flex and would be better for lighter skiers potentially but they are no longer making this binding. Did the limited rear support cause prerelease issues? The nub on the RockeRace would presumably cause a stiffer ski and avoid the prerelease issue if that were the case. I am 100% speculating on all of this and I'm looking for any info on the pros and cons as I have a mixture of both sets of bindings to chose from.
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hbear

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Due to the plate change. As the R22 plate is a full plate now and not split as in the past. So the binding needed to change to adjust for this (Eg split binding instead of the connector in between.).
As for the heel, was told this was because it tested better (Faster) and gave a more progressive flex/load feel vs. a little more on/off in the past). Nothing to do with release.
For what it’s worth, that plastic bumper/rails under the heel can easily be ground off (I did on my daughter’s SL setup, left her GS as is). No issues doing so. Dremel is your friend here.
 

hbear

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Looked more closely at your pictures. If you have the R22 plate, you will want to use the RockeRace binding. The old RockerFlex on the R22 plate won’t work as well as the RockerFlex was built for the R20 (pretty sure that was what it was called...maybe R21?) The binding and plate are a combo. So RockerFlex with the connected bar between bindings attached to the R22 plate would not be as designed...would actually stiffen it up further. The RockerRace was redesigned to accommodate this. We find most athletes moved to the new setup without any issues....although in reality we joke it was a good way for Look to force new purchases of bindings.
 
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