How To De-Tune Your Snowboard

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We recently met up with Yohann Sheetz, owner of Underground Tuning in Whistler BC, to find out how to de-tune your snowboard. Yohann is going to teach you how to get the most out of your ride and increase the longevity of your snowboard! 

(Narrating: Yohann Sheetz. Film/Edit: Adison MacDonald)

For more information about how to tune your board, check out our Board Tuning series we did with Underground Tuning:

Tools Needed

Metal File                           
Metal File
The most essential tool.
Diamond Stone
    Diamond StoneYou could do without, but still handy to use.
    Gummy Stone
      Gummy StonePsst. You can get buy with just number one. 

      Removing Rough Edges 

      When it comes to detuning your board, you always want to detune the Tip and Tail. This is essential for Cambered boards. It's not essential for Reverse Cambered boards but we would still advise you to do it, so you get the most out of your board and increase it's longevity. It only takes a short time anyway and it will improve your boards performance. 

      Cambered baord

      Reverse Cambered board

      When de-tuning your board, start with your Tip and Tail as these are your biggest contact points to the snow. Place your elbow on the board to get yourself into a good position that gives you leverage for filing your edges. You then want to file at different angles so you round the edge, instead of creating a flat one.

      De-tuning your tip and tailRemember to always file in one direction. It males your tools last longer.

      To round the edge, start 2 inches (5cm) within the effective edge, to smoothen up the tip and tail of the board. By doing this, you remove the rough sharp edges, which is better for the feel of your board under foot, and will also stop tearing your gloves apart every time you go to do a grab. 

      Softening The Edges

      Once you've softened up the Tip & Tail, you want to detune the heel and toe edges of your board. First, using your finger-nail check if the edges feel sharp. If it feels sharp, you want to soften up the edges with a Diamond Stone. Place the board on its side and go along the bottom and side edges with the Diamond Stone to remove the sharp edges.

      Softening your edgesRub your fingernails along the edges to see how sharp the edges are.

      If the edges are feeling grabby, use the Gummy Stones to fine tune the edges. Start with the Rough stone first. Then use the Soft stone to fine-tune the edges. Fine tune the edges by using the gummy stone on the bottom edges of the board, and on the side. Alternate between the bottom and side edges until you are happy with the feel. 

      Tuning Tip: You always want to finish off on the Side edge - This will remove any sharp edges from poking out and ensure that any sharp spots face down.

      Gummy & Diamond Stone
      The final step.

      Once you have finished smoothing the edges, the feeling you're looking for is a sharp and slippery edge. If your edges feel sharp and slippery, you are then ready for the next step, Waxing. 

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      Comments


      • Lil’ correction: the rougher stone is the Grey one, not the Red one. According to the video.

        Thx
        Mat

        mloskot on
      • Nice post about de-tuning the snowboard. Its very much important to learn specially for the people who loves skiing.

        Snowboard Packages on
      • Unusually for Snowboard Addiction they have failed to explain why they recommend de-tuning. I think de-tuning is great for beginners to help prevent catching an edge. But good riders want good edges for general all-mountain riding to cope with hard and icy conditions.

        david on
      • Mmmnn. This conflicts with other information available on the Internet. I was always under the impression that it is important to have good, sharp edges (Except for the de-tuned areas) but this video is saying to take the sharpness off with a gummy stone. I have only ever heard this is the right thing to do for jibbing. So who’s right?. I have to say I feel safer with sharp edges as I think by board is more responsive. Other opinions very welcome.

        Kieran on
      • coming to whistler over Christmas will pop in and see the man

        JOHN ADAMS on

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