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Bishop Bindings Launches Power Block Accessory Using 3D Printing Technology
Eagle, Colo. – (Jan. 7, 2016) —Bishop Bindings, the original high performance telemark ski binding company, recently unveiled the new Power Block accessory to complement the brand’s best selling 2.0 Telemark Bindings.
The Power Block attaches onto the 2.0’s existing toe block to add a fourth position of activity and heightened performance for those who want to drive their skis with the most power and is also compatible with all previous versions of the Bomber Bishops. The Power Block increases boot toe contact by 80-percent and is 30-percent wider for more edging power. It features a 6-degree angle that compresses the bellows earlier for quicker engagement and more power. This allows for a more “upright” technique and also removes the neutral engagement zone from older boots and virtually eliminates floppy ski syndrome.
The Power Block is the result of consumer demand for those customers that prefer the highest performing, most active telemark bindings. The Power Block engages the Bishop 2.0’s more efficiently in the third pin position. This solves the “elf toe” effect where the bellows in older tele boots have been slightly compressed. With the Bishop tele binding, this can create a “neutral zone” before the bellows fully engage. In other tele bindings, this zone is actually pushing the heel of the boot away from the ski and makes it hang off your foot. This is known as “rocker launch”, something which the unique design of the Bishop eliminates. The Bishop 2.0 Bindings are engineered to eliminate “floppy ski syndrome” and the Power Block is another advancement in crafting the highest performing tele bindings whether crushing the bumps, carving the open slopes, or catching big air.
Before and after images. The Power Block removes the neutral engagement zone from older boots, eliminating “elf toe” effect and floppy ski syndrome.
Using 3D printing technology (also known as “additive manufacturing”) allowed the brand to rapidly design, build and test over 20 iterations to refine the Power Block to exacting standards. “We are thrilled with the success of the Power Block design and our first 3D printed component,” says Dave Bombard, CEO, engineer and lead designer for Bishop. “This type of manufacturing is the future of design and allows us to not only rapidly prototype, but also to design new types of innovative products and components that can only be made using this manufacturing technique.”
To learn more about the Power Block, please visit http://www.bishopbindings.com.
About Bishop Bindings
Crafted in small numbers in Colorado, Bishop Bindings are designed for hard charging tele skiers seeking the most responsive, stable and durable downhill telemark bindings for big mountain badassery. Eschewing inferior plastic parts and floppy cables for all metal components and precision bearings, the 2.0 eliminates “floppy ski syndrome” when leaving the ground or hitting the hard pack. Whether beginner or expert, the 2.0 transitions easily from a neutral to a more active position with one simple adjustment, so skiers can customize the ride to suit their own style. With each free-heel turn, Bishop’s patented, sliding plate system transfers energy directly to the ski allowing greater control when charging hard downhill, in the park or sidecountry. Please visit bishopbindings.com for more info.