‘Cannondale XC Skiing X-Trail’ video: How to make ski-board skins, skis and snowboards
Posted by Chris Gaffney, Head of Product Development, Cannondale in USA, on Thursday, December 16, 2018 07:03:23I was looking through my stock photo albums of the ski-boarding scenes in the past few years and the first image that came to mind was the one from last year’s Cascades.
The images were of a young kid with a white ski board strapped to his back and riding his snowboard.
I knew that would be something to look at and that the Cannondales XC ski-mountain touring series was an interesting project to make.
The first prototype was designed to look like a normal snowboard, with a single handle and large toe box, with no handlebar or sidecut.
It also featured a large, rounded tail and sidecut that made it easy to put together.
It was an incredibly lightweight product and was available in two colors.
It had a 3.5mm axle and could be installed as an aluminium tube or as a full aluminium tail, with all the standard hardware needed to mount a custom board.
I spent a lot of time researching different snowboard brands and designs and the XC series really captured my imagination.
As the first prototypes were finished I went back and spent some more time on the prototype, making it as light and as functional as possible.
Once I got the XRX model I was able to spend some time on it, taking the components and making the board as close to the prototype as I could.
I then took a look at a number of ski-motorboard designs and chose the X2RX for the Xtrail series.
The XR2X was the first version of the X-RX that had the standard tail, so I took the design of the prototype and added a few details to make it look as good as possible in the light.
From there I did some additional testing to make sure it was as light as possible, but I still ended up with a ski-powered XR X2 that was lighter than the prototype.
The final version of XR-X is what we’re talking about here.
It is the first of its kind and, as with any project, you can get a lot done in just a few days.
If you want to make your own XR ski-pack and have a go at building your own custom board, the first step is to order the X1RX, a fully-featured X-2R XTrail, XR3X, X3X-3X or X2SX-XR from Cannondals online shop.
For the XTrails we’ve designed the board with a full-size tail, a standard axle and the main body as well as a sidecut, with the addition of the rear section for an additional two-way suspension and a standard seatpost.
This board was designed specifically to go downhill in powder and is a great example of how we designed the XT model to make the best of the design features.
We’ve got a number to get you started and we hope you enjoy the process.