Ski Bike Build

I recently sold my old ski-bike thinking that I did not have time for it. It was a beauty built by my friend Ric (a certified ski-bike instructor) at www.piste-skibikes.com. It was built on a serious DH bike, the Kona Stinky, and it was a blast to ride!
As soon as the ski season started, I began to miss my ski bike! I ski, and snowboard, but when you are seriously beat up (like I was over the Christmas holidays from a snowboarding crash) and your ribs can’t handle skiing, then a ski-bike is the best way to go. I had a bicycle laying around so I started working.

I got the kit from a great guy in Calgary who builds and sells mounting kits for ski bikes, his website is www.BikeTheSlopes.ca. For $100 you get a solid kit. My old kit was from AlpineSkibikes.com and was very fancy, but it was just too much money with the low Canadian dollar, and I have a BikeTheSlopes kit on my kids ski bike that has been rock solid, so I saved a lot of cash and went with BikeTheSlopes!

I ordered a set of 100cm kids skis from www.levelninesports.com (my favorite source for ski stuff!), and got started slowly.

Here is the donor bike, an old ebike that I used for a couple years, before the battery died at which point it was too expensive to replace ($800 really, I thought batteries were getting cheaper!).
EBike Donor

I stripped off the unneeded bits.
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Then I found the balance point for the skis using a screwdriver and marked a point 5mm (10mm is better) to the front so that the end result will be a ski that is tail heavy so the tip will rise if you do a jump.
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I marked the center of each mounting bracket to line up with the mark on the ski and placed the mount over the ski as evenly as possible. Then I marked the holes with a sharpie marker and drilled them first with a very small bit to ensure the center is kept, and then a larger bit (forgot the size oops) to get the holes to the proper size for the screws.
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Here is the front mount being attached. Be careful not to overtighten and strip the screws, there are 6 per ski so you don’t need to go all gorilla on it.
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Mounts attached with the connecting bolts in place.
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It just takes a little bit of fiddling with 2 wrenches to make sure the bolts are locked in place on the nuts, but I also put locktight on the final outer bolt as it is attached to the bicycle. The foot pegs are shown here as well, they are very simple to attach, a single bolt and 9/16 wrench. Pay no attention to the Jazzy scooter in the background, it will get done eventually… 😉
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I still need some hand grips, but I had time to post, so it is good enough for now.
Here is a better pic outside.
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I took it for a small rip, and it is feeling very responsive. Can’t wait to take it out to the hill!

One minor thing that bothered me was the possibility of a ski tip dropping into the snow during a jump or trick (Alpine skip bikes has a system to prevent this), so I have put some elastic cords on the bike to prevent having a very bad day.

Front Ski
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Rear Ski
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Now up to the ceiling with you for now!
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If you are interested in ski-bikes, try the links at the top of the page. There is lots of info on their sites.