Tagged: triblading

Trinity system – incoming revolution

A few weeks ago I had a chance to participate in two-day meeting with one of Powerslide central representatives. Well, I was present only for one day, because of my job, but what a day it was. Whole thing took place in Warsaw and goal was to test and give feedback about PS products planned for release in season 2016. A lot of people were there, some of them are PS representatives or skaters, others without any brand affiliation, one was supported by Seba. Our group was very diverse – there were aggressive skaters, freeskaters and people who specialize in freestyle slalom and/or slides.

We had two big boxes of stuff to play with, but main dish were prototypes of new Tau skates. We also had a chance to try earlier prototype of a Kaze model, used for a few months by Piotr Combrzyński (one of best aggressive skaters in Poland). Both boots are equipped with new “Trinity” frame mount this text will focus on.

Apart from boots, we had a lot of frames to check. 4x80mm, 4x84mm, 3x90mm, 3x100mm, 3x110mm and 3x125mm options were available to use with new line of Undercover wheels. We had spent almost as much time switching framesets and boots as skating them.

I can say without exaggeration that we all were under huge impression of new Trinity tech from Powerslide. Me and one of colleagues came up with a conclusion that after trying how it works, we don’t really want to be back on skates with SSM and LSM frame mounting systems. Those, literally, don’t have any advantage over Trinity!

So, what actually is Trinity system? As you should guess by now, it is a new frame mounting system – and one designed to make setup height as low as possible. How Powerslide managed to achieve such goal? It is very simple – instead of single front mounting bolt placed directly over wheels, here we have two of them on the sides.

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It creates an opportunity to make frames lower, as there is no need for raised mounting block in front of the skates, no problems with bolt placement going in the way of the front/second wheel etc. It also fixes the problem with centering of the frame under the boot in cases of 3×110 and 3x125mm framesets coupled with some boot sizes.

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What are other advantages of Trinity over SSM/LSM?

  • Lowest setup height possible – while that’s true there are some specific cases where Trinity won’t make any/much of difference, like long speedskating 3x125mm frames for example, there aren’t many of them. It works wonders with roughly 90% of usual setups you’d want to put under your feet. With 4x80mm frame you get a sensation of skating something more akin to aggressive skates (in terms of height, not speed!) than freeskates. When I’ve put on skates equipped with short 3x125mm frames and corresponding wheels, I wasn’t aware I was on something larger than 3×110 until a friend told me (wheels were some generic/prototype ones, with core similar to used in many 110mm wheels so I’ve overlooked their size).
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    I bet that Trinity mount will make largest impact on speedskating, making 3x125mm setups more accessible for skaters with smaller body frame and feet. It makes such setup much easier to handle, so argument that 125mm wheels benefit only large and strong skaters is gone. In freeskating side of things we are facing a small revolution. Out of sudden 90-100mm setups are more manageable for average skater and even in cases of smaller wheels, lowered centre of gravity is a welcome change.
  • Improved energy transfer – with three points instead of two, frame-boot connection is more stable and solid. The frame doesn’t flex as much around bolts during strong pushes, making it easier to accelerate and to skate faster. Frame structure itself feels more rigid – it is, after all, held in place with two bolts at the front, with underside of the boot making an arch over it, reinforcing whole setup further.
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  • Versatility – think of UFS for non-aggressive skates, but with much better execution. Every frame using Trinity system will fit every boot! There is no need for two standards like in case of SSM and LSM – because there is no need to design the frames around front bolt placement. It also does mean that it’s always possible to centre the frame under the boot properly, without front or rear wheel sticking out too much from the underside. You can use speedskating frame with a freestyle boot like Kaze without any problems. I’ve even tried prototype of a hockey boot with a 3x125mm frame!!!
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  • Better vibration dampening – no joke, boots feel much “smoother” when skating, because of forces and shocks being distributed more evenly on surface of boot sole, thanks to three contact points instead of two. It’s only minor bonus, but with new generation of one-piece boots that are designed to be usable without additional insole, it’s a good thing.

If you are worried about frames availability in the future, please don’t. Powerslide is treating this whole thing seriously and will provide numerous options, from 4x76mm wheel frames up to 3x125mm ones. I even had a chance to skate 3x90mm frame of 220mm length – afaik nobody has released something similar before.

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Skates we’ve got a chance to try are not final versions and a lot can change until their release, but I’ll give you some insight – about Kaze and Tau at least, hockey boot is still at early stage of development and to be honest I’m not very qualified to judge how hockey boot performs.

Kaze seems like a worthy successor of current Ultron design – universal skate based on one-piece boot with composite shell, suitable for freeskating and freestyle slalom. Lining, foams and upper skin are pretty stiff and hold foot in place well. The skate worked for me perfectly in size EU42 after removing insole (I normally skate EU43), was comfortable and efficient – fast and responsive, as you want freeskating boot to be. As it will be based on composite shell (with addition of glass fiber to reinforce it) its price should be lower than of Tau. Only thing I’ve disliked was a bit too soft tongue and too much forward flex caused by this – I like tongues like in Phoenix liners, which are more supportive and do a very good job in locking heel down. But, on the other hand, a better forward flex allows you to go lower on skates, making possible to squeeze more speed out of big wheeled setups. Boot is reasonably light, not the lightest skate you can find, but remember it is based on composite shell, not a carbon one!
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I think Kaze have a potential to become a very popular choice if Powerslide will back it up with good promotional campaign, read: don’t just release it on the market and expect people to buy it without explaining advantages and idea behind it, like in case of horribly under-promoted and underrated Ultrons many people believe to be not-that-cheaper alternative to freestyle Hardcore Evo (while they are more of a Carbon Free remade to be urban/freeskate).

Main dish prepared for 2016 (hopefully!) is named Tau, though. This boot uses latest and best technologies available to Powerslide and it shows. Apart from Trinity frame mounting system, it does have new pain-free shell (read: shell is cut out in places when pressure points issues surface often) made out of compressed carbon (not “simple” laminate). It makes skate base lighter than one made of traditional carbon freestyle boot, like Hardcore Evo for example, without losing rigidity. Skate itself is very light and fits like a glove – responsiveness and energy transfer are excellent and it’s almost impossible to skate slow in these. You can really feel you have sophisticated sports equipment under your feet, not some toys.

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Tau prototypes were not perfect, though and require some tinkering in ankle area to provide better comfort. Still, Tau are already bursting with potential – it was the skate I’ve liked the most out of all new boots I got a chance to skate that day, even though it was two sizes too small (EU41) and even without insole it was making my toes a bit numb. Wider style toe-box is more similar to ones in skates like PS Ultron, USD Carbon or Seba SX than to the one in Hardcore Evo and it for sure helped a lot – with narrow one I probably wouldn’t be able to skate EU41 Tau at all.

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Apart from three new boots based on new Trinity standard, Powerslide is planning to release fourth, designed to be semi-race/marathon skate. I’m sure they will eventually release a proper speedskating boot too, as it would be foolish to not to. To be honest, if I would be in charge, I would try to introduce Trinity anywhere it’s possible, as older SSM/LSM standards do not have any advantage over it. It is a “gamechanger” or you might say a “killer feature” that competition won’t be able to match anytime soon. Coming up with another solution to lower setup height without copying PS invention will be a very difficult task.

There aren’t any major disadvantages, but if you are picky, you can see two (very) minor ones. The boots do have something similar to X-Slot (it is reversed here, though – frames have holes for longitudinal position adjustment and small movable plates in boots are used for lateral fine-tuning) but you don’t have as much freedom in adjusting frame to the sides. Still, it is much better than in case of UFS standard, with fixed frame position, which I grew used to over the years.

Second „problem” is a fact you will be limited to Powerslide frames only. But, to be honest – how often were you replacing frames on boots with SSM mounting with ones made by different manufacturer? Consider that SSM is a very loose standard anyway and not always everything works properly. It’s hard to find an after-market frame that would be centred correctly under Rollerblade Tiwster of Seba WFSC boots, for example, and even when using the same manufacturers boots and frames (not designed for the boots specifically) you don’t have 100% guarantee that everything will go smoothly, just as my test of PS Pleasure Tools and FE Supersonic proved… Every Trinity system frame I got a chance to try was made of high-grade aluminium and had great finish and there will be plenty of options to choose from, so I’m not really worried. And every single one of them fits correctly on boots.

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I know this text reads like and advertisement, because I’m praising the whole thing so much. It couldn’t be any different, though, because Trinity is probably the freshest and most exciting invention introduced in inline skating for years – it redefines how many setups skate (for example it makes 3x125mm option truly viable for urban skating, when I’ve felt previous solutions were way too sketchy) and fixes long known problems of frame height and placement that were present in SSM/LSM mounting standards.

It’s hard not to be excited! I knew about whole thing since start of 2015 when first leaks from ISPO were to be found on Instagram and had lukewarm feelings towards it at best, but trying is believing.

I literally can’t wait to get my own pair of skates with Trinity system and will try to snatch one ASAP, and if you are planning to buy high-end freeskates in 2016 I’d say wait for the release of Kaze or Tau – it’s worth to do so.

You shouldn’t jump on Supercruiser/Megacruiser frames

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So, here’s the story. I gave Supercruiser frameset to my skating pal. He managed to bend them. I was cautious and haven’t jumped on those while using them, he wasn’t. And he is not a large guy, shorter than me (but more muscular), so he weights 80kg max, certainly no more. It seems 8 stair set is too much for these frames to handle.

Well – not surprising. Fitness frames have durability of …fitness frames, lol. I kind of expected that to happen, sooner or later.

Look at: Flying Eagle Supersonic

If you would tell me three years ago that I’ll be excited for Flying Eagle product in 2015, I would call you crazy. I knew the brand to be some Asian business specialized in making skates that looked strangely similar to Powerslide, Rollerblade and Seba offerings. I thought they were only a cheap knock-offs, that Flying Eagle won’t ever release something that would be worthy of attention. In the longer run, this proved to be untrue and I find Flying Eagle more and more surprising – in a good way. Stereotype that says skates made in China are cheap and low quality is very strong among experienced skaters and I admit I was “infected” with it, too.

My point of view started to change when Oli Benet bet his money and reputation on them, starting his own business, Roex skateshop. I have huge respect for the dude, he does have years of experience working in rollerblading industry and even more years of experience on skates. When someone like him does something so crazy as trusting relatively unknown China brand, you should at least have a spark of interest in his reasons. Especially when a growing number of skaters in Barcelona and whole Spain claim Flying Eagle brand products are good.

Earlier this month I’ve received a package sent by Oli from Roex. It included custom Flying Eagle Falcon setup, with still fresh Supersonic frames and 110mm 85A FE wheels. As far as I know, wheels are still not up for sale – I’ll write more about them in another article. Boot has been on the market for some time and it deserves another piece, too, especially as I want to give it a proper, honest review.
DSC_0423This article will focus only on the frames and how they compare to Powerslide Pleasure Tool, their main competition – leaving absurdly priced Seba 310 aside – in 3×110 freeskating frames market. Supersonic are a “special case” for me, because I had an eye on this project since the very beginning and saw early designs, had my expectations – and was actually waiting for their release.

Supersonic frames come in four colour variants: black, blue, red and purple. That’s a nice touch as you can choose a colour that will match your skate. Personally, I would also add yellow/gold and green to the rooster, but most frames come in only one colour, so FE is already generous with four. I got blue one, as that’s my favourite colour.

Frames are of 251mm length, so 8mm longer than Pleasure Tool frame. That’s nothing to worry in case of urban skating. Of course, there’s a difference, but it is so slight that frame length should be least important factor when choosing between the two – at least in urban skating case.
DSC_0473I haven’t experienced any problems with sharp turns, stopping, transitions from front to back etc. It’s all very similar to skating on Pleasure Tool frame and there’s no time required to adjust after switching between the two – both frames use the same wheel placement, two rear wheels close together, first wheel a bit further apart. Shifting your weight to the heel a bit makes turning almost independent from first wheel, so additional 8mm don’t play much role here. Supersonic works perfectly as 3x110mm frame.

I can’t give a fair opinion on how these are suitable for speed slalom, though. I don’t skate freestyle slalom and probably wouldn’t be able to speedslalom my way out of a paper bag, but I know freestyle girls and dudes are obsessed over length of their frames, and they have good reasons – so I think it’s safe to say PT have advantage here due to being shorter.
DSC_0466To be honest, I think it’s wrong to compare these two frames in single category, it being either “urban skating frame” or “speedslalom frame”. Obviously, Pleasure Tool were built with speedslalom in mind, while Flying Eagle opted to make Supersonic an urban skating frame first and foremost. Priorities were different and both ways bring different consequences: Pleasure Tools is less compatible with harboots but shorter and lower, Supersonic is more universal but a bit longer and higher, to fit most skates better – especially hardboots.

If you were wondering, you have an answer – yes, these frames fit on my skates without mods and are centred properly. On both Powerslide Imperial and Flying Eagle Falcon. There are no balance problems, no need for additional spacers. That’s always a huge plus.

DSC_0475Flying Eagle equipped these frames with two mounting slots at the front and three at the back, giving people with boots that lack any option to change a frame position a choice – limited – but still, better than nothing. It also means Supersonic are a safer bet than Pleasure Tool in such cases, if you can’t really try how frame will fit on your boots before the purchase. That’s something I felt was missing in Powerslide product.

As for the frame structure – it is a bit less complex than Pleasure Tools. They are also extruded and CNC machined, of course. As in the case of Powerslide frame, there is no distinction between left and right one – they are symmetrical, with allen key slots in axles placed on your right side.

DSC_0471Differences, apart from shape, are subtle – Supersonic frames aren’t curved near the top, internal bridges are also a bit simpler. But truth is, you’ll most likely won’t notice any of it in urban skating – frames are rigid enough for it and there’s plenty of “headroom” left. Not once I’ve had impression they are soft or too flexible at the ends.
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More complex design and usage of certain tricks to increase rigidity in Powerslide competitor might play a role in speedslalom, giving it an upper hand, but if you are looking for a freeskating/urban skating frame, they do not make real difference in how whole setup handles while cruising.
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Finish quality is good and frames are very pleasant to the eye. Their surface is slightly less smooth than of PT, giving them a bit of glossy look. Aluminium compound used here is a 6065 series one, like in many other freeskating frames. Metal is of similar feel and quality as in my old, trusted Rollerblade Fusion 84 frames that are also made with 6000 series. These are nearly indestructible, still, after all those years, so I’m not worried about Supersonic, too. Powerslide frames are made of harder 7005 alloy, which further increases their rigidity – again, it should give them advantage in speed slalom.

Frames come with regular aluminium “racing” axles, the ones that have deep slot for allen key. Over the years of experience with various axles I can say, you’ll most likely won’t be able to round the slot, because of that depth. It’s the most trustworthy axle type in my opinion and I use it in other skates as well – never had any problems. It’s also pretty much standard axle type for many manufacturers, so in the need for the replacement you shouldn’t have problem finding replacements.

I’ve removed the frames off the skates few times to change boots, switched wheels between both my 3x110mm setups and Supersonic threads don’t seem prone to damage. To give you a perspective on how quickly such problems can surface – two threads in my Powerslide Gamma 4x80mm frames broke during second wheel rotation. Axles don’t seize and don’t unscrew during ride. Everything works as it should be.

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There is only one, and rather surprising, issue with these frames. Because Flying Eagle – in case of Falcon at least – uses thicker bolts to attach the frame to the boot than most other brands (with exception of Seba – they use similar ones), Supersonic could use a millimetre or two of additional clearance in mounting slots. I would move them slightly or make them a bit larger, because right now, when mounting the frame on Falcon boot, bolt thread rubs against metal of the frame, damaging it a bit. While this doesn’t affect the frames in any significant way, I’m worried that bolt thread can get damaged too.

DSC_0424I’m actually amazed that Flying Eagle haven’t made these frames to work with Falcon, their poster-child, without such issues. Of course, if you will use another boot, most likely you won’t notice it – especially if you have skate equipped with X-Slot. I don’t know if the same issue surfaces on Seba FR1 boots, but as they are way more popular than Falcons and use similar bolt size, I felt I need to warn you.

How do they skate? Fast, agile, fun – just like in Pleasure Tool case. Not much else to say, really, no revelation. 3x110mm setup became my “go for” choice for urban skating, taking the mantle from 4x84mm. To be honest, after switching back and forth between between two 3x110mm setups, I still don’t have a favourite – they both skate almost the same to me. In my opinion both Flying Eagle and Powerslide made great 3x110mm frames, even though their products were developed with different principles in mind.

Powerslide product does have advantage in speed slalom application, and if you want a frame to put on your carbon fibre slalom boots, it’s a frame to go for – shorter, lower, with more reinforcements and made of harder material. If you want to shave down precious milliseconds from your personal record, that’s fair to say it’s your first choice.

But if you want 3x110mm setup for general freeskating, and have zero interest in speed slalom, Flying Eagle Supersonic emerges as a winner – because of better compatibility with wider range of skates. Especially if you have feet that are far from tiny and use hardboots – Supersonic just works with these out of the box, without any additional mods. Last, but not least – the cost. For 99 Euros Supersonic is a good deal considering how well this frame is made. I think it is, at the moment, best and most universal choice for urban “triblading” on 110mm wheels, taking all factors in to equation.

Creators of Supersonic should be proud of themselves – they delivered a product that is up to the task. Powerslide raised the bar high with Pleasure Tools, and while Supersonic design is a bit simpler, it’s still a great product I wouldn’t regret spending my money on. Definitely a strong competitor on three-wheeled market and a product worthy of recommendation.

Not much else to say – go, grab a pair of 3x110mm frames of your choice and enjoy, they are truly a game-changer in urban skating.

Look at: Pleasure Tool frames

About a week ago I’ve received a package from Polish Powerslide distributor. It contained: Wicked Abec 7 bearings, 110mm Matter Image F1 wheels and pair of Pleasure Tool frames. This article is about frames, as you should deduce from the headline.

Frames are package in a nylon web bag, and come with a set of mounting screws, axles, spacers and a Torx key, which is standard in PS skates. Key isn’t particularly well made – it is a bit too fat at the head to fit in to axles properly, so I’ve got to use my trusted tool. No big deal though, nobody buys frames for a key anyway.

Frames are making great first impression – they are made of strong and lightweight 7005 series aluminium. In terms of build quality they are at the top class of fsk frames and one can compare attention to detail to that known from superb PS Alpha frames. There’s a huge difference compared to pressed (and much, much cheaper – do not forget) Supercruiser/Megacruiser frames. Frames are solid and you don’t have any doubts about their durability. You know it’s a piece of metal you can trust.
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Frame structure does have two internal bridges, and walls are curved below mounting ones. That makes them very rigid. Axles that are included are also of great quality – and I had rather bad experiences with Powerslide axles in the past, so that’s saying something. Design is symmetrical – both frames are the same, there is no distinction between left and right one, and even prints on the frame are placed on both sides. Sharp, firm lines of the frame and good finish make them a good looking pieces of aluminium. Industrial style comes to mind when looking at them.
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Frame is 243mm long – much shorter than Supercruiser one. Like their competition, Powerslide decided to place two rear wheels closer together. There’s even a print on the frame that informs you that rear axle is placed 112mm from the middle one, and front axle is 131mm respectively. That wheel placement is used to make frame more agile, especially in speed slalom and works well. Indeed, frames turn very easily.

So far so good, but there’s a little problem with these frames. Mounted on a plastic boot they are too far to the front – even on Imperial boot that does have X-Slot system. I wear EU43 size boot and last axle weren’t even directly under my heel when I put them on my skates for the first time. It seems this problem isn’t as bad in smaller shell sizes, as I’ve seen some photos in social media and 3x3wheelers tumblr so if you have small feet you are lucky. In my case, thought, setup was barely usable when I first put skates together.
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I know it’s much better in the case of Hardcore Evo
, where front mounting block is taller and shorter, leaving more room for the first wheel. Thanks to it, you can position this frame under the boot properly. I guess Pleasure Tool frame was actually designed around Hardcore Evo as a point of reference – it is a speed slalom frame, after all.

You can read a very good article about these frames here:

Online-Skating review

Author used HC Evo boot, and probably haven’t tried the frames with hardshell skate, so he didn’t bumped on to the same issue I did.
I think Powerslide simply hit the limit of what is possible with standard 165mm v-type frame mounting, again – it happened before when Fila introduced 195mm standard along with 4x100mm fames. There are limitations of two-point frame attachment so if you are aiming to make frame shortest and lowest, natural consequence is that it won’t fit on all boots properly.
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If they would make this frame higher or longer, it could be more suitable for hardboots, but I understand the decision to not go this way, as this is obviously a speed slalom piece of equipment first and that’s where priorities are. What we get is what is best given 243mm length, 110mm wheels, 165mm mounting and height as low as possible. I think a good remedy for such problem could be the new tri-point mounting system that will come next year in skates such as Kaze or Tau – that way front mounting screw won’t come in the way of first wheel, and whole setup would be lower.

But there is one thing I would still change in the design of Pleasure Tool – number of mounting slots. There is only one at the back and one on the front – there is also another, larger hole on the front but I think it’ here to make frame lighter and more rigid, because 180mm would be one weird frame mount spacing.

By making mounting bridges a bit longer and adding another set of slots Powerslide could make frame more universal. In their skates that have X-Slot, frame placement is not an issue, but in boots that do not have such system, or even mounting blocks with multiple holes (for example RB Twister, Adapt Hyperskate Zero, Seba WFSC/KSJ/Trix) there could be problems. With only one pair of slots you are either lucky and frame sits centred under the boot, or it will be pushed too far to the front, or the back – which would make it unusable in some cases.

It is actually strange oversight considering the speedslalom market, where many people would buy these frames because they are a lot cheaper than Seba 310, and more available than cheaper and longer Flying Eagle Supersonic.

How setup with such sub-optimal frame placement skates? Rather badly. When I put my skates on for the first time, they felt like somebody hacked last wheel of a 4x110mm speedskating frame with a saw. Sensation of “falling back” was very strong. After a while I’ve got used to it a little, but it was still uncomfortable and skate was very unstable – I was, to put it simply, afraid to skate like that.
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But still, I did about 50km of urban skating with such setup. Because frames were placed so far to the front, turning was very easy. Body weight is placed mostly on two rear wheels and sometimes front one felt unnecessary! Sometimes I forgot it sticks out at the front so much, especially during crossovers – I was lucky to not fall because of this. When I wanted to skate faster, to take advantage of this setup I was forced to shift balance more on to my toes – only that way I was able to get even push with all three wheels.
It all felt very wrong and I couldn’t really skate it, or give these frames justice that way.

I had three options:

trying another boot, preferably Hardcore Evo – but I’m not crazy to drop that amount of money just to test frames properly…

skating it that way with hope I’ll get used to it – but a vision of my head hitting concrete after a fall to the back was so suggestive I wouldn’t risk it…

do something to place the frame in more suitable position – it turned out to be easy enough with some tools

I bought a 3mm thick aluminium bar and made spacers that go between frame and the boot from it. It works very well – I could place the frame more than 2cm to the rear compared to setup without the spacers. Front wheel isn’t sticking out so much anymore, balance is good and whole setup is much more stable. Sensation of falling back is gone.

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Additional height is not an issue, I do not feel it at all – maybe because I’ve skated higher Supercruiser frames for a few months. I think Powerslide should actually consider adding such aluminium plates to these frames as a standard – it would make life of owners of bigger sizes hardboots easier.

Alternatively, you can grind down plastic in front of the shell a bit, making more room for first wheel – but it would give you less than 1cm of difference. Maybe an option to consider if you have EU42 or smaller feet, or want to centre the frames on a boot a bit more if plates aren’t enough.

I must say that combination of Pleasure Tool and Imperial but gives a very unique feel during skating. It is very different sensation than on Supercruiser frame – setup is very agile, taking turns is much easier, I would even go as far as saying these are more manoeuvrable than flat 4×80 243mm frame setup!!! Skates are so fast and easy to handle, even with additional height, you’ll find yourself doing all kinds of weird manoeuvres just because they are suddenly easy and fun. There are no problems with stopping too. Frame is definitely very good choice for urban skating, where sudden stops and turns are sometimes required to avoid danger.
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Short frame and 110mm wheels give you a considerable boost, and switching back to 4x80mm feels like your bearings are seized. I can’t remember when I’ve had so much fun just cruising the streets.
I’ve read/heard opinions that such setup is too tall and unreliable for urban skating, harder to control and that cuffs of skates are too low to give enough support – a bunch of rubbish, I say!

If you are a half-decent skater you’ll won’t have much problem adjusting to the height. Of course, a rigid boot is a must, but unless you’ll use flexible fitness softboot you should be ok with standard cuff height. Not once during skating I’ve felt I have too low support in ankle area.

Skates equipped with Pleasure Tool frames are fast, agile and it’s a pleasure to ride them. They really feel like cheating sometimes. I had no problems keeping up with Mateusz Stępnikowski (probably the best freeskater in Cracow and a Powerslide representative), even though he usually skates so fast it’s hard to not fall behind – literally, he is so fast like he just answered the call from someone saying his house is on fire. He was skating new PS Khaan with worn down 80mm wheels that were about 76mm by then, so he had it worse haha ;)

Would I recommend Pleasure Tool for urban skating? Yes, because they are awesome. But not without some warnings.

If you have skates without any frame placement regulation in the boot, be cautious and try how these frames will fit before purchase, if you have an option to do that. Even if you have a skate with X-Slot or the likes, be prepared that some modding might be required to make these frames fit properly. You might have to hop through some loops along the way, but it’s worth it.

Last thing about these frames – their price. At around 120-130 Euros they are much cheaper than Seba 310 and most longer, three wheeled speedskating frames. Flying Eagle Supersonic frames are cheaper option, but aren’t as widely available in Europe yet, so it may turn out shipping cost of those to your country will even out the difference – choose wisely.

It’s true that amount of money needed to get Pleasure Tool pair and good 110mm wheels is enough to buy decent hardboot freeskate, but you are paying for a high quality product here. It’s a shame that Powerslide haven’t made these frames a bit more compatible with different boots, but still, they are certainly one of best options out there if you are looking for 3x110mm setup for speedslalom or urban skating. Bar is certainly raised high, but let’s see how Flying Eagle Supersonic will compare – they should arrive at my door in a couple of days!