I got a pair of 3x110mm frames a few weeks ago, and wasn’t expecting much… but in the end, I was seriously blown away!
I’ve never liked skating 4x100mm frames around the city, 4x90mm had always been my maximum to enjoy skating outside circuits, and always thought the height was a big part of the problem, but I now realize it’s not the case.
To test the frames, I took a pair of Rollerblade Twister Plus (with custom aluminum plates to stiffen the frame mount) and I replaced my faithful 271mm K2 Mod frames with the Powerslide “Pleasure Tool” 3x110mm frames (wow, who came up with that name!?), mounted with Matter Juice F1 wheels.
The mounting needs to be done a few millimeters further forward than typical 243mm frames. For anyone uncomfortable with such “rear instability”, the 3x125mm “Megacruiser” frames might be a better choice, given that their rear wheel is placed further back. The position was not an issue for me since I always mount my slalom frames forward on purpose, to ease heel wheelings.
At first the height does seem like it’s going to be an issue, but it’s not, and in a matter of minutes, the combination of having both a short wheel base and large wheels becomes incredible. Thanks to my Twister’s stiff shells and spoilers, I was able to turn and slide as usual. And the 110mm wheels made it incredibely easy to maintain speed.
After a few days, I skated 32km in one evening, with a group where everyone else wore mostly Seba FR and Rollerblade Twister skates with 4x80mm. I felt like I was cheating! Seriously, the 3x110mm is just as easy to skate around, and gaining as well as maintaining speed is just so easy that it doesn’t feel fair!
Those 3x110mm FSK frames are definitely keepers. I can now confirm that the whole “3 huge wheels” thing isn’t just marketing or hype, even though we’ll still need a few years to see if it’s here to stay.
Given that the complete “Megacruiser Set” (frames + wheels + bearings + spacers) is priced around 130€, I really invite anyone curious and able to afford them to try them out!