March 6, 2010 at 11:55 pm #89457
Does anyone with experience using multiple classic rollerskis have a recommendation on which is best?March 7, 2010 at 1:35 am #90262
Everyone has their individual favorites. For good guidance, look at the comprehensive rollerski reviews that FS did over the summer, they rank a whole range of skis on price and quality.
Personally, I like V2s. Other people swear by Marwe, still others by Proskis, and so on and so forth.March 7, 2010 at 2:27 pm #90263
I think the V2-9000 are sort of undiscovered gems. They use a longer shaft than the standard V2 classics and have a narrow, ratcheted front wheel. They take a few skis to get used to (tippy), but the configuration forces you to press down more naturally to engage the ratchet up front (since shaft is long, and narrow wheel doesn’t have a lot of surface area), and the narrow wheel also rolls over things that would stop a traditional wide, solid wheel.March 7, 2010 at 9:17 pm #90264
I’ve skied the Pro Ski C2, Jenex V2-930K (longest shaft), a Jenex-modified V2-930 that’s like the V2-9000 but with the regular wheel in front, and the Marwe Combi with the classic wire wheel extension (see the Finn Sisu website). I like the latter by far. Part of that is I’m fairly tall with relatively long legs and a long stride, and the Combi is by far the longest roller ski on the market (830mm). Another part is that it uses the honeycomb ski shaft, rather than metal which vibrates more. I also like the Combi’s 40mm medium width wheels and their composition, which help make the speed good enough going up and controllable going down in most cases; the wheel bearings also have an effective speed governor. With any classic rollerski, I prefer the ratcheted wheels in front for more ski like feel (the Combis can also be used for skating, tho they are slow for that purpose).
The main advantage of the V2s is steeper downhills, in that they increase the variety of terrain available (depending on the user’s nerves). Their classical models use a speed reducer and/or brake. The 9000 seems to use the same brake as the Aero 150 skate, which I know from experience is very good (engages with a telemark like action). I don’t know the current quality of the thinner 9000 front wheels, but it should be noted that Jenex has had a lot of materials and quality control problems over the years with their larger wheels (starting with the Aero skates). With regard to the thinner front wheel on the 9000, Jenex catalog has the following: “..we have found that some people have a hard time getting used to the narrow front wheel, others love the ski. It’s a good idea to demo before you buy the skis, as you cannot mount the smaller wider 900 series wheel on this chassis.”
The other thing to note is that all of these classical models are expensive, with the V2 and Marwe in the $350+ range + bindings, with brakes/reducers adding a fair bit more (the Marwe wire wheels are about $25/pr).March 8, 2010 at 1:22 am #90265
I’ve used Pro-Skis extensively, plus Marwe’s and V-2’s, and the best ski I’ve ever used for classic is the Swenor Carbonfibres from Reliable Racing Supply. They are by far the smoothest, most comfortable and accurate classic ski I’ve found.March 10, 2010 at 10:29 pm #90266
Just a note that it’s easy to imagine that a composite (or “honeycomb”) ski shaft would be a big benefit. As V2 now has a proven composite skate ski, the hope is that this year they’ll adapt the same shaft for all their classic skis (they just have to develop a connection between the composite and 900 type wheels). I’d check this out before purchasing other composite skis, as the benefits of brakes and speed reducers are pretty huge.
And I think it was mostly the Aero wheels they had problems with–I’ve had no problems with the 100 mm wheels.March 12, 2010 at 6:44 pm #90267
Hi would like some input on classic roller skis for dirt roads and cinders.
DanMarch 12, 2010 at 6:55 pm #90268
These are the only real options I’m aware of: http://www.velotique.com/rski-v2.htm
I have no personal experience, but a friend in Montreal uses them on the gravelly road that goes up Mount Royal and loves them (but he’s a big guy, so maybe that’s why he doesn’t mind the relatively high weight).March 15, 2010 at 3:18 pm #90269
I’d like to start with classic rollerski this summer. I wonder, if someone use the same equipement than in winter as your favorite racing boots or poles. Does rollerski may damage boots (specific flexion on binding?) or may break poles (damage serigraphy)?
If so, does it is preferable to buy poor aluminium or composite stockes or touring shoes?March 15, 2010 at 3:43 pm #90270
I personally use cheap poles to ‘rollerski’, but know many who use race poles. I use my same boots, but if you have an old pair I would use those as rollerskiing is tough on boots because ther is more lateral stress due to the tippiness of the wheels. Make sure that whatever poles you use have ‘rollerski’ ferrules and whatever boots you use you keep clean and dry between workouts.March 15, 2010 at 7:02 pm #90271
Up front, I sell Pro-Ski Rollerskis. You can call our toll free number and ask questions if you want. 1-866-446-5558. On the Fasterskier website there is also a review of most models of classic rollerskis. They did the reviews last year. It is in the menu bar at the top of the page under reviews.March 16, 2010 at 1:55 am #90272
I have tryed V2s and both types of Marwes, and it sure is nice to not have the metal shaft (it is often compensated for by having a softer wheel = wears faster). The metal rollerski might be better if you are a very large skier (like 250lbs+, although I have seen guys that big on Marwes before) since the honeycomb shaft does flex. I personally have been skiing on the Marwe Combis rather than the Classics, and I like that they are longer in the front (with the extension) and also are a bit lighter. That said, I know many of the top US skiers are on the Classics.April 15, 2010 at 5:27 pm #90273
Based off the FasterSkier reviews I went with the Pro-Ski Roadline Techs. These are the only classic skis I have used, so I can’t offer a comparison. I was concerned about the speed, but I found that double pole and kick double pole workouts are not much slower than skating on my Marwe 610s with rollerskishop 2 wheels. I am happy with the purchase in general. One issue I noted was on off camber roads the skis tend to want to steer up the slope. I don’t know if this is common to all classic skis or not.April 27, 2010 at 10:19 pm #90274
Topher Sabot, EditorParticipant
Many classic skis tend to track poorly, especially as the skis wear. The issue is that the wide wheels rarely wear evenly – a problem that is exacerbated by crowned roads.April 30, 2010 at 2:13 am #90275
The V2 Jenex Aero 150 wheels and tires have always been very reliable and long lasting. It was the smaller Aero 125 wheels and tires that they had problems with. Those problems are solved now, but the wheel/tire weight ended up greater.
They also had a lot of problems with their 100mm “microcellular” tires.
I love Len Johnson’s ideas, but it’s usually a good idea to wait a few years to buy one of his new designs, to let him work the bugs out.
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