Skate Preview: the 2006 Rollerblade Collection

Rollerblade's New Adjustable Length Frame

Crossfire 4D

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For Toddling Around Town or Skating a Marathon

By Robert "Just the Factoids" Burnson

Rollerblade is touting its new Crossfire 4D (above) and Activa 4D (next page) as the most versatile new skates on the market.

Both models come with Rollerblade's new 4D frame, which expands (with the turn of two screws) from 274 mm (medium size) to 300 mm (longish).

Set the frame to the short position to make the skates more maneuverable. Telescope to the long position for more speed (which these skates should be able to provide, given their 90mm wheels.)

Rollerblade is calling the new models the first-ever "multiple-use skates."

“Skaters demand freedom and versatility from their skates, and we answered the call with these introductions,” said Ronnie Kuliecza, Rollerblade's director of product development.

The skates come with Rollerblade's TFS One-Pull Closure system, its new Crossfire ultra-light shell and ABEC 7 bearings.

The street price is expected to be $229. The skates should begin to appear online and in stores in mid-January 2006.

The Crossfire (the men's model) will come in sizes 24 to 31.5 (6 to 13.5 U.S.).

Frame mount spacing is 165 mm.

(Photo: Rollerblade)

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Copyright © 2005 by Robert Burnson

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