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3 or 4 wheels: Choose your optimum setup

28 Mar 2011

Experience the benefits from switching back and forth from 3 to 4 wheels, without having to purchase two pairs of skates for it! Buy one skate, but in fact get two. Do all these options confuse you? Here's some information.

10% weight saving
Even experienced and strong pro athletes try to save weight in their equipment. For smaller and younger skaters, the weight influences the skating technique even more. A three wheel set-up with 100mm wheels saves you 10% weight compared to a four wheel set-up with 90mm wheels. Imagine saving 10% of the energy you put into moving your legs!

Size 220 (EU36) 3-wheel: 940grams; 4-wheel: 1040 grams

A three wheel setup saves up to 10% weight.

A three wheel skate moves easier than a four wheel skate. Basically, a young, small and/or inexperienced skater learns skating quicker on a three wheel setup because moving light-footed, all focus can be on technique. A 4 wheels skate is heavier to pick up off the ground, and they tend to ‘stick down’ on the ground for longer with each push, making a ‘fast feet’ acceleration difficult.

On the other hand a four wheel skate provides more grip and stability and therefore more power transition. Kids grow fast. They can start with a three wheel setup and switch to a four wheel setup the year after. Growing up, having learned the right techniques and looking for more top speed, a four wheel setup comes into play.

4 wheel skate: more speed

A three wheel skate moves faster on shorter distances. Less weight means more leg speed. A four wheel skate provides more grip and stability, which is better for the longer distances. The unique Neo Transformer chassis offers you to choose, within a minute, the perfect setup for a specific race.

Your optimum
Choosing the right setup is always a personal thing. Besides choosing the number of wheels you can also change the wheel diameter. So many choices, you just need to experiment. And it's exactly this that makes the Neo Transformer the perfect frame for younger skaters that keep changing physically and technically.

Overall, this table provides good frame of reference.

Cádomotus Transformer inline frames offer the possibility to skate with either 3 or 4 wheels.

Small kids, learning basicsNeo Transformer
10.6"4x84, 3x90 or 4x90until size 230

More stability, more speedNeo Transformer
11.2"4x90, 3x100 or 3x110Size 230 - 245

More speed and gripNeo Transformer
11.8"All sizes from 4x84 - 3x110Size 230 - larger


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