Bonés  Graphene,  Non Plus Ultra Rollerskis

Bonés Graphene, Non Plus Ultra Rollerskis

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[caption id="attachment_16308" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Jorge Vidal: Put simply, Bonés Skiroll Graphene are "the non plus ultra " rollerskis...[/caption] Today we share with you our recent conversation with Jorge Vidal, Bonés Skiroll founder & director. What makes them truly unique is that , they are both really flexible and reactive. Why? Graphene! It's a nanomaterial that is 100 stronger than steel and is 20% more flexible to the point of breaking than any other product made with fiber carbon. It's the "wonder material" made of " carbon nets" just one atom thick - yet its virtually indestructible in real life: even a 200kg skier won't break them. https://www.instagram.com/p/CC7vynwI_Ms/?igshid=15ui5bq6ij7ji Graphene is, as you would imagine, expensive: about €1000/ kg if you order in industrial quantities. The technology is unique and was developed…
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Packaging Can Be Theater…

Packaging Can Be Theater…

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“Packaging can be theater, it can create a story.” You know who said? Steve Jobs. If you need higher authority on how to do marketing, you're much smarter than us. Apple allegedly maintains a special "unpackaging room" where hundreds of potential package designs are being tried & tested to get the all-important unwrapping experience perfect. The august world of cross country skiing,by contrast, holds true that every product should reach the end customer in packaging that not only is made of recycled material - it also looks recycled. That environmentalist in us applauds the former - but consumer in us has an issue with the latter. Enter Spine Sports. And casts a glance at the packaging issue. [caption id="attachment_16349" align="alignnone" width="1313"] Those €500 boots come to you in box that…
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Bonés Skiroll Graphene Or Fancy Engineering Comes To Rollerski World

Bonés Skiroll Graphene Or Fancy Engineering Comes To Rollerski World

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Let’s start with admission: it’s great fun to write about something new, different and, with a right push, with a potential of changing things around. Drastically and to the better. Let us explain. You all have noticed that in the past few years the “carbon fiber revolution” has arrived to cross country skiing. First all boots manufacturers then ski makers ( not all) turn to new ways of adding stability, cutting down weight and utilizing high stiffness carbon fibers provide. This year rollerski manufacturers caught up and put out on the market more CF models than ever before. End of the phase? Nope. Enter Jorge Vidal a former television reporter and avid sport enthusiast from Jaca, Spain. Back in 2013 Jorge launched Bonés Skiroll, a clean-slate project in the country…
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Gear Silje and Vilde Used On Their Multi-mile Rollerski Vacation

Gear Silje and Vilde Used On Their Multi-mile Rollerski Vacation

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Well, you surely read our story about Silje and Vilde who embarked on long rollerski vacation across Denmark. And now you want to know what gear and textiles the two young Norwegians used - 240 kilometers while pulling a heavy cart and sleeping al fresco is not something you want to do wearing a T-shirt from a supermarket and a pair of skis your uncle had stored in his garage! GEAR: Note Swix newest Roadline One poles - the company from Lillehammer promises that those are more gentle on your elbows while rollerskiing while maintaining the same low weight/ high stiffness as venerable Triacs. "They are amazing , - says Silje Vasvåg, - never tried any better" IDT's Classic RM2s, used by the most leading national teams, have been working…
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Ball Bearings: Who Uses What

Ball Bearings: Who Uses What

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Some rollerski makers only produce frames, others also mill hubs and even mold rubber in house. One thing that all of them have to buy from third parties is, perhaps, the most crucial element in construction: Ball bearings. Devout rollerskiers want to shave a fraction of second from their results and thus use mega-expensive ceramic bearigns that they also clean before each race. We reckon there are only a few hundred people like that on the planet - and they all/mostly are into speed rollerskiing. The hundreds of thousands of "regular skiers" care more about longevity and reliability of their gear. [caption id="attachment_16189" align="alignnone" width="1920"] The most important quality of the ball bearings when it comes to rollerskiing is an ability to handle abusive treatment[/caption] Which means that pretty much…
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