The Future of Roller Derby.
The smallest, lightest, and fastest derby wheels on the market. Have you heard about Adonis Micro Wheels? That's right: 50mm tall derby wheels. If you thought Jukes were quick and light, then get ready to be stunned with your skating when you put these guys one. Adonis went balls out and shaved a whole 12mm off the height of the standard roller skate wheel, and you're looking at the result - a super short wheel that helps you stop faster, quick start easier, and juke more nimbly. A short wheel that also keeps you lower to the ground, more stable, and lighter on your feet with less weight and less bulk.
Adonis wheels are designed for fancy footwork, and are fabulous for roller derby, as well as rhythm and dance skating. Get the harder wheels for the rink, and go a little softer for the derby track.
Modern roller derby is more about quick feet and juking than about just skating a track, but some people might be concerned that a tiny wheel will make you work harder to keep your speed. But Adonis has that part covered. Designed by skaters who also happen to be engineers in the high-performance auto racing industry, the guys at Adonis Wheels have transferred some of that knowledge over to revolutionize roller skating. These wheels are designed with precision-cut P-LET load distribution spacers (included with each set) that evenly distribute your weight over all of your bearings (instead of only half at a time, depending on which way you're leaning), so you can tighten your wheels all the way down and transfer all your power into keeping your speed! The hubs are also specially designed to keep the inertia rolling. These wheels are fast!
Air Glide Certified
All Adonis Wheels are certified using the patent-pending AirGlide process that ensures your the trueness of your wheels to .002". With AirGlide, you can be sure you're rolling as smooth as possible!
|Orange 88A||Slick floors, polished concrete, grippy on concrete, hard outdoor wheel|
|Green 92A||Slick concrete, some wood floors, sport court|
|Blue 95A||Concrete, wood floors, banked track, sport court|
|Black 98A||Wood floors, roller rink floors, banked track|
The following is Rage's review from trying them out herself:
I personally tested these wheels for the first time on an assessment day when we had to skate our 5min timed laps. I was a little hesitant to go out on a new wheel, but what the heck, I like adventure! And what better way to put a new wheel to the test? I kept my pace a little slow for the first few laps, feeling them out. I was a little out of shape from a recent injury, and I wasn't sure if the shorter wheels would wear me out any faster. I felt no difference, and actually felt more stable and low to the ground. I ended up going from 30 laps the two weeks previous, to 31 laps on the Adonis wheels. No problem there! I also found that all of my footwork drills were just...easier. I was more agile. I could pull my knees up higher to my chest when I jumped (lighter weight, more stability), I could transition faster (less bulk to get in the way, easier to pivot), just all around more nimble. By the end of practice I was practicing one-footed pivots and other agility drills, and just having a blast!
At first I could really tell that I was on small wheels, it felt a little wonky. But after about 10 minutes I completely forgot. The only thing I had to rethink a little bit were my snowplows and powerslides. The short, narrow wheels make you adjust your weight transfer and when/where you apply the pressure to stop. The first couple of tries, they wanted to tip over. But after that, I snowplowed, powerslid, and hockey stopped without even thinking. It's been over a month now, and I don't ever think about the fact that I'm in small wheels. You'll also have to screw your toe stops up higher (short stems work great), and get used to a slight change in your stopping feel. And as for speed? I took a couple speed skate classes with Atomatrix, and didn't fall an inch behind the paceline. I can get low and dig in with these wheels, and gave no extra effort to keep my speed.
When it came to choosing a width, I found that I preferred the more narrow 32mm for derby. I tend to skate on 37mm wheels, so I tried the wider ones first. But I found that with such a short wheel, I actually wanted it to be narrower, too. The wider wheels seemed to throw off the balance a bit and the extra width made it harder to stop fast. The 32mm felt more "in proportion" and were easier to control in the plow stops, like everything was compressed under my wheel, all dialed in, and not sticking out any more than it needed to. And since the wheel is only 50mm instead of 62mm, they didn't feel as unstable. Like a footstool compared to a skyscraper, the small footprint is just more stable on a shorter wheel. I also found that I preferred a harder wheel than usual (I tend to skate on 93A on concrete, but found the 95A perfect). The small wheels are very responsive, (presumably because all your weight is concentrated on an overall smaller footprint) and having a bit more slide makes them easier to control. Because they are so quick to respond, the 92A felt like they stopped way too soon when I put weight on them.
I can't guarantee that every skater will love these wheels, but I find them to be amazing, and I haven't stopped wearing them. I can tell you, they work best on plates that sit low to the ground (like the Reactor plate), but early test skaters are reporting excellent performance on all plates, such as the Revenge as well. I don't think you have to be an advanced skater, either, to get the full benefit. You definitely have to feel comfortable and confident on your feet, and not be afraid to try something new. They will probably feel a little odd at first, but jump in full force, and really squeeze out the benefits of these wheels. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. I've been in them for over a month, and even skate in them outdoors, as my 62mm outdoor wheels just feel big and awkward now!