The following is Rage's review from trying them out herself:
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, I didn't quite know where to bite. But after that, I snowplowed,
powerslid, and hockey stopped without even thinking. It's been over a year 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 highly recommend using good bearings, and have recently switched to ceramics. Wow, what a difference. 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.
came to choosing a width, I found that I preferred the more narrow 32mm
for agility. With such a short wheel, the height-width ratio is different, so even though these are as slim as Diamonds, they feel beyond stable. Like a footstool compared to a skyscraper.
If you want more power, you may prefer the lip on the 36mm width to help
you stick in the turns a little better, grind your snowplows even harder, and to get more distance off
your stride. But for agility, the 32mm felt more "in proportion" and
were easier to control in the plow stops, like everything was all dialed-in efficiently under my wheel, and not sticking out any more than it
needed to. And since the wheel is only 50mm instead of 62mm, they didn't
feel at all unstable.
I also found
that I preferred a harder wheel than usual (I used to skate on 93A on
concrete, but found the 95A perfect). Because they are so responsive, they seem to stop a little sooner than larger wheels when you dig in. If you want more power when you dig in your snowplow, go on the grippier side, but for more dynamic roller derby gameplay, I recommend mixing hardnesses so you can slide when you want, and stop when you need to. The small wheels are very
responsive, (presumably because all your weight is concentrated on an
overall smaller footprint) and I find that mixing hardnesses is even more effective for creating the perfectly-dialed-in precision setup than normal pusher combinations using larger wheels.
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 PowerDyne
Reactor Pro, Pilot Falcon, PowerDyne Arius, or Adonis Lo-Ride plate), but early test skaters
are reporting excellent performance on all plates,
as well. You don't have to be an advanced skater, either, to get the
full benefit. Many fresh meat skaters have reported being able to better learn footwork and transitions on Adonis Wheels.
If you are a seasoned skater, you will 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 when even 59mm wheels start to feel big and awkward now!