With just two hours of tests on a hill, I recognized that the four-wheel version of inventor Alex Bellehumeur's DXS disc brake technology is a superior innovation that the skate industry must adopt as soon as possible. Thoroughly satisfied by my comparison tests on July 27, 2007, I decided to outline its many benefits--one of the biggest potentials being overall growth of the sport.
Budding Beginner: Reader response to my request for alternate name. Barb suggested calling it the lifesaver brake. "And here is why," she went on. "As my new friend (a self proclaimed street skater) headed off ahead of me, I had my doubts about the technique. As we came to the downward section of a steepish hill which ended in an intersection, my doubts became reality as this new friend zizzed down the hill out of control and into the middle of the intersection. BY SOME MIRACLE a butt stop was achieved along with a broken finger and only a very small dent in the front end of a late arriving vehicle. This new brake in my mind could save many lives........this friend no longer skates. THE END" -- Barb
Downhill Racer: While at the Inline Downhill World Championships in Germany and at another race in Austria in July I heard a lot of talk among the racers about the need for a better braking system. The kind of testing we would do...would be in the context of downhill racing ...very different from the testing [Liz was] doing. If it worked well, though, as it seems it might, your product could revolutionize our sport. Good luck with your product. It seems a very promising idea. -- George Merkert Inline Downhill Multi-Medalist
Inline Retailer: Query to the Inventor "Want more info and skate to test!!!" -- Jon Hoag, Skate designer, inline racer, park rat, and owner of Black Diamond Sports in Northern California.
Online Inline News: "Sounds very promising. I wish Rollerblade (or one of the players) would investigate." -- Robert Brunson, Publisher of Inline Planet news site
Skating with the Grandkids: "The DXS brake sounds so logical and obvious, and might be just the thing to re-ignite rollerblading back to where it was in the 1990's. The baby boomers and generation X-ers that didn't try it then would be the market. They like to have things packaged, they like to look good, they want to be safe, and they are happy to spend money on themselves, so think in terms of the whole outfit. DXS skates + all the protective gear + snazzy clothing:- from $1,000." -- Trevor Brown, retired executive
Inline Insider: Note to Rollerblade R&D on 8/1/07:" Liz is one of our guides, a long-time professional instructor, and a technical writer for her day job. She is qualified to judge this." --Allan Wright owner of Zephyr Adventures