Swenor is the recommended brand of roller skis for our team. Especially for Classic Skis. We use the “MODEL 060-000 FIBREGLASS CAP” for Classic and the “MODEL 065-000 SKATE” for Skate. It is best to have everyone on the same skis. We do a team Roller Ski order in the spring and in September (if needed) at a good discount. You can checkout the roller skis at: https://www.swenor.com/ Email Adam if interested.
Roller Ski Maintenance
Roller skiing is much safer with equipment in good working order. Many crashes are due to equipment failure. Take some time to maintain your skis and you’ll be much safer on the road!
Make sure all the bolts are tight! Loose bolts is a common roller ski issue due to all the vibrations on the road. It is often only discovered when you exam each bolt closely.
Make sure your wheels are in good shape! As you ski (or brake), the rubber wears off on your wheels. This can make the skis hard to balance on, and in cases where all the rubber is gone, leave poor traction. Any wheel should be replaced if there are signs of cracking rubber, rubber delamination from the rim, or spoke damage. Wheels with cracked spokes make an audible clicking sound and should be replaced immediately.
Bearings wear out, especially if you ski a lot in the rain or in dusty conditions. Bearings that are seized, feel gritty when spun, or feel loose should be replaced. Bearing wear is almost always hidden behind the rubber bearing seal (red or black) and can’t be seen visually. Bearings can be replaced on their own, but typically are replaced at the same time as the wheels.
Roller skiing is really hard on plastics. Bindings can break down after several seasons of use. Check for loose binding screws and cracked binding components. If some binding screws habitually loosen we recommend using wood glue on the threads of the binding screws before retightening. Note: there is a limit to the number of times you can screw new holes, or insert screws through existing holes. If you are unsure, take it to a shop to have it done.
Inspect your ski boots. Roller skiing is quite hard on your ski boot. Check to make sure the sole is in good shape and still connecting with the bindings. Check the pivot bar at the toe to make sure there is no wear that can cause non-linear movement. Worm out boots are soft in the sole and are quite difficult to balance with.
Inspect the ski frame for damage. Roller skis are made from aluminum and are not strong when they have dents or cracks. The rear fork (behind the heel) is often a site of cracking. Any frame with such damage should not be used and replaced immediately.
Inspect your poles for damage. Carbon poles are light but do not hold up well to roller skiing. inspect the pole shafts for cracks, and make sure you have proper, sharpened roller ski tips.