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If you want to be associated with mom’s pushing strollers and people in spandex high fiving each other then your with the right company. It’s exactly what they say ‘a mass produced product…’
It’s funny that there new skates are a horrible homage to the dirks, daytona etc. with an actual full soul to grind. I’ve been skating since early 90′s too, and it’s pretty sad they haven’t been way more innovative. They also off loaded there aggro team multiple times and stopped completely selling/making aggro skates at a point. However people keep going back like beaten wife syndrome.
I’ve learned they are no different than the ford and chevy – universal disposable bland products… Theres companies that haven’t turned there back on skating that need the profit margin in this tiny market, which also always have been true to skating like USD and Remz. Anyhow you live and learn kiddies. At the end of the day as long as people are rolling thats what matters, just one of those things.
I don’t care about brand image, I will buy which ever product worst best for me and that’s why I’ve never bought RB skates. There aggressive skates are shit. Rob G and David Sizemore are sick skaters and could skate any skate well and thats why they’re on the team. If look at all the skates Rob G has had over the years you can tell they’ve put no input into the making or design of the new RB skates. Are you telling me the best thing they could come up with is a powerstrap and salomon wide bodies?!?!?
While all skate company’s are producing the smallest numbers in skates, barely staying a live, Rollerblade treats their riders well, puts a lot of time and afford in the industry…and above all they are in more shops then you could even think of…there fore being the only company that actually makes money.
Conclusion, everybody is yealous, and Rollerblade gets the last laugh.
They already have the best name for a boot company.
rollerblade may have the best name in the company but thats only because of them being there at the start and branding themselves well with the term that people us to this day. like when the french say they need a ‘kleenex’ instead of a tissue. The fact that they have put no development in to there aggressive skates proves this point for me. As a company there products certainly aren’t at the top of the game in any discipline. And from what i see its less about the love and more about the money. Watch out for clever branding schemes….
Powerblading is one of these!! Its freeskating that USD have cleverly re branded to get a hold on the market same as Rollerblade in the past. Its not ‘rollerblading’ it has, and always will be inline skating. And its not ‘powerblading’ its Freeskating and always has been.
I am glad rollerblade is still making “aggressive” skates and Rob G, Sven, and Sizemore are all great skaters. However, I expect more from a company with that much capital and experience under their belt. You cant fool skaters with all the glam, look around at the skate comps and parks, hardly anybody is skating your rec/aggressive skates. Skaters want innovation. Bring it, and they will come.
You obviously don’t know what are you talking about…
“If you want to be associated with mom’s pushing strollers and people in spandex high fiving each other then your with the right company. It’s exactly what they say ‘a mass produced product…’ ”
Hint: rec and fitness skates PRINTS MONEY. Speedskating in spandex is larges “professional” skating type and actually have chance to be at the Olympics in the future. It attracts people to skating. MORE PEOPLE IN SKATING IN GENERAL = MORE SKATES SOLD = LARGER BUDGET FOR AGGRESSIVE SKATES DEVELOPMENT TEAM
“It’s funny that there new skates are a horrible homage to the dirks, daytona etc. with an actual full soul to grind. I’ve been skating since early 90?s too, and it’s pretty sad they haven’t been way more innovative.”
First: “there”=/=”their”. Second: have you skated Solos? I bet you wouldn’t and talk bullshit because you don’t like their looks. Not best looking skates, but hell – comfortable and functional ones.
“They also off loaded there aggro team multiple times and stopped completely selling/making aggro skates at a point. However people keep going back like beaten wife syndrome. ”
Multiple times? It happened once, and you people demonize it. Here’s what happened – Rollerblade was USA company, and in year 2004 or 2005, Italian company Nordica/Tecnica bought them. All pro contracts expired by that point, and there was chaos caused by merging of two companies. So they stopped sponsoring team for a while and took time to develop new skates. They did the same with pro speedskating team, and yet I don’t see speedskaters bitching about it.
“I’ve learned they are no different than the ford and chevy – universal disposable bland products… Theres companies that haven’t turned there back on skating that need the profit margin in this tiny market, which also always have been true to skating like USD and Remz. Anyhow you live and learn kiddies. At the end of the day as long as people are rolling thats what matters, just one of those things.”
LOLOLOL – don’t you know? USD and Xsjado and Kizer, and Undercover (Deshi was too) are all brands owned by Powerslide – company that DOES EXACTLY THE SAME THING AS ROLLERBLADE! They produce rec, fitness, slalom, freeskates and speedskates. They even have premium speedskating brand called Core Racing made especially for guys in spandex, the same ones you seem to hate. Also they make many more – nordic, offroad skates, scooters, SKATEBOARDS etc. even slacklines. And the result? Powerslide makes loads of money on more mainstream types of skating, and actually have funds to put in developing new technology for aggressive skates. They push the limits and innovate first. “Skater-owned” small companies = no money for R&D = no new skates = same 15 year old rehashed molds under skin, or recolours every year. Look how far behind are SSM, Razors, Remz in terms of technology – they simply cannot afford to develop new skates.
Sigh… this sport will never grow back to the level of popularity it had if clueless fools like you will continue to be major part of the community.
Rollerblade image has faded a lot past decade. If it was the most respectful company 15years ago, but they have lost their image.. History of best and innovative skates lives in uneducated peoples mind.
Video reminds me of non skater owned company who only cares about their fitness skate sales. Not bad if you look at business point, but if there are a lot of great skater owned companies around pushing the sport more further than ever.. then f*ck you Rollerblade.
RB’s aggressive skate is a 100% recreational blade boot with a soul plate. Nothing more. Stiff cuffs, horrible frames, terrible wheels, ZERO style in design… RB IS SEVERELY OUT OF TOUCH WITH OUR INDUSTRY!
Your track record shows multiple times your displosable approach to your pro street teams.
Showing us your corporate headquarters only solidifies that your budgets go into fancy labs and foriegn speaking designers. Not the skaters.
“Do I see PMS color swatches on computer monitors? WOW they must be so legit…” – RB here is some advice, fire your designers and build a real street division in your company that caters to real street skaters. Until then, all you are is a recreational brand who is trying to hold onto some sort of street credit within our industry. Its too little too late.
truth is, aggressive blading (or whatever stupid fuckin name you came up with) is such a small part of “rollerblading” that rollerblade doesnt feel the need to make a completely new skate. the switch frames were decent. making add ons for a current skate is much cheaper than making a whole new skate.
“making add ons for a current skate is much cheaper than making a whole new skate”
No doubt, it is way cheaper. If they choose to be the wal-mart cheap alternative in this market then ehy do rb skates cost $250+ ?
All I want to add about RB is this: Next time you go to your local skate park, or street session, comp, or watch a video that isn’t a team video for a skate company, look at how many people are skating RB’s. The TRS series of skates were popular in the mid 2000′s but now RB is a joke.
the only thing they give us is the name we try and shake, and really cheap skates. not so bad I guess, were like the kid they had that they dont give a shit about. they dont even make aggressive skates that make rec skates with hollow plates. switch frames are the truth though.
the main “problem” with rollerblade is the product itself. might be functional, yes. but its ugly as fuck, and why spend money on skates that are ugly when you can get pretty and functional skates for the same price
i cant say anything for there boots never rode one but i have a pair of the small silver switch frames and i bought some 78 mm wheels with hubs put them on size 12classic thrones small frame on a size 12 skate all the skate shops told me oh it will look weird but i did my measurements put wheel wells in the bottom of skate to fit the wheels with kizer grind rocks trust liners ive been skating forever 13 yrs 14 yrs something best set up ive ever rode and it is largely due to the frames only frame u can do a large wheel set up on higher center of gravity and top sides are a lil tricky on ledges but 78 mm wheel kills it on tranny more speed less effort smoother ride more shock absorption better rebound im actually suprised not everyone would want a set up like this i am rnd 13 14 yrs qualifys me watch which way the frame companys head in the next 5 yrs kids oh and btw i got the smaller frames cause a shorter wheel base is more responsive which is crucial in this sort of skating takes some adjustment they work great and look great even though aggressive mall intuition rollerwarehouse all told me they wouldnt look right wrong sometimes u gotta do shit for yourself and see what works for u but i would think any skater would have use for the sort of advantages a set up like this offers but what the fuck do i know
I don’t really see what some people’s problem is. Our sport is the way it is were all a family of inline skaters weather we free skate, speed skate , agressive or anything else we are all inline skaters and we need to stick together if we are going to survive and stay a sport.