Exel Shock-absorbing suspension tip

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Exel Shock-absorbing suspension tip

Postby jt10000 » Sat Dec 21, 2013 9:31 pm

Has anyone used these?

http://www.nordicskater.com/rolski/access.html

Any comments on how they work?

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Re: Exel Shock-absorbing suspension tip

Postby Jon44 » Tue Dec 24, 2013 1:00 pm

Yes. They work well. It's fairly subtle, but noticeable amount of shock absorption. Only downside is expense.

Jenex now also has some shock-absorbing tips, but it's a completely different arrangement with a springload nylon rod that hits road first, then tip is separated by a few mm and hits after rod has compressed. It feels soft, but I found it annoying as the nylon rod tends to skid a little before the regular tip hits the road.

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Re: Exel Shock-absorbing suspension tip

Postby kentek » Mon Nov 17, 2014 10:48 am

Some years ago while training in Denver for XC skate skiing I would train on the many miles of concrete bike paths in Denver on inlines. Carbide tips just bounced off of it.
So, I put on my McGiver hat and went to Home Depot.
What I did is I found the rubber feet for kitchen stools. One big one and a smaller one to put inside it. Then I used the trusty must have product Duct-Tape to bind to the end of my ski poles. A single wrap would be enough. I also chopped off the baskets.

I would get about 50 miles before I would have to reverse the wear side for the fresh side then I would get almost anther 50 miles.

The difference is in the use of the poles. i found that you can't just jam into the concrete surface like it was snow. Rather, I would "place" the tip on the surface-just a minor hesitation before the push. It worked well for training.

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Re: Exel Shock-absorbing suspension tip

Postby Magnus Johansson » Sat Jun 13, 2015 12:06 am

jt10000 wrote:Has anyone used these?

http://www.nordicskater.com/rolski/access.html

Any comments on how they work?

JT

They work well but many users, including me, report that the tips don't last very long; the suspended part wear its way out of the casing and comes off forward. I believe this is because the actual tip is too far in front of the pole and therefore exerts much pressure on the front side of the casing. I have contacted Exel about this but they have not responded.


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