4WHEELER DISK BRAKE A
REVOLUTIONARY INLINE SKATE BRAKING SYSTEM UNVEILED
Time Cut in Half, Internal Mechanics Do Not Damage Wheels, Replaces
Need for Rubber Heel Stopper and Requires Virtually No Maintenance
July, 2006 --
Alex Bellehumeur, a co-founder of Roller Hockey International,
fundamentally changed the dynamics
of inline hockey with his patented SpeedPuck™ and now the
invention of the 4Wheeler Disk Brake for inline
skates has the potential to revolutionize a stagnate industry
with a braking
that cuts stopping time in half resulting in greater safety,
avoids damage to the wheels, eliminates the need for the
rubber heel stopper
and requires virtually zero maintenance.
“Recreational inline skating has been on the decline and safety
is clearly one of the key factors affecting this downward trend,” Bellehumeur
said. “It is my hope that the 4Wheeler will help the industry
not only reverse this trend, but provide a catalyst for growth.
Inline skating appeals to a wide segment of the population offering
wonderful health benefits in an enjoyable and fun manner. This
revolutionary braking system has the ability to remove that barrier
those who have left and bringing more participants to the sport.”
Recently spotlighted in the
Hockey Business News, the patented design of the 4Wheeler features
brakes on all four wheels with the use of
two pairs of braking discs, each pair centered between pairs
of wheels. The manner in which this is done guarantees equal braking
wheel, quicker stopping than any other braking system all without
damaging the wheels, especially the “flat-spotting” that
can occur with other systems.
Another advantage of the 4Wheeler is the elimination of the need
for the rubber heel stopper that retailers estimate needs to be replaced
on average once a month for the average skater. Depending on usage
and climate this equates to a consumer annual savings of $60 to $120.
Test with veteran inline skaters found a general consensus as to
its appeal, performance and efficacy.
“Having never used either the stopper or disc system, I felt
it much safer, stops in shorter distance and was easier to use,” said
Jeff Prime hockey director of Cost 2 Coast Inline Center and head
coach of the U.S Women’s Inline Hockey Team, who also ran the
Pro Beach Hockey circuit from 1998-2000.
According to Bellehumeur, who has spoken to a number of key manufacturing
executives, he was encouraged by their positive response following
their own tests, indicating that the braking system worked even better
then it had been represented and could revolutionize the industry.
In terms of stopping ability
in that test at 5 mph the skaters were able to stop in an average
of three feet compared to nine feet with
the conventional stopper. Skating at 10 mph the stopping distance
was an average of nine and one-half feet compared to 20 ½ feet
with the conventional stopper. Finally, skating at 15 mph,
the stopping distance was an average of 22 feet compared to 40 feet
with the conventional
“Clearly the results speak for themselves,” Bellehumeur
said. “Many in the industry who have seen the prototype have
been extremely impressed with its functionality. Over the years,
there have been many inventions that have tried to solve the
stopping problem, but have fallen short of their promised expectations.
the 4Wheeler is the first braking system that offers an extremely
viable and cost-efficient means to achieve this goal with the
ability to revolutionize inline skating.”