THE DXS DISK BRAKE
REVOLUTIONARY INLINE SKATE BRAKING SYSTEM UNVEILED
Stopping Time Cut in Half, Internal Mechanics Prevent Wheel Flattening, Eliminates the Need for Rubber Heel Stopper, and Requires Virtually No Maintenance
Alex Bellehumeur, a co-founder of Roller Hockey International, fundamentally changed the dynamics of inline hockey with his patented SpeedPuck,™ the first-ever puck designed for off-ice play. Now his invention of the DXS Disk Brake System for inline skates has the potential to reinvigorate a stagnant industry.
“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 DXS will help the industry by not only reversing this trend, but by providing a catalyst for growth. Inline skating appeals to a wide segment of the population, offering wonderful health benefits gained in an enjoyable and fun manner. This revolutionary braking system has the ability to remove that barrier, attracting those who have left as well as bringing new participants to the sport.”
Spotlighted in Hockey Business News, the patented design of the DXS features braking discs centered between a pair of wheels. The manner in which this is done guarantees equal braking on each wheel and quicker stopping than any other braking system. All of this happens without damaging the wheels, especially the “flat-spotting” that can occur with other systems.
Another advantage of the DXS is the elimination of the need for the rubber heel stopper. Retailers estimate it needs to be replaced once a month for the average skater (assuming he or she has learned how to use it). Depending on usage and climate, this equates to a consumer annual savings of $60 to $120.
DXS tests with veteran inline skaters found a general consensus as to its appeal, performance and efficacy. “Having never used either the stopper or disk system before testing it, I felt it to be much safer, easier to use and stopping in shorter distance,” said Jeff Prime, hockey director of Coast 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.
Bellehumeur, who has spoken to a number of key manufacturing executives, was encouraged by their positive response following their own tests. They typically reported that the braking system worked even better than represented and could revolutionize the industry.
In terms of stopping ability, in a test at 5 mph, 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 9 ½ 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 stopper.
“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 inline skate stopping problem, but have fallen short of their promised expectations. Now, the DXS is the first braking system that offers an extremely viable and cost-efficient means to achieve this goal and revitalize the sport of inline skating.”