I've been skating my new kaltik team frames for 2 weeks now, with 59mm wheels, so here are some impressions about them :
(just note that I skate flat for 4-5 years now, but with 56mm wheels max)
- When I mounted them , I didn't use the provided axles, because i've heard that they were not fantastic , so I used Salomon axles instead.
So I can't tell anything about Kaltik axles, but I have to say that I really enjoyed the frame spacers, they work fine. (I know it's a detail, but details are important !)
- I was a bit disappointed by the first minutes on them : I've been used to Salomon Ufs frames and Fiziks frames, and they felt really more solid than the Kaltiks, at least at first sight. I think this overall impression can be improved.
- I was also a bit scared by the plastic, which seems to be a bit soft when you touch it, and by the little logo on the side , made of a plastic that stick when you pass your finger on it . But finally, they slide pretty well on topsides.
- Now talking about the most important innovation on these frames, the groove :
as i said before, i've been skating flat for quite a long time. and i know that if you're doing your tricks correctly, every trick is possible in flat. It's mostly mental.
For example, I was already able to do unitys with my salomons frames,... but not on 59mm wheels !
And I have to admit that I felt way more confident with the Kaltiks. So now I don't hesitate to go on grinds really faster, which is really pleasant.
Nevertheless , there's one thing that annoys me about this groove: what's the interest of making it so deep ? I'm sure it would have been great, even better , if it was less deep when the frames are new. We have the time to dig it !
That's it for the moment , if you have questions, ask !
Here are also some pictures of the frames after 2 weeks of use (mostly in concrete skatepark) :
And a little edit of our holidays with my Fiancée, she is learning really quick , she has been something like 20 times on skates :
Ps: sorry if my engrish is not perfect , that's my first wall of text on Be-mag , I've done my best !