The Rollerblade Crossfire 100 inline skates are the type of inlines many skaters choose once they have gone over the middle-of-the-road hump that separates the novices from the experts. The Crossfire 100 inlines are definitely for a skater who wants to perform at a higher level. Using the Alu-Tech 310mm frame, the Crossfire offers excellent stiffness which provides great power transfer when skating for long periods and distances. The wheel setup with SG9 bearings creates a distinct balance of speed and maneuverability which translates into some awesome times on the streets, sidewalks, and around the town. The Crossfire 100 also has a higher cuff which provides better stability and support. The way the True Wrap closure conforms around the foot makes the fit for the Crossfire 100 even better for skaters who seek performance as well as comfort. The feeling of True Wrap can best described as the skate and your foot being unified as one. The Specialized 5 Star Fit liner with memory foam provides a customized fit for maximum comfort. In addition, the liner is designed for easy entry and is vented for foot breathability. All-in-all the Crossfire 100 from Rollerblade is a performance skate that will remain high performing for energetic escapes and living life skating through the great outdoors.
I came to this skate from K2 Mach 90's so that's my basis for comparison. They're definitely more comfortable, letting me skate MUCH further, and the 100mm wheels roll over bumps noticeably easier so it's not just about speed. I'm absolutely in love with the hi-low setup and how it positions the foot at a more comfortable angle. It's worth the hassle of more awkward wheel rotation & replacement.
What is HORRENDOUS about this boot is the lace design. The "quick lock" on my size 13 boot is UNDER the upper pair of eyelets, making it completely useless. I've resorted to just doing a regular tie-off without using the hooks, which of course makes getting the laces tight more of a challenge, which was the whole point of the hooks in the first place, right Rollerblade? And of course the "true wrap" design of the outer hard shell REQUIRES and RELIES ON those laces being tightened properly, so isn't this kind of a critical issue? I guess so, since this skate seems to have been discontinued.
I'm also another reviewer with bearing problems... from day 1, one of my bearings was quite noticeably louder and noisier than the others, leading me to suspect improper lubrication - a problem since they're SEALED bearings and I can't clean & lube them myself. I get the impression Rollerblade needs better quality control over stuff coming out of their factory. Or does this stuff ship to retailers directly from overseas?
While these skates were not advertised as available in widths, they are very comfortable. I have wide, flat feet and could skate for hours in these Rollerblade skates. I love the "locking" lace loops that hold your laces tight while you are lacing up.
I have a wide EE foot, size 10, and it fits me well. I don't like the hooks above the lacing eyelets because they hit the clear plastic wraps and are hard to hook. Two of the hooks have already started to pull out of the boot after two years. I don't know if they are repairable but I am trying to find out. I'm also looking at the Rollerblade Tempest 110 because I like the two separate buckles for securing my ankle and foot.
The bearings quickly wore on these skate, and one of the strap broke after one season. The good news is that Rollerblade chose to replace instead of repair. Bad news is the replacement will probably snap in the same place because of the design. The new ones are also impossible to lace. The hook is so high, that you have to leave the skates loose. I will probably not purchase Rollerblade brand again. Althogh I will order from inlineskates.net again.
Great skate, very lightweight, and very fast, I don't like that 1 wheel is a different size, since you are tide up to buy the wheels onle from the skate manufacturer. and 1 bearing was not in perfect condition
These skates are very fast and smooth. I constantly find myself blowing by cyclers without working much to do so. The people that I pass seem generally surprised that someone on skates just flew by them effortlessly? I originally wanted a K2 but they were out of stock so I took a chance and tried the Crossfire 100's. I am very happy I did so. They feel great too.
I live in southern Indiana. There is no flat groung anywhere in my county. Roads are very rough. Skates handle it well. There is a learning curve when moving up from 78mm. I've always removed breaks from skates...seriously considering adding the break on these because I gain speed on hills quickly. Although I haven't exceeded 30 mph yet. My bearings seem to making noise already even though I probably have only two to three hundred miles on them. Wheels are wearing well, but make the bumps a little rough because of the harder wheels, but softer wheels would mean frequent replacement...you choose. I don't understand why only the second wheel is 90 mm. It makes rotation impossible. After lacing the skate, the top hook is too close to easily wrap the lace, so it takes effort. I average about 5 miles per day with a 15-20 mile skate in there somewhere. I did get a blister one day, but that should be expected when you do a long skate before your feet develop toughness in new places. The boots are no better than the Rollerblade brand skates designed for casual skaters using 76 mm wheels. So you are spending five times the cost so you can get better frames and 100 mm. speed. How about adding some lateral adjustment? By the way, don't buy a cheaper brand and expect to get Rollerblade quality. Your feet will hurt, skates will not be balanced and you will be out some money. Spend the extra cash if you can afford it.
I don't like how the laces are hard to get a good fit with. The ratchet strap works best. When I tie the laces the rubber part that pulls together on each side makes it difficult to put the laces in the metal hook because they end up covering it. The bearings get dirt in them fast. After each issue can hear the grinding. My only other issues are due to experience.
Bought the size 13.5 and needed to stretch the boots because they were simply too narrow for my 4E feet. Fit great now. These are fast skates which took awhile to adjust my stride and stopping style. Hills remain a real challenge since speed builds very quickly. Wish the top strap was in a location where you can see what you are doing when putting these on. Still, a good quality skate that should last a long time. No regrets for the purchase.
A: You will need to use an Allen wrench and six 100mm wheels, as well as two 90mm wheels. From there you should be able to replace all of the wheels on the Rollerblade Crossfire 100 skates by simply removing the axles and bearings, then transferring them to the new wheels.
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