Testing the Bont Supercell 2.0 inline frame

The Supercell 2.0 is the second opus of the Australian brand’s carbon inline speed skating frame. We had the opportunity to try this high-end 4x110mm model for a few months. Here are our feedbacks..

Bont Supercell 2.0 inline frame

The Bont Supercell 2.0 inline frame in detail

Our opinion at a glance

The Bont Supercell 2.0 frame 4x110mm is very rigid and very precise, especially the XX-Firm version. It is also surprisingly noiseless for a carbon inline frame. Bont offers it in different hardnesses. Be sure to choose the most suitable stiffness for your use. Indeed, the most rigid model is really intended for races on perfectly smooth surfaces such as on track. The softer model will be more suitable for sinuous marathons. Endurance use is possible, but on condition that flexible and soft wheels are used.

 Bont Supercell 2.0 inline frame with its tool, spacers, axles and screws
Bont Supercell 2.0 inline frame with its tool, spacers, axles and screws

Strong points and points to improve

Pluses
  • The racy and futuristic look
  • Thep Packaging
  • The Precision
  • The Silence when using
  • The options of stiffness
Minuses
  • The price
  • Less comfortable on rough ground

Fact sheet

  • Brand: Bont
  • Model: Supercell 2.0
  • First release: 2019
  • Conception : Australia
  • Made in: Asia
  • Materials: carbon fiber and resin
  • Weight: 160 grams
  • Front deck: 49,5 mm
  • Rear deck: 60 mm
  • Available in various stiffness/finishing (blue and gold):
    • Firm/Matte
    • XX-Firm Matte
    • XX-Firm Gloss
  • Wheels diameters and frame length:
    • 4x110mm (13.2 inches)
    • 3x125mm (13 inches)
  • Stiffness: Firm or XX Firm
  • Public price: 399 $
  • Supplied with: single race axles, spacers and Allen key
  • Recommended use: inline speed-skating for advanced skaters and competition
2019 Bont Supercell 2.0 inline frame

Video: summary of the test of the Bont Supercell 2.0

Presentation of the Bont Supercell 2.0 inline frame

Bont is one of the few inline skates brands to manufacture carbon inline frames. The Australian firm has launched the second version of its flagship model: the Bont Supercell 2.0 plate, available in two different colors: gold and blue.

Blue Bont Supercell 2.0 inline frame
Blue Bont Supercell 2.0 inline frame

Carbon frames: a niche in the inline skating market

The main companies that have offered carbon frames on the market are:

  • EOSkates (France), a French Brand leader in this sector for 15 years. Its models are mainly dedicated to speed skating: 3x125mm, 4x110mm or 3×110 and 1×100 and a few models for kids.
  • Powerslide launched its own carbon frame in 2012-2013
  • Seba / FR Skates with a compact 3x110mm carbon frame dedicated to speed-slalom with the SL Carbon 310.
    • Hopiframe with less mature models for speed skating.
The frame is delivered in a qualitative box with magnetic closure
The frame is delivered in a qualitative box with magnetic closure

The packaging

First things first: unboxing! The Bont Supercell 2 frame is sold in very qualitative packaging: a thick and sturdy cardboard box finely decorated. In addition, the opening is done using a magnetic system. A high-end product and a superior packaging!

The specificities of the design of the Bont carbon frame

The Bont Supercell 2.0 chassis offers a design quite similar to that of traditional frames. However, Bont took into account the specificities of the use of carbon fiber: a carbon frame cannot have perfectly flat sides. Indeed, the solid sides (without “holes”) and the bulges are intended to increase the stiffness and the solidity of the frame. You will notice a bulge which runs through the entire frame from the rear to the front and which gives it its lateral rigidity.

We really appreciated the futuristic look of the Bont Supercell 2.0 inline frame. It unveils light and fluid lines, enhanced by an elaborate serigraphy.

4x110mm Bont Supercell 2.0 inline frame
4x110mm Bont Supercell 2.0 inline frame

The front view reveals the absence of reinforcement bridges between the walls. Only the rounded front and rear platforms increase stiffness and prevent deformation. You will find that the frame is also slightly hollowed on the inside and that the edges are slightly curved. Here again, this technique provides a gain in weight and stiffness.

Front view of the Bont Supercell 2.0 inline frame
Front view of the Bont Supercell 2.0 inline frame

A line with various models

Bont offers its carbon frame in two level of stiffness:

  • ‘Firm’ for indoor skating or track use. Indeed, frequent turns require a certain flexibility to gain maneuverability.
  • ‘XX-Firm’ for smooth roads and more straight lines.

There are also two different colors: blue or gold color, and either a shiny or matte finish, depending on your taste!

4x110mm Bont Supercell 2.0 inline frame
4x110mm Bont Supercell 2.0 inline frame

Stiffness distribution

The least we can say is that the Bont Supercell XX-Firm frames are particularly stiff. The manual compression of the walls shows a slight flexibility on the ends and a high stiffness in the central part. This behavior is a guarantee of relative maneuverability.

Maneuverability

Despite its stiffness, the Supercell remains quite manoeuvrable. In use, we did not have a feeling of a rail. This compromise is therefore rather interesting. The changes of direction are easily done.

Test of the 4x110mm Bont Supercell 2.0 inline frame on a track
Test of the 4x110mm Bont Supercell 2.0 inline frame on a track

Comfort

When you choose a carbon frame, it’s rarely for comfort. Skaters who skates with this material are looking above all for performance and lightness! So the Bont Supercell frame, combined with the MPC Avenger aluminum wheels, makes you feel the smallest details of the ground you skate on.

Test of the Bont Supercell 2.0 inline frame on the bicycle path between Caveirac and Sommières (France)
Test of the Bont Supercell 2.0 inline frame on the bicycle path between Caveirac and Sommières (France)

Reactivity

This setup is certainly one of the most nervous and responsive we have tested for many years. It reacts quickly to the slightest push. The starts are really easy and and the accelerations require less energy. This setup gave us the feeling of regaining more frank acceleration capacities. This is a real asset for races where changes of pace are frequent.

Finishing and value for money

Nothing to say, the finishing is perfect. Furthermore, the frame is available in various hardnesses, colors and even in mat or gloss finishing. The price of €399 the pair might seems high for most of skaters but we did not notice any sign of wear after a few months of tests. So you can consider it as an investment.

Presentation of the Bont Supercell 2.0 edited by the brand

Links

The frame on the site of Bont

Auteur

Alexandre Chartier

''alfathor''

Fondateur et webmaster de rollerenligne.com depuis 2003. Alexandre est un passionné de roller en général et sous tous ses aspects : histoire, économie, sociologie, évolution technologique... Aspirine ou café recommandée si vous abordez un de ces sujets !

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