Fischer's six rollerski models are headlined by the new Carbonlite Skate and Carbonlite Classic models. The two Carbonlite roller skis share an "Air Core Composite" frame, similar to skis. The frame is supposed to absorb vibrations better than an aluminum frame. NNN or Solomon bindings can be mounted on the frame. The forks on the Skate model drop the frame slightly, providing a lower center of gravity at the expense of smaller ground clearance. To adjust, the Carbonlite Skate comes with a tapered "Razor Sharp Base" that provides more ground clearance when the ski is one edge at the end of a skate push.
Carbonlite Air Core Composite
The newly developed Air Core Composite frame is used for both the Carbonlite Skate and the Carbonlite Classsic models. Fischer claims that by using the same high-class materials and special processes used in ski making, the Air Core Composite frame offers a unique, ski-like feel. Fischer says the frame construction "optimally absorbs the vibrations which occur while in use, giving you smooth performance every time."
Carbonlite Skate Razor Shape Base
The unique frame geometry of the Carbonlite Skate with integrated Razor Shape Base ensures sufficient space above the ground, even if the kick angle is extreme.
The next two models in the line, the RC7 Skate NIS and RC7 Classic NIS, feature an aluminum frame and are pre-mounted with a Xcelerator NIS Mounting Plate. The roller skis are both shorter than the Carbonlite models, making them more maneuverable, stable and simply easier to ski. These skis would be a better choice than the Carbonlites for someone just starting to rollerski or someone who wants a more controllable ride.
The final two skis are for juniors: the Junior Skate NIS and the Junior Combi NIS. Both are shorter than the adult RC7 models, and also include the Xcelerator NIS Mounting Plate. The Combi, obviously, is really a classic ski with just a little more ground clearance so that it can be put on edge while skating. What's interesting is that the Combi is shorter than the Junior Skate model.
You can easily see the difference in wheel, ground clearance and wheelbase (measured axle-to-axle) in the table below:
|Rollerski Model||Wheel diam. / Width||Ground Clearance||Base||Wheelbase||Wheel Type||Bearings||Weight per ski||Construction||Notes|
|Carbonlite Skate||100/24mm||29mm||Razor Shape||630mm||medium||608 2RS||965g||Air Core Composite||No premounted plated, no holes|
|Carbonlite Classic||80/38mm||28mm||Flat||745mm||medium||608 2RS||1065g||Air Core Composite||Back wheel has reverse lock; No premounted plated, no holes|
|RC7 Skate NIS||100/24mm||40mm||Flat||620mm||medium||608 2RS||850g||Reinforced Aluminum||Premounted Xcelerator Mounting Plate. Predrilled sizes on the frame: 40, 43 (mounted) , 46|
|RC7 Classic NIS||80/38mm||28mm||Flat||700mm||medium||608 2RS||990g||Reinforced Aluminum||Back wheel has reverse lock; Premounted Xcelerator Mounting Plate. Predrilled sizes on the frame: 40, 43 (mounted) , 46|
|Junior Skate NIS||80/30mm||30mm||Flat||530mm||medium||608 2RS||730g||Reinforced Aluminum||Premounted Xcelerator Mounting Plate. Predrilled sizes on the frame: 37, 41 (mounted)|
|Junior Combi NIS||80/38mm||30mm||Flat||500mm||medium||608 2RS||880g||Reinforced Aluminum||Back wheel has reverse lock; Premounted Xcelerator Mounting Plate. Predrilled sizes on the frame: 37, 41 (mounted)|
The Rollerski Shop carries the Carbonlite Skate, but not the classic. A search around Google found a couple vendors carrying the Carbonlite Classic. No one was carrying the CR7 or Junior rollerskis in the United States...but it looked like vendors in Europe might have them.
Here's the full lineup of Fischer rollerskis. These are not to scale - even though the look the same length, their wheelbases range from 500mm to 745mm:
RC7 Skate NIS
RC7 Classic NIS
Junior Skate NIS
Junior Combi NIS