Is Trinity better than 165/180 mm mounting?
This is a common questions that gets asked on social media and internet forums. Powerslide marketing claims that the benefits of their patented 3-point Trinity mounting system are lower ride heights, better power transfer, more stability, more control, and mounting adjustability when compared to standard 2-point mounting.
Lower Ride Height
Because the mounting “wings” of the frame and the front frame mounting bolts don’t interfere with the position of the 2nd wheel on 4-wheel setups, it’s technically possible for the overall ride height of a Trinity to be slightly lower than a 165/180 mm setup. In a 3-wheel setup, however, Trinity offers no significant ride height improvement as the bottom profile on the center of the boots is generally similar across brands. Some Trinity boots provide wheel wells for additional clearance like the Next. However, not all Trinity boots provide this (e.g. HC Evo); the frames must be designed to fit all Trinity boots.
Power Transfer and Stability
In our experience riding Trinity setups, we have found that the most noticeable feature is the improved power transfer and stability, especially at the ball of foot. The mounting “wings” of our Endless Trinity frames significantly stiffen the front of the boot to give a very stable platform that resists twisting and flex when jumping, pushing during a stride, or executing a sudden change of direction. This translates to better power transfer, more stability, and more control, just as Powerslide claims.
Trinity frames and boots offer full adjustability in the X-Y plane. You can move the frame both laterally and longitudinally on the boot to find the perfect position and alignment for your body and skating style. This can be helpful for dialing in your stride, correcting a pronation issue, or fine-tuning the location of pivot points.