Roller Skates. Speed Skates.
In the 1980s, Bont won more quad speed skate world titles than any other roller skate brand. Bont Skates has a long and distinguished history of producing speed skates. We were the first skate company to use materials such as fiberglass, kevlar, and carbon fiber in quad skate manufacturing. Additionally, we were also the first company to use thermoplastics and thermoset resins. Bont quad and roller derby skates are extremely fast and lightweight.
We also manufacture a full range of supporting quad roller skate accessories, including bearings. Bont partnered with Jesa of Switzerland to produce our roller skate bearings. These are high-quality Swiss bearings that are designed explicitly for quad skating. We use premium hardened steel, double polish the inner race, and use incredibly round balls, perfect for speed and derby skates.
Having pioneered every significant boot advancement in the industry, we also manufacture some of the best quad plates. We use some pretty exotic materials to create our quad plates, such as carbon fiber and aerospace-grade aluminum. Along with the plates, Bont manufactures a range of quad skate wheels, including a limited, hot cure, production run of the Bont Royal Assassin wheel, of which we can only produce 16 sets per week. Our aluminum hub quad skate, roller derby and speed skate wheels use lightweight 688 quad bearings.
OUR CORE TECHNOLOGY
Bont is famous for pioneering every major boot advancement adopted by other boot manufacturers in the industry today. Bont was the first footwear manufacturer to use materials like fiberglass in 1974, Kevlar in 1986 and Carbon Fiber in 1989, and the first to use heat moldable resins and thermoplastics. Bont invented heat moldable boots, and was the first company to make skates where the blade and frame could be adjusted on the boot. Bont was the first skate company to use lace covers, velcro, and aluminum strengtheners in the boots. We push the limits of technology to help you perform at your best.
We source our carbon exclusively from the world's #1 carbon manufacturer, Toray of Japan. The carbon base of Bont boots is made by hand by sandwiching different types of carbon. The fibers are hand laid in the matrix according to the strain they will have to bear. The carbon is embedded with epoxy thermosetting resin.
Unlike most brands of skates, Bont exclusively uses closed cell memory foam. Most brands of boots use open cell foam which is cheaper and absorbs water. Closed cell foam does not absorb your sweat or water that you may skate through.
Formulating a resin that is super stiff, yet becomes moldable at low temperatures and has a fast cure time is critical for our unique requirement which is why we are probably the only skate manufacturer who develops our own resins in-house. Our resin becomes soft at just 60°C (140°F) which is the lowest in the industry. Once you heat the resin, mold the shoe and let it set, it is permanently set without the need to remold. You can also reheat the resin as many times as you like. The temperature of the air and the amount of humidity are critical in determining the amount of hardener that needs to be added to the resin. That is why we have a computer that mixes the resin and hardener together and dispenses the resin after measuring the air temperature and humidity. Most manufacturers use a process known in the industry as pre-preg. This is where the resin is "pre-impregnated" into the carbon fiber. In virtually all applications, the resin is chosen by the carbon fiber manufacturer, not by the skate manufacturer. The shoe manufacturer has no way of altering the resin to meet the heat moldability requirements of modern shoes and that is why they require very high temperatures to make the shoes slightly heat moldable.
One Piece Construction
Bont’s method of producing our high-end skates by a method we call One Piece Construction. This process is far more skill intensive, time-consuming and thus resulting in far greater costs than the current mainstream skate construction method, but one that allows the Bont range of skating skates to lead the market in performance. A two-piece boot is made when the base is pre-made and then the liner and outer skin are glued onto the base. Much of the stitching on a two-piece boot is purely cosmetic. A two-piece boot can have nicer looking stitching because the stitching is done before the boot is made and it serves no purpose. The stitching on Bont one-piece boots is stitching the outer skin to the anti-stretch material that has been bonded into the carbon.
Bont was founded in Sydney in 1975 when Inze Bont, a recreational speed skater decided to fiberglass the back of his leather speed skates to gain more support. Bont was the first footwear manufacturer to use exotic material like fiberglass in 1974, Kevlar in 1986 and Carbon Fiber in 1989, and the first to use heat moldable resins and thermoplastics. In the 1980's Bont dominated the quad racing scene with the lightest and strongest boots on the market thanks to our unique one-piece manufacturing technique. Bont was the first quad skate company to use lace covers, velcro, and aluminum strengtheners in the boots.