The Otto was designed with the idea to
challenge the fixed distance of 165mm
between the cups. Making this
distance bigger allows the tube to flex
more and use it with less bend. Less
bend in turn reduces the friction and
increases the gliding capabilities at
higher speeds. This has been achieved
by the use of a bridge connecting the
front and the back together with a span
of 215mm while keeping the 165mm
mounting points on the boot.
An other great benefit of the blade is
that with the bridge design the
bending changes a lot less to almost
nothing at the start
We have a couple variations available
all with a spacing of 215mm, at the
moment this seems to be the sweet
spot but we may go for a bigger
spacing in the future.
The tubes are available in Flex and
Firm whereas the Flex is in normal Flex
and Flex FT. Where Firm gives the most
pressure and the Flex FT the least. The
pressure difference between a Firm
and a Flex is a bit more noticeable than
that of the M-Wave.
The pressure with a Flex is comparable
to that of a Firm M-Wave.
After feedback of skaters like Shaolin,
Wu Dajing and Viktor An we found
there is no optimal setup for the skate.
You can tune it to your own likings. If
you want long powerful strokes you go
for a flatter rocker in the middle and a
bit less bend than normal (roughly 2
less than the M-Wave on a Marchese
style gauge). If you rather want a lot of
steering and more agile feeling you
can keep a normal rocker with a lot less
bend (about 5 less). Also let the bend
increase less towards the front.
One thing some skaters experience is
that the blade is digging in with the
front at high speed laps. This can be
solved by making the front more
round. Or using less bend with the
later a more easy solution.
We have also a different method of
determining the height of the bridge
(before the cups). Instead of +1 etc we
are now measuring the distance
between the back mounting point and
the bottom of the lip.
For the height it is advisable to go 1-2
mm higher than before since you will
be able to lean more and your boot
will touch the ice more quickly.
This is still the preproduction model,
the final design is subject to change.
However the feeling and function will
remain the same.