The Rouski retractable wheels system is really quite an innovation to allow our snowmobiles to move on rough surfaces like asphalt and concrete. In fact, I never thought I would ever write about the advantages of the Rouski system, but this winter I had the opportunity to test it for Motoneiges.ca and I must say that I have been nicely surprised how useful it can be as it was the first time since I own a snowmobile that I could try this equipment.
The Rouski system is sold since many years and is now offered in its 3rd generation of design. Despite its very professional and ergonomic design, I could not imagine installing this type of equipment on my snowmobile. Because I like the traditional aspect of the snowmobile and maybe also for the looks, my proud-of-his-machine boy’s heart could not imagine adding the Rouski even if he could see its utility. Afterwards, I quickly saw all the advantages provided despite the modified looks of my snowmobile.
I took this opportunity to test it during winter of 2015. As I used it in January, February and March, I have been able to know which aspects to analyze in all conditions. Of course, in the middle of winter when all surfaces are frozen and road sides and service roads are covered with snow most of the time, the Rouski is less useful but is still welcome. The Rouski remains convenient when you get in and out of the garage or the trailer, for example, or on any surface where the snowmobile cannot slide but can rather roll. All things considered, I mostly appreciated wheels on my skis in spring time when the milder temperature and warmer sun make the snow melt more rapidly. So, I think it is very beneficial to use this equipment during our winters with unpredictable precipitation! Even if other products are offered to improve the riding on surfaces not covered with snow, the Rouski quality of design is remarkable. Made of top quality materials, mostly with anodized aluminum, the Rouski presents an excellent finish.
Engaging the wheels does not require too much effort by lifting the front of the ski and by taking the ergonomic handle forward. Disengaging is even easier just by lifting the front of the ski and the spring mechanism retracts the wheel upward. Or you can also disengage the system by swinging the snowmobile to lift the skis from the ground, which makes the Rouski retract automalically since there is no more pressure on the wheels
Thanks to the strong angle of the leg, the system can be used when going backwards as well as forward. Rouski has its own wheels design. The rubber part is wider and with low profile. This is unique to Rouski and it provides more flotation on gravel and prevents premature wear of the wheel. The Rouski Gen3 improved the looks of the product and the quality of its production. Firstly, the wheel can be put at three different locations on the leg; this way, you can adjust it to keep the skis parallel with the surface. Also, buffers have been added to take the pressure off the Rouski system and it helps keeping the ski straight and stable to avoid breakage or twist of any part. Finally, its new anodized aluminum case with waterproof cover and O-rings on the axle prevents snow and water infiltration into the spring mechanism and prevents grease from getting out, which produces an efficient and free-maintenance system.
The Rouski fits almost all models of skis. The Gen3 also brought standard installation no matter your snowmobile brand. The Rouski is very easy to install even if you are not familiar with mechanics. However, your snowmobile dealer who offers Kimpex products can do it for you.
So, if like me you intend now to benefit from this ingenious system that eases your moves and makes you save money on your carbide runners, without doubt, I recommend to you the Rouski!