Rodby RL5500E

Skate Treadmill RL5000E-RL5500E


About the Skate Treadmill

Rodby RL5000E and RL5500E are Rodby’s largest skate treadmill and can be built according to the client’s special wishes. The length of the belt is 5000 or 5500 mm and the width 2700 or 3000 mm. Rodby’s skate treadmills are used in gyms and by athletes all over the world for roller skiing, running, cycling, roller ski skating and wheelchairs for testing, training and rehabilitation.

The length of the treadmills are sufficient for all kinds of training with technique development, endurance training, interval training, threshold training, VO2 max training, uphill training and practicing on GPX tracks for all kinds of exercises: running, roller skiing skate, roller skiing classic diagonal technique, roller skiing double-poling, roller skiing diagonal style, ski mountaineering Skimo, inlines and roller skating, cycling, wheelchair, framerunner and even pair training and pair cycling. The skate treadmills RL5000E – RL5500E is a very suitable choice of treadmill when practitioners from different disciplines will exercise on the treadmill


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of Rodby Treadmills

Accurate measurement of ability provides measurable progress.
Heart rate controlled and interval exercise with accuracy and repeatability.
Exercise and improve VO2max and lactic acid threshold.
Train on racetracks by loading and running GPS-GPX files.
Technique analysis with efficient traceable technique development.
Tailor-made training sessions adapted to practitioners and levels.
Pulse control of the treadmill speed via band / watch with Bluetooth®.
Full torque from 1-3000 rpm. Set speed = belt speed ± 1%.
Swedish manufacturing with top-notch quality without bad compromises.

Suitability for Activities

of this model of Rodby Treadmill

Estimated suitability of skate treadmill for practitioners of activity regarding the length and width of the treadmill belt. Suitability is graded from Optimal via Very good to Good but not optimal. If the treadmill is to be used for several sports activities, the least common denominator should, if possible, be applied in terms of the length and width of the treadmill. The estimated suitability pertain for practitioners of at least experienced level up to elite level. This is for your benefit in selecting the size of the treadmill, based on experience from treadmill installations made and feedback from users.

Optimal combination activity and treadmill.
Very good combination activity and treadmill.
Good but not optimal combination.
Not recommended combination.


Endurance, VO2 max, lactate threshold etc.

Suitability Treadmill and Testing 100%

Optimal for testing. The RL5000E and RL5500E can be used in test labs and sports centers for physiological testing and evaluation for a variety of activities and in many countries. The treadmill size is optimal for tests with the different techniques of roller skiing, with running, for bicycling, wheelchair, inline skating, pair training on roller skis or inlines, for sprinting and pair bicycling.

Rollerski Skate

Roller skiing skate style on roller skis

Suitability Treadmill and Rollerski skate 100%
Rullskidor skate

Optimal combination of skate treadmill and activity. The RL5000E and RL5500E are excellent choices for practice with roller skis in the skate technique. The benefits of practicing on a treadmill are several. Technical practice with follow-up is important for a practitioner who wants to become skilled in the skating technique. The possibility to design your own tracks or to practice on one of the different "gears" in skating during a whole session or at a certain angle is practically impossible to achieve in outdoor practice. With the treadmill, it is simple, time-saving and efficient.

Rollerski Biathlon

Biathlon skate skiing technique on roller skis

Suitability Treadmill and Biathlon Rollerski 100%
Rullskidor skidskytte

Optimal combination of skate treadmill and activity. The RL5000E and RL5500E are excellent for biathlon (which only uses skate technique). Biathlon differs from regular skate skiing in that it is a combination sport where the ability to perform in terms of shooting is greatly affected by the degree to which the rider's condition allows the necessary heart rate reduction on the shooting range and to be able to maintain a competitive speed in the tracks. The treadmill's pulse control is an important instrument for optimizing both fleet and energy-efficient skating. But also to practice at skating at maximum ability for the last sprint lap before the finish line.

Rollerski Double-poling

Classic skiing double-poling technique on roller skis

Suitability Treadmill and Rollerski Double-poling 100%
Rullskidor stakning

Optimal combination of skate treadmill and activity. The RL5000E and RL5500E are excellent for roller skis double-poling practice. Double poling has de facto become a distinct discipline with growing popularity in the Ski Classics international long-distance cross-country skiing cup competition where the elite uses double-poling exclusively. In cross-country skiing, being able to pole with the right technique in different uphill angles, is a critical skill of today. Torso positioning with upright body posture and the right balance when the center of gravity is pushed forward and up with stretched legs and raised heels, and then transmitting the force from the body weight and core muscles down through the poles. This technique is difficult to master and the only way to reach perfection is through practice and practice again. The treadmill provides unique opportunities to practice the various elements of double-poling. A safety belt can provide that extra security for daring to approach balance points that may feel unsafe without a safety belt. To become really good at double-poling, time and effort practicing both on flats and different uphill angles is usually required. On the treadmill, safe movement patterns are created that the practitioner can use and switch between completely naturally when skiing on a track. For skiers who aim for long distance cross-country skiing, where the best nowadays double-pole all the way, a treadmill can be very valuable.

Rollerski Diagonal

Classic skiing diagonal technique on roller skis

Suitability Treadmill and Rollerski Diagonal Technique 100%
Rullskidor diagonal

Optimal combination of skate treadmill and activity. The RL5000E or RL5500E are an excellent choice of treadmill for practicing with roller skis in the diagonal technique of the classic cross-country style. Classic cross-country on cross-country skis (practiced on roller skis) has changed somewhat towards using double-poling to a much greater extent on the flat and in moderate inclines (see section above). The diagonal style technique (or gear) is used uphill from moderately to steep inclines. The treadmill with its elevation capabilities: 0-14° (0-25%) is very suitable to practicing and fine-tuning all styles (gears) of the classic cross-country technique. Even though the classic diagonal style is as old as skiing is in itself, it is still developing.

Ski Mountaineering Skimo

Training ski alpinism SKIMO or randonnée walking with skis uphill

Suitability Treadmill and Skimo 100%
Skimo Ski Mountaineering

Perfectly optimal combination of skate treadmill and activity. Skate Treadmill RL5000E-RL5500E is excellent for training and testing in ski mountaineering (Skimo). Skimo training is carried out with real skimo skis with ski skins fitted, real ski boots and real ski poles with pole tips Rodby model karda. For Skimo training and tests, Rodby's skate treadmill belt can be raised up to 14° (25%). If an even steeper ascent is desired, the option "Extra elevation 20° (36%)" is available. The exerciser can fully simulate the sub-moments of ski alpinism while walking-skiing uphill, and the exerciser is given the opportunity to improve their performance through the benefits of training on a treadmill: accurate measurement of ability and measurable progress , VO2max and lactic acid threshold training, repeatability between training sessions, heart rate control, customized "tracks" simulating competition tracks in Skimo.


Running, racewalking and walking

Suitability Treadmill and Running 100%

Optimal combination of skate treadmill and activity. The RL5000E or RL5500E are outstanding for running purposes. Rodby treadmills are equipped with special alloy aluminum sheets as the gliding base for the belt so that the feeling for the runner will mimic outdoor running on hard gravel roads. The treadmill's width and large running surface make it easy to perform running analyses to correct and improve running technique. The treadmill control system is equipped with heart rate control and works very effectively for running. Quick distance, intervals, threshold and lactic acid training, VO2 max running are some of the many benefits a treadmill brings.


All kinds like road, mountain or track bicycling

Suitability Treadmill and bicycling 100%

Optimal combination of skate treadmill and activity. A treadmill provides a much more realistic training environment, partly because the bike's vertical angle to the ground is not static as it is on ordinary training bikes that stand on a floor. This advantage is perhaps most prominent in the uphill and sprint when the cyclist rocks from side to side. And partly, the bicyclist can train with his own bike and lessen the risk of impinging incorrect movement patterns on a floor-placed training bike. Rodby skate treadmills can be equipped with the optional Rodby Max Top speed upgrade which allows the treadmill to run up to 70 km/h.


Wheelchair and Frame runner racing

Suitability Treadmill and Inline Racing 100%

Optimal combination of the skate treadmill and practice with a wheelchair or framerunner. And there are special options for this category of practitioners that Rodby can equip the treadmill with.

Inline racing

Inline racing and speed skating on wheels

Lämplighet kombination skateband och inlines speed skate 100%
Inline Racing

Very good combination of skate treadmill and practice on inline skates. Inline skiing takes place at fairly high speeds, so the longer treadmill brings margin forwards and backwards.

Pair Training

Two practitioners simultaneously on roller skis or inlines

Suitability Treadmill and Pair Training 100%
Pair Training

Optimal combination of skate treadmill and activity. Pair training on skate treadmills requires experienced practitioners and good teamwork skills. Both the length of the treadmill but also its width affect the degree to which safe and good training can be performed. The RL5000E and RL5500E belt lengths are generous and long enough but we recommend a 3000 mm wide treadmill.


Sprint training on bicycle, roller skis or inlines

Suitability Treadmill and Sprinting 100%

Optimal combination of skate treadmill and activity for rapid speed changes and sprints. This is both for the rider's safety and to provide a realistic riding experience. This is especially true if the practitioner is a cyclist. A longer treadmill provides a better experience without the practitioner having to worry about the belt edges.

Pair Bicycling

Two bicyclists simultaneously using the treadmill

Suitability Treadmill and Pair Bicycling 100%
Pair Bicycling

Optimal combination of skate treadmill and activity. Pair training on a bicycle requires experienced practitioners and a good ability to work together. The length of the treadmill but also its width affect the degree to which safe and good training can be performed. We recommend a 3000 mm wide treadmill.

Belt Widths RL5000E-RL5500E

Rodby RL5000E and RL5500E is each available with two belt widths: RL5000E x 2700, RL5000E x 3000, RL5500E x 2700 or RL5500E x 3000 mm. Below are the sizes of the belt shown next to each other and approximately how big a lying practitioner is in relation to the belts. Click to zoom images.

Rodby Control System

All new treadmills from Rodby are delivered with Control System 2.0 including computer and touch screen. The system interface is English. Older treadmills can be upgraded to Control System 2.0 (see Prices treadmills, options and upgrades). All conveyor belts that are delivered with Control System 2.0 have Pulse Control of belt speed as standard. The interface to Control System 2.0 can be operated via the touch screen or keyboard and computer mouse. You choose what suits you best for the moment. When the control system is to be used next to the treadmill, touch control is preferred. It is also possible to control a treadmill with Control System 2.0 via the Remote Control option with Bluetooth® – which means that you do not have to let go of the focus on training. An external communication via the Trackmaster RS-232 protocol can also control the treadmill. The interface has two languages: Swedish and English.


Rodby's large skate treadmills can be installed either in an installation pit or standing on the floor in the room.

Nedsänkt i golvet.

Treadmill installed in pit

Rodby can adapt the treadmill to the location and circumstances. All skate treadmills can be installed in an installation pit so that the treadmill's belt is only about 15 cm above floor level. Installation in a pit requires a room that is tailored for the skateband.

Stående på golvet.

Treadmill installed on the floor

The installation that requires the least intervention or adaptation of the room is to place the treadmill on the floor. Then the treadmill's belt will be approximately 75 cm above floor level when the belt is in the start position and not elevated.

Pulse Control is standard

Rodby treadmills are delivered with Control System 2.0 that features Pulse Control of belt speed as standard. Pulse control requires a connected pulse band or pulse clock with Bluetooth® and allows you to set a target pulse (Target Pulse). The control system adjusts the speed of the belt to reach the user’s desired pulse. This is a very useful feature when you want to be sure to stay within the desired pulse range for endurance training, fat burning, aerobic exercise, anaerobic exercise or interval training.

Track Simulation GPX is standard

Rodby treadmills with Control System 2.0 features an import function of a GPX file created by a GPS device so that you can exercise on the simulated track. This provides an excellent way to prepare for a race and exercise with almost the same conditions as the real track. Use Track Simulation GPX for your favorite home track in the forest or an competition track such as a marathon or the Vasaloppet.

Auto Positioning as Option

Rodby treadmills with Control System 2.0 can be equipped with the option Auto Positioning. Auto positioning allows the treadmill control system to read the training person's position on the belt via a stereoscopic motion sensor and then automatically increase the belt speed (2) when the user gets closer to the front of the belt and decrease the belt speed (3) when the person comes further back on the belt. In this way, the practitioner can control the speed of the treadmill through his own speed during the exercise. The stereoscopic motion sensor also manages to distinguish the center point of the trainee and disregard any equipment, such as swinging arms, poles, bicycle. wheelchair, framerunner and even outsiders entering the motion sensor field of view.

Professional Skate Treadmills

The large skating treadmills are used in many countries for testing and exercise with rollerskis both classic and skate style, bicycling, running and wheel-chairing. Rodby offers full adaptability to locale and purpose.

Popular options

Front support

Allows you to walk around the treadmill on three sides. Shown here with optional Front rail.

Auto ­Positioning

Users position is sensed and can increase or decrease belt speed.

Safety Framework

Safety Framework with Emergency Switch for extra security. Used with Safety Belt and Safety Line.

Safety Line with Carabiner

Used with Emergency Framework and Safety Belt.

Separate Emergency Switch

Separate Emergency Switch (requires roof or wall mounting).

Extra Emergency Stop Button

Extra Emergency Stop Button for mounting on the treadmill rails.

Pull Emergency Stop Switch

Mounted on the rail in front of the user.

Safety Belt 4 Point

Safety Belts are used with Emergency Stop Framework and safety line.

Rodby Stand

Rodby Stand/Pedestal for Control Unit 2.0. With wheels.

Pole tips

Model “Karda” (looks like a Steel File Cleaning Brush).

Prices for treadmills and options are quoted. Contact us.

Skate Treadmill RL4500E x 3000 at Vrije Universiteit

Skate Treadmill RL4500E x 3000 installed at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. If there is a will, there is a way. Treadmill parts lifted into the locale on sixth floor.

Skate treadmill RL3500E at Idrottshögskolan in Alta Norway