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Old April 9th, 2018, 03:03 AM   #1
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Hey Guys,

I've skated on many wheel sizes, in Inlines I've used 76, 80, 110. I'm looking to go more for a multipurpose wheel setup now, planning to opt for 90mm..As they can be used for freeride & downhill. Have any of you tried them?
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Old April 10th, 2018, 02:32 AM   #2
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I'm not familiar with freeride, but it looks like a form of urban skating? I think that wheel size is going to matter less for this than frame length and wheel profile.

For downhill you likely want a long frame for stability, but that necessarily means your are trading off maneuverability. I think that back when the speed skating discipline was on 5x80 the downhill people were using 6x80. This isn't great if you you ever need to crossover or make sharp turns, so I wouldn't call it all-purpose. So it might be that your disciplines are at odds, and you will have a compromise setup that will work for both, but not really excel at either.

There is definitely a difference between the profiles for hockey wheels, cruising/speed wheels, and rec/slalom wheels. Look at flat vs. round vs. pointy round. The pointier ones will roll better, and if you go on the edges they will turn more sharply. However, it take more effort to switch edges, and they do not slide as well. I don't think you want flat (hockey) for downhill. You may not want pointy (speed) for urban skating. So rec/slalom wheels may be your best compromise there. A quick look shows that freeride wheels have a similar profile to this anyway.
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