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Old May 8th, 2015, 02:25 AM   #1
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Default Week old beginner - interesting challenges

Greetings all,

I thought I would share some thoughts and questions I had. As a week old beginner inline skater, I had a tough time deciding on what exactly I needed
as a first skate. After much reading, and carefully articulating my goals both short and long term, I decided on the Razor SL-2 aggressive boot, with the BIG frame and 72mm wheel setup.

After a bout with reddit trying to figure out why I couldn't get my skates tight enough, all problems solved and I have much more control. I've taken to just wearing them around the house whenever I'm home and that also helps a lot. I discovered my floor is not nearly as flat as I thought!

After a week of wearing the skates around the house, and 1-2 hour skate sessions in a flat empty room I can skate around in circles (left is better than right), stand on my own, not fall, recover from a fall, push with both legs, almost balance on each foot and both plow stop (mostly) and t-stop (drag left foot behind).

However, on the advise of some other aggressive skaters, I purchased a lower frame and smaller wheels. I don't know if it was the new bearings (same rating as other setup but different manufacture) or the combination of all of the above (new frame, bearings, wheels) and being at least 25mm lower to the ground but I felt like I could not do anything with these new wheels.
They simply refuse to turn, take much more effort to do anything with, and other than being more stable in a stationary position (a fact I attribute to the bearings) I felt they were actually worse than the previous setup.

Granted, these frame/wheel setup recommendations were given due to a severe lack of control - that's been fixed and had nothing to do with the tall frames/wheels. I would have thought to be even more stable lower to the ground, with more flat wheels that don't roll as well, but no - I felt like even more a baby giraffe.

Tomorrow is my first lesson with an actual person in an indoor skatepark. I'm very excited because I might get some actual feedback instead of making videos and asking reddit LOL! I think I'm going to stick with the big 72mm and tall frame for now, as that's what Ive put the most time into. They wouldn't be selling like hotcakes if there wasn't something to them... right?

Anyone else have an experience such as this?
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Old May 8th, 2015, 04:10 AM   #2
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Two things I would look at are the hardness of the wheels and the profile.

If your new wheels are harder than the old ones the will not deform as much when you lean into the turns, so they will not help you turn as much. Of course, hardness is not a perfect indicator of how well they will deform. Profile plays a part in that, too, but there is a bigger part played by the profile than wheel deformation.

Look at the wheel straight on. See how the part that contacts the ground is curved. Some are pointier than others. A sharper profile will put you more on an edge with less lean, which can help with turning. A rounder profile is easier to switch from one edge to the other.
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Old May 8th, 2015, 02:45 PM   #3
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Yes I understand now.

The big 72mm wheels are much more rounded than the basically flat smaller wheels.

Last night I changed out wheels and bearings again on the smaller frames. Still 56mm but 90 instead of 92 durometer. The previous wheels were 88a, so big softies - I really like them. I'm going to give the flat wheels another chance today. I switched to a different manufacture bearing and now the wheels spin for a good 10 seconds, almost the same as the big wheels! I really feel like the previous bearings had a lot to do with the unrollability of last nights session.

Thanks for the explanations!
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