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Old July 21st, 2008, 08:02 PM   #1
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Default 100 or 110 for general street skating ?

in new to the sport, recently got some k2 motos with 84/80 wheels.

http://www.londomondo.com/sk-k2-2008...e-asst-24.html

i like em a lot,

but i find many of my local streets to be too bumpy/pitted to be fun

do you think a 100 or 110 mm wheel set up will overcome this problem, or do i need 'landrollers' ?

im 230lbs, 44 years old and new to the sport.

or maybe softer/harder wheels on my k2s?

any help or advice appreciated.
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Old July 21st, 2008, 08:03 PM   #2
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im doing fun/fitness/health/recreational type skating only
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Old July 21st, 2008, 08:20 PM   #3
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if anyone can post a link to a fast, 'almost' bump free skate, with good ankle support id appreciate it.

so many skates out there ????????????
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Old July 21st, 2008, 08:30 PM   #4
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Larger wheels will make the bumps a little easier to traverse but it's not a free lunch. Your ankles will feel the additional stress until you have sufficiently strengthened them. A softer wheel usually smoothes out the bumps too but often a softer wheel won't roll as well as a harder one so it's s trade-off. Some of the newer, more expensive wheels like the Bont G4 have a dual density or dual hardness that is an attempt to deliver the best characteristics of both hard and soft wheels.

In short, between two wheels of the same model, one small and the other larger diameter, the larger one will usually roll smoother due to its size over the smaller wheel but you have to be able to support and push the larger wheel.

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Old July 21st, 2008, 08:35 PM   #5
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If you really want to move up in wheel size and you have no aspirations of competing, something like the Bont Semi Race may suit you well.

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Old July 21st, 2008, 08:46 PM   #6
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do we like the roces t403

or not?

http://www.roces.com/inlineskates.as...#inizio%20dati
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Old July 21st, 2008, 08:51 PM   #7
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im doing fun/fitness/health/recreational type skating only
Riiiight, I'm 44 and that's what I said a year and a half ago.

two boots and three frames later I'm thinking customs, hmmmmm.

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Old July 21st, 2008, 09:04 PM   #8
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im finding 100mm skates for $200,

but which ones?

http://stores.channeladvisor.com/Bar...es%209.0%20NEW

http://www.rawk.com/Shop/ShopProduct...tegoryId=15060
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Old July 21st, 2008, 09:11 PM   #9
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Yeah, that's what I said a year ago too. Literally.

LOL. My what a difference a year will make.

btw: I'm 43 and I vote go smaller. MUCH smaller. LOL (like 56mm! )
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Old July 21st, 2008, 09:20 PM   #10
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im never going to skate a 'park' or ramp , my intention is to cruise around the neighborhood burning calories and listening to music

100-110 mm is where im going ......
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Old July 21st, 2008, 09:59 PM   #11
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You mentioned the k2's. I have the moto90's and I really liked them. They were tall enough to level out the pavement, and not too tall where I felt like I was going to fall over.
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Old July 21st, 2008, 11:40 PM   #12
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If he's going with a high cut boot would that logic still apply?


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Larger wheels will make the bumps a little easier to traverse but it's not a free lunch. Your ankles will feel the additional stress until you have sufficiently strengthened them.
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Old July 22nd, 2008, 12:11 AM   #13
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i picked up a pair of these for $212 shipped to my door,

http://stores.channeladvisor.com/Bar...itemid=6443173

i like the idea of 60% off retail

i figure with these and my motos im good 2 skate on almost anything.

i hope.
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Old July 22nd, 2008, 12:27 AM   #14
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i picked up a pair of these for $212 shipped to my door,

i like the idea of 60% off retail

i figure with these and my motos im good 2 skate on almost anything.

i hope.
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Old July 22nd, 2008, 12:54 AM   #15
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Do the bigger wheels take time to get used to?
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Old July 22nd, 2008, 01:42 AM   #16
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Do the bigger wheels take time to get used to?
Now there's a loaded question.

NO

YES

Maybe?
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Old July 22nd, 2008, 04:46 AM   #17
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I think you might have better luck with a rec boot and small wheels like a 5x84 or even 5x80, and definitely with a brake.

Five wheel set-ups spread the load so that your wheels don't sink into pitted asphalt as easily, and they are more stable, and are easier on your feet.

Also, around the neighborhood, you need a brake becuase hills pop up all of a sudden, and cars as well, so you have to be prepared in a big way.

I fooled around doing what you are trying to do about a year ago, and i dusted off my old fitness boot and went with a 5x84. I couldn't believe how rough some streets are, and a speed boot and big wheels are just not designed for that type of skating.

A kid on my block told me there's some skates designed for streets, he called them street skates or street elites or some such thing, didn't quite hear him. Of course, he was going one way and i was going the other, and who has time to stop and talk nowadays, anyway....
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Old July 22nd, 2008, 02:01 PM   #18
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I think you might have better luck with a rec boot and small wheels like a 5x84 or even 5x80, and definitely with a brake.
. . . around the neighborhood, you need a brake because hills pop up all of a sudden, and cars as well, so you have to be prepared in a big way.
Yes, I skate mostly on the streets and I definitely like having a heel-brake for all those unexpected situations (and for expected things like hills and traffic lights and stop signs).

It's hard to be sure from that photo, but it doesn't look like that that Rollerblade Pro Marathon has a high enough back on the boot to get really effective use of the heel-brake (which might explain why the photo doesn't show a heel-brake on the skate).

But I could get interested in the Rollerblade Crossfire 8.0 which has 100mm wheels and a heel-brake and what looks like a high enough back on the boot to exploit the heel-brake for effective quick stops.

Also the K2 Moto series, with the Moto Extreme offering 100mm wheels and heel-brake with a high-back boot.

Good to see that some of the manufacturers are recognizing the need for skates with big wheels to roll over bumps and really effective heel-braking -- makes me think it's getting time to replace my wearing-out-from-use Salomons.

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Old April 26th, 2009, 10:03 PM   #19
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IMHO I have not noticed a better ride from a longer frame, definitely more stability, but bumps seem to be bumps. The larger wheels seem to get you over bumps easier and take more work to use. I enjoy my old 4X80's and on my RB 4X100's I will switch the 100's out for 90's if there are a lot of hills. I am not as skilled as others here but this has worked for me. The lower cut boot definitely took some getting used to but once there they work well.
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Old April 28th, 2009, 12:21 AM   #20
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Go bigger within the confines of your skating ability! I skate mostly trails, but they vary from super smooth to teeth rattling.... started last year on 80 mm and I really thought the ends of my feet would drop off over some of the rough bits - I actively avoided some areas because I couldn't stand the vibration. I then moved on to 90 mm and things improved quite a bit... now on 100's 's with Bont G3's and I only really get jarred on the wooden bridges ... however I hear a lot of experienced skaters say that 100's are easier to get rolling than 110's, especially if there are hills, and there are the ankle strength/technique issues to consider... seems to me that you need to be sure that you can control whatever you get really well so you keep safe on the road.... good luck!
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