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Ask DocSk8 (Expert Indoor Skate Building Advice) This forum is different then the other SkateLog forums in that it is not a discussion forum, but rather a place you can ask skate building expert Fred "DocSk8" Benjamin about building and repairing indoor speed, derby, and jamskate quad roller skates. Please start a new thread for each new question.

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Old January 13th, 2014, 09:12 AM   #1
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Default Blue Shamans

Hey Doc, since you're our go to inside man with Sure-Grip I was hoping you'd have some extra info on the new Blue Shamans.
From Sure-Grip's website:

Shaman wheels have been an all time favorite with speed skaters. Now the Shaman line gets a fresh new look and introduces a blue hybrid wheel that gives extra grip with the firmness of an aluminum hub. Sized at 62mm x 42mm for maximum grip.

So, my questions are:
1) What do they mean by this is a HYBRID wheel? Meaning they are meant for speed, jam, and derby. Or that they are a new tech hybrid urethane pour or something else really cool
2) If these wheels are softer than the 93a Greens just how soft are they?
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Old January 13th, 2014, 01:34 PM   #2
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looks like the lip is different to.

oops! sorry Doc, didn't see what forum this was in until it was to late. lol
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Old January 13th, 2014, 02:33 PM   #3
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If I can add another question Doc...what's the durometer of the wheel?
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Old January 13th, 2014, 06:00 PM   #4
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Default Hybrid wheels.

Hybrid wheel is a term to describe a sk8 wheel with an indoor wheel shape but molded from a softer outdoor wheel type compound. Nothing anymore high tech than that.

Compared visually, the tire profile looks identical to the older one.

Durometer?? The new blue Shaman is soft. (Should be since hybrids are supposed to be an outdoor compound) I measure 88a using the standard hand held poke the lip method or 82a in the test fixture.

Why the difference? I'm not exactly certain at this point, but the stand method is used by at least 1 sk8 wheel manufacturer. It should provide a consistent basis of comparison between brands, but may not really provide any kind of verification of the published numbers since the numbers are most likely not taken from a wheel but an ASTM D-2240 test sample which is typically a disc 1" in diameter x .25" thick. Obviously not a tire.
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Old January 13th, 2014, 07:13 PM   #5
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Old January 15th, 2014, 05:12 AM   #6
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Got some on order. Yea! More good wheels for our crap floor. If they are around 88a they should be comparable to the 89a Zombies that I love. Thanks Doc
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Old December 28th, 2014, 11:43 PM   #7
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So has anyone rolled these wheels? The rinks I skate on are primarily used for roller hockey and are super slick so I am thinking a softer, may do the trick. I currently use White Shamans which are great if the floor is decent.
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Old December 29th, 2014, 05:20 AM   #8
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From the few laps I took on the set of pre-production wheels I had. Should be good on a hockey floor.

Unfortunately the floor I sk8 predominately is awesome and I roll things like 101A Turbos and VFH Corey Phantoms..
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