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Old December 7th, 2016, 04:32 AM   #1
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Default Fiberglass wheels

I have seen some 32mm and 38mm fiberglass wheels. They are reportedly very slippery. I was thinking about getting a set of these wheels for doing all sorts of sliding tricks. Have anyone tried fiberglass wheels? What was your experience?
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Old December 7th, 2016, 03:22 PM   #2
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I skate a set of Sure Grip 32mm fiberglass wheels on my OG boots and plates. Sliding is a blast. And as long as you are not trying to drag race, they are quite skateable for rhythm and roll lines. I also have some sets from SK8Fanatics. They custom make theirs and will cut them to just about any size. My 60mm set will slide about 110-120' at full speed. They're not for every night for me, but insanely fun once or twice a month. Best of luck.
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Old December 7th, 2016, 09:23 PM   #3
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Saw someone at skating with very small fiberglass wheels - probably like scottishrob's wheels. He did plenty of slide tricks, but could almost keep up with the pack. Definitely fun to watch.
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Old December 9th, 2016, 02:55 AM   #4
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I skate a set of Sure Grip 32mm fiberglass wheels on my OG boots and plates. Sliding is a blast. And as long as you are not trying to drag race, they are quite skateable for rhythm and roll lines. I also have some sets from SK8Fanatics. They custom make theirs and will cut them to just about any size. My 60mm set will slide about 110-120' at full speed. They're not for every night for me, but insanely fun once or twice a month. Best of luck.
Which one do you prefer? The sure grip or SK8Fanatics?
I saw a guy skate these and it looked fun. I want to try it some time.
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Old December 9th, 2016, 02:14 PM   #5
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Which one do you prefer? The sure grip or SK8Fanatics?
I saw a guy skate these and it looked fun. I want to try it some time.
I prefer the SK8Fanatics, but not for any real performance reasons. There are several color options from them, where the Sure Grips only come in brown. There are logos on the Sure Grips, not my style. And a big reason, I prefer to support small business. And SK8Fanatics has been a locally owned and operated shop for a long time. And a side note, you can get the SK8Fanatics in loose ball for the supreme OG look.
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I do like that the SK8Fanatics ones come in precision.
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Old December 10th, 2016, 02:09 AM   #7
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I skate a set of Sure Grip 32mm fiberglass wheels on my OG boots and plates. Sliding is a blast. And as long as you are not trying to drag race, they are quite skateable for rhythm and roll lines. I also have some sets from SK8Fanatics. They custom make theirs and will cut them to just about any size. My 60mm set will slide about 110-120' at full speed. They're not for every night for me, but insanely fun once or twice a month. Best of luck.
I'm really curious: Why do the 60mm slide further? Is it because you can go faster to begin with?
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Old December 14th, 2016, 02:54 PM   #8
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I'm really curious: Why do the 60mm slide further? Is it because you can go faster to begin with?
Yes, that is one of the reasons. But also, and I'm sure several people on here will give you a long drawn out technical reason plagiarized from a text book or website, because the additional width. You spread your weight over a larger surface, like those furniture moving sliding pads. My large fiberglass wheels are 60mmx42mm. But I do prefer the small, micro style. More for looks than performance.
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Old December 30th, 2016, 07:12 PM   #9
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I have not tried them myself, but I have skated L.A. and Ohio sessions -where those wheels are probably most prevalent in the style skate. Fiberglass and "Stones" do seem to provide the most lateral slide from what I have seen and heard. I have also seen nice slide work done with Sure Grip's vanathanes (mostly NY/NJ skaters).

Just a word of caution on the lathe work - if you specify an aggressive lathe on a fiber, you run the risk of breaking the wheel in half. The wheels are lathed down partly for aesthetics. A big wheel on a small Stacey biscuit can look kind of odd.

Not sure if you are adhering to some sort of dance skate from L.A., but there is this tendency to have an occasional foot stomp. It's like added percussion for the song. Well, I have seen this result in split wheels. Open precision can be a concern because the bearings can spill out.

If you have not tried Fomacs, they can also make for an excellent sliding wheel. I have seen more than a few Detroit skaters pull off fancy moves with this wheel.

Hope this helps!
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