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Slalom Cone Skating Forum Discussions about slalom cone skating, high-jump, and other freestyle trick skating. (Note that vert, street, and park skating discussions should be posted in our aggressive skating forum.)

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Old September 22nd, 2015, 07:42 AM   #1
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Hey guys... hows everyone?
I just got 243mm frames for my skates. At what point should i venture into rockered wheels? Im only just starting slalom... working on snake etc..very very beginner...should you wait to do this? Or get used to it sooner rather than later? or wait til im a better skater??? Im thinking its going to be a real spin out getting used to it.
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Old September 22nd, 2015, 10:12 AM   #2
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asap. much more usable for slalom

if you find it a bit uncomfortable for street skating, or recreational skating, you can switch them out. but it will definitely make learning slalom easier
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Old September 23rd, 2015, 04:58 AM   #3
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ok..thanks..next pay day.
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Old September 23rd, 2015, 11:23 AM   #4
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Hi, I skated through cones UN-rockered for about 15 years. Granted it was all easy tricks. I won't let my son rocker his wheels until I see his balance is where it needs to be. If you have good balance go for it. It feels just like ice skating. You may love it.
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Old September 24th, 2015, 04:00 AM   #5
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I am just starting out in slalom. I am an expert skater otherwise with 50 years experience - hockey (inline), speed (inline), dance (on quads), urban in heavy traffic (inline), but never aggressive, parks, pools, etc. I can skate backwards better than frontwards. I was a defense-man in hockey on fully rockered wheels.

OK, that said, I am finding it easier to leave my wheels un-rockered doing basic starter tricks in slalom. I have tried rockering them and for me it just feels to squirrely. I think it might come down to the ankle support of my slalom skates is MUCH more confining than my hockey skates. Also hockey is an entirely different set of motions very rarely requiring skating for any length of time on one skate.

I think my approach will be to keep progressing with basic tricks un-rockered until I find this limits my ability to progress further. Then I will go back to rockered wheels to learn the harder tricks if necessary.

As one experienced slalom skater above mentioned they skated un-rockered for many years before skating on rockered wheels. I'm going with that approach.
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Old September 24th, 2015, 05:11 AM   #6
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Thanks guys.
i ordered some wheels.. i have two weeks off work..so figure its a good time to give it a go as i have some time. I guess if i dont like it Ill take them off til later. I did ice skate as a kid..so i am curious to try..if i fall on my face or break my neck... well... ill make sure someone has the camera handy to catch my graceful moment!
Guess i wont know til i try.
Thanks for all your info. Much appreciated.
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