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Old March 1st, 2017, 09:40 AM   #1
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Lightbulb Starting on inlines - wheel choice

Hello, I have a pair of Seba Trix 90 inlines on the way, but have a quick question regarding wheel size. I'm switching from quads to inlines for the purpose of long crosstraining sessions, and know I'll need to learn how to stop safely as well as just generally get used to inlines, since they'll be very different beasts to what I have been skating.

They'll come with 90mm wheels of course, but I am pondering whether it's worth grabbing an 84mm set for practising on until I feel more confident? My thoughts are that they'll be slower and easier to turn than a larger wheel, so could help me to learn powerslides and to generally pick up my game. I know the difference won't be much, but would it still help a little, or just not really be worth trying?

Also, whilst I'm here, any wheel recommendations? I suspect that the more suitable durometer ratings for various conditions & surfaces are different for inlines than they are for quads, so would appreciate any thoughts. I'm a light-framed light-weight female and know this often affected the type of wheels I'd buy for my quads..
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Old March 1st, 2017, 02:33 PM   #2
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I wouldn't bother. The Trix2 boots are high enough and supportive enough that you probably won't feel much difference between 84mm height and 90mm height. In general, the higher and more supportive the boot, the less you'll notice wheel size differences.

If your Trix2 90 are like mine, they probably came with 90mm/82A wheels. I found these wheels to be very slow, and to wear fast. Probably good for a beginner, but I ditched them quickly. They will probably be difficult to powerslide with, though, due to the low durometer. I prefer something more around 85A/86A for purposes of speed and not having to rotate the wheels so danged often. I will admit the 82A wheels were more forgiving of surface imperfections though. And you may not have as much of a problem with them as I did - I've got probably 50kg on you.

In short, I'd suggest just sticking with the 90mm/82A wheels that come with it for a while, just to get used to the skates, then grab some 90mm/85A wheels when those are worn out (or if you're tired of the low speed). These will probably be easier to powerslide, too.

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Old March 1st, 2017, 08:41 PM   #3
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Thanks a ton, TZ! I had figured the low durometer would make the sliding difficult, but I can get used to T-stops on these wheels at least and happily wear them down. Great to know there's not much difference in how those diameters will feel, I can stop pondering this now and just research decent 90mm wheels!
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Old March 6th, 2017, 06:26 PM   #4
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Check out the Undercover wheels by Matter, they make a great inline wheel for indoor/outdoor skating, the 90mm is styled with a chameleon

http://www.undercover-wheels.com/


Or there's the iconic Rollerblade Hydrogen 90mm



Big wheels are fun, I skate the 100mm version of both of these on my Wizard frame ;]
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Old March 13th, 2017, 04:44 PM   #5
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Hi You already got a great first answer.

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Thanks a ton, TZ! I had figured the low durometer would make the sliding difficult, but I can get used to T-stops on these wheels at least and happily wear them down. Great to know there's not much difference in how those diameters will feel, I can stop pondering this now and just research decent 90mm wheels!
Try to stay away from T Stops on InLines and use other stops and slow down techniques. Hockey and Power Slide are kind of advanced.

T's mean you will continually have to rotate your wheels since it will wear down the one edge of only the one skate. A Plow and a Spin, or a Swizzle(forget the name for a solam type) and then Spin stop will do better.

I did use the T sometimes, yet by then I was going slow.

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