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Skate Wheel Durometer
A definition and explanation of skate wheel durometer and
which durometer is best for different types of skating.
The hardness of a skate wheel is also called the "durometer".
For most wheels, durometer is measured on the A-scale, with
74A being a very soft wheel and 95A being a very hard wheel.
The hardness of a wheel will affect its durability, shock
absorption and ability to grip an indoor or outdoor skating surface.
Soft wheels will give a smoother ride and will grip the road
better, but a wheel that is too soft will feel sluggish and slow.
Hard wheels can give you a rough ride, but they are usually
faster than soft wheels and the will slide more easily
(meaning they will not grip the road as well as a soft wheel).
Speed Skate Wheel Hardness
Hard wheels are faster than soft wheels, but very hard wheels
don't grip the road well and they provide a rough ride.
Long distance speed skaters will often use a softer wheel
than short distance racers because hard
wheels can become very uncomfortable when skating long distances.
Racers also will sometimes use a softer wheel when skating in
the rain because they need the extra grip provided by a softer wheel.
Aggressive Skate Wheel Hardness
Vert and street skaters typically use very hard wheels
(90A to 95A) because of those wheels are the most durable
and also because the low-grip attribute of hard wheels
allows a skater to do sliding and grinding tricks.
Recreational Skate Wheel Hardness
Skates designed for recreational skaters typically
come with a medium width wheel that has a slightly
rounded skating surface. Fitness and recreational
skaters can use the information in the speed and
aggressive sections above to adjust their wheel
hardness to meet their needs.
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