A explanation which skate wheels are most suitable for
the different types of skating, including aggressive,
artistic, downhill, fitness, hockey, speed, and recreational skating.
Aggressive Skate Wheels
Wheels made for aggressive inline skates
are small for maneuverability and typically very
hard, because hard wheels slide better and more durable.
for more information about wheels for aggressive
skating see Justin Anderson's article
How to Choose Wheels" at Aggressive.com.
Artistic Skate Wheels
Most artistic roller skating (also called figure
roller skating) is done on quad roller skates,
however more and more skaters are figure skating
on inline skates these days. I am not an expert
on how to buy quad wheels, but I did a bit of
research and it appears that most quad wheels for
artistic roller skates are 30 MM wide, very
hard (97A to 103A), and rather small (55 MM to 65 MM).
Recreational Skate Wheels
Wheels made for recreational inline skates
are typically medium
hardness (between ?A and ?A) and between ? and ? MM in diameter.
The most important thing is to make sure the wheels
you buy will fit on your skates, and that you do
not purchase the kind of small
wheels made for aggressive skating or roller hockey.
Recreational quad skaters usually purchase the kind
of wheels and skates used by artistic quad roller skaters.
Quad Roller Skate Wheels
As I mentioned in the artistic section above, I am not an expert
in how to purchase quad roller skate wheels,
but here are some links you might find helpful:
Wheels for Quad Skates
Roller Hockey Wheels
Roller hockey is played on both inline skates
and quad roller skates. Both forms of the
sport are very popular around the world,
with some countries preferring one over the other.
Roller hockey wheels tend to be medium hardness
(because they grip better than a hard wheel) and
small in size for maneuverability.
Speed Skate Wheels
Most speed skating these days is done on inline
skates, because they have proven to be much faster
than quad roller skates. Inline skate wheels for
speed skates are typically large and hard, although
for certain skating conditions (such as wet pavement,
skating on super-smooth cement, or lots of steep downhill
runs) some - not all - skaters prever a wheel that
is a bit softer.
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