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Wheels for Different Types of Skating

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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