Customizing: Stop hesitating between aggressive and freeskating!
Customizing: an efficient solution to make a multipurpose skate
It is no secret, it is better to have a specific skate for each use. But your wallet or that of your parents may be quickly empty!
Indeed, a good pair of aggressive skates is around 150-250€, and so are freeskating skates.
But if you happen to be a good all-rounder, you should look for a pair of skates that enables you to practice aggressive as well as free skating…
On that point, let’s be clear, Powerslide and Kizer did not invent anything with the Powerblading! It has been a good dozen years that skaters have set up aggressive models with 80 mm wheels.
Some old school skaters will remember models such as the SoulSlide then the Fatty Paris which were forerunners.
What is a custom?
Do not panic, you can reduce the costs in making a custom skate: it is a customized skate for which you mix all the parts that you want and make the model of your dreams.
How does that work? Start from the aggressive boot you want and adapt it to your needs in combining it with other spare parts from different manufacturers.
What is the UFS?
The UFS (Universal Frame System) is a standard that is followed by manufacturers, for all the UFS frames on the market to be compatible with any UFS boot. The dimensions of the basis as well as the space between the fixing points are the same.
First used on aggressive skates, the standard spread to freeskating at the instigation of Salomon and its FSK range (Freeskate).
Choosing a UFS aggressive skate
Today most of the brands of aggressive skates have models meeting the UFS norm. It should not be too hard for you to find a boot you like.
You should then choose a skate that will also have interesting technical characteristics for freeskating: it should be light and easy to handle and have soulplates – sill rare on freeskating skates.
Soft or hard boot?
Semi-rigid skates are often lighter than those with hard boots, but the feet are less protected.
Amongst them, you will find the above-mentioned K2 Fatty or the Remz (not the ideal for freeskating because of their high flexibility). The Xsjado may potentially be classified in that range and be a good solution with its removable shoe.
For several years, brands have introduced alternative models like the Rollerblade range in aggressive skating, which has the same boots as for freeskating.
The USD carbon boots are also a good idea.
Nothing prevents you from digging out old boots from your cellar if it is for occasional use only. Let’s remain in a money-saving perspective!
Choosing your UFS freeskating frame (from 50 to 100€)
You should be particularly careful to choose a frame meeting the UFS norm. On the market there are several models:
- Rollerblade UFS
- The brand-new Kizer Powerblading frames on which you can put up to 80 mm wheels (Kizer Advance PB and Kizer Level PB)
- The former frames of the Cell 2 Powerslide (second-hand)
- The Salomon FSK (second-hand too)
Tip: Aluminum UFS frames are more rigid and favor the pushing and speeding up. The new frames made of polymer like the Powerblading are more flexible. They are better for sliding.
Choosing your freeskating wheels (50 to 80€)
According to the model of freeskating frame that you choose, the maximum diameter will be between 76 and 84 mm.
For several years there have been wheels dedicated to freeskating:
- The Hyper concretes remain a reference
- The Korean brands Nano and Gyro
- The Matter Freeride or FSK wheels
- Otherwise, hockey wheels with a round profile and relatively hard may work
And what about the rest?
You still have to find bearings and spacers. You have several solutions:
- Either you take off those of your aggressive skates each time you take your skates out
- Or you ask your friends to give you a couple of old spare parts that they do not use anymore
- Or you strip down an old pair gathering dust that is hidden in a closet
- Or you invest: you can find very decent bearings around 30€ and spacers for less than 10€
And why would not I start from a UFS freeskating skate and adapt it to aggressive skating?
It is possible too! There is no countraindication. But there is a chance that the skate will be less suited for aggressive skating:
- Grindplate and soulplates absent or too narrow
- Less resistant skate
- No UFS compatibility
It is up to you according to the discipline you practice more!
Warning! Lots of freeskating skates are not equipped with a UFS system and consequently cannot be set up with an aggressive frame.
For example, the Seba FR are not UFS…
And for the use?
You will just have to put on and take off the frame you need according to your practice. Most of the time, you do not even need to take off the wheels from the frame, the two screws are easy to reach. With wheels with a reasonable size, you will even be able to do a little street skating (preferably on short or medium distances!)
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