Choosing your Artistic Skate wheels
Guillaume Wagner's Tips
Guillaume, the choice of wheels is essential in order to skate with the best conditions. How can you determine which wheels to choose?
According to me, your choice should be based on 4 main criteria:
- The discipline (dancing, artistic, group skating)
- The skater's technique
- the floor surface (concrete, granito, wood)
- The skater's weight
Inline skaters are used to talk about wheel hardness in shores. What about artistic skaters?
It's the same system in artistic skating but we don't use those terms. Shore A corresponds to dancing wheels (egg. Roll Line Super Speed Race 92A) and Shore D suits better for artistic skating (egg. Komplex Angel HD43).
What is the difference between thermoplastic elastomer and polyurethane?
These are two very different materials. Thermoplastic elastomer mixes both the elastic features of elastomer and the thermoplastic effect (wheels melt or harden under the action of heat). There is a very large range of available hardnesses for these materials. Hardnesses are measured in Shore D. The material has an extremely rigid aspect.
As for polyurethane, it can be manufactured with a great variety of textures according to brands (Roll Line, Komplex, Axel Création, etc.) and a great variety of hardnesses, measured in Shore A.
Let's say that thermoplastic elastomer enables to get very hard wheels, while polyurethane will make softer wheels.
What are the pros and cons of hard wheels and soft wheels?
There are no pros and cons, it all depends on the skater's sensations. Hard wheels enable to skate faster but they lack grip, whereas soft wheels are the other way around.
Can you mix different hardnesses in Artistic Skating and in Dancing?
Yes of course. Nowadays, we have to mix hardnesses, in artistic and in dance skating.
For very slippery surfaces / For non-slippery surfaces
FREIN (stopper/buttée) FREIN (stopper/buttée)
L.Out.Front / R.In.Front L.Out.Front / R.In.Front
L.Out. Back / R.In.Back L.Out. Back / R.In.Back
LinksBy Guillaume Wagner (Axel Création) and Alfathor
Translation: Chloe Seyres
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