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On 14 January 2014 at 11:37 | updated on 26 February 2014 at 20:04

Choosing your Artistic Skate wheels

Choosing your Artistic Skate wheels

Whether they are rough, slippery, dusty, each indoors floor has special features. Here are some enlightening pieces of advice given by Guillaume Wagner in order to make the best choice of wheels according to your needs in Artistic Skating or roller danceā€¦

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Guillaume Wagner's Tips

Roues Roll Line

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.

Le type de roue en fonction du type de surface

 

Roues Roll Line Giotto

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

Recap chart

 

Artistic Wheels

Dancing Wheels

 

Thermoplastic
elastomere

Polyurethane

Thermoplastic
elastomere

 

Star

Roll Line

Komplex

Roll Line

Komplex

Roll Line

Roll Line

Roll Line

Komplex

Komplex

 

Star

Magnum
Giotto

Azzurra

Angel

Professional

Ghibli

Race

Grease

Super
Speed Race

Tango

Bolero

Hard
wheels

HD84

          
 

HD60

60D

HD60

        
    

Léopard

 

99/106

99A

   

HD75

57D

HD 56

HD56

 

98A

   

98A

 

HD70

53D

HD52

HD52

Mustang

 

97/99

97A

   
  

HD50

HD51

 

96A

   

96A

 

TL60

49D

HD48

HD48

       

CS40

47D

HD46

HD45

Panther

 

95/99

95A

95A

 

HD45

   

HD43

 

93A

 

Olympic

 

93A

HD43

   

HD40

Fox

 

92/99

92A

92A

 

HD40

     

90A

 

Forester

90A

90A

 
   

HD38

   

Formula

88A

 

HD38

Soft
wheels

        

85A

  

Links

Axel CréationAxel Création Website

By Guillaume Wagner (Axel Création) and Alfathor
Translation: Chloe Seyres
Photos : all rights reserved
Released  on 14 January 2014 - Read 9267 times


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