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Skating Wheels manufacturing

We frequently complain about their price, their excessive wear, how they slip too much or stick excessively. We praise for their rolling qualities, their rebound, and their reactivity. No doubt, our wheels are often the heart of conversations between skaters! Nothing like a visit to French wheel manufacturer RollX to learn more about how they are made...

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Anatomy of Skate axles and spacers

The axles and spacers insure the consistency between the frame and the wheels and bearings. They partly determine the performance according to their materials, their thickness and their rigidity. Focus on those little known parts…

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Anatomy of a skate frame

The frame ensures the link between the boot and the wheels. Its technical characteristics (rigidity, length…) may considerably vary according to the considered practice.

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Maintenance of inline skate boots

Inline skate boots can be of different nature: rigid, flexible or fifty-fifty. They need to be checked as regularly as the other parts of your skates: holes, hygiene, wearing out are so many points that need to be looked after…

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How to extract bearings from wheels?

Extracting bearings: the task is not as easy as it seems. You have to manage to take them off without damaging them. The best thing is to push in the axis, but sometimes it’s quite a business...

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Anatomy of an inline skate wheel

Wheels are the centerpieces of a skate and its only contact with the ground. They condition skating according to numerous parameters: their shape, their diameter, their hardness, the flexibility of their core, etc. To each specialty corresponds a specific need with a specific wheel model...

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Extracting an axle or a screw stuck in a frame

Most of beginners are afraid to lose a screw or an axle while skating. They often tighten their roller-skates axles too much. When the axles are stuck in the frame, it becomes very hard to remove them. It also happens that the allen key erodes the thread. Here are some tips to remove stubborn axles and screws...

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All about skate bearings

It is hard to rely on serious information as for the quality of bearings and the real needs met by skaters. Consumers are often overwhelmed by a torrent of technical terms and hazy marketing concepts. The best solution is to ask an importer to take stock on that spare part so precious to our gliding…

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How to clean and take care of your bearings?

As an essential part of your skates’ performance, your bearings have to be closely looked after. You don’t always necessarily have to dismantle them. But if this is the only option left, here are a couple of tips to do your best.

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What is a 'bore' in skating?

The vocabulary of skating can be quite exotic sometimes, and some words are borrowed from other fields. It is the case of « bore », coming directly from the world of mechanics...

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Caliper: Pretty useful for skating!

If you are a skating geek, buying a caliper must have crossed your mind already: Wheel diameter, ground clearance of your frames... That little tool can prove to be pretty useful!

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What is the use of a durometer?

On the printing of skate wheels you can often see a number followed by an A. You get this measurement with a very specific tool: a durometer...

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Testing the Powerslide XC Skeletons

After the test of the XC Paths two seasons ago, we're presenting you a new Nordic / All-Terrain Skate test. Powerslide proposes the XC Skeleton, an adjustable model for which you can use your own shoes...

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The trade secrets of skate boots

The way skate boots are made depends on the discipline: rigid in aggressive skating, low-cut in speed skating, semi-flexible in fitness skating. The materials involved in the process are very different too and influence the methods used. Here are the trade secrets of these key parts welcoming your feet…

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Comparative test: Powerslide Vi SUV Vs. Rollerblade Coyote

After 15 years of a relative sleep, the market of all-terrain skating experiences a second youth in 2012, with the arrival of new models. Here is a comparison between the newborn Powerslide Vi SUV and its ancestor, the famous Rollerblade Coyote.

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Anatomy of an inline skate rubber brake

The brake of your inline skates is an outgrowth made of rubber, hard plastic or polyurethane. It is fixed at the rear of the frame. Here is the story of this very useful accessory ...

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Testing all-terrain skates: Powerslide Vi SUV

After 15 years of a relative sleep, the market of all-terrain skating experiences a second youth in 2012, with the arrival of the Powerslide Vi SUV, a skate with very similar characteristics to those of the Coyote, but benefiting from a great number of technological improvements...

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The importance of fastening your skates efficiently

Quality of skating and power are key factors for performance in skating. But just as would say a famous pneumatic brand: “Power is nothing without control”. That’s why a good fastening is also determining. Tips and explanations…

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Rollerskates: where and how to dig up good deals

In these times of crisis, it takes a great deal of resourcefulness to dig up new or second-hand equipment and spare pieces. This article goes to all the broke skaters who wish to invest the less as possible…

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Buying second-hand skates

You’re starting roller-skating and you want to get a new pair of skates? Yes, but making ends meet at the end of the month is sometimes complicated. Fortunately, there’s still the possibility of buying second-hand equipment, and here are a couple of tips to make pondered choices and avoid problems...

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Test: Seba Nano Socks

It’s not always easy to find a good pair of socks for skating. In general, except from the Decathlon products, there is no real alternative amongst the big brands. This year, Seba launches a model of socks which deserves a closer look: the Nano socks…

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Test: G-Form Impact knee pads

Knee pads prevent from burns and wounds most of the time, but they are few to limit the effects of an undesirable impact with the ground (i.e. a fall). Recently we have discovered a new type of protective gear made with Poron...

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All-terrain Skating: Testing the Powerslide XC Path

We too rarely test all-terrain and nordic skating products. We decided it was time to set things right, so we have contacted Powerslide in order to get a pair of XC Paths (formerly Pathfinders), the key-model of the brand back in 2011…

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How are made skate wheels?

Did you know that the appearance of plastic wheels revived the skating trend in the 80's? Before they were inflatable, or made of wood or metal and did not have the comfort and rolling performances of today's equipment. Today, the manufacturers fight over the market and never stop improving their products. We have cut one open for you...

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The manufacturing of a pair of roller skates

Apart from a few pairs of made-to-measure speed skates, most skates are made with similar manufacturing and designing techniques: Studies on the needs of the skaters, creation in design committees, making of prototypes, tests, and mass production. Focus on the different stages...

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