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rockered skates vs conventional

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Anyone who inline skates on high end skates has had to decide whether to go with rockered skates (where the front and back wheels are lifted up a mm or two in relation to the middle two wheels) or not, and I chose conventional alignment over rockered when I bought my K2's because I mostly skate for fitness and speed.
Do rockered skates have any advantages besides being more maneuverable? Do they have any disadvantages? I thought that they would be more unstable at speed and that you wouldn't be able to rotate wheels normally since they do different things entirely in their different slots.
I also tried rockered skates and found them to be too unstable to the rear, like taking the backseat on snowblades.
Any opinions or info on pros and cons of rockering, and whether or not you can acheive a rockered affect by using 78mm wheels int et emiddle slots and 76's in the front and back (almost said tip and tail ) would be appreciated. Thanx
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Karsten - If you plan to play inline hockey, then rockering your skates makes sense. Otherwise, it makes them too unstable when going in a straight line. At speed, they get very squirrelly - like trying to straight-line a slope with extreme sidecut skis. The skates simply want to turn.

You could experiment with different size wheels in the center of the skate versus at the front and back, but for general fitness skating, it'd be a waste of money.
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Saw I new pair of K2's in the store the other day. The chassis is "split" between front 2 and rear 2 wheels. As you stride the boot flexes and maintians contact on the two front wheels. Similar to a clapper skat for speed skating.
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artimus,
Might have been the "Escape". I had a pair and hated them. Wound up giving them away. You can usually pick them up for a song. They have not been a big seller for K2. Very strange to skate on and not versatile.
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