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Best inline wheel size for slalom training?

post #1 of 6
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I am getting back into inline training for alpine and some light distance, but mostly will be doing slalom on slight inclines. It's been over 12 years since I bought any skates. My old ones have 84ish size wheels. The new ones all look HUGE!

 

I will just be using a rec fitness oriented skate. What is the best wheel size for running slalom cones? I mean alpine skiing like, of course, not the freestyle-y stuff. 

post #2 of 6

The best wheel size is the biggest you can fit. 

 

 

If that was going to be -my- primary application, I would consider low-rebound hockey wheels.   

Sure, they will be heavy and clunky feeling on the climb and slow on straightaways,  but they will grip like crazy on anything smoother than chipseal.

post #3 of 6

Are you looking at buying new skates?   

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I bought some Rollerblade Crossfires with the 100mm wheels but I would be willing to change out to the 90mm if it helped with maneuverability (or more accurate, if the bigger ones were a major hindrance) . What kind of confused me was all of recommendations of smaller wheels for slalom but that was mostly involving the freestyle moves, not "running gates". So I wasn't sure if the same applied there as well?? 

post #5 of 6

IMO the Crossfire is fast  and cush and relatively light but the RB10 is the secret "carving" skate for edge precision.

 

I am not a fan of High/Low wheel combos for carving feel, because the "Low" wheel wears at a different rate than the "High" wheels, which means that the 2nd wheel gets flatter and less ellipsoid sooner than the others.    It's like having a ski with the edge section under the toe softer than any other section of edge.

 

IOW, I would probably change to 4x90 (or move up to 4x100 if the pavement was rough and I had a nice long runout and if I never planned to use the heel brake).    YMMV.

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The best wheel size is the biggest you can fit. 

 

 

If that was going to be -my- primary application, I would consider low-rebound hockey wheels.   

Sure, they will be heavy and clunky feeling on the climb and slow on straightaways,  but they will grip like crazy on anything smoother than chipseal.



Same thoughts here too. My brothers actually pointed me towards street hockey wheels, and they grip better than anything. The soft ones do wear down rather quickly though. Just make sure to get the ones that are shaped like a "V" at the bottom as opposed to a "U." The narrower they are, the quicker you should be able to change direction.

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