Roller Derby Skate Wheels
You are going to need wheels. Ok, so you made already have wheels on your skates but are they the right ones? Are they fast enough for what you are going to out them through? Will they be hard enough or soft enough for the surface that you will be skating on? Bet you haven’t even considered some of these things?
Not to worry.
Lets have a look at what you need to think about when selecting the right pair or wheels for you.
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Wheels – (COMPULSORY if you want to, you know…move anywhere…)
Different types of wheel are good for different types of surface. Talk to your local and experienced roller girls or guys to find out about the floor at their training venue, and what kind of wheels they would recommend.
Once you have been skating a while and had a chance to swap wheels with other people and try out different hardnesses, you will eventually find your sweet-spot as far as the durometer* grade of wheels you prefer using. Some people prefer harder wheels, which help you to move faster. These will be slippier in the bends, but some people like that. They might make power-sliding easier, if you are into that kind of thing. Others prefer grippier, softer wheels, which are good for general use, a bit slower on the track, but great if you end up playing somewhere that has a slippery or dirty floor. Grippier wheels tend to give you more push and power in the turns when you are executing crossovers, as they give you a more solid base to push against.
The following companies make wheels specifically for Roller Derby:
* Durometer – the scale by which wheel hardness is measured. The higher the number, the harder and less grippy the wheel, for instance, a Suregrip “Zoom” wheel with a 96A Durometer rating will be faster, harder and less grippy than an Atom “Poison” with a soft, grippy 84A rating.
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Many thanks to Nads for this AWESOME info about Wheels!