New bearings and wheels?

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I'm new to blading, but im getting into it. I've got a fairly basic set of blades, but they are suitable for someone of my ability trying to aggressive skate.

Anywayz, my actual question is... I have 76mm wheels *shudders*, but ive noticed that the wheels that are suitable are 50mm. I'm looking at buying a set of blanks that are 50 mm, what advantages are there for me to be parting with 60 bucks (australian)?

Should i get new bearings as well?

ive noticed they are also quite expensive. What kinda advantages will i get from them? Should I buy the bearings over the wheels or vice versa?

Thanks for your help in advance,

29 Jan 2003 20:45
Generally, wheels are much more important than bearings.

Smaller wheels let you start, stop, and turn more easily. With the larger (76) wheels you tend to more go in a straight line, harder to start and stop.

Hopefully you'll get more answers here, best to go to where others skate, like you want to do, and ask the experiences of those who skate there. Perhaps someone has some used wheels they'd sell cheap, ones you wouldn't want to use after you have a year's experience, but fine to start. Similarly, you could do a few sessions on your 76's to get a feel for yourself how smaller wheels would affect your skating. And there are various styles of skating, the best wheels for what someone else wants to do perhaps are not the best for what you want to do, learn about this by watching, talking, and trying.  

29 Jan 2003 20:49
If you are in Australia, it's the perfect time of year down there. And I know that some of our company skaters are touring there, for your summer. So be on the lookout for Blake Dennis, Shane Yost, and Sammy Bogarty.

In answer to your questions, you should expect many advantages to smaller agressive wheels. First is that the smaller diameter will set you lower to the ground for more stability. The wheel's flat profile will also make it easier to land tricks.

I would hesitate to suggest starting with a 50mm wheel. Ones that small are basically just for an anti-rocker setup, and don't work well for all around agressive skating. Something in the 55mm - 57mm range will be helpful. You should expect to pay around $40 US for a set of 8 generic wheels in that size.

Have fun out there!  

29 Jan 2003 20:50
dude go with the weels  

14 Apr 2004 23:03

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