(EN) – Anatomy of an inline skate wheel | Online Skating

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…

Just like cars with different types of tires according to their use (rain, snow, circuit…), skates have wheels with variable characteristics according to the considered specialty. In speed skating, you want to gain and maintain maximum speed: Then you choose big diameters. In Hockey, you need grip and reactivity: You’d rather take small diameters, soft and strong.  In order to fulfill all these opposite conditions, manufacturers play on the core and the on-core.

via: www.Online-skating.com

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