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COMPONENTS Wheels The diameter is the height of the wheel which ranges from 43 to 80mm As diameter increases cruising speed increases and maneuverability decreases 2 The durometer is the hardness of the wheel Wheels use the A scale from 0-100 100 would be a very hard plastic Softer wheels have more shock absorption greater turning ability and wear faster 2 A wheels profile is the point where the wheel touches the ground Traction and stability increase with an increasing profile thickness 2 The hub or core holds the bearings and connects to the wheel material and can have the spokes shown or covered An opened core decreases wheel weight and increases wheel wear whereas a covered core would decrease wear and increase wheel weight 2 Bearings The wheel rolls on ball bearings inside the hub of the wheels 1 High quality skates have rated bearings ABEC-1 3 5 The quality of bearings determines skater effort higher quality requires littler effort to rotate the wheels 1 Frames The frame attaches the wheels to the boot and is made of plastic or metal 1 Some frames can be rockered which allows the simulation of a curved ice skate Rockering can greatly increase maneuverability 1 Boots The boot holds your foot with the shell surrounding your foot and the cuff surrounding your ankle 1 Boots can attain a tight fit through buckles laces or both 1 DIFFERENT DESIGNS RELATING TO DEMANDS FOR DIFFERENT SKATES Hockey Inline hockey skates simulate ice hockey skates and demand high maneuverability 3 The boot laces up providing a custom fit for this type of specialty skating 3 The wheels have a thick profile and a small diameter 70mm for better turning 2 The frame is relatively short and usually rockered allowing for greater control 1 Speed Speed skates demand components facilitating high speeds 3 Racing skates have five wheels and a long frame providing a directed glide for speed 3
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