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Holiday Guy
August 6th, 2012, 02:29 AM
Hi what wheels is good for the AC Boardwalk soft or hard.

August 7th, 2012, 01:51 AM
Don't think the AC boardwalk is really skateable. To many screws and nails to worry about, plus very uneven.

August 12th, 2012, 07:23 AM
With quad skates, the rougher the rolling surface, the greater the need for softer (78A or less) and larger (70mm and larger) wheels.

The next important concern is that the front axle be as far forward on the boot as possible, so that front wheels can climb up and over surface irregularities more easily without sticking and pitching you forward.

The skater's focus of weight must also stay more concentrated onto the rear wheels than on the front wheels in an ~2/3 on rear & ~1/3 on front ratio.

Despite optimizing all these items, to the point where you might be able to sustain some reasonable forward rolling momentum on a boardwalk surface, the resulting vibrations that develop at speed will tend to make your feet go numb after a few minutes.

Though soft wheels help, a super cushy sole is about the only thing that can really mitigate this vibration issue significantly.
This Nike BB shoe which incorporates the Air Zoom sole cushioning system is about as good a solution to this problem as I have found.
I am currently completing my 5th outdoor quad skate build using this shoe, this time with an added carbon fiber sheet that is fully embedded into the sole's tread:



Tread grooves removed to create a near flush fit pocket for the tightly fitted carbon fiber laminated sheet. Urethane adhesive integrates carbon sheet into sole structure. Shoe also has serious carbon fiber arch element built in.