View Full Version : why plate so far forward??

January 9th, 2008, 02:21 AM
I have heard others and yourself saying that you take
a slightly different approach to building skates and mounting
plates. I am curious as to the method of why you advance the
plate forward and inch from the heel and how this affects
performance. :o

Doc Sk8
January 9th, 2008, 02:47 AM
Actually I only run the plates slightly forward. It has several benefits....not all of which I use personally. I am told it makes it easier to get on your front wheels and NOT drag you stop or boot toe. For me it makes the sk8 less likely to get chock blocked or skittled (hence throwing you on your face). The actual "secret" is not where the plate is as much as how long it is. Roll Line suggests a 180 on a size 9. I sk8 a 155 or 160. WARNING MATH CONTENT: 180-155 is 25. 25/25.4 = 0.98.....almost an inch....Now ya know where the missing inch comes from.

BTW 25.4 is how many millimeters are in an inch....

So now we get into the real benefits. Shorter plates are lighter and more maneuverable. Once ya learn to drive 'em it is almost impossible to get back on a long one.