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Old February 7th, 2016, 11:32 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by BG's Dad View Post
Thanks for the help. He has been on Hyper Hyoctane, and has SGB for rinks that have grip problems. He is currently running a pair of SGB on each skate to get some grip from the fading Hyoctanes. You help make the point. A kid that wants to become a competitive speedskater might just as well start on 100's. Stay away from the 84/90 frames, there will not be any wheels available. The advice I read online about starting a kid on 84's is no longer valid because there is no competitive wheel product available. It seems odd because my understanding is that some organizations worldwide have not allowed 'minors' to compete on 100+.
So, now to hunt down a new frame. He is 8, still a size 2/34, so I'm looking for a sub 12" frame 165 mount that will handle 100+ wheels. The Takino GTR300JR looks nice, I saw a FB post that XTech has a frame that will handle 125 and come in at 12, but i can't find anybody selling it. Flyke has one, but pretty pricey.
I realize it is difficult to give advice for a sub 50 pound skater, the dynamics are far different than an adult.
A 3x100 is your best bet if you want something shorter than 12". The minimum length for a 4x100 is 11.8" and only Bont made one and it was for their 3-point boots. The Cado Neo Transformer can do this along with 4 wheel setups for smaller wheels.

Be careful if you go for a 90mm wheel setup. Most 90mm wheels are built using either the hubs for 84mm or 80mm wheels and thus they are very heavy and tend to be slow as well. I THINK MPC is finally making a real 90mm hub but I am not sure. I don't think Atom does and Matter didn't in the past either.
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