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Old August 24th, 2010, 06:26 PM   #1
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Default Power Trak, Proline, other?

So..... I know I will get a thousand different opinions here, but what plate do people like the best for quad speed? I have skated on a Laser for years but I don't really like it that much. I have also skated on Sunlites and Power Traks. Don't like the Sunlites much, but the Power Tracks feel pretty good. Haven't tried a Proline but lots of people seem to like them.

Also, Is there a major advantage to either 7mm or 8mm axles? As many of your know, I am mostly an inline skater so I have a ton of 8mm bearings. Keeping that portion of the equipment the same would be nice.

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Old August 24th, 2010, 06:37 PM   #2
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So..... I know I will get a thousand different opinions here, but what plate do people like the best for quad speed? I have skated on a Laser for years but I don't really like it that much. I have also skated on Sunlites and Power Traks. Don't like the Sunlites much, but the Power Tracks feel pretty good. Haven't tried a Proline but lots of people seem to like them.

Also, Is there a major advantage to either 7mm or 8mm axles? As many of your know, I am mostly an inline skater so I have a ton of 8mm bearings. Keeping that portion of the equipment the same would be nice.

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I have skated the power trac and proline both I prefer the proline.
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Old August 24th, 2010, 06:39 PM   #3
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If you're leaning towards the ProLine, but want to use your 8mm bearing stash, may want to look at the Reactor.

Less $, and 8mm-friendly.
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Old August 24th, 2010, 06:55 PM   #4
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the new proline comes with 7 or 8mm axles you just have to specify when ordering
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Old August 24th, 2010, 09:44 PM   #5
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the new proline comes with 7 or 8mm axles you just have to specify when ordering
That was one of the things that caught my eye. Being support at only one end, it seems that you would like to have the thickest axle possible for strength.
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Old August 24th, 2010, 10:03 PM   #6
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if you have the money get the proline. you wont be disappointed.
on another note dante told me 7mm bearings are faster
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Old August 25th, 2010, 12:39 AM   #7
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That was one of the things that caught my eye. Being support at only one end, it seems that you would like to have the thickest axle possible for strength.
7mm axles typically are made of better steel, compensating for, and in some cases surpassing, the strength of many 8mm axles.


Think of it as a case where bigger is not necessarily better.
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Old August 25th, 2010, 12:53 AM   #8
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Ok

If you can track down a Boen or Galaxy, go for them. But very rare to find.

Failing that, skatelogger Flemo004 sells Lazer X tech plates, which are basically a copy of a Boen Speed.

Very nice!!!!
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Old August 26th, 2010, 07:00 AM   #9
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i say proline... reactor is the same mainly just made cheaper and 8mm axles.... as long as you have good 8mm bearings you shouldnt notice a huge difference...if possible a ultimate III they are mag and made for speed but they are hard to find... i do agree on the galaxy being great... ive got one that needs some work id be willing to sell... just needs pivot cups replaced
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Old August 26th, 2010, 11:57 AM   #10
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Don't think that 8mm are better, the bearings never fit properly on "almost 8mm" axels and they are not any stronger than a quality 7mm, not to mention that Ti and flip axels are only availabe in 7mm.

IMO all the plates availabe new (except x tech mentioned above) suck.............Toe Stops, 8mm axels, no clips etc.
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Old August 26th, 2010, 01:07 PM   #11
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That was one of the things that caught my eye. Being support at only one end, it seems that you would like to have the thickest axle possible for strength.
It seems that they use pretty bad materials for 8mm axles. It seems to me that 8mm should be quite a bit stronger, like maybe times 8/7 or even 64/49 (couldn't find the actual formula), but it doesn't actually work out that way.
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Old August 26th, 2010, 10:31 PM   #12
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Go with the Pro-Line. You will not regret it.
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Matt, if you don't want to put a lot of money in the plates, take a look at the Nova. The geometry is close to the Pro-Line. Luke Biggerstaff has skated his for more than two years now.
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Old August 26th, 2010, 11:23 PM   #14
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Ok, I went out on a limb and bought the new version of the Power Tracs. They have aluminum trucks instead of the plastic ones and they have several choices for cushion durameter. I should see them early next week. If I really feel the need to use my 8mm bearings, I do have those little sleeve things that do a crude job of adapting 7mm axles to 8mm bearings. Thank you everyone for your input and for keeping this thread informative.
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Old August 29th, 2010, 05:43 AM   #15
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If I really feel the need to use my 8mm bearings, I do have those little sleeve things that do a crude job of adapting 7mm axles to 8mm bearings. Thank you everyone for your input and for keeping this thread informative.
You'll quickly come to hate those. They don't fit right, and even the best bearings you own will feel awful.

Invest $30-$40 in some decent 7mm bearings. The fit on the axle is better than any you'll find with an 8mm setup. If you're going to spend all that money on a good speed plate, why cheap out on the bearings?
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Old August 30th, 2010, 01:39 AM   #16
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You'll quickly come to hate those. They don't fit right, and even the best bearings you own will feel awful.

Invest $30-$40 in some decent 7mm bearings. The fit on the axle is better than any you'll find with an 8mm setup. If you're going to spend all that money on a good speed plate, why cheap out on the bearings?
I have some relatively decent 7mm bones swiss. They are old and the shields have fallen off (pressed on type not the clip type) but they are still working ok. I will probably buy a new set for the new skates. Thanks for the PM DVW, I will keep it in mind.
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Old September 30th, 2010, 06:28 PM   #17
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Ok, I went out on a limb and bought the new version of the Power Tracs. They have aluminum trucks instead of the plastic ones and they have several choices for cushion durameter. I should see them early next week. If I really feel the need to use my 8mm bearings, I do have those little sleeve things that do a crude job of adapting 7mm axles to 8mm bearings. Thank you everyone for your input and for keeping this thread informative.
I just updated my old Hyper Power-tracs with the new white aluminum trucks. I installed them and am looking forward to skating them.

Enjoy your new Power-tracs!
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