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Ask DocSk8 (Expert Indoor Skate Building Advice) This forum is different then the other SkateLog forums in that it is not a discussion forum, but rather a place you can ask skate building expert Fred "DocSk8" Benjamin about building and repairing indoor speed, derby, and jamskate quad roller skates. Please start a new thread for each new question.

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Old August 15th, 2018, 09:48 AM   #1
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Default Thoughts on new build please?

Hi, I'll try to keep this short cos I'm sure you're busy

I currently skate Bont leather hybrid (size 4) on a Mag Avenger (size 0) usually blue SG cushions (barrels and cones), trucks only just snug on the cushions, not squished. I've had this setup for 4yrs altho cushions haven't always been this soft.

I've also until recently skated a size 4 AR1 (pre 2015) on size 1 Al Avenger, which I loved at first but always came back to the Bont. The extra length of plate was interesting but toe box issues with the boot made experimenting hard. 3 toenails gone in one year and I'm not a jammer, lol

I play derby but specifically wanting to tighten up all my footwork. Better/smoother weight transfers, side surfing into backwards on one foot, I use my edges a lot and love the manoeuvrability of my skates but feel like trying other options. I'm also keen to work more on Jam/dance skating.

I'm wondering about a bit more stability or a longer plate ( at least I'd like to try the difference).

Platewise, I'm intrigued by the Arius but don't think it's going to give me the differences I'm after plus the price is a bit much for an experiment.
Mota Boss, SG Avanti, and pilot falcon are all interesting but I'm wondering with the Avanti that going from 30* to 10* might be too much dumbing down.

I was thinking new boot, Mota or Solaris but I really have no real complaints with the Bonts. Ive sorted lacing (under plate and behind heel) so my heel stays put altho is be nice to be able to lace more normally, lol .Can you give a comparison of the new heel on the Bont hybrid vs the older one? Perhaps a new Bont hybrid is my best option (maybe carbon this time)
The internet isn't giving me much definitive info on Bont hybrid changes.

I'm in NZ so trying on skates is hard, especially when you have wee feet like me. All the boys and parts I've mentioned are available here but I'm not against importing if you have other suggestions.

Thanks for reading if you made it this far.
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