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Old August 18th, 2009, 03:02 AM   #1
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Question Plates?

Ok, Here we go... As I mentioned in a different post I'm building OD quads. It seems the logical place to start is plates. I would appreciate any reccomendations and or advise on choosing and mounting.

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Old August 18th, 2009, 05:16 AM   #2
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Default You want answers? We got question?!

GLiB,

Good info is a prerequisite for good plate advice answers.

How big are you? weight & foot size.

Where & how do you skate outside?

Quality of surfaces? Hills to handle?

Athletic shoe or skate boot preference?

$ budget?

Will you ever want room for >70mm wheels?

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Old August 18th, 2009, 07:39 AM   #3
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GLiB,

Good info is a prerequisite for good plate advice answers.

How big are you? weight & foot size.

Where & how do you skate outside?

Quality of surfaces? Hills to handle?


Athletic shoe or skate boot preference?

$ budget?

Will you ever want room for >70mm wheels?
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175 lbs. size 11 mens

This should answer the next three questions-
Nestled cozily in the deep deep north of California sits my favorite trail the Hammond Trail. A 5 plus mile trail linking Arcata and Mckinnleyville in Humboldt County CA created for hiking, biking, and equestrian use it is graced with wonderful ocean views, challenging hills, and 100s of cow plops.

The most challenging sections definately are on the northern and southern ends. On the northern end there is a section that is completely dirt for a few hundred yards of steep downhill. (Not fun on quads no matter what wheels you're wearing). The chosen way to avoid this is to get on the side of the 101 fwy, skate down the hill, (if you haven't skated down the side of a semi-busy freeway with the traffic coming at you at 65 mph you haven't lived!), jump the fence and get back on the trail where the pavement starts. Going up the hill is exciting too. At the southern end of the trail lies the Hammond Trail Bridge an old railroad bridge that spans the Mad River. Upon crossing the bridge going north you come to a section of road made up of broken concrete and dirt followed by an extremely steep uphill made up of not much better concrete and littered with cow plops affectionately known by the locals as Cow **** Hill. An awesome hill to bomb going south even if it is crazy rough. From there it levels out and it's a quick skate into McKinnleyville. The rest of the trail is super smooth and makes it's way through Redwood groves and parks with the northern most section passing sand dunes and ocean views.

Definately a skate boot.

I am not against spending money on something that will last.

I don't see the point in having small wheels.

Thanks in advance, GLiB

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Old August 18th, 2009, 01:51 PM   #4
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Sure Grip Marathon plates. I love my Marathons for outdoor and for indoor speed skating. Mount them with the front axle as far forward as you can get and the rear axle under your ankle.
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Sure Grip Marathon plates. I love my Marathons for outdoor and for indoor speed skating. Mount them with the front axle as far forward as you can get and the rear axle under your ankle.
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Default Your plate choice dictates what other options you can handle.

The Sure Grip Marathon plate has the good feature of a wide top for good boot/shoe engagement, and has decent elevation from top of wheels.

Some not so good things:
1) fixed position toe stop means you can't do a reverse plate mount to get a HEEL STOP - must be adjustable. You really want a heel stop! Bolt on option also exists.
2) plate is rather stiff and will pass most vibrations right up into your feet.
3) rubber pivot cups take a beating outdoors & need to be monitored/changed BEFORE metal-to-metal contact happens. They do help some ith vibrations though.

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Old August 26th, 2009, 01:31 AM   #7
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Default Get a 195mm axle-to-axle plate - nylon if possible

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175 lbs. size 11 mens

This should answer the next three questions-
Nestled cozily in the deep deep north of California sits my favorite trail the Hammond Trail. A 5 plus mile trail linking Arcata and Mckinnleyville in Humboldt County CA created for hiking, biking, and equestrian use it is graced with wonderful ocean views, challenging hills, and 100s of cow plops.

The most challenging sections definately are on the northern and southern ends. On the northern end there is a section that is completely dirt for a few hundred yards of steep downhill. (Not fun on quads no matter what wheels you're wearing). The chosen way to avoid this is to get on the side of the 101 fwy, skate down the hill, (if you haven't skated down the side of a semi-busy freeway with the traffic coming at you at 65 mph you haven't lived!), jump the fence and get back on the trail where the pavement starts. Going up the hill is exciting too. At the southern end of the trail lies the Hammond Trail Bridge an old railroad bridge that spans the Mad River. Upon crossing the bridge going north you come to a section of road made up of broken concrete and dirt followed by an extremely steep uphill made up of not much better concrete and littered with cow plops affectionately known by the locals as Cow **** Hill. An awesome hill to bomb going south even if it is crazy rough. From there it levels out and it's a quick skate into McKinnleyville. The rest of the trail is super smooth and makes it's way through Redwood groves and parks with the northern most section passing sand dunes and ocean views.

Definately a skate boot.

I am not against spending money on something that will last.

I don't see the point in having small wheels.

Thanks in advance, GLiB

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Your preferred path dictates a LONG plate FORWARD mount scheme.
For size 11 this would be an ~195mm Plate.
I would advise a SG Nova plate, but it tops out size-wize at ~190mm
A plate with a wide top at both toe & heel is best, so you can do a reverse mount if you like to have a heel stop. You might do better with 8mm axles too.
Wheels => Velocity Race 70mm (I have an extra set - PM me)

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