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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 June 1st, 2016, 04:30 PM   #1
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Default Rolling on Some Old Metaflex Easy Riders

A friend recently gave me some 57X30mm Metaflex Easy Rider wheels that came on some old 220 skates he found online. The wheels had barely been used (like the boots). I have always skated on 62mm wheels so thought that it would be interesting to experiment with the Metaflex wheels. I found that I actually liked skating on these wheels because they reacted quicker and had a bit more slide than my Bones Team 62mm 98a/101a combo setup.

My questions are these -
1. Can anyone guess as to the hardness of these wheels? I would just as soon continue to use them but they seem to not be very true, meaning they wobble a bit even though I re-checked the seating of the bearings. This may mean that they are not a high quality wheel I suppose.
2. What current 57X30mm wheels would be a similar hardness/slide to these?
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Old June 1st, 2016, 08:17 PM   #2
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A friend recently gave me some 57X30mm Metaflex Easy Rider wheels that came on some old 220 skates he found online. The wheels had barely been used (like the boots). I have always skated on 62mm wheels so thought that it would be interesting to experiment with the Metaflex wheels. I found that I actually liked skating on these wheels because they reacted quicker and had a bit more slide than my Bones Team 62mm 98a/101a combo setup.

That may have been due to the age of the urethane. Smaller wheels can react quicker, especially if your action does not. It's a balancing act.


My questions are these -
1. Can anyone guess as to the hardness of these wheels?

Guess?? OK 56D....

I would just as soon continue to use them but they seem to not be very true, meaning they wobble a bit even though I re-checked the seating of the bearings. This may mean that they are not a high quality wheel I suppose.

There could be other reasons they are not true. Metaflex made decent wheels back in the day. BUT nobody made perfect wheels all the time.

2. What current 57X30mm wheels would be a similar hardness/slide to these?
thanks,
torquemeister

I don't have a clue, especially since those are antiques. Urethane compounding has changed a lot over the years.

Keep your eyes peeled. Easy Riders show up from time to time.
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Old June 17th, 2016, 03:19 AM   #3
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I had black Easy Riders on the first pair of skates I bought. This is a case where bearing spacers help a lot. The urethane is just soft enough that the wheels do become wobbly on the bearings, and the spacers help tighten that up considerably.
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