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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 November 16th, 2007, 06:21 PM   #1
Quad C. Modo
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Default Ultimate 3 plates

Hi Doc,
Have you ever tried the Ultimate 3 plates? Do you have any opinion, good and/or bad, about them?
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Old November 17th, 2007, 10:30 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by Quad C. Modo View Post
Hi Doc,
Have you ever tried the Ultimate 3 plates? Do you have any opinion, good and/or bad, about them?
I have (or have had) Ultimate II - V ....including the Dominator. All except the V are more than acceptable for most sk8ing. The III is essentially a magnesium Nova with a reverse king pin. Magnesium is very light and very stiff. This may make the plates too stiff for some folks... Magnesium also has a tendency to corrode, even more than aluminum. So you don't want to leave them where they will be damp..Like in your sk8 bag after a session or speed practice. Be careful when buying used ones....

Truck are easy to get..They are Nova trucks after all. I upgrade the axles in the ones I sell, however. This also means the geometry is similar to the Pro Line.

King pins and the associated hardware are another story. Loose a locking screw or adjusting nut and you will have to work to find replacements. I have a few but my source of supply has dried up. Same with the king pins although a regular Sure Grip (NOT NOVA) king pin works fine if you don't mind the old school adjustment. As a side note, if you can find the titanium Sure Grip king pins and speed axles, you can really make the sk8 light.

Cushions are another area of concern. The small one on the bottom isn't something you can just ask the rink for. The upper is easy since it is essentially the Nova.

In summary,
Pros: Light and stiff. Can be made even lighter. Trucks easy to get. Can be tuned to skates similar to a Pro Line.
Cons: Possibility of corrosion. Suspension parts are hard to find if needed.
Hope this helps.
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