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Old August 29th, 2007, 03:08 AM   #1
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I have a question for all the people with new quads now days... Whats with mounting the plate all the way to the back of the boot, with lots of room up front? I always seen you got more speed with the plate mounted forward, so you could have a great heal toe speed coming out of the corner. With the plate to the back it seems you have to flat foot it around. I always loved the outdoor setup on my quads anyways.. Once the digital camera is back I will show a picture of my plate set up. Just need to get rid of the boot and pick one that fits now days...
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Old August 29th, 2007, 05:26 AM   #2
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Hi murder,

The answer to your question has two parts.
First, the skate distributors in North America will not produce quad skates with the plate forward mounting setup you speak of. Why you might ask? That's part two.
They won't mount them that way because they're afraid the plate manufacturers won't honor the warranty if breakage should occur. When I was still webmaster at Quadskating.com I spent several months lobbying skate distributors to put out at least one model of quad skate with a plate forward speed/outdoor setup. None would do it. The setup is commonplace in France, Spain and India. In fact you find more quads with the plate forward on skate store websites over there than you do with the traditional rollerdance setup found in the US. The only way to get the forward setup in N. America is to mount them yourself or have an experienced skate tech do it for you.

It never made sense to me either why a skater would want a third of their foot hanging out in front of their wheels. It's great for dancing on your toes on a nice smooth rink floor, but for flat out speed and handling pavement, it's not so hot (tried it both ways, so I know).
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Old August 29th, 2007, 07:05 AM   #3
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I prefer to have the front axle directly underneath the ball of my foot for agility.

When I was skating quad speed, my plates were slightly longer and positioned more forward. They were no where near the extreme forward positioning like merlin prefers, but they were much more that what I skate on now.
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Old August 29th, 2007, 01:04 PM   #4
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I prefer to have the front axle directly underneath the ball of my foot for agility.

When I was skating quad speed, my plates were slightly longer and positioned more forward. They were no where near the extreme forward positioning like merlin prefers, but they were much more that what I skate on now.

i am like you i like the front axle under the ball of the foot for total control and i like the rear axle and the end of the plate close to the end of the heel.
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Old August 29th, 2007, 02:48 PM   #5
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In the US, pretty much noone does real outdoor skating. Usually they will hit a tennis court, basketball court, or another flat smooth surface and do artistic type of skating. The plate mounted to the rear is ideal for artist and jam type of skating so you can easily get on your toes. If you hit rocks, steep hills, and other type of terrain that most people think is better for inlines, just means they dont know much about putting the plate forward. If its even a touch more forward, it dampens any hits to rocks, etc. so thing run smoothly. Mine are only slightly forward, not much really and its a big difference with that so I would only go forward next time around. In Europe, I think they have more brick sidewalks, etc. So they would need a skate that runs over things smoothly. If you have it under the ball of your foot, roller over sticks and pens isnt as fun........
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Old August 29th, 2007, 04:16 PM   #6
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It is a conspiracy. The art skaters are trying to take over the world. Just kidding.
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Old August 29th, 2007, 04:51 PM   #7
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It is a conspiracy. The art skaters are trying to take over the world. Just kidding.

No......its a plot by the inliners to take over the streets lol.
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Old August 29th, 2007, 07:06 PM   #8
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as long as skating is still out there, please let at least one dicipline take over the world! The sport needs the exposure
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Old August 29th, 2007, 07:47 PM   #9
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as long as skating is still out there, please let at least one dicipline take over the world! The sport needs the exposure

Hey, I'm all game for that!! Lets hurry up and make a skating lane on the streets. Then we can start this Friday being skate to work day and I can get an early start on my vacation with my last day at work, woo-hoo! Yeah, lets save gas, JUST SKATE!!!!!

*OK, I'm pumped up right now counting the minutes til I get to go sk8n this evening...........
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Old August 29th, 2007, 08:00 PM   #10
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we have dedicated bike/skating lanes going up all over Greensboro!!
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Old August 29th, 2007, 08:08 PM   #11
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we have dedicated bike/skating lanes going up all over Greensboro!!

Oh man, oh man! You probably have tons of indoor and outdoor skateparks and bowls and rinks and geez, I'm itching with jealousy!!!!

Well, least I have an outdoor skatepark right accross the street from me and its almost free and I love it!
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Old August 29th, 2007, 10:36 PM   #12
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Oh man, oh man! You probably have tons of indoor and outdoor skateparks and bowls and rinks and geez, I'm itching with jealousy!!!!

Well, least I have an outdoor skatepark right accross the street from me and its almost free and I love it!
yeah.. we have more than normal. I have 11 indoor rinks within an hour of my home. There are 3 or 4 skateparks that are cheap and we even have skate lanes in our parks that are closed to trafic on the weekends.
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Old August 30th, 2007, 02:09 AM   #13
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yeah.. we have more than normal. I have 11 indoor rinks within an hour of my home. There are 3 or 4 skateparks that are cheap and we even have skate lanes in our parks that are closed to trafic on the weekends.
So......any good job openings lol? I might have to pack up and move in lol.
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Old August 30th, 2007, 02:52 AM   #14
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Sounds like a skaters dream.
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Old August 31st, 2007, 04:05 AM   #15
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My quad, haven't skated in these since I won nationals in 96 freshmen boys.. lol
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Old August 31st, 2007, 05:14 AM   #16
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nice

are those clip axles? and wicked lips??
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are those clip axles? and wicked lips??
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Old September 1st, 2007, 02:32 AM   #18
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Well, I can personally attest now I think I have few if any options on putting a full length plate on my quads! Unless its artistic, people dont seem to want to do it. Ask to have the front trucks under the ball of the toe with the rear at the heel, people freak. I will ask Lisa if she'll build me a pair when I can do so, otherwise I will be posting again how to center a plate so I can do it myself.
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Old September 1st, 2007, 02:51 AM   #19
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i need to find a boot and sell this one off! anyone know of a size 12 or 12 1/2 black or red 595 laying around for sale, not trashed??
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Old September 1st, 2007, 06:02 AM   #20
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..., otherwise I will be posting again how to center a plate so I can do it myself.

http://www.skatelog.com/quad-roller-...ing-plates.htm
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