Hey! I'd like som wheel input, gona get some new ones and just can't make up my mind.. Have heartless chasers and stalkers now, mostly skating on concrete and wood, they work fine but want to try something different since these are the only ones I've had. I've done a lot of reading so I'd just like some tips from someo...ne and thought I might find it here. :)
Now despite Derby Helper's world renown as a source of infallible expertise who never has our opinions smacked down in the comments, I thought this would be a unique opportunity to collect and share some outside opinions. As roller derby has spread across the earth like a wildfire (or H1N1, take your pick), the skaters of the world have racked up a lot of experience with different wheels on different surfaces. So I'm going let all of you take what you've learned and share it with Lucky and the the rest of the roller derby world. I'll give my one recommendation and then I will take any suggestions that any of you put in the comments below or in Facebook comments and paste them into the body of this article with mine. (If you don't want your name included, let me know and I'll omit it.) Let's make this into a wheel/surface recommendation database!
- Weird Al - I skated on a slippery concrete surface and had constant trouble until I installed a set of Flat Outrageous made by Radar. I love my Flat Outs so much I want to marry 'em and have little round blue babies with 'em.
- MDL - Wonton Hammer, Mid Iowa Rollers - I have Suregrip Sugar pushers and Atom G-Rods. We skate on painted concrete that can be slick as well as wood and I have to say after replacing my old all 8 blue Witch Doc setup I'm cornering faster and getting more bang for my buck out of my crossovers.
- 5 Scar Jeneral - Radar Zodiacs (black) with Mojo's for pushers. Great for slick surfaces....horrible on wood floors
- OliveTurmOyl - Heartless and Flat Outrageous.
- Lippy Wrongstockings, Tri-City Roller Girls - Atom Stingers. Super Love. I'm a lightweight (124lbs) jammer and these are awesome on our super slick concrete without compromising speed.
- Jimmy Rage, NY Shock Exchange / Long Island Roller Rebels - I skate on all sorts of surfaces on a weekly basis: well-used sportcourt, coated wood and well-maintained rollerhockey surface (tile). I had used Atom Trackers for months and they weren't bad however they still squealed around corners if I really skated out, especially on the sportcourt. They wore out fast but that's due to skating so often.Recently I got a set of flatouts and after a few weeks of using them I have nothing but love for them. On all three surfaces they stick no matter how fast I'm going. It does take a bit more effort to keep going but that only shows during insane endurance drills, short bursts of jamming shows little difference. Note I'm a kinda small guy, ~135 lbs.