How to mix wheels for added performance
Pro speed skaters are often seen with more than one type or color of wheel on their skates, trying to get the maximum performance from their skates in race conditions. A little know-how will help you get more out of your skates when you’re next assessing a race course.
Need: Roll, Rebound, Durability
Start with: Road War EX-FIRM
With a full set of wheels like the Road War EX-FIRM, you have a lot of roll. The Road War offers all-conditions grip – meaning you won’t get caught on the wrong wheel if there is some rain during the race, and the highest durability of all MPC wheels – so you won’t experience wear issues (like loss of grip as the wheel degrades) mid-race.
Storm Surge if you wanted some more insurance against the rain – place two Storm Surge wheels at the front and rear positions of each skate. That will keep your skate pointed where you want to go, even on wet asphalt.
The Road War is an aggressively-tracking wheel – meaning you’ll get traction and push whenever you apply pressure to your skate. If you like added freedom, so your skates go from edge-to-edge more easily – place two RoadWar FIRM wheels either at the front and rear positions (for skaters with high natural stroke tempo), or at the 2nd and 3rd wheel (for skaters with lower stroke rates).
Road (Circuit) skating
Need: Roll, Grip, Durability
Start with: Road War FIRM
With a complete set of Road War FIRM wheels you get great roll and a lot of grip. Road War FIRM are perfect for road circuits because the wheel provides grip at any speed, on any corner size, at any stroke (or push) pressure – meaning you get great push-off from even the most relaxed strokes.
For added roll, mix in a Road War EX-FIRM or two. To maintain the FIRM ‘feel’, place the Road War EX-FIRM wheels in the 2nd and 3rd wheel positions.
Most important: Grip, Durability, Acceleration
Start with: Road War FIRM
Starting with the Road War FIRM, you’ve got a wheel that lets you skate tighter, harder, than any other wheel available. Road War FIRM offers great push return also – so whether you’re sprinting around the corner at 100%, or drafting at 70%, you’ll get great grip and push – right to the end of your stroke.
If temperature and track surface are proving to be particularly abrasive, and you’ve got a long race ahead – you can add durability with either the Road War EX-FIRM. Mix them wherever your wheels get the most wear.
If grip levels on the track are good, you might consider switching altogether for a complete set of Road War EX-FIRM. On a track offering it some grip, the Road War EX-FIRM should have more speed than just about any wheel out there.