View Full Version : Polished concrete surface - best wheels
07-30-2006, 08:58 PM
My son plays roller hockey on a shiny / polished concrete surface, it seems very slippery compared to a wood or sport court. He has Mission He5000 skates which come with red "Hyper Formula G eras 76A". He is constantly sliding and falling over. He weighs about 60lb.
What wheels would improve the grip.
07-30-2006, 10:16 PM
i cant really think of anything.. hes just really light and concrete is slick.
74a will help but i dont know of a specific brand
07-31-2006, 12:09 AM
Try this, purchase the wheels as soft as you can. Then keep a small towl, bring a bottle of windex, every or every other shift spray the windex on the towel then wipe the wheels with windex. It will help him stick to the floor. I used to do it in carson city nevada, on the sportcourt, because the floor would get moist during winter. and it would really help us push off. It really works I am not making this up.
Smarter than the puck<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Alvare71 on 07/30/06 11:11 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
07-31-2006, 03:34 PM
The RHI teams always used to do that...
"The defenseman formerly known as #11"
07-31-2006, 03:46 PM
yep, your right thats where I learned it. When I was at the Oakland Skate training camp.
Smarter than the puck
try different wheels..it's not all the durometer...compounds vary quite a bit....is it painted concrete or just smooth...if painted the old "Mr Stickies"...(from Hyper???) used to work well, but so did the Formula G's you are using...it's been a while...
08-01-2006, 06:44 AM
Thanks for the responses, we will give windex a try this weekend. The concrete is just polished, unpainted. I suppose its like the floor in Home Depot.
08-01-2006, 07:15 AM
Mr.Stickies all the way
I have seen where a harder durometer was more effective on some concrete floors....the Labeda Gripper Snapper 74's actually eroded as you tried to get grip...the 78's worked better....and this was for 10-11 year olds at USARS Nationals one year. It was painted concrete, but they used sand in the paint so it was very abrasive..however if you have a truly polished concrete floor, with little grainy texture, then the Mr. Stickies are probably the way to go...if anything will stick. I have seen 74's that would not stick on any floor...they were soft enough, and to the touch felt like they should be sticky..but they just would not grip...not even on a wood floor..crazy....This was an "off brand" special....I found out why lol.
08-04-2006, 10:25 AM
Try Rink Rat World Cup Outdoor Wheels or the VT 733 or 333.
03-03-2007, 05:41 PM
go with the mr stickies...obviously by my name i would reccomend them. or u can go with labeda grippers, they r both good, and also the home depot floor is very slick so i can see how he is falling so much, how long has he been playing? it may just be the experience, or if he cant hockey stop very well it may be that too.
03-04-2007, 09:49 AM
Your child is very light, with time he will learn to keep his weight over his feet. From my experience no wheel is going to flex for someone of his weight, some may work better but none will work they way they do for someone closer to 100 lbs. Give him time and he will learn.
03-04-2007, 11:23 PM
Didn't some of the RHI teams in 1993 spray a light coating of Coca-Cola on the concrete to improve stickiness... or am I crazy?
03-05-2007, 05:34 PM
Try Revision 74a gold Variants, or for even more grip 72a platinum Variants. However remember the softer the wheel the more the grip, but also the larger and softer the contact patch is, the quicker they will wear.
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