First, thanks to the peeps who administer this site; it's been a long time coming that we roller goalies finally get our own discussion forum.
Now, to the issue at hand: I'm not a particularly big guy (5'11", 180lbs), but I go through wheels quicker than a family of 12 goes through a roll of toilet paper. I think that my ice hockey background might contribute to how I beat the living hell out of my wheels (I push really hard into my wheels when I stop and change direction, similarly to how I'd dig into the ice with my blades). However, I'm religious about flipping and rotating my wheels after every couple of games to minimize wear and/or keep wear-patterns even.
With all that said, after having tried myriad brands, sizes and styles of wheels, I've mostly settled on the RR CrossBar- they're a good wheel relative to what else is out there (albeit expensive, at roughly $9 per wheel). However, even the set of Crossbars that are currently on my skates are beginning to breakdown after only about 25 games or so, probably because they're too soft a wheel for my bodyweight (recommended for goalies 160lbs and under).
I've considered going with a harder wheel in the hopes that
it can better support my weight, but then I would be sacrificing grip.
Is there any possibility that switching from the 59mm I currently use to a 47mm might give me a little more wheel life due to the added density of the wheel?
Or, does anyone else have any other ideas??