Need help with wheels

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  1. waffledave

    waffledave waffledave, from hf

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    Hey guys, I'm currently using Rink Rat Hot Shots, and they are really great but are too soft for outdoor play. I really like the Rink Rat designs, but the outdoor Rink Rats are pretty expensive.

    What are your suggestions for a good outdoor wheel comparable to Rink Rats? I play 2-3 times a week, about. I've heard that the Hyper Pro outdoor wheels aren't too bad (very inexpensive) but they are kinda slow. Also, would the bearings I'm using now be usable if I bought a set of wheels that weren't Rink Rats or would I have to buy new bearings with the wheels?
     
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    What type of outdoor floor? If is just asphalt almost any 88a wheel is going to be pretty fast and pretty cheap.
     
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    Yeah, it's asphalt. Would the bearings I'm using with my rink rats be good for most other wheels?
     
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    most bearings can be used with any wheel...except if the wheels have a mini core(i believe thats what its called) basically the bearings wont fit but you should be able to tell just looking at the wheels
     
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    Outdoors are you playing on a smoothly paved rink made for hockey (boards are a good sign for smooth pavement) or is it something more like a playground surface like a basketball court?

    If it is smooth I'd go with a much much softer wheel than 88a, probably around a 78-80 because it could feel slick with a hard wheel. As for a more rough surface I've had good luck with 84a's that lasted a while. If you're using a puck, it's probably a smoother surface where you'll need more grip. The higher the "a" number, the longer they'll last and the faster they'll be but, trust me, if your wheels are too hard for the surface it will be hard to push off, turn, stop, etc.
     

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