|This is a stable setup that suits most
beginners and occasional rec skaters, providing good balance, speed
stability, but limited manoeuvrability. This setup is easiest to control
when practicing slides.|
|Benefits/Downsides: still quite good
speed capabilities and speed stability (you sacrifice a tad at the top
end), rotates a bit better. This position shifts your weight forwards,
keeping you in a perpetual sprint position. This can be very comfortable,
and can also be very helpful if you have problems with your weight
shifting backwards resulting in backwards falls. This setup works well for
slides, too, and allows extending the useful life of your wheels (see
comment on wheel rotation below).|
|Benefits/Downsides: you're rolling on
either 3 or 2 wheels. This means that you have less directional stability
at speed, a lower tolerance for speed wobble, but a better response to
rotational movement. A very good trade-off if you, for example, would like
to use the same setup for street and hockey
|Benefits/Downsides: a lot like the
front rocker above, but more extreme - you're on 2 wheels at all times!
This setup mimics an Ice Skate blade: |
This setup is mainly used for playing hockey, or for slalom; skating at higher speeds - and slides - become very hard to control. Frequently the wheel sizes are smaller than indicated here (I sometimes use 50-60-60-50) which provides a little bit more control (and less speed, which is not an issue here).
|Benefits/Downsides: Very similar to the
full rocker above, but with your weight more forwards, which brings your
ankles and knees into a more natural position and make intricate footwork
easier. This is my preferred setup for slalom/freestyle, and it allows
extended wheel use (see comment on wheel rotation
|This setup is only used in aggressive
skating. It provides easier access to the frame (which provides less
resistance and wears less) when grinding ledges & rails - frequently
the inner wheels are either very hard, or are replaced with hard plastic
blocks altogether, as they don't need to rotate at all. If used for
rolling then this setup is very similar to a flat setup, but with higher
wear on the two rolling wheels.|
|The Salomon FSK EA frames don't have
the axle holes on the same level - this is what Salomon calls a 'HiLo'
setup, but which, in reality, is a flat setup with different wheel sizes.
If you want to create any of the setups above on this frame you have to subtract twice the axle height difference (2mm on these frames) from the 'normal' wheel size (think about it... radius vs diameter...:), e.g. the same proper HiLo from above requires 80-78-72-70 wheels now.