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.

Marathon skating
Need: Roll, Rebound, Durability
Start with: Road War

Road War

With a full set of wheels like the Road War, 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 SurgeIf 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 Black Track 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: Street Fight

Street FightWith a complete set of Street Fight wheels you get great roll and a lot of grip. Street Fight 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.

Added Roll
For added roll, mix in a Road War or two. To maintain the Street Fight ‘feel’, place the Road War wheels in the 2nd and 3rd wheel positions.

Track skating
Most important: Grip, Durability, Acceleration
Start with: Black Track

Black TrackStarting with the Black Track, you’ve got a wheel that lets you skate tighter, harder, than any other wheel available. Black Track 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.

Added durability
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 Street Fight (for +durability) or Road War (for ++durability). Mix them wherever your wheels get the most wear.

Added roll
If grip levels on the track are good, you might consider switching altogether for Road War. On a track offering it some grip, the Road War should have more speed than just about any wheel out there.

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