I am looking to replace wheels on CCM skates.
They are used mostly for street hockey and sometimes for outdoor (cement rink) hockey.
I will be getting 84A wheels in 72-76-76-80 configuration.
The question is - which brand should I go with?
I see kryptonics, labeda, rinkrat, hyper, revolution, and many more.
Which brand(s) do you folks think is better?
Personally I go with the Labeda's or Hyper's. I have used Kryptonic's and rink rat's in the past and they are mainly meant to be used on inline floors.
Labeda's and Hyper's are all around wheels, if you are looking to play inside and outside don't use 84A, the best for both and is totally borderline are the 78A's - 82A's, 78A's are mostly common among recreational skaters.
If I were you I'd go for harder, 82A+ wheels. I'd rather slip a bit indoor then have my wheels completely shredded by asphalt. Red Star makes these great 86A wheels for outdoor asphalt play, if you can find them they last forever.
I recently bought a set of Rink Rat V333, which are labeled as 84A. Once I skate on them I'll give a review.
I hear nothing but praise for the Labeda Asphalt wheels.
Any thoughts on if they would be appropriate for lighter teenagers,
say between 100 - 120 lbs?
Also, are the asphalts 84A?
I weigh about 140lbs and the labedas (which are 84a) are perfect for an outdoor surface like asphalt. The main thing they have going for them is an insane amount of durability. These suckers take forever to wear down.
88a? Doesn't that seem almost TOO hard? I imagine it would be great for asphalt and msot outdoor surfaces but if he ever played on something resembling a smooth surface he would wipe out.
Right, that's why I replied to someone saying the Labeda were the best out-door wheels. They're great wheels, I was just pointing out something I'd found that work great for outdoor play. It would be, obviously, unwise to use them on a nice indoor surface.
I recently bought a pair of Mission BSX skates. They came with Mission BSX 83A wheels. Been using them on the street and smoother asphalt parking lots 3-4 times a week. I weigh about 140 and don't skate particularly hard. They started chunking within 2 weeks and were pretty much toast within a month.
IW is/was running a deal (free bearings) on Red Star wheels, so I got a set of Rockets (84A) to replace the stock wheels and after 2 weeks, they're barely scuffed. As important as wear, the new wheels/bearings have made the ride much better. With the stock wheels it felt like I was skating on marbles and the skates had very little glide. Even though the Rockets have a higher hardness than the BSX wheels, they feel like they're absorbing the bumps better and the new bearings glide forever.