|Biff, I have to disagree on a few of your points:
: Pros to inlines :
: 1) Less friction--more speed--higher airs
Nope. For example, René Hulgreen never regained the same height in his airs when he moved to inlines. And the likes of Raphael Sandoz remain unsurpassed. There are some inline skaters who really get some air. But that is purely athletic. Just look at their upper torsos. ;-)
: 2) More ankle support
That's not a question of roller skate vs. inline but rather a matter of the boots you use. In what way do the boots I use offer less ankle support?
: 3) Availability
That's true, but it's not clear if that's an advantage. ;)
: 4) Parts easier to replace
: 5) No wheel bite
I'm not sure of that. Probably you discussed this with your crew and therefore I tend to believe this.
: 6) Easier to customize skates from prefab parts
True. But also not sure if that is an advantage.
: 7) More tricks to do on ledges and rails
Nope. It''s just that inline skaters do more tricks on ledges and rails. Which of those trick wouldn't be possible in principle on roller skates?
My presonal preference obviously lies with roller skates, but I do prefer inlines for hockey.