: I once had a base this short. I mounted it like shown in the pictue, i.e. flush with the rear. I has the problem you described. i.e. too little stability in front. Didn't like it at all and got me a longer base.
: So there seem to be at least three schools of thought:
: - long base
: - short base flush with rear
: - short base flush with front (there are some french and canadian roller skaters doing it this way)
I have a short base and the plate is kinda centered. So its between the 2nd and 3rd one I guess. Does allow me to get on my toes well and dampens any hits of rocks. I think I might try a full base plate for skatepark next time around. I dont get on my toes, least not now. Would it interfere with carving the bowls? Does it cause the skates to rattle?
After taking my art boots on the asphalt, I really dont recommend the short plates flush to the rear nor metal plates either!