|I am starting to realize that it is all about preference. I grew up skating on some stock Chicago skates that were probably never meant for vert, but they worked for me. I skated my entire skate life with tiny little trucks and I was fine with it. I know that a lot of the old school skaters have just thrown together their set up and made it work for them. I don't think skates were ever designed for vert and it seems everyone just adapts to what they have or create what they want. As far as wheels go, it really depends on what you want. I would suggest that since you are fairly new at skating vert that you should not worry about your wheels too much. Skateboard wheels are typically harder, which gives you more speed. If you are not doing huge airs, then I would not worry too much about the fastness of your wheels. I recently started skating on custom skates from rollergirl and they have 52mm 101 hardness wheels. I find them to be a little slippery and not fast enough. They also get flat spots very easily. I am going to buy some 60mm bones bowl riders. I would say that you can get by with almost any outdoor wheel. I think that I have ridden on such basic skates for so long that I don't think it matters too much. Just ride what feels comfortable and buy new equipment when you need it. I think most of the good skaters out there could skate on just about any skates as long as they are comfortable. I am currently looking for more speed because I am getting into carving really fast and the faster the better for me.
: Is there much of a difference if you have the same compound and same hardness? I have roller bones roller skating wheels which I was told they have the same compound as the bones skateboard wheels. I have no complaints about them. The only difference I can tell is that they are flat, more narrow and dont have the rounded sides. Is there a difference on ramps?
: The reason I am asking is I got my $5 Oak street skates in the mail today, they FIT! GOOD too!! They have wider trucks, between its about 2 1/2", from wheel to wheel 5 1/4" wide. So I can handle the narrow ramp trucks or stay with these. The axels are off centered, but if I can center them, I'm sure they would take skateboard wheels.
: The plates are heavy. Right now they give my foot comfortable and flexible ankle support so think I can skate now this weekend, more support then my speed boots and much more comfortable and flexible then the other hockey boots where my foot was swimming around. I was thinking of trying to put these trucks on my probe plate. Its a standard kingpin setup which I am not fond of though. But I am LOVING the wider longer trucks that these have! I feel soooo stable, solid on these.
: But since they are heavy and not as maneuverable as my speed boots, I think I will keep them as street skates. Love them!