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Forget everything you know about liners, wheel setups, soul plates, grind plates, frame mounting, bearings, wheel profiles and sizes, bearing spacers, laces, H blocks, color ways and power straps.

What performance characteristics would the ideal trick-oriented inline skate for expert rollerbladers exhibit?

Wish list

Durability: nothing on the skate should break [unintentionally]

Solution(s): Strong, wear-resistant materials: UHMW, aluminum, carbon fiber applied with intention and minimalism. As few mechanical/hinged componenents as necessary.

Replaceability/Configurability: any part that wears out or needs to be another color or material should be replaced with ease. Skates should be customized trivially.

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Or, Mounting Standards Are Nuclear Fallout

What? UFS is great. I can put any frame design on any boot...sort of-just kidding-not really-not at all.

Aggressive inline skate mounting "standards" have only ever existed to empower customization impose proprietary limitations by baiting sales integration traps.

Not to optimize:

  • ride height
  • groove location and angle
  • frame bias
  • or to enable customization

Only to optimize sales.
Otherwise, nearly every boot-frame application would be crafted with slight differences based on individual preference, in much the same way wheel size, cuff height, footbeds, skin design or buckle/strap closures can be selected. There's ...

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Little equipment produced today is actually new or improved, save a few things. Most gear is molded plastic with 5-20000% production cost markup at retail, often shipped by those who don't actually make or even design anything and simply re-market logo-slapped colors or lines for nominal slave labor factories. There's an abundance of unwanted new or lightly used equipment for cheap or almost free that's otherwise landfill-bound. Price point—rather than experimental high-performance equipment—is necessarily produced to maximize revenue. The capital outlay for a truly new design dwarfs investment for a minimum run of open mold plastic with ...

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Wherein :

1. Valo, an imprint of Roces, "secretly" marketed skinned skates as blader-owned

2. ThemSkates, formerly Valo and now really a blader-owned company, markets unskinned skates

3. Buying a skate is then mistaken for buying a stake

4. One downloads and produces "DIY" marketing materials using the official Valo vector logo artwork

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...videos are always eventually released free of charge...

One For The Road - https://sellfy.com/p/MR3F/

Lost In Paris with Guillaume Le Gentil - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lu_gmXggyF4

ZONE - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKbatoYP3XM

Jon Lee SOBER - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpFg2m1cuWE

The Wizard of Wall Street - https://vimeo.com/193780710

Chris Farmer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9GTjsi3qO4

Iain Mcleod Surgical - https://vimeo.com/193215607

Haffey Vibralux - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Thw9z3mauS0

Alex Broskow Nowhere - https://vimeo.com/181266322

Geoff Phillip VOD - https://vimeo.com/202553378

Secret Project - https ...

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