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ABEC: A bearing rating that stands for Annular Bearing Engineering Committee which developed the rating. Bearings can be rated from 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 with a rating of 9 having the most precision in the manufacturing. Stock aggressive skates usually come with ABEC 3 or ABEC 5 bearings. Some bearings such as Swiss style bearings are not rated under the ABEC rating because of the way that they are designed even though they often function better and smoother than ABEC rated bearings. (Bearing Section)
Aggressive Skate: An inline skate/rollerblade that is used for aggressive skating. Aggressive skates are designed to allow you to grind, slide, jump or perform any other maneuvers you can think of. (Aggressive skate section)
Allen Wrench: The standard aggressive skate tool with a hexagon head that is used to tighten and loosen frame bolts, t-nuts, cuff bolts etc. Most skates usually come with basic allen wrenches from the manufacturer but there are also multi function aftermarket tools that include allen heads. (Standard Allen
Razors Skate Tool)
Anti-Rocker Wheel: Anti-rocker wheels are small inner wheels that are used for grinding purposes only. Some anti-rocker wheels use bearings while others do not and some are made of hard urethane while others are made of hard plastics. (Anti-rocker wheel section)
Anti-Rocker Set Up: A frame and wheel set up where you have two regular sized wheels as your outer wheels and two smaller anti-rocker wheels as your inner wheels. This is the standard aggressive skate set up that most aggressive skaters use.
Back Slide Plate: Is located between the soul frames on the outer side of the skate. It helps you balance your royale tricks. It is always good to get a groove in the backslide plate because then you will lock into the groove that you are comfortable with. (Razor backslide plates,Remz backslide plates)
Bearing: Bearings are what allow your wheels to roll smoothly. Each wheel requires two bearings which fit into the wheel and allow it to rotate when the wheel rolls along the ground. (Bearing section)
Bearing Oil/Lubricant: In order for bearings to function at their maximum efficiency, they need to be lubricated from time to time with a bearing oil or cream. Bearings only require a very small amount of lubricant and rollerbladers often make the mistake of apply too much lubricant. Bearings that are cleaned, require an application of bearing lubricant in order for them to function properly. (Bones Swiss Speed Cream, Sonic Super Bearing Oil)
Bearing Spacer: Located in between the two bearings inside of a wheel the purpose of a bearing spacer is to add support to the inner structure of the wheel. The size of the bearing spacer depends on your frame axle size. (6mm bearing spacer, 8mm bearing spacer)
Boot Only: Skates sold without frames, wheels and bearings for customers who already have those items are want to purchase aftermarket parts separately. (Boot only section)
Boot Shell: Basically the skeleton of a skate. The liners, cuffs, soul plates, backslide plates, laces and frames are all attached to the shell. Manufacturers attach these parts to the shell in different ways depending on the design of their skates where some parts are permanently attached to the boot shell while others can be removed and replaced. (Razor Genesys shell)
Buckle: The buckle is located on the Cuff of your skate. Its purpose is to tighten the cuff so that your foot stays in place while skating. (Razor buckles, Valo buckles)
Buckle Receptor: The Buckle Receptor is located on the cuff. Its purpose is to catch the buckle in a ratcheting fashion so that the buckle stays in place.
Buckle Screws: These screws hold the buckle and cuff receptor to the cuff. Some buckles and receptors are riveted to the cuff.
Cuff: Upper part of the skate that keeps the liner from "over flexing". The buckle is attached to the cuff so you can loosen and tighten it to what comforts you the best. (Razor cuffs, Remz cuffs)
Flat Set-Up: A frame and wheel set up where you have all 4 equal sized wheels touching the ground per skate.
Frame: The frame holds the wheels and bearings in place and is attached to the skate boot by two frame bolts. The frame is also what you use to slide on when you grind an object and is what helps you to lock on to it. (Frame section)
Frame Axles: Frame axles are located on the frame and are used to hold the wheel in place on the frame. In the past axles were mainly 6mm in diameter but now most companies use 8mm size ones for the extra strength they provide. (GC 8mm axles, Valo axles, RB axles)
Mounting T-Nut: Your frame bolts screw into the mounting t-nuts to attach the frame to skate. Every skate uses 2 mounting t-nuts which are usually located underneath your liners in the shell but are sometimes located outside of the shell in the
midsouls, depending on the skates design.
Midsoul: A Midsoul is a type of soul plate which has been given a different name. The midsoul usually has grind inserts that fit into it that provide the surface area that you grind on. (Valo midsouls, Rollerblade midsouls)
Soul Plate: The soul plate is attached to the bottom of the boot between the skates shell and frames. Soul plates are what aggressive skaters use to grind on and perform soul grinds. Soul plates come in a variety of designs and shapes depending on the brand and model of skate. They also may be called midsouls and/or grind inserts. (Razor Genesys soul plates, Deshi soul plates)
T-Nut: The t-nut is a two piece set which consists of a small bolt and nut. These two pieces screw in together and hold the soul plate onto the boot shell. (Razor T-Nuts)
UFS ( Universal Frame System ): The standard spacing between the two frame bolts on aggressive skates so that you can easily put aftermarket frames on your UFS skates. All of the major aggressive skate and aggressive skate frame companies are all
UFS. This includes Razors, Remz, Valo, USD, Xsjado, Deshi, Rollerblade,
Nimh, K2, Roces, 5050, Ground Control, Kizer, Able and Mook. We highly recommend that you DO NOT buy any NON UFS aggressive skates which would be the no name brands sold at the sporting good or big box stores.
Wheel: The wheels are located on the frame of the skate and are used to roll on. The wheels vary in size. The wheels come in sizes 52mm-59mm. Skaters who skate with small wheels tend to skate "flat" rather than "freestyle" or with "anti-rockers". (Wheel Section)