hyper Cannibal Hyper 95 and
97A - 62mm
Width: 38mm (contact) -
concrete not tested - wood 6 - tiles 6
Although the Cannibal is recommended
for wood, its performance was the poorest there. The second I put my
foot on the ground, I felt it and it only got worse as I was testing
further. I felt very conscious of the lack of grip during crossovers,
weaving and jumping/stepping on the side.
It performed a tiny bit better on tiles. I didn't try on concrete. Probably
due to their hardness (95 and 97A), they were not grippy at all on wood,
to the point of skidding sideways without even pushing hard. They are
to me very uncomfortable and don't allow you to do well what you know
you can do.
On each account tested, it only scored 1 or 2, never 3.
I won't put a link to buy it as I do not recommend it at all.
The Fugitive 93A is also recommended for wood but although much better
than the Cannibal, it didn't rate as high as the next 2. It was not
a sure grip for me! I didn't dislike it but didn't like it either. It
didn't allow me to push hard or jump step to the side without a little
fear that they wouldn’t handle it. It scored the same on tiles,
an ok wheel that won't allow you secure strong moves.
I wouldn’t have chosen this brand name
if I were the manufacturer. They're ok but they're surely less grippy
than the Radar ladies. On fast crossovers I could feel a lack of grip
and I even felt it more during fast weaving, it was actually skidding
every now and then. No anchoring sensation but not a bad wheel, just
not good enough if you compare it to the 2 Radars.
No anchoring sensation during weaving on wood neither, I couldn't push
as as I wanted on fast crossovers, forward and backward. Jumping stepping
on the side was not as good either. For all slower situations, it is
perfectly fine.much as I wanted on fast crossovers, forward and backward.
Jumping stepping on the side was not asgood
either. For all slower situations, it is perfectly fine.
BUY NOW wheels or skates with Sure Grip Fugitive wheels
The Flat Outrageous 88A is a very good wheel for its price. It followed
the performance of the Mojo very closely. It's light and grippy, I liked
the nylon hub which allows for easier removal and placement of bearings.
It responds very well to going backward. I felt very confident that
they could handle most situations.
Very similar to the Mojo on most
accounts, except for the weaving where you feel less anchored. It didn't
affect at all the way I was weaving though, it was simply a difference
in sensation. Other than that, I loved this wheel and a combination
of Mojo and Flat outrageous works very well too.
I missed the ‘anchoring’ feeling going fast on wood and
I didn't feel as bullet proof as with the Mojo on Crossovers, hopping
side step actions but this wheel felt great backward, light and fast,
Nice performance, see Mojo on concrete. So if budget matters, this is
the one I would buy.
The Mojo 88A, the queen. She's a beauty. I couldn't fault it, it's grippy,
solid, gives you a nice sensation of being anchored to the ground. It
could handle any strong movements I was trying. It's the only time I
felt I could really push on my inside leg during crossovers as much
as I wanted, especially on wood. The only time I felt a bit awkward
on Mojos was going backward. I became aware of their heaviness and I
was not as smooth and swift as on Flat outrageous. But since we don't
go backward very often in derby, it's probably not a big deal. The metal
hub can be slightly annoying when replacing bearings but it may also
be responsible for the "anchoring" as the wheel is heavier
because of it.
The Mojo feels very anchored to the ground. When I tried them it felt
like when I first drove my all wheel drive Subaru. A feeling of staying
on the ground no matter how fast you go, how sharp you turn. Weaving
was excellent too. Having a Mojo on the inside back wheels during weaving,
especially during fast sharp turns is quite amazing. You definitely
feel the difference if you put a wheel of lesser quality there instead.
Don't ask me why it's not stated by the manufacturer that this wheel
is suited to wood because it is. It was brilliant on wood, all the things
said above were even more true on wood. I went as fast as I could in
this not too big school hall and I stayed attached to the ground at
every corner. It was actually the 1st time I felt I could push my inside
leg during crossovers as strongly as I wanted. Great feeling!
All the observations above were equally true on smooth concrete and
the differences between the Mojo and Flat Outrageous were minimal. They
both felt quite similar, a half point difference was noted in strong
crossovers and another half in weaving, very small difference in performance.
So if budget is not a problem, this is the one I would buy out the previous
Pulse 78A Atom Pulse 78A - 62mm
Width: 37mm (manufaturer)
concrete 17 - wood not tested - tiles not tested
The Outdoor Atom Pulse 78A.
I tried these wheels on smooth indoor concrete only. As you would expect,
the grip was amazing. I couldn't helping jumping around, up down left
right centre knowing that my landings will be safe. I really enjoyed
this sensation. Since all the wheels I tested so far have been 86 to
95A, I didn't test their speed because the difference was not noticeable
enough. With this wheel I could feel the difference in speed. Unfortunately
I was testing during a public session and couldn't test their speed
at that time. I will do it though to establish if the gain in grip is
worth the loss in speed or not.
or skates with Atom wheels
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Apart from the anchoring sensation that you get from the heaviest wheel
like the Mojo, the Heartless felt very similar to the Mojo on tiles.
It was more slippery on concrete but the difference may have been because
of its higher durametor rating. On wood, it was as good as the Mojo,
light, nice and grippy enough. Good wheel overall.
I was expecting lower grip being a 91A compared
to the Mojo 88A but this is a very nice wheel up there with the Mojo
and Heartless. The nylon hub allows for easy bearing replacement which
is nice (compared to the Mojo which annoys the hell out of me with its
beautiful looking but very rigid hub). The Madman's wider profile may
very well make up for its higher hardness (humm sounds sexy !!)
Energy 78A Radar Energy 78A - 28mm
Width: 28mm (contact) -
concrete 17 - wood 18 - tiles not tested
Now, why on earth would I want to
roll on outdoor wheels when I spend nearly all my time indoor on wood,
concrete or tiles? Because I had the feeling that I would be satisfied
by their performance indoor. And................ my feeling was right.
It has been a real pleasure to test this wheel and the one below (rated
and felt the same) on concrete and wood. They both rated hightly in
my tests. I had to add one more test though to make sure I was not fooling
myself into thinking they may be The One: SPEED TEST
The fair argument here is that Grippier
means Slower. So I decided to compare the Heartless to the Energy on
a 2 laps sprint. Result: same time. I'm not saying that on a long speed
race, the test would say the same, but for short outbursts as needed
in derby, there is no difference in speed. My theory here is the speed
you may loose on straight lines you gain in corners.
I can't fault those ones
on wood. They are hybrid and may be as good outdoor than they are on
indoor wooden floor. I haven't tested them outdoor or on concrete yet
but I loved them enough to buy myself a set. I'll be skating on those
for some time to come.
So far, the Winners on concrete are RADAR ENERGY,
BOUNCE BONES, ATOM PULSE followed closely by MOJO and MADMAN. But there
is a BUT (see below)
The Winners on wood are RADAR ENERGY, BOUNCE
BONES followed closely by MOJO, HEARTLESS, MADMAN and RADAR PHANTOM.
The Winners on tiles (I havent tested Bones,
Atom pulse and Madman) are MOJO followed closely by HEARTLESS and ENERGY.
The winners Energy and Bones lose a lot of their winners' qualities
when the floor is slightly dirty. The dust and particles on the floor
and attaching to the wheels make them all of a sudden way less grippy
whereas I haven't felt it as much with the Heartless or Mojo. So the
conclusion so far is if the floor is squeekly clean, our winners are
still it. But who can rely on floors being clean at all time?...