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Old August 15th, 2011, 08:17 AM
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Hey everyone, I'm brand new on here so I'm hoping this thread is going into the right place in this forum. I live in Utah where hockey/Roller Hockey isn't too prevelant, but I'm trying to get it going. I've got about 20 guys I invite every week and we play Roller Hockey indoors at a local rink/sport court every 2 weeks and people are hooked, it's great times. So this last time playing, I used some Labeda Dynasty (green wheels) that I had just gotten as a b-day gift. About 30 minutes into their first time being used they tore to pieces, especially the front left skate wheel. I was totally disappointed because I had been looking so forward to getting these bad boys and putting them to good use. Labeda is replacing them with their Addiction wheels, so I'm excited about that since they're SUPPOSED to be better. So I wanted to know what are the best wheels in everyones opinion for Indoor Sport Court Roller Hockey? And secondly, I have old Bauer Vapors from about 2005 (red shiny truck) and I'm missing the 'axle' both bolt and screw, does anyone have one or know where I can find 1? I lost 1 in taking off my crap wheel last time we played.
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Old August 15th, 2011, 10:56 AM
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Hey everyone, I'm brand new on here so I'm hoping this thread is going into the right place in this forum. I live in Utah where hockey/Roller Hockey isn't too prevelant, but I'm trying to get it going. I've got about 20 guys I invite every week and we play Roller Hockey indoors at a local rink/sport court every 2 weeks and people are hooked, it's great times. So this last time playing, I used some Labeda Dynasty (green wheels) that I had just gotten as a b-day gift. About 30 minutes into their first time being used they tore to pieces, especially the front left skate wheel. I was totally disappointed because I had been looking so forward to getting these bad boys and putting them to good use. Labeda is replacing them with their Addiction wheels, so I'm excited about that since they're SUPPOSED to be better. So I wanted to know what are the best wheels in everyones opinion for Indoor Sport Court Roller Hockey? And secondly, I have old Bauer Vapors from about 2005 (red shiny truck) and I'm missing the 'axle' both bolt and screw, does anyone have one or know where I can find 1? I lost 1 in taking off my crap wheel last time we played.
Sorry to hear about your wheels. If it's any consolation, the Addiction wheels are amazing and have my vote for best indoor wheel. I know several people that will only use the Addiction wheels now because how great they feel. I am not exactly sure what axle your referring to, but we have several axles on our site that might work for you. Here is a link to those: http://www.inlinewarehouse.com/Rolle...-SKRFRAME.html
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Old August 15th, 2011, 11:36 AM
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Sorry to hear about your wheels. If it's any consolation, the Addiction wheels are amazing and have my vote for best indoor wheel. I know several people that will only use the Addiction wheels now because how great they feel. I am not exactly sure what axle your referring to, but we have several axles on our site that might work for you. Here is a link to those: http://www.inlinewarehouse.com/Rolle...-SKRFRAME.html
Awesome! That's great to hear man, they're supposed to be here tomorrow so that gets me even more excited to see what the Addictions are all about. I was actually on your site last night and didn't find the axles I was looking for. They're the Bauer Vapors from 2004-2005ish with the Rocker and so the head of the bolt end of the axle has a rectangular shape that fits right into the groove of the rocker. Do you have anything along those lines that might work? I'd only need one, do you allow for single axle purchases?
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Old August 15th, 2011, 10:33 PM
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I <3 Labeda Addictions!! Only wheel i will ever use period.!
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Old August 16th, 2011, 04:44 AM
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I <3 Labeda Addictions!! Only wheel i will ever use period.!
Mine should be here today so I'm stolked about it...wondering what makes them so good compared to other wheels? Am I going to be able to turn just as well in them as I was HOPING to be able to in my Labeda Dynasty's?
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Old August 18th, 2011, 01:14 PM
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s'all bout rink rats hornets pwn addictions all day
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Mine should be here today so I'm stolked about it...wondering what makes them so good compared to other wheels? Am I going to be able to turn just as well in them as I was HOPING to be able to in my Labeda Dynasty's?
Here is the description from our site. It explains the wheel pretty well:

The Labeda Addicition wheel offers a new concept in wheel making. The Addiction wheel is an indoor wheel designed for tile surfaces (ie Sport Court), but it has an outer urethane hardness between 83-86A! That's right, an indoor wheel with an outer hardness harder than most outdoor wheels. So you know the durability and the speed is going to be incredible with these wheels and they should be at this price. The question is though, how's the grip? Well, that's where Labeda's top secret urethane combinations and inner core design take over and deliver unbelieved grip. These Addiction hockey wheels grip more than some of the softest wheels on the market! The Labeda Addiction wheel offers unsurpassed, all-around speed and grip.
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Here is the description from our site. It explains the wheel pretty well:

The Labeda Addicition wheel offers a new concept in wheel making. The Addiction wheel is an indoor wheel designed for tile surfaces (ie Sport Court), but it has an outer urethane hardness between 83-86A! That's right, an indoor wheel with an outer hardness harder than most outdoor wheels. So you know the durability and the speed is going to be incredible with these wheels and they should be at this price. The question is though, how's the grip? Well, that's where Labeda's top secret urethane combinations and inner core design take over and deliver unbelieved grip. These Addiction hockey wheels grip more than some of the softest wheels on the market! The Labeda Addiction wheel offers unsurpassed, all-around speed and grip.


are these new addiction wheels going to be better for players like me (approx 220 pounds)? I have been breaking alot of rink rats lately and its the only wheel I have ever used
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Pshhh rr splits? Come one? Those wheels did not last me at all, id say about 1 tourny which was about 4 games. Addictions last me about 13!!
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Pshhh rr splits? Come one? Those wheels did not last me at all, id say about 1 tourny which was about 4 games. Addictions last me about 13!!
I am speaking specifically for my weight though, I want to make sure I get something that is more made specifically for my size not just the brand name, I know addictions have a good rep
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I am speaking specifically for my weight though, I want to make sure I get something that is more made specifically for my size not just the brand name, I know addictions have a good rep
My good friend is about your size and he uses the Orange (Harder) Addiction wheels and they work great for him.
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I am speaking specifically for my weight though, I want to make sure I get something that is more made specifically for my size not just the brand name, I know addictions have a good rep
I'm only 160 lbs. and the Labeda Dynasty's that I used for 30 minutes before they obliterated were meant for 190 lbs or less. I'm using my Addictions that Labeda personally replaced/upgraded for me tomorrow and will let you know how it goes but from what I have heard and researched, they sound like a perfect wheel for your size as well. I have yet to hear a bad thing about them.
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You will not go wrong with the orange addictions. Even when they start to get cracks down the center (after about 6 months of hard use) they still hold together well, I haven't ever seen one chunk out. You know when you need to replace them because the superb grip they have just suddenly fades and they then turn into a good wheel with ok grip. At this stage I generally pass them onto to others in greater need or keep a few as back ups for training.
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Thanks all, the XXX Hornets I got new with my T8's had them for not even 2 months and 3 wheels have broken in half. I haven't broken any of the splits yet though, but good to know what wheel I should go with when I get some extra cash
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They should last! Get the orange addictions, i think they are 78A which should hold up.
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Thanks all, the XXX Hornets I got new with my T8's had them for not even 2 months and 3 wheels have broken in half. I haven't broken any of the splits yet though, but good to know what wheel I should go with when I get some extra cash
Yeh, those XXX Hornets are a real lemon. I'm around 180lb's and I chunked the red axxx hornets on my Rbk 9ks and the black xxx hornets on my CCM V10's inside of 3 weeks, and that's on a sports court.
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They should last! Get the orange addictions, i think they are 78A which should hold up.
Labeda replaced my Dynasty's with the RED addictions, are these 76A Durometer? Is that the difference between Orange and Red?
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It depends what is written on the wheel. If it has 225 on it then these are for a skater 170lbs+ (78A), if it has 160 then these are for a player 170lbs and under (76A).

afaik orange only came in the 225, red comes in 160 and 225 but the 160 is only for 72mm wheels? Someone from IW might clarify this if I'm wrong. I've also got some black addictions that are 225 rated.

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It depends what is written on the wheel. If it has 225 on it then these are for a skater 170lbs+ (78A), if it has 160 then these are for a player 170lbs and under (76A).

afaik orange only came in the 225, red comes in 160 and 225 but the 160 is only for 72mm wheels? Someone from IW might clarify this if I'm wrong. I've also got some black addictions that are 225 rated.
So I looked into these numbers on the wheels and it is a bit confusing. Basically Labeda printed the center graphic prior to finalizing the wheels so all the Addictions at first had 225 printed on them, which indicated the recommended max weight. They decided it would be best to pour the wheel with two hardnesses so the first round of Red Addictions had 225 printed on them rather than 160.

Long story short, the Red Addiction is a 76A or a 160 rating and the Orange is a 78A or a 225 rating.

Hope that clears things up a bit.
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i have the same "which wheel is best question." im going to playing outdoors on a really smooth rink. not asphalt, kinda like a tennis court type surface. i just got reebok 8k inlines and im guessing the hornets wont last me too long since theyre an indoor wheel. just some basic info, im 150lbs, 5'8", and an experience ice hockey player, brand new to roller.
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