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There are a couple of different chassis setups that you can choose from when it comes to creating your perfect inline skate.
Most inline hockey skates have a standard, straight four-wheel setup, where all the wheels on a chassis are the same size (usually either 76mm or 80mm).
However, the Hi-Lo chassis is becoming more popular with inline hockey players, featuring two larger back wheels and two smaller front wheels (meaning your two rear wheels are 80mm, and the two front wheels are 76mm). This aggressive setup puts you into a more forward skate pitch and boosts your acceleration — perfect for agile players that need to move quickly.
The short answer is: very important! Spacers fit between your skate wheels and allow you to tighten your axles properly while keeping the wheels free to spin.
The width of the axle you need for your inline skates depends on your chassis and the spacers you have. Most modern inline skates use 8mm axles, with older or elite skates using 7mm axles.
If you’re unsure what size axle to get, you can check by looking on your bearings for a number stamp. If your bearing has a ‘608’ stamp, you need 8mm axles. If your bearing is stamped with a ‘627’, then 7mm axles are the ones you should use.
While axles are super durable and should last you through a few wheel changes, the thread can wear out on them, or they can simply break in half.
Most inline hockey skate brands will recommend that you replace your axles with every wheel change, although this isn’t necessary every time unless you can see visible signs of wear on the parts of the axles that come into contact with the spacers.
If you’ve got an axle stuck in your frame, you should first try putting some lubricant over it and leaving it overnight. If it’s still not budging in the morning, take a hacksaw, cut a flat slot in the screw head, and take a flathead screwdriver to try and screw it loose.
If your axle is still stubborn, it’s time to get the drill out. Using a drill bit about the same size as the screw head, gently drill through the screw head until it comes off. You should then be able to push the axle through — but be careful that you don’t damage the frame.
Don’t fancy taking the power tools to your skates? Get in touch with us for advice or to book your skates in for repair by our skate experts.
Pick up all your roller hockey skate accessories, including axles, spacers, and frames, from Willies in Coventry! Order online or pop into our store for all your hardware and expert advice on maintaining your inline hockey skates.