|Photo of Shocker Khan by John Nyman|
Kingpins hold the trucks in place and run from the plate through the cushion cup (or retainer), top cushion, boss, bottom cushion, cushion cup, then the kingpin nut holds the whole shebang together. The angle that the kingpin comes out of the plate is very important and can run anywhere from 10 degrees to 45 degrees.
Roller skate plates are usually made from either nylon or aluminum. Nylon plates are nice and light, but break more easily than aluminum plates. Some plates are made from aircraft aluminum and are therefore super light and strong, but they can be pricey. If you are looking at replacing your current plates, know that there is no standardization of screw hole patterns so if you are changing brands or upgrading, you may need to have more holes drilled into your boot. Some manufacturers have lines of plates that have the same hole patterns, which makes it a lot easier to upgrade.
|PowerDyne Reactor Plate with|
Micro Adjustable Kingpins
|Bionic Super Stoppers|
Well, I think that is enough for now. If you have questions I haven't answered yet, don't hesitate to post it in the comments or send me an e-mail. I don't have all the answers, but I'll help you out if I can!
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Until we skate again,