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hey guys it’s me Tiago the french inline
skater and today I was supposed to go to the skate park but it’s been raining for
a few days and the floor is totally wet so I have to switch to plan B! Today’s
video will be the difference between FREERIDE skates and FREESTYLE skates. ‘trying to film the B roll! We’re doing our best, because it’s very cold here, we can’t even feel our fingers anymore! I think I’m gonna go back inside.. Because it’s just not possible to film today everything is wet and we can’t feel our fingers anymore I think I’ll have to film another day; I’m very sorry for this! the weather was extremely bad outside..
anyway let’s continue the video let’s compare FREERIDE skates to FREESTYLE skates! what is the difference between these two types of inline skates?
before telling the difference let me tell you what they have in common
let’s do this among all the different types of inline skates, freeride and freestyle skates are the categories that are the most similar.
and let me you explain why. if we compare them to Fitness skates they
both come with a shorter wheelbase what I mean by that, is when they come with
shorter frames with wheels that are extremely close to each other in order
to improve maneuverability. they both have been built with much tougher
materials resulting on a better power transfer and robustness because these
are the types of skates you’ll use to do stunts and tricks with ,so you’ll need
more resistant skates! they can also be tuned in almost every
way and they are very customizable as well you can remove and replace many parts of
this skates with different colors for example. now where is the real difference
between these two types of inline skates? is it just that freestyle skates are
slimmer and have carbon fiber? freeride skates usually come with a tough
plastic hardshell boot with a removable liner. this method has its
advantages and its downfalls! I mean you have the advantage of being able to replace
the liners if they’re worn out or if you want to use a different model or brand.
but it’s an extra moving part of your skates and it will reduce your precision
a little bi. don’t worry it’s nothing dramatic ! if you’ve never used a
freestyle skate before chances are you’ve never noticed that because in
general the liners fit very well with the boots! it’s just that when you try to
execute some precise tricks, you’ll feel a little difference between these two
types of inline skates and the hardshell boot makes your skate very resistant! you
can fall and not be worried about your skates!
they have been built like a tank! we have some exceptions like we’ve
rollerblade metroblade GM for example! non removable liner and carbon fiber
base. on the other hand most freestyle skates come if a semi soft boot with a non-removable liner! we have some exceptions like seba high –
not the high light nor the high light carbon, but the regular high. this one has a
removable liner the boots are made with finer materials and carbon fiber is more
present in this category . the boots are also very close to your foot as well
they are narrower but don’t crush your feet. now why do we use carbon fiber and
non removable liners? I like to say that freestyle skates are freeride skates on
steroids! they have been made for precision. they
use carbon fiber and narrow boots with built in liners in order to be the most
precise possible. the carbon fiber makes them extremely responsive to every
movement of your body! it’s so stiff that everything will do will be directly
transferred to the wheels. this is also used for speed skates where the athletes want the best power transfer possible this type of construction makes them
lighter as well. now for the frames both of these skates come with a very stiff
frame that is very robust and deliver and exelent power transfer and they are
removable! you can replace them with other models and brands! freeride skates
usually come with 243mm frames and 80 millimeters
wheels. for freestyle skates size does matter you will get different frame
length depending on your skate size. for example my skate size is 38 ( EUR ) and i
used 231mm frames with 76 millimeters wheels so i’ll be
able to have an adequate maneuverability based on my size. many freestyle skaters
also like to rocker their skates! they usually use the Full Rocker. It’s when you
use a smaller wheel on the front and back of your frames. with most frames you
have to do it manually but some frames already come with a full rocker effect.
they are called pre-rockered frames alright freeride skates and freestyle skates
are very capable types of inline skates even if they have been made with some
disciplines in mind you can do almost everything you want with these skates! don’t
be blocked by the names of the categories, all right? most freeride skates
are usually cheaper than freestyle skates and they are very capable so I really
recommend freeride skates to all the inline skaters! and if you’re hesitating on
choosing your first pair of skates, I recommend you to choose this category!
I made a video where I suggest my top 9 inline skates for beginners! I’ll
give you a link right here I hope you enjoyed this episode! don’t forget to
subscribe and please help me make inline skating more popular by sharing this video
to your friends !you can change everything!
think about it! all right guys see you in the next episode! I forgot to bring the script that I wrote, so I’ll do total freestyle.. As I’m a freestyle skater, I think it’s gonna be allright … (BADUM-TSS) – You’re playing with words now? -yea


  1. Now the difference in wheel sizes also… I'm using a full rocker on my highlights but I'm wanting to either mount a Seba GT100 frame or go for a tri frame and mount either 100s or 110s.
    Still trying to figure out what I want for skating around the streets as it's too hard on 76/80s

  2. you might wanna start make your videos episodical, with headings in capitals, so you can actually distinguish between types of videos, having different styles and put them in playlist, etc… if you want, of course 🙂

  3. Ok! Now I know I want a freeride for my secondary pair. Thanks for the info Tiago. You even used my ideal pair as the example. Love those FR1 in white, especially after I saw “The Finch” on Ricardo Lino’s channel when he was in Barcelona.

  4. K Tiago, you're funny and everything but you better have apologize to Moana for being a good friend and make him stand out in the cold with you

  5. I started on cheap fitness skates just over ten months ago, I've worked my way up to Red SEBA High Lights after hearing such good things from you and other youtubers about SEBA, I've been so happy with my purchase.
    I recently got the Flying Eagle Ego frame in Red which is rockerable and the difference I feel turning and such is amazing.
    I can't wait to get into the summer and start street skating again. I have my eye on some cheap old style FR1's as my next purchase, I'll put my old Deluxe frame on them and going to swap all the silver parts onto my highlights to match my Ego frame. Thanks for all the help, you've made me such a better skater with your suggestions. Keep it up Tiago

  6. thank you so much tiago you helped me to be a better skater ,your videos are amazing . keep up with the good work .

  7. Just for noobs, remember the screws are made from poor metal so be careful when configuring your wheel setup. I’d recommend buying new screws with stronger metal. Also be prepared for a situation where you strip the screw and can’t get the screw out. if that happens you’ll need to visit a garage or workshop with a drill and specialised bit. Screws and wheels are what are going to set you back money wise so be aware of that.

  8. Hey tiago please make a video on you are skating in freeride skates you have why I am saying because some of the people can not afford pro Skates so you can say them It is possible to skate with free ride skates u can change everything thing think about it… Oh sorry I said your line z😋😅;-)

  9. I wanna go for the Powerslide Swell 125 Trinity, is it worth to replace the basic trinity frame for the pro trinity frame? i ask this because where i wanna order them you can customize the skates and the frame is one of the parts they can replace for you.

  10. Question. Should I get Freestyle skates or Fitness. I don’t do many tricks but I want to go fast and be able to have a lot of control. Any recommendations? (I’ve been skating ever since I can remember)

  11. hello, I leave my channel I make videos on roller skating among other things, I hope you like and subscribe

  12. Sympa la vidéo, même si je dois avouez que j'ai un peu de mal à suivre en anglais mais c'est bien au moins je le travaille 😉 Continue ce que tu fais j'adore 😛

  13. Hey… Brother I'm from INDIA and I loves to do skating while earlier I'm having roller skates with boots attached to it but now I wanna switch to inline skates after a very long time…. like say around 7 yrs but here is the maine problem I'm facing to purchase a inline skates for me so plz recommend me some very good stuf to go for in freestyle or free ride skates my size is 8 accordingly please help me out to purchase the best for me please mention the name of the brand and size and lastly I just love ur style of doing skates…. please help me as soon as possible bro.

  14. I am Suresh from India I need inline skates in a low price with good quality and my size is 39-43 can u prefer anything good one to me to buy

  15. Could I use Bauer Vapor Xr400 skates as skates just to skate indoors and have a few jump competitions

  16. Bro i am New beginner but i want freestyle skate.. i don't know what is good? which to choose? What should i Use? i want to Use freestyle skate always as going here and there … which skate will be good for me??? Please suggest mee….bro

  17. What the difference from Seba high to the Seba high light/carbon? Are they a hybrid from the FRX and High light or totally different? My other question is the the FRX different for the FR1 and FR2?

  18. The lowdown (especially for newbies), as best I can tell:

    1. Recreational and fitness inlines are very similar. Many folks – like myself – start or have started on recreational inlines. Kids' inlines are more apt to be recreational, I'd think. Both recreational and fitness will have longer frames (the part that attaches to the boot and holds the wheels in place). They also tend to have removable heel brakes for learning or using the heel brake.

    2. Freerides and freestyles would probably both be classified as free skates. Freerides and freestyles both have shorter frames that are better for slalom, skate jamming and tricks. Freestyles sometimes have rockered frames (banana-curved, like surfboards). Great for turning and tricks, bad for newbies who don't have great balance. Freestyles with flat frames can get a rockered configuration by using smaller wheels for the toe and heel wheels. Freerides are apt to have flat frames but should be able to accommodate a rockered configuration through different-sized wheels, like the freestyles. So, the main difference in the end is probably going to be the higher-performance boot of the freestyle. Now, other folks may call both Tiago's freestyles and freerides as "free skates" or "freestyles". How, then, are they differentiated? Tiago's freestyles would then be known as "slalom freestyles" or "slalom (free) skates". Non-slalom-specific free skates might be known as urban skates, for example. But honestly, look at the quality of the boot, and consider whether or not the liner is removable, whether or not abrasion pads can be replaced, what material the cuff /outer shell is made of – in other words, consider quality. Slalom free skates – Tiago's freestyles – are pricey for a reason.

    3. Tiago recommends freerides (basic flat- / non-rockered-frame free skates) for beginners. I learned on recreational skates. I think Tiago is right, if you want to get into slalom or jam skating (skate dancing). Recreational skates are good for touring, and I can do some slalom and skate jamming on mine (Rollberblade Macroblade 80, women's in my case). It's hard for me to say which would have worked better for my daughter and / or me, because I think that my daughter and I may have benefitted from the somewhat longer frames of the recreational skates, vs. the free skates we did not have as newbies. I do, however, recommend flat-framed free skates (i.e., freerides) with a removable heel brake. Heel braking is a fairly powerful form of braking when used properly. Admittedly, it does take a practice to learn to use it well, like learning to brake on a bike, in a car, or on a motorcycle. The heel brake should be removable – and changeable to the other boot / leg, if you need that. So, you should be able to remove it as you gain confidence as a skater and find yourself branching out to various stopping methods.

    4. Tiago used a triskate frame on his freeskate in the video. Triskates have three wheels per boot / frame and are generally for speed / touring / cruising trails. Tiago probably could have mounted a four-wheeled frame on the same boot, depending on mouting configuration and frame availability. Speed skates can also have five wheels per skate.

    5. Just as there is a rockered (banana-curved down, toward the middle) configuration commonly used on freestyles / slalom skates, so is there an anti-rockered configuration (small wheels toward the middle) used on aggressive skates. Aggressive skates should also have a grind gap / "grind block" in the middle for grinding coping at the skate park. On my aggressive skates, I am actually only skating on two wheels, like on a rockered slalom frame, except that my outer wheels – rather than my inner ones – are the larger ones touching the ground. I'm sure it would be much easier to carve / turn sharper turns on slalom skates. It is challenging on aggressive skates, both because of the wheel setup, but also because of the blocky wheels used in aggressive skating. They do, however, provide good stability. I do not, however, recommend aggressive skates for complete beginners – maybe after a beginner has mastered a number of basic skills, including non-heel-brake braking techniques. Also, unlike with recreational skates that have unisex / men's, women's and children's sizes, aggressive skates tend to come in adult unisex sizes. This is probably often the case for many types of inline skates. For me personally, it hasn't yet been a huge deal being a lady and wanting to learn aggressive and slalom.

    6. Roller hockey skates rely on a variant of a rockered wheel setup.

    7. Inline figure skates exist. They're called Pic Skates. They have some sort of small wheel or stopper at the toe, no heel brake, and 3-4 wheels, seemingly of about the same size. Yes, you can learn inline figure skating as your skills progress, if you want.

    8. You can rocker a triskate by having smaller wheels for the toe and heel wheels.

    9. Aggressive, slalom, roller hockey and pic inline figure skates probably tend not to have heel brakes. We tend to use other braking techniques in those situations for maneuverability and safety.

    10. There are variations in terms of size, shape profiles and hardness levels of wheels in the various skating disciplines. It would be best to learn which would be most appropriate for your skating discipline (skating style) and skates.

    11. It is recommended to rotate your wheels to even wheel wear over time. After a while, you do end up replacing the wheels and bearings. Also, if you have removable frames, be sure to check your screws every once in a while. Obviously, stop and check your skates if you notice anything amiss. One time, I cleaned the dust off my bearings and did not fully secure a wheel. I got a clicking sound as I skated briefly on that one skate right afterward. Once I noticed this and fixed it, problem solved. = )

    12. Many bearings are sealed, meaning there is no need to service them, other than wiping the dust off of them every once in awhile. To do this, I do take mine out of the frame and then put them back.

    13. Bearings come in different speeds and qualities. Higher ABEC ratings may mean higher speeds and quality, but not necessarily. There are other rating systems, too, like Swiss, for example.

    14. Ceramic bearings still rust out, due to the metal housing of the bearings. And, the ceramic ones may or may not be able to withstand hard landings.

    15. Lastly, roller skis also exist, if you'd like to practice skiing in the off-season. Slalom inline skating may lend itself well to developing downhill / alpine skiing skills. Food for thought, as your skating progresses. = )

  19. im start in 26 y.o. and myu first sc. is SEBA HIGH LITE BLACK. Now is the 2nd season and i change my bearings and wheels to the SEBA Luminous LED and BSB SWISS bearings…

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