SwedeHurt wrote:i have nylon plates, been skating on them for 2yrs, I love them, and I am around 170 pounds
My friends at Pioneer Valley went through a period when male and female players of varying weights cracked Powerdyne Torqs (also known as the Thrust). IIRC, most of the cracks were right behind the toe stop. In one instance, the pivot cup cracked and the truck popped out of it, rotating 90 degrees and creating a potentially dangerous situation that fortunately the skater recovered from. There was also another break I was told about where the toe stop socket separated from the plate.RefInPeace wrote:Curious to know who's had nylon plates crack due to weight issues.
Q: People ask me the difference between nylon and aluminum plates and I remind them of what it is like trying to cut meat with a plastic knife versus a metal knife. It is hard to carve a turn in a nylon plate, or at least it was for me when I was skating on them three years ago. They eventually warped, then did wonky things under my feet. Doesn't nylon, as a material, ultimately wear out and cause the plate to torq?
A: Nylon plates in any design are not built for Derby. They are inexpensive and are very cost effective for a beginning Derby player or roller rink skater who goes round and round once a week. Nobody skating competitively or professionally skates on nylon plates. It is a matter of performance and longevity. Quad speed skaters, artistic students, and fresh meat can all start out on nylon plates, but they will want to make the leap to metal plates once they gravitate to a certain level within their sport. Nylon serves a purpose, but can only take a skater so far. There are other exotic materials; carbon fiber, ceramics, etc. (just like knives), but their cost is prohibitive.
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