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    Default Abec 11 Free rides vs flashbacks

    Might sound like a stupid question but what's better for free riding and slides, abec 11 flashbacks 81a or abec 11 free rides 81a? I've seen heeeeeeeeeeaps on how good the flashbacks are for slides but not much on the free rides. It would make sense for the free rides to be better but I haven't seen anything saying which is.


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    Default Re: Abec 11 Free rides vs flashbacks

    Quote Originally Posted by goformickey View Post
    Might sound like a stupid question but what's better for free riding and slides, abec 11 flashbacks 81a or abec 11 free rides 81a? I've seen heeeeeeeeeeaps on how good the flashbacks are for slides but not much on the free rides. It would make sense for the free rides to be better but I haven't seen anything saying which is.
    Freerides will be easier to slide but Flashbacks slide great too.

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    Default Re: Abec 11 Free rides vs flashbacks

    Quote Originally Posted by Safety McGee View Post
    Freerides will be easier to slide but Flashbacks slide great too.
    Damn, I hastily ordered the Flashbacks after spending almost an entire day reading posts on silverfish about how they're one of the best wheels for slides if not the best. This was before I even considered the free rides since they just never popped up anywhere when I searched for slidey wheels, guess they're fairly newish or under used?

    Thanks heaps btw.

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    Default Re: Abec 11 Free rides vs flashbacks

    If you buy those Freerides from MHS, you'll get a free set of his bearings which are actually really good. Longboard Wheels Mile High Skates He doesn't have the flashbacks in the duro you were looking for, nor does he have the larger freerides in the duro you were looking for, but if you dont mind getting a different durometer you would save some $$. I had a set of 84a freerides and they were great. They wore very evenly and only started to oval once they got close to the core. I have not owned any flashbacks before, but abec11 makes quality wheels for a great price, so im sure either way you would be happy.

    Edit: I guess I was too late. Have fun with those flashbacks, I know they will treat you well.
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    Default Re: Abec 11 Free rides vs flashbacks

    Quote Originally Posted by goformickey View Post
    Damn, I hastily ordered the Flashbacks after spending almost an entire day reading posts on silverfish about how they're one of the best wheels for slides if not the best. This was before I even considered the free rides since they just never popped up anywhere when I searched for slidey wheels, guess they're fairly newish or under used?

    Thanks heaps btw.
    I wouldn't really sweat it man, they both slide amazing.... Some prefer the bigger core of the freeride, but flashbacks are also a tried and true kick ass slide wheel.

    If you're really that worried, watch the first few slides on this video:
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFljAplE5wE]YouTube - Welcome ABEC 11 Team Riders Kevin Reimer and James Kelly - 2011[/ame]

    James is on Freerides and Kevin is on Flashbacks... both slide awesome. Now you just gotta get that skill!

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    Default Re: Abec 11 Free rides vs flashbacks

    Quote Originally Posted by JEALIR View Post
    I wouldn't really sweat it man, they both slide amazing.... Some prefer the bigger core of the freeride, but flashbacks are also a tried and true kick ass slide wheel.

    If you're really that worried, watch the first few slides on this video:
    YouTube - Welcome ABEC 11 Team Riders Kevin Reimer and James Kelly - 2011

    James is on Freerides and Kevin is on Flashbacks... both slide awesome. Now you just gotta get that skill!

    Wow, that's some serious sliding speed!

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    Default Re: Abec 11 Free rides vs flashbacks

    they are both awesome freeride wheels, either way you should be pretty happy. unless they were 84a or harder.
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    Default Re: Abec 11 Free rides vs flashbacks

    Quote Originally Posted by goformickey View Post
    Damn, I hastily ordered the Flashbacks after spending almost an entire day reading posts on silverfish about how they're one of the best wheels for slides if not the best. This was before I even considered the free rides since they just never popped up anywhere when I searched for slidey wheels, guess they're fairly newish or under used?
    hahaha definitely not underused. The reason the flashbacks get so much hype is because they are so cheap. So when noobs ask "OMG WUHT SLID WEEL SHUD I GET" people say "flashbacks".
    Freerides are great and a very popular wheel. And so are the flashbacks.

    Mainly because Abec 11 Classic urethane is so fucking kick ass.

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    Default Re: Abec 11 Free rides vs flashbacks

    the important part is that they're both made with 81a classic urethane.

    they will both be killer wheels.
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    Default Re: Abec 11 Free rides vs flashbacks

    not completely off topic but, whats the difference of freeride reflex formula to classic formula?? some say the classics wear fast but slides better and the reflex is just the opposite.
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    Default Re: Abec 11 Free rides vs flashbacks

    Quote Originally Posted by JEALIR View Post
    I wouldn't really sweat it man, they both slide amazing.... Some prefer the bigger core of the freeride, but flashbacks are also a tried and true kick ass slide wheel.

    If you're really that worried, watch the first few slides on this video:
    YouTube - Welcome ABEC 11 Team Riders Kevin Reimer and James Kelly - 2011

    James is on Freerides and Kevin is on Flashbacks... both slide awesome. Now you just gotta get that skill!
    Actually they are both on BigZigs 75mm porbbaly 81a..

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    Default Re: Abec 11 Free rides vs flashbacks

    Quote Originally Posted by kevyuuuu View Post
    Actually they are both on BigZigs 75mm porbbaly 81a..
    your porbbaly incredibly wrong...wait, no your definitely wrong.
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    Default Re: Abec 11 Free rides vs flashbacks

    Quote Originally Posted by kyle_vk View Post
    your porbbaly incredibly wrong...wait, no your definitely wrong.
    skip ahead to 2:27...

    but in the middle of the vid, im pretty sure i saw some orange cores, so who knows?
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    Default Re: Abec 11 Free rides vs flashbacks

    They are probably on Flashbacks, Freerides, and Classic zigs. at the end I'm pretty sure they have zig-zags on their boards (or big zigs)
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    Default Re: Abec 11 Free rides vs flashbacks

    pretty sure they were on all three... i am actuly deciding between these two wheels for a lot of sliding and a little downhill... i am thinking flashies just because i could save a little money but i am still undecided
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    Default Re: Abec 11 Free rides vs flashbacks

    go for the flashies. they can hold a corner if they have to. the freerides will also be gone before you know it.... they have massive cores and classic thane wears fast.
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    Default Re: Abec 11 Free rides vs flashbacks

    So you dont have to be a extreme god to slide the flashbacks, like K-Rimes once there broken in they'llbe nice and Icy right?
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    Default Re: Abec 11 Free rides vs flashbacks

    Quote Originally Posted by TheHumdinger View Post
    So you dont have to be a extreme god to slide the flashbacks, like K-Rimes once there broken in they'llbe nice and Icy right?
    nice and buttery. No, extreme godliness is only optional.
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    Default Re: Abec 11 Free rides vs flashbacks

    Ok thanks. this is gonna sound nubby but buttery and icy whats the difference. Godlliness is optional, where do i sign up?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheHumdinger View Post
    Ok thanks. this is gonna sound nubby but buttery and icy whats the difference. Godlliness is optional, where do i sign up?
    Buttery feels like your wheels are melting away thane when you slide = shorter slide, more control

    Icy feels like your wheels Are skipping over the top of the pavement = longer slide, less control


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