Skating is done on the edges, each movement a precise execution connecting to the next. Success is measured in millimeters and so the boots and the frame must work in perfect harmony.
WHY IS CORRECT PLATE MOUNTING IMPORTANT?
Skating means performing various jumps, spins, travels, edges, turns, and steps while balancing on only 8 wheels. Everything needs to work in harmony.
Because this alignment is crucial, mounting must be done accurately. Fractions of millimeters make huge differences. The smallest misalignment increases fatigue and reduces performance as you need to constantly over-correct. This could even lead to injuries.
WHO CAN MOUNT THE FRAME?
As alignment is so important, we recommend only using a professional skate technician. They have the skill, the tools and the expertise to ensure your frame is mounted perfectly.
WHAT THE TECHNICIAN DOES
Mounting the frame is as much a science as it is an art, and requires a knowledgeable technician who has a good eye, a good ear, and professional equipment. Not all skating or anatomy is the same, and the tech that mounts your boots should be someone who knows how to properly assess the athlete’s needs and translate that into the ideal alignment and mount for that individual. This goes hand-in-hand with a technical understanding of the skating boots and frames.
Hardworking skaters may visit their technician every couple of months, so we recommend building a relationship.
WHAT IS MY CORRECT FRAME SIZE?
Firstly, we need to choose the correct frame for our discipline and skating level. Whatever the discipline, the length of the frame is determined by the size of the boot. This allows the contact points to line up with the “active” parts of the frames reducing response time. To do this, the front axle tends to line up near the ball of the foot, depending on the discipline, while the rear axle lines up with the center of the heel. Longer frames will not line up, slowing response, reducing control and causing possible injuries as you overcompensate.
At Edea our designers realized a slightly shorter frame increased control and maneuverability. Power is also increased as it is less dispersed. This translates into huge advantages in step, edge, and direction changes.
We shaped our boots to reduce the frame length, increase the feel and maximize performance. This means if you are switching to Edea for the first time, your frames will need to be slightly shorter.
As our boots are measured for internal length in millimeters and plates vary on how they are measured by brand, we have provided a guide for the correct frame length. Your coach and the skate technician will be able to provide the final advice.
Depending on the types of assembly, the method, the equipment and especially the screws also change:
The traditional method uses bolts at both the heel and the toe. Soles are drilled through with screws inserted from the inside and bolts tightened on the outside of the frame. This method is time consuming and difficult.
With the ‘Quick mounting system’, Edea designers have taken ice skating technology and applied the science to roller to improve the mounting system. By using double helix screws, Edea have been able to increase the hold while actually reducing the length of the screw. By mounting from the outside using pre-drilled holes, this method is also quicker and more accurate. Only the supplied Edea screws can be used for this method.
Your technician may use either method to mount frames to Edea boots.
Again, speak with your coach and the technician for which method is best for you.
PROFESSIONAL MOUNTING EQUIPMENT
The mounting of the plate to the boot must be precise.
It is therefore important that the boot remains steadfast in order to ensure accuracy and precision by stabilizing the base as you go from step to step in the mounting process.
For this reason we offer a series of useful tools to assist the professional technician.