It breaks my heart to see great old skates being thrown away. This is what was about to happen to these Roces LAX (Los Angeles) skates when their owner decided to buy new ones in September 2009. Because of their above-average potential, and also because they were my size, I just couldn’t let that happen and decided to give them a second chance.
The skates were in relatively good condition, just a lot of scratches on the front and sides, but no real damage. The liners were completely worn and the wheels turning to dust. The spoilers lacked stiffness, like they all did back in the days if you ask me, and their weird green colour wasn’t entirely to my taste, so that also needed taking care of.
- Roces LAX (Los Angeles) skates size 43
- Seba FR liners size 43 (40€)
- Rollerblade TRS/Twister cuffs (25€) with bucles (20€)
- Rollerblade bucles (20€)
- Seba High sliders size S (9€)
- USD cuff screws (5€)
- Matter Freeride wheels 80mm (80€)
- BSB Swiss bearings (45€)
- Aluminium 6MM spacers (8€)
So the total cost for this customization is 252€ and only took a couple of hours. I really like the result. It’s an original and retro looking skate, and although it doesn’t match any of today’s good freeride skates, it delivers a very decent skating experience. The skates take 4x80mm without modification, which is quite rare for skates from those times, and the 80mm can even be rockered after minor changes to keep the front wheel from touching the plastic above it.