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Gretsch

Experience using shims for skates

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Years ago, I agreed to a suggestion to have 1/8th" shims installed under the rear holders of my skates (Bauer MX3s) Upon having experimented with a different profile-rocker, the sharpener recommended I remove the shims as this would be "better."

 

While I have gotten used to it, I began wondering how much I'd notice them being removed. Out of curiosity, has anyone here shimmed skates only to remove them later and prefer the feel without the shims? 

 

 

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adding shims and profiling both achieve the same thing: adjusting pitch. only difference is profiling can do more than just pitch.

when it comes to shims vs profiling, one is more permanent than the other. as your sharpen a blade, the profiling can be worn away, and consequently alter the pitch. if you're only shimming 1/16 you probably won't notice it wearing down. 1/8, maybe. 1/4 yea you'll notice it. especially if you're taking Tuuks to +1 pitch. 

personally i had 1/8 shims on my tuuks, switched to CCMs with no shims. 

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35 minutes ago, innotastic said:

personally i had 1/8 shims on my tuuks, switched to CCMs with no shims. 

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Do the CCMs have a more aggressive pitch to the holders (like Grafs)?

 

 

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16 minutes ago, Gretsch said:

Do the CCMs have a more aggressive pitch to the holders (like Grafs)?

 

 

they're quite neutral. pitch 0 basically. not back on your heels like bauers (thats why i needed shims), but not on your toes like grafs either. 

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12 minutes ago, innotastic said:

they're quite neutral. pitch 0 basically. not back on your heels like bauers (thats why i needed shims), but not on your toes like grafs either. 

Yeah, I never cared for the Grafs. I felt like I lost a lot of power in the stride. I didn't realize the Bauers put you on your heels without the shims.

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