Sure Grip Avenger Aluminum
The Avenger plate concept was derived from the 45 degree Magnum and 45 degree Invader skate plates of the late 70’s early 80’s. Over the last few years a lot of emphasis has been placed on strong light weight products for speed and derby. In the 80’s we developed the single action Magnum speed plate for this purpose, produced in both aluminum and magnesium, this plate was very light and very strong. Recently we have seen a greater awareness for this style plate; we saw it fitting to redesign it using modern technology and what we came up with was the Avenger. Using a computer aided design program every inch of this plate was designed for a purpose; specific wall thickness, heights, lengths, angles, and material were all chosen for their unique properties. The avenger will be produced in both aluminum and magnesium and both will come standard with the new DA45 truck. The Avenger aluminum will be painted black and the magnesium plate will be painted white. All the superior track hugging agility you have come to expect from the DA45 action in a new lightweight skate.
The Avenger plate features some never before seen design elements. Some of the features that make this plate different from all the rest are expressed below:
Hollow kingpin: Specially designed kingpin for this plate only. 30% lighter than a traditional kingpin using hardened prime grade steel. The specially designed kingpin will only fit on the Avenger and will come pre-installed.
Hollow center: Hollowed out center section to save weight. Along with the hollow center we raised the height to increase the rigidity length wise. When compared to the Invader plate the weight savings will be greater with the larger sizes but you can expect a significant decrease in weight when compared to the standard Invader plate.
Shortened front end: For those who want to get aggressive with their short forward mounts can now do so with plenty of room to spare so the plate will not hang over the front of your boot. The Avenger is optimized for the short forward set up but a standard mount is still possible.
DA45 trucks: New DA45 truck. Same basic design but optimized for the fixed kingpin. Truck is slightly slimmer than the original version.
Sure-Grip Super Cushions: Four different cushion options to choose from. High rebound, high quality urethane to fine tune your skates to the way you like to skate. Four different levels of hardness: 72A, 79A, 85A, 93A. When ordering this plate sizing will be based on the short forward theory unless otherwise stated, be sure to specify when ordering. More information on the short forward theory can be found on the information page of our website. The Avenger is a light weight skate plate that utilizes the 45 degree kingpin design that we pioneered more than 20 years ago. Super agile, super light.....Super plate.
Pivot adjustment:Pivot pins are not factory adjusted. Always adjust the pivot pins so that the ball just touches the bottom of the Delrin pivot cup.
- The pivot pin adjustment should be checked regularly once installed. Do not assume the pivot pin adjustment is correct if no movement is felt when checking the adjustment. It could be adjusted longer than necessary. Pivot pins adjusted too long cancause the skate to have an unpleasant “darting” feel when skating. If the pivot pin ball does not touch the pivot cup you will beable to press down on the truck assembly and feel or see a slight movement of the pivot pin into and out of the cup. Adjust the pivot pin until the pressure applied to the truck no longer results in this movement. When satisfied that the pivot pin is resting with slight pressure in the pivot cup, secure the pivot pin lock nut firmly against the truck housing. NEVER skate your plates withthe pivot pin lock nuts improperly tightened. Loose pivot pins will self-adjust and possibly damage the threads in the trucks.
- The DA45 truck is very unique when compared to other trucks on the market. Due to its extreme angle it must use a special set of cushions, one “barrel” and one “conical” cushion. We developed a special urethane with 4 different hardness levels to fine tune the action of your skate.
- Blue – 72A
- Yellow – 79A
- Purple – 85A
- Red – 93A
- Tips for tuning your action.
- 1) Remember a stiff action may make a skater feel more stable initially, however, it has several adverse side effects. The most important one to consider is the amount of force needed to make the skate do what you want it to do. The stiffer the action, the harder you need to work to get the skate to turn. This effort can lead to premature wear or failure of boots or worse, your feet. A simple rule of thumb. The stiffer the action, the more the SKATE controls where you are going. The softer the action, the more YOU control where you are going. How is that again? You say you have experienced a loose action behave like it has a mind of its own?? Not so. The skate is simply going where you tell it to go and you are over correcting. The more you over correct, the more erratic the skating becomes.
- 2) The DA45 action turns more quickly and easily than any other design on the market. It will go exactly where you tell it to go if properly adjusted. Do not hamper this ability by over tightening the action. If you can see the side of the barrel cushion even starting to bulge out the side, you have the action too tight and you should use a stiffer cushion set. Over tightening the action can cause the entire skate to fail.
- 3) Do not loosen the action more than necessary. If you can easily turn the cone cushion retainer with your fingers, the action is too loose. Use softer cushions to get the desired turning behavior.
- 4) Cushion sets can be split to get optimum tuning. Typically a softer cone is used with a harder barrel cushion. An example is a purple barrel with a blue cone cushion. While this give an overall feel similar to a pair of yellow cushions, the purple barrel will provide a better push than the yellow barrel and the blue cone will compensate for the extra stiffness of the purple barrel.
- 5) It is essential to experiment with your skates to find the best setting for you. It is also essential to verify you are using the best setting for your improving skills by continuing to experiment.
- 6) Remember to adjust the pivot pins after adjusting or replacing cushions.
- *Weights are an average of several production samples. Weights will vary due to manufacturing production limits.