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How to mount your Snow White

Note: If you ARE NOT familiar with the following mounting procedure, we recommend that you contact
with your distributor.  They will provide you more information and satisfactory mounting services.


Mounting your Snow White can be very easy.  A customer told us she even did the mounting while watching TV.  We carefully reviewed her description of mounting and found she had done everything correct!

With her permission we post her email as below (pictures and guides added by us), and suggest you to read it through before you start your own mounting.

Hello Arthur,

Yes, you can quote my email - no problem!    

About mounting the Snow White frames to my boots:  Not only did I do it watching TV, I did it sitting on the sofa with the skates in my lap! :o)  (I didn't want to miss any of the Winter Olympics!) 

I started by measuring the heel and marking the center of it with a felt-tip pen.  Because the sole is an odd shape, I used the seam*1 at the toe of the boot as a reference for the center there.  To pre-drill the holes for the screws, I used a hand-held cordless electric drill, and a very thin drill bit, but I put the screws in by hand, using a screwdriver.  I drilled the rear heel hole first, and put the first screw very loosely.  That way I could move the plate around and try different positions until I was satisfied, before marking the remaining holes.

1. The sole is an odd shape.

2. Mark the center of heel.  Note:  This operation is done by eye.

3. At this step, drill the rear heel hole only and set the screw very loosely.

5. When a position is decided, mark each hole through the plate with a felt-tip pen.

6. Remove the plate and finish pre-drilling all of the holes.  Be sure you only drill in about half the length of the screw.  Also, we suggest a drill bit 2.5mm for the drilling.

*1  While marking the toe, we suggest you use the center of the toe instead of the seam as occasionally in lasting, the seam may be pulled slightly to one side.

4. Try different positions in the front toe until you are satisfied.

I used my ice skates*2 as a model.  My ankles pronate*3 in quite a lot, and I have to use a LOT of arch support inside my ice skates.  So, I positioned the front of the plate very slightly inside the center line, about 2 or 3 mm.  This made the skates so well balanced for me that I didn't need arch supports at all in order to skate in them, though I will probably put in just a small support, for foot comfort only.

*2 Snow White plate alignment follows the guideline of ice figure skates.  DO NOT use the quads skates aligning patterns.

*3 If your ankles don't pronate, it is not necessary for you to position the front of the plate inside the red center line!  Instead, you should align the center of front plate with the red center line.  Sometimes an alignment with 2~3mm toward outside edge will even work better.

Once I had decided on the position I wanted the plate to be, I held it firmly and marked each hole through the plate with a felt-tip pen.  Once I was sure the holes and the marks were properly lined up, I removed the plates and finished pre-drilling all of the holes with the electric drill.  I only drilled in about half the length of the screws, just to get them started.  That way the tip of the screw would have the tightest grip possible inside the sole, and I wouldn't accidentally drill all the way through the sole. 

Then I tightened the screws one by one by hand, making just a few turns of each screw before moving on to the next, in order to tighten them all uniformly.  Once the screw was all the way in, I was careful not to over-tighten, so they wouldn't loosen.  (And oh, yes - I made sure the hex-nut was tight, and I carry the wrench in my skate bag!) 

Since I skate outdoors a lot, I have to be more careful about anything that might catch the toe pick, such as rocks, sticks, or large cracks on the pavement.... it's easy to trip!  For that reason, for regular street-skating I still use my Rollerblades.  But I got these for practicing my ice-skating lessons, and they are perfect for that because the angle of the frame really is very much like the bottom of a real ice skate.  I've learned that I must skate more from the backs of my feet, and these help to train me to do that.  They are also helping with forward and backward crossovers, which have to be done more carefully on ice skates than on Rollerblades, because of the toe pick.  So on smooth pavement they work just fine, and I'm looking forward to trying them out on the wooden floors at the roller rink, too!

I did look at all the videos on your website.  Those were also a large part of my decision to choose the Snow White frames, because I could watch people actually skating on them.  I especially liked the practice videos showing different types of jumps, because I can play them over and over and study how the jumps are done.  (I am currently just beginning to learn a waltz jump). 

I'm sure the other brands of skate frames are just fine, and everyone has their own favorites based on their individual needs.  But for my own needs and tastes, my preference was the Snow White inline frame. 

Best wishes,

Julie Hall


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