Choosing Skateboard Wheels

Wheels play a large role in your overall Skateboard experience. In fact the play a key role in the speed, the ability to control your movements, and the way your overall ride feels. This section will help put you on the right path to finding the perfect set of wheels for you.

Material

 The majority of skateboard wheels is made of polyurethane, also called PU. This composite material is not only durable but it also provides resistance to abrasion. They’re also comparatively inexpensive to manufacture compared to their original metal counterparts before them.

Durometer

The measurement of the wheels resistance to penetration or its hardness is called it’s durometer. There are several categories that “rate” the durometer, with skate wheels listed in the “A” field along with other soft plastics. The higher the rating the harder the wheels will be.

If you enjoy, the more technical side of skateboarding you will need a harder wheel. Wheel size that starts at 97A and higher will not only add pop to your ride, but it will also help you feel the road better.

Vert riders will need a similar wheel size as most technical riders. Wheels that are 97A and higher provide more grip for slicker wheels and fend off the lack of vibration dampening due to there smoother texture.

If you are interested in doing a little of everything such as dropping in on a pool, cruise around the city, and perform technical tricks. You’ll need to go with a medium-hard wheel, which tends to fall somewhere between 90A to 97A.

If you are interested in just cruising and longboarding you will need a wheel that can get you over the bumpy and cracked surfaces that make up most sidewalks. Soft wheels are made specifically for that purpose, these wheels have a durometer rating starting 75A going up to 85A. The most common choice being the 78A durometer wheel sets. These wheels will help lessen the vibrations as you cruise to your destination.

Now remember there is a significant range in durometers, therefore it is important that you choose carefully when purchasing. It really is important that you choose a wheel whose hardness that compliments the type of riding that you prefer. If you’re interested in ollies, power slides, grinding, going down ramp, diving into pools and other tricks, then a harder wheel with a durometer of 90A or above are made for those more technical tricks. However, if you’re more interested in using your board to commute from place to place or just cruising for the sake of cruising then a softer wheels are the way to go. Whose durometer falls below the 90A ratings.

Diameter

Taking some interest in the speed of your board? Then look to the diameter of your wheels. Skate wheels are measured in millimeters ad tend to range from 49 to 75mm. Small wheels are shined at street skating maneuvers like ollies, power slides and blunts. While larger wheels will give you a faster ride due to a single rotation giving you more distance. However, bigger wheels do not accelerate as fast as smaller wheels, nor do they excel at sharp turns. All of these things should be noted when purchasing. Coming up are some suggestions for wheel sizes that will go along with your riding style.

The key to picking wheels for more technical riders is to think small. For street riding smaller wheels provide a lighter a lower foundation and a lighter board. Wheel sizes that are between 50- 55mm are a solid size for those who would like to perform most technical tricks.  Riders who would like to perform technical tricks and still do some cruising would go more towards 55mm to 66mm diameter for their wheels.

Wheel sizes that are 66mm to 75mm in diameter are really meant for those who love to cruise. Riders who enjoy to carve or prefer a Longboard should gravitate towards wheels of those sizes. Bigger wheels are more conditioned for fatter and longer boards.

Picking out a wheel size is all based on personal preference. Smaller wheels are closer to the ground, make your board lighter, and allow you to perform more technical tricks. Larger wheels allow you to go faster and are better for cruising. Larger riders will might be more comfortable on on bigger wheels, while smaller people may do better riding on smaller wheels. It is all a matter of personal preference and riding style. Use this guide to give you an idea of what may be best suited then get out there and try it out!