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How to choose the skate wheel that suits you?

20th March 2020

As the most direct part of the skateboard parts that touches the ground, the importance of skateboard wheels can be imagined. Due to the most frictional losses with the ground, skateboard wheels are also a part we often replace. Choosing the right wheels is also extremely important. So what kind of wheels are best for you and your skateboard?

When we choose the wheels, we can see that the skate wheel company will indicate the diameter and hardness of the wheel, and we can use these information to select the appropriate wheel.

Wheel hardness
The outer packaging of the skateboard wheel is usually marked with the words 95A, 100A, 80B, which indicates the hardness of the wheel. The larger the previous number, the harder it is. For example, a 100A wheel will be harder than a 95A wheel. The hardness of the wheel represented by B is 20 points greater than that of A, that is, the hardness of a wheel of 80B is equivalent to the hardness of a wheel of 100A.

If you like to brush the street, you often have to deal with the impact of rough roads, small stones, wooden sticks, and small cracks. The soft wheels with a hardness between 75A-85A will make you feel better about chasing the wind.

The stiffer wheels can provide more point board jumping height, Grind's performance on the props is better, and it is easier to slide, suitable for various skills. If you are an out-and-out street skater, hard wheels of 95A and above are your best choice.

101A hardness is generally the choice of experienced skaters who especially like Grind and Slide.

If you like to practice various moves and often brush the street, the hardness of the wheels between 88A-97A is very good.

Wheel diameter
The diameter of the wheel is generally measured in millimeters (mm). Most skateboard wheels have diameters between 48mm and 75mm.

The diameter of the wheel will affect the speed of the taxi and the speed of the start. The wheel of the smaller diameter is slower, but the speed of the start is faster, and the opposite is true for the large diameter.

48-53mm wheels, slow gliding speed and fast starting speed. Quite suitable for street skaters.

The 54-59mm wheels are suitable for skaters who like to do tricks and movements, and are also good for beginners.

For wheels over 60mm, large wheels are generally used on Old School-style boards and long boards. The big wheels can slide faster and easily run over rough ground, but they start slowly.

Wheel width
The width of the wheel-to-floor contact surface is also important. The larger contact area will spread the weight over a larger area, which means that the wheels are easily decelerated, so many wheels have rounded edges to reduce the width of the contact surface, making the wheels easier to turn and slide. Faster.

The smaller the width of the contact surface, the easier it is for the wheel to slide sideways, so it is not suitable for novices. The width of the contact surface is very large, and the wheel is very close to the width of the wheel itself, and it will be locked tighter when performing prop movements, such as 5050 on a pole.

Material of wheels
Most skateboard wheels today are made of a plastic called polyurethane, and some companies will add different materials to make different types of skate wheels to meet different needs.

When to change wheels
When you should replace your old wheels depends on how often you skate. Generally, it should be replaced in three to four months. If you often glide on rough floors or heavy-weight skaters, you should replace the wheels earlier. Generally the following situations occur, you need to consider replacing the wheel:
Wheel wear is severe and the diameter becomes smaller;
Uneven surface of the wheel;
Significantly slower taxiing speed;
Bearings are easy to loosen or make noise;