What Kind Of Wheel Should I Buy?3 months, 1 week ago | 2 Replies
Well, we can break it down like this:
If you plan to spend most, if not all, of your time in an urban environment, and the only trails you’ll see are occasional bumps into the grass to avoid dog poop or angry joggers, then you’ll want to ride polyurethane street wheels or smaller AT wheels with street tires. Both will give you real thrills, and the smaller AT wheels are safer for beginners. If you want to break into your local BMX track and double jump or destroy your local forest trails, the big, rough, knobbly AT wheels are the only way to go. For more information, check out our Electric Skateboard Wheel Guide.
Wheels are one of my favorite skateboard parts. So many choices and small changes can change the journey. With this guide, I should be able to point you in the correct wheel direction according to your needs. Without further ado, let’s begin… That doesn’t count because it’s an idiom, not a pun.
Electric skateboards have two types of wheels, polyurethane and pneumatic. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. We’re going to get into it, but before we start, let’s take a look at skateboard wheels.
Polyurethane slide wheel
These are the roller skates that changed everything in the ’70s. Frank Nasworthy was a game-changer when he came up with the idea of using polyurethane in skateboard wheels. To this day, this is the main type of material used in all skating disciplines. Like bushings, roller skates come in a variety of hardness, formulations, shapes, and sizes.
If you have read my bushing guide, you will know what a durometer is. But, for those of you who don’t know the durometer, it’s a way of measuring the hardness of rubber, polymers and plastics. There are several scales A, B, D…… And so on. Skateboard companies are rated A. There are some exceptions, like Bones did some wheels on B-level. A durometer is not a perfect measure of wheel hardness, but it gives you a general idea. For example, one company’s 78A Duro wheels might be harder or softer than another company’s. Even within the same company, if the wheels use two different formulas, they may be different.
By the way, here are some rules of thumb for durometers (there are exceptions to these rules). The 70A-85A is suitable for cruising or offers a smoother ride. 80A-90A for Slide 90A-101A + for Skateboard Park and Skills. Remember, the softer the wheels, the smoother the ride over rough terrain. The harder the wheel, the faster it goes, and usually the easier it slides.
Width and contact area go hand in hand, but not always the same measure. Width is the size of the wheel from edge to edge. Contact surface measurement The width of the contact with the ground. Some wheels may be 38mm wide but have a contact area of only 22mm. If the wheel is square In Shape, the contact area can be the same as the width. The contact surface is one of the determinants of whether they slip easily. The smaller the contact surface, the easier it is to slide. The wider the contact area, the greater your grip.
I hope you find this guide useful for choosing the right wheel. The ESK8 industry is still in its infancy. Brands come and go like the wind, making it hard to keep track of quality components. That’s why when in doubt, look at the brands that have been around for years in longboard sports. Also, check out the ESK8 forum for comments from other builders. Ultimately, it’s all opinions, so read a bunch of opinions and form your own. Finally, did you ever think I’d let you go without the last pun?