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Guide For Choosing Your Perfect Skateboard Wheels

There are thousands and thousands of skateboard wheels available on the market today, many of them with very few aesthetic differences but overall they make a huge impact on the riders skating. Everything from speed to control of movement.

Almost all skate wheels are made from a hard composite material called polyurethane (PU). Since the introduction of PU wheels in the 1970s, skateboarding changed forever, lending characteristics such as durability and resistance to a sport that was in desperate need of more appropriate technology. In addition to their performance benefits, PU wheels are also relatively inexpensive to manufacture, so you don’t have to pay very much for quality equipment, regardless of the brand.

Skateboard wheels hardness, or resistance to penetration are measured by Durometer. Durometer ratings fall within several categories, with skateboard wheels listed in the ‘A’ category along with other soft plastics. Therefore, the durometer measurement you’ll find on most of your wheels will read ’99A’ or ’75A’. The higher the number/rating, the harder the wheels. The Durometer rating you choose to ride will come down completely to your own preference.

For example, if you ride vert or mini-ramps then you will want to look more towards the harder range of wheels such as 97A and above. This is because they are smooth to combat the lack of vibration dampening and somewhat grippy to make the slick wheels easier to control.

If you are a solid street-skater then again, you will want to be looking towards the harder wheels of 97A and above. This is for pop and road-feel when getting it in in the streets. These wheels would also be recommended for your typical skatepark skater.

If you would consider yourself an all-rounder type skateboarder then there will be of a huge variety for you, ranging anywhere between 90A to 97A. These will enable you to cruise around the town with comfort and also shred a pool in the same day.

If you are strictly skating on a cruiser or a longboard then you will definitely need some soft wheels as you will be riding over rocks, bumps and cracks on paths and roads (Especially if you are native to the UK). A set of soft wheels will ease the rattle of a rough road while making your board control a whole lot better due to the grip. The durometer for soft wheels range mainly between 75A to 85A.

The size of your wheels will determine your speed, acceleration and ability to turn. The typical skateboard wheels range between 48mm to 75mm in diameter. Bigger wheels will give you more speed but will make it harder to make sharp turns. Small wheels are also more effective for street skating maneuvers such as powerslides and blunts. We recommend you reflect on your own skateboarding style and preferences when choosing a set of wheels for you.

We have a few brands of skateboard wheels that we recommend for you that are available in our store;

Globe EuTrippin Demo at OWP – Oxford

 

On Sunday 5th July, the Globe team blessed Oxfords OWP Skatepark with grace, gnar and just straight up amazing skateboarding. The likes of David Gonzales, Chris Haslam, Mark Appleyard, Louie Barletta, Paul Hart, Ryan Decenzo and even the legendary Rodney Mullen were present that day, bringing the vibes with their intense shredding.

Things kickstarted almost instantly with David Gonzales, Ryan Decenzo and Paul Hart going straight in with practically no warmup. We saw wallrides, huge frontside 360’s, noseblunts with not much more than a few ollies, 50-50’s and kickflips in preparation.

The Globe team skated every inch of the park, showcasing their abilities for all that attended and made the ones who missed it regret not coming.  They are a team of true skateboarders that can skate almost anything placed in front of them. It was one of the raddest demos I have been to and I hope that they skate to their best ability for the rest of the tour.

(Sorry for the lack of images and footage, it was too good to keep our phones constantly out)

Finding Your Perfect Skateboard Trucks

Every skater will have their favourite trucks to ride. This may come down to the sturdiness of Independents or the turning quality and control of Thunders or maybe someone may ride Thunder Bushings in their Indy trucks. This all comes down to the preference of the skater.

Trucks come in all different heights, sizes and weights. Some may feature a hollow kingpin or give you the option to get the same height and width trucks in a lighter version to give you even less weight to carry on your board. The height will determine how high your board comes of the ground when stationary. Low Trucks enable a quicker pop, perfect for dodging gaps or rocks or getting up an obstacle straight after another. High Trucks mean that you have further to get your tail down to the ground, making your board come more vertical off the ground than low trucks when popping, giving you more height to level out your trick, thus a bigger pop.

We recommend when it comes to choosing the size of your new trucks that you match the width of your trucks to the width of your board. If there’s something you don’t want it’s wide trucks on a skinny board or vice-versa.

Skateboard Trucks come in all sorts of different measurements, which can be confusing as some of them are not clear enough. Below are the measurements of the more popular trucks with the not so obvious sizes. The size of trucks you get is largely dependent on the width of the board you’re skating. Below are a few examples based on the skateboard trucked stocked by Aylesbury Skateboards. Some companies choose to name their trucks based on the width of the hangar (excluding the axel where the wheels go) in either millimetres or inches. Others go for the width of the whole truck (Silver) in inches which can make it difficult to understand what size trucks you’re buying.

Here is our size guide for skateboard trucks:

Independent:

  • 129 Fits 7.4” – 7.75”
  • 139 Fits 7.75” – 8.25”
  • 149 Fits 8.25” – 8.75”
  • 159 Fits 8.5” – 9.0”
  • 169 Fits 8.75” – 9.75”
  • 215 Fits 9.75” +

Thunder:

  • 145 Fits 7.6” – 7.9”
  • 147 Fits 7.9” – 8.2”
  • 149 Fits 8.2” – 8.4”
  • 151 Fits 8.4” – 9.0”

Venture:

  • 5.0 Fits 7.5” – 8.0”
  • 5.25 Fits 8.0” – 8.25”
  • 5.8 Fits 8.25” – 9.0”

Tensor:

  • 5.0 Fits 7.5” – 7.75”
  • 5.25 Fits 7.75” – 8.0”
  • 5.5 Fits 8.0” – 8.25”
  • 5.75 Fits 8.25” – 8.5”
  • 6.0 Fits 8.5” +

Silver:

  • 8.0 Fits 7.75” – 8.25”
  • 8.25 Fits 8.25” – 8.75”

Krux:

  • 3.5 Fits 7.75″ – 8.0″
  • 4.0 Fits 8.0″ – 8.25″
  • 8.25 Fits 8.25″ – 8.5″ (This one throws us off too).

Bolts and Risers

Bolts are the part which are used to hold the trucks onto the board. With these you get a few options to choose from; colour and length. Most bolts either take an allen-key or a phillips head screwdriver and a 3/8″ socket to tighten. Skate tools have everything you need to set up your board. Some companies do different coloured bolts which can either be used just to look pretty, or as an indication of which way around your board is (for example, placing two coloured bolts near the front to know where the nose is). Different length bolts are needed to fit through the different thicknesses of boards and trucks. Some are relatively thin and can use 7/8″ bolts comfortably, but for the majority, 1″ bolts are suitable. Bolts can come in longer lengths, for example 1 1/4″ or 1 1/2″, too for different situations.

If you have risers on your board, you’ll need to get some longer bolts to securely hold the trucks onto the board still with the added thickness. Risers are often used to add a little bit of extra height to the ride (similar to skating high trucks opposed to lows). They also have the benefit of adding some shock support as the rubber can absorb at least some of the impact of landing bigger tricks. This can reduce the likelihood of getting pressure cracks in the board or cracking the baseplate of the trucks.

All skate bolts have nylon nuts so that they are less likely to come one done. These work because when you tighten them the first time, the bolt cuts a thread through some nylon in the bolt giving a tighter and more secure fit. The one downside to this is that once they are undone and reused, they won’t be as secure as the nylon isn’t as tight. Bolts can comfortably be reused at least a few times, but after a while they will wear out and will constantly be coming loose. Not something you want to happen while you’re skating.


 

Tools

An additional note, Skate tools are handy multi tools which have everything you need for adjusting your board. Most, if not all, standard skate tools will have:

  • 9/16 inch kingpin socket
  • 1/2 inch axle nut socket
  • 3/8 inch hardware socket
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Allen wrench as standard.

Some more advanced tools, such as the Silver Skate Tool features a ratcheted hardware socket which makes it so much easier to tighten or loosen the truck bolts. It also has a file on the top which is great for gripping a board.

Now Stocking Traffic Skateboards Apparel

Traffic is owned and run by pro skater Ricky Oyola and fimer/owner of Theories of Atlantis, Josh Stewart.  Traffic is regarded as one of the rawest companies from the East Coast and has put out some amazing videos (See Above for proof).

We are proud to announce that Aylesbury Skateboards are stocking some of the Summer 2015 Apparel Collection in our store and we can confirm that the quality is top of the top. Perfect fabric and perfect prints. These are a must for the true street skaters.

Find everything you need here.

SICKNESS – Thrasher x Supreme Video

There is a reason this video has this particular title. The young blood from Supreme bring you some madness from San Francisco in this video collaboration with Thrasher shot by frequent Supreme collaborator and filmmaker William Strobeck. Featuring Tyshawn Jones, Kevin Bradley, Aidan Mackey, Sage Elsesser, Ben Kadow, Sean Pablo, Anthony Van Engelen and Bill Strobeck.

Aylesbury Skateboards has a nice range of Thrasher garms so you can show your support.