Wheels

Shark wheels setup

Shark Wheels Skatepark Review

View our range of Shark Wheels at Aylesbury Skateboards. Available in 60mm or 70mm online and in store.

 

At Aylesbury Skateboards we are always open to trying different skateboarding setups, this time it came in the form of some new wheels from Shark Wheels. These are not you’re typical wheel they have the perception that they are cuboid shaped because of the rad and very different design, but are just as and if not smoother then any other long-board or cruiser wheel. Carrying on from the design side of things, these incredible wheels have curved grooves to push stones and such through them, this gives you an advantage if you live in a rocky or rough area to get your shred on. This also means that riding or landing into grass has become a lot easier as I found out. Whilst riding these unique wheels I found that the grip is in no way effected by the shape and the grooves, it still has a amazing amount of grip for taking you round corners and winding in and out of obstacles that may obstruct your path.

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With the great grip comes the speed side of things, the wheels come in 60mm and 70mm which means that of course you are going to gather speed but I did not expect the speed that I got from them. Bombing down a massive hill on my way into work was when I realised that these where something special and worth a look at. I paired the Shark wheels with an old Mother Collective 8.5″ skateboard deck. A pair of 151 Thunder Hollow Lights and some Bones Reds bearings which was an excellent match. Even though these wheels are meant for cruising we managed to get a few tricks together and made a little edit in order to show just what they are capable of.  Wheels are £69.99 UK retail price.

VERDICT: Overall I believe these wheels have worked their magic on me and made me fall in love, they are a real head turner and deserve a serious look.

Shark Wheels Yellow 70 MM

Yellow sidewinder 70 mm wheels

 

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;