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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;

Deck Size Guide

Board Sizing Guide

Skateboard decks come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. Every skater has their preferences depending on their skate style, where they skate and sometimes shoe size.

Many people come in and ask:

  • Which skateboard deck size should I get?
  • What is a good skateboard size for beginners?
  • What even is the importance of the size of the skateboard?

Deck sizing is based on the width and length of the board. For example if you see a board that says 7.5″ next to it, that means that its 7.5 inches wide. Widths can range from around 6″ (Below 7.5” Tend to be shorter than 32” in length) wide all the way up to 10″ wide. A lot of it comes down to personal preference when deciding what board width to get. As a beginner (lets say aged around 11-12) we’d say a 7.5″ is a good size to start with. 7.5″ is considered the standard size for a skateboard. At this size the board is wide enough to be comfortable under your feet but not too wide that it becomes difficult to skate, or too narrow that its difficult to balance.

Anything below this width we call a ‘mini skateboard’ and are great for even younger children or people with tiny feet. Being a mini also means that it is shorter as well, making it easier to carry and skate for younger people.

If you’re a bit older or just have larger feet, you could go for a board in the  7.75″ – 8.0″ range. This gives you a little more board size to stand on, making it easier to balance as you have a slightly larger platform to stand on.

The great thing about skateboarding is that you can be as picky as you like with your parts. For example you can get a board that is 8.0″ wide, but then you may see one that is 8.06″ or 8.1″ or even 8.125″ wide. While these differences might seem insignificant, I know people who swear by an 8.125″ as being perfect and refuse to skate anything else.

So what difference does the width actually make? A wider board means that there is more to land on when doing a trick, but it also means that (for some at least) they’re more difficult to flip as they spin slower. Its all a matter of trying a few different sizes and see which you prefer, no one else can decide for you.

As an example, I am 20 years old, size 10.5 feet and I’m currently skating an 8.125″ wide deck. Aaron on the other hand is 19 years old, size 9 feet and skates a 8.25″ wide deck.

The next thing you need to decide on is shape. Shape is extremely important, technically more important than size. There are many brands that offer all sorts of different shapes and concave on their boards, take Polar Skate Co, Welcome Skateboards and The National Skateboard Co for a few examples.

The reason shape and concave is such an importance is because they affect everything. I mean the push, pop, scoop, flick and catch. You may want to have a high concave deck like a WKND to get your feet deep in to the pockets and unleash huge tre flips or, have more of a mellow concave such as a 5Boro to have more comfortable boardslides. Obviously you can have monster tre flips and easy sliding boardslides with any deck as it comes down to preference, you just may find one easier to do certain tricks on than the other.

Then you have the shapes. Shapes can be extremely funky in comparison to the typical popsicle shaped decks, but you can also have the shapes that only differ slightly, such as a squared off tail or a pointier nose. Again, this comes down to preference but some may find carving bowls or shredding some mini ramps easier to do on a wide, Banshee 90 Shape Welcome Board. They may also find it easier to hurl themselves down stairs on a typical popsicle shape. Either can be used for anything really, it just may come easier to the user with a specific shape and size. We recommend you experiment with your skateboards as you just might stumble across a gem that increases your skill set as well as your enjoyment when riding a skateboard.


If you need anymore help deciding what board size to get, or any other question you may have, don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll be happy to assist you.

You can view the range of skateboard decks offered by Aylesbury Skateboards here.