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;