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The choice of skateboard wheels depends on your personal skateboard style, smaller wheels are typically used for street and smaller riders, while larger wheels are for park and vert. Read more about wheel size and durometers to find the right wheels for your needs.
Skateboard wheels are available in different sizes, degrees of hardness and colors, between which you can choose. They are generally made of polyurethane (PU), a special type of plastic with good elastic properties that give the wheels their bounce. This means that the wheels respond better to the energy transferred to the wheels by the user than if they were made from normal plastic. It is therefore important that you choose your skate wheels with the correct hardness and size, as this affects how the wheels spin and thus also your skateboarding style.
The wheel size is measured in diameter and affects how fast the bike can go and how fast it can accelerate. In general, the following applies:
- Bigger wheels offer higher speed but less maneuverability
- Smaller wheels offer less speed but more maneuverability
50-53mm: Smaller bikes with these dimensions are typically used for street and street parks, as well as for smaller riders. With bikes of these sizes, speed is not the goal, but getting closer to the ground and the edges of the grind.
54-60mm: Wheels with these dimensions are the normal wheel size and are used by both beginners and experienced skaters. They make it possible to skate on ramps and in vert-influenced parks where you need speed to get high on the ramp. The bikes also offer you a versatile ride as they are a good all-round size.
The durometer or hardness of the wheels on SkatePro is displayed according to the A scale with a number followed by the letter A. There are other durometer scales such as the D scale. For everyone, a higher rating equals a harder bike. This means that a wheel with a 100A durometer is harder than a 90A wheel. In general, the following applies:
- Harder wheels offer higher speed and longer life, but less grip and less shock absorption.
- Softer wheels offer more shock absorption and grip, but less speed and a shorter lifespan.
95-100A: This durometer grade is popular with skaters - whether for the street, park or ramp. Hence, choosing wheels with this durometer can be a safe choice.
For the transport: If you use your skateboard primarily for transportation, softer wheels with a larger diameter are preferable as this will make your ride more comfortable.
For tricks: If you use your skateboard primarily for tricks, harder wheels are preferable because they are more responsive, which means you get better control of the board.
The choice of wheel hardness is basically a matter of personal preference. So if you prefer soft wheels, you should choose a lower degree of hardness and if you prefer harder wheels, you should choose a higher degree of hardness.
Tip: White wheels last longer than colored wheels
Colored wheels for skateboards contain dye that wears out faster than PU plastic. However, white wheels do not contain any dyes and therefore you get the purest level of PU, which makes white wheels more durable than colored skateboard wheels.
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