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Skateboard Wheels Are an Important Part of Your Setup
Skateboard wheels are a small but important part of your skateboard. They impact your whole riding experience, and even small changes to the types of wheels used can have a big influence on how your riding feels.
Skateboard wheels come in many sizes, hardness options, and designs. However, they are made from the same material. All modern-day wheels for skateboards are made of polyurethane (PU), which provides much better durability and grip than the materials used before.
Depending on your skating style and how often you ride, you might need to replace your skate wheels every few months. This is because they can get easily worn and damaged during use.
The Characteristics of Skate Wheels
The two main characteristics of skateboard wheels are the size and durometer.
The size of the wheel is measured in diameter (mm), and it affects the board’s speed and control. Bigger skateboard wheels are typically faster but less maneuverable. Smaller skateboard wheels, on the contrary, tend to be easier to maneuver and control but are not as fast.
The hardness of the wheel is indicated by a numerical rating and the letter A. The higher the rating, the harder the wheels. The durometer affects the durability, road grip, and shock absorption of the wheels.
It’s not just about technical specs though. Skateboard wheels are available in a huge range of colors and designs, so it’s a great way to customize and personalize your board.
What Skateboard Wheels Should I Get?
Skateboard wheels are all about personal preferences, but there are a few rules of thumb. Generally, you should get skateboard wheels based on your riding style.
If you’re a technical street skater, you might prefer small, hard skateboard wheels. Smaller wheels are lighter, which makes lifting off the ground and performing flip tricks easier. Some vert and bowl riders also prefer hard wheels. However, they are usually larger and wider to provide more stability, speed and grip to the surface.
If you are more into cruising with your board, you should choose a set of soft skateboard wheels. Softer wheels will give you a smoother ride since they absorb the vibration of the surface better. This is why you won't be feeling every pebble on the road.
Still unsure what skate wheels you should get? Then have a look at our Skateboard Wheel Guide, which provides more information about different wheel sizes and durometers.