What wheels to get for a skateboard

You can’t have a skateboard without the wheels. They’re what allow you to move and determine how fast of speeds will be possible with your board, so it’s important not just for aesthetic purposes but also for safety reasons because some areas may not permit street skating if they’re too crowded or busy by traffic laws (elevated highway bridges).

Skateboard wheels are one of the most important parts of your board, as they allow you to move and determine how fast can go. Made mostly out of polyurethane (a durable material), there’s a range of size and color durability levels depending on what style or preference suits them best!

Before you go out and buy a new skateboard, you need to make sure that you have the right wheels for it. Different wheels will work better on different surfaces, so it’s important to choose the right ones. This blog post gives you some tips on how to choose the right set of wheels for your needs. So if you’re ready to take your skating skills to the next level, keep reading!

Does Skateboard Wheel Size Matter?

Skateboard wheels come in different sizes, with smaller numbers meaning they’re better for tricks. 50-75 mm is a good place to start if you want great control when doing ollies or kick turns!

Wheel size matters! The bigger your wheels, the faster and smoother you can ride. For beginners or people who use their skateboard as a daily transportation option; smaller ones make more sense because they offer balance while accelerating slowly (and tighter turns). Larger diameter decks are great if you are looking 4 fast-paced fun outdoors w/ friends on vert ramps.

Additionally, your height can affect which size wheel is best suited – so make sure that any potential purchases fit properly!

50-53 mm: 

Small, slower wheels; stable for trick riding and smaller riders; skate streets, skate parks, and bowls.

54-58 mm:

Medium-sized wheels; good speed and stability for larger riders on skate streets, skate parks, and bowls.

59mm+Large wheels:

Great for cruising, going fast, and riding smoothly over cracks and small obstacles. It’s not recommended for tricks or skate parks. ideal for taller riders skating on the street.

If you are a beginner, we recommend going with smaller wheels in the 50-53mm range. You can always move up to larger wheels as you get more comfortable skating and progress in your skills.

Some guidelines about skateboard wheel hardness (durometer)

A durometer is a measurement that tells you how hard the wheel may be. The higher number, such as an 80b durometer compared to 99a or A scales will give skaters more options.

When choosing their boards because they can handle certain levels of difficulty with ease and still provide plenty for smoother riding conditions depending on what kind of surface it’ll be used on.

Dual-durometer wheels offer a more tailored skating experience by combining the strengths of both ends. These skateboard wheels have an inside measurement that’s harder than normal while the outside is softer, giving them greater speed and durability in certain terrains!

Harder wheels are faster and better for street skating while softer ones work well on smooth surfaces like parks. Companies design their respective types of skateboard tires accordingly depending upon how they want to use them – 

Some make them specifically fast or durable whereas others offer a greater grip with less slip when pushing through rough terrain such as brick walls at speeds over 30 mph (48 Km/h).

The 78a-87

Soft wheel is perfect for rough surfaces like hills and longboards. It has a lot of grip so you can easily roll over cracks or pebbles with no problem at all!

The 88a-95a

The faster and more responsive 88a-95a is ideal for street surfaces, while the softer but still durable grip of 95b produces a smoother ride on rougher roads.

Wheel durometers are widely used in the skating world, but what does that mean? Is it important to you as a skater or just want more knowledge on how they work. Well, read below! 

The 96a-99

These wheels are a great choice for skating streets, skate parks, and other smooth surfaces. These bearings have an excellent speed with perfect grip which makes them ideal if you’re just starting out in this sport!

The 101a

101a is the hardest and fastest wheel with less grip. It’s ineffective on slicker surfaces or rough terrain, making it perfect for professionals who need to keep their balance as they skate across obstacles like rails of course!

The 83b-84b

Wheels using the B scale are so hard they have to be rated 20 points lower than A scales in order for them not break.

Choosing a skateboard wheel shape & contact patch

The shape of the skateboard wheel also affects the ride. Wheels come in two main shapes: conical and round. Conical wheels are more narrow at the edges and get wider towards the center, while round wheels are uniform in width throughout. 

Conical wheels

Conical wheels provide more grip and are better for street skating and doing tricks. They have a smaller contact patch, however, which means they will wear down faster.

Round wheels 

Round wheels provide more speed and durability but less grip. They have a larger contact patch, however, which means they will last longer.

Contact patch

The contact patch is an important factor in skateboard wheel performance. A large contact area means more surface area in contact with the road which leads to lower rolling resistance and faster speed for your ride! The contact patch is the part of the wheel that actually touches the ground when you are riding.

Ultimately, it is up to the individual skater to decide what shape and contact patch of wheel they prefer.

The surface you’ll be skating on

The surface you’ll be skating on will also affect your choice of wheel. Rougher surfaces require harder wheels, while smoother surfaces work best with softer wheels. For example, if you’re going to be skating on a rough surface like concrete, you’ll want to use a harder wheel.

If you’re going to be skating on a smooth surface like wood or tile, you’ll want to use a softer wheel. Ultimately, it’s up to you to experiment with different wheel sizes and hardness to find what works best for you.

Choosing the Right Wheels for Your Skateboarding Style

The type of skateboarding you’re into will also dictate the kind of wheels you’ll need. If you’re into street skating, you’ll want to use smaller, harder wheels. If you’re into skate parks and ramp skating, you’ll want to use larger, softer wheels. Ultimately, it’s up to you to experiment with different wheel sizes and hardness to find what works best for you.

FAQs

What skateboard wheels should a beginner get?

Skateboard wheels come in different hardnesses and sizes. The more expensive the board, the higher quality of the material it is made from; this means that you can expect better balance when riding across varying terrain types like pavement or grass grooves for example!

Micheal Kyser’s favorite beginners’ skateboard wheel has an 88A rating with 59mm width (idealized by grind tricks).

What are 54mm skate wheels best for?

54mm is the perfect Goldilocks zone if you’re looking for a balance between speed and acceleration. This size seems to provide most skateboarders with just enough versatility that will cover any terrain from pavement, concrete, or even hills!

Are 99a wheels soft?

These wheels are some of the hardest on earth! They have a durometer (hardness) value of 99a which makes them super solid and tough.

What size wheels should I get for an 8.0 deck?

For an 8.0 deck, the best skateboard size is 7.75 -8.25 Axles (50 mm) and wheels 52-55mm in width; this will help you get more stability on your ride with an increased turning radius as well!

Do bigger skateboard wheels go faster?

In a race, the skateboarder will get off of their line quicker (faster acceleration) but they can’t maintain it for long. In contrast, a longboarder with larger wheels and higher top speed is going to pass them in due time because he has more momentum behind him which pushes away from obstacles on your path ahead making sharper turns easier!

Conclusion:

Wheels play a big role in how your skateboard performs. Get the wrong set and you could be struggling to make moves or even just keep up with the pack. The good news is that we’ve got all the information you need to choose the right wheels for your needs, so you can hit the streets (or skatepark) with confidence. 


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Hi everyone, I am Ashley, live in Sheffield, England. I'm a Boardsports enthusiast and I've been skateboarding streets since my childhood. As to this site, the goal is to help beginner riders find their perfect equipment so they can have an enjoyable experience on whatever type of board best suits them- whether it be downhill riding or long boarding! Everything written here should be taken as opinion only because everyone's preferences are different, but at least now there will always seem less confusion when looking for gear online.

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