If you are a skateboarder, you know how important the wheels are. There are many, many types of skateboard wheels in the world. What kind of skateboard wheels makes a skateboarder? This short guide is designed to help you understand the many different types of wheels.
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The skaters call this "hardness" the Shore D wheel or durometer. The durometer scale comes in two types. The D scale is used on more difficult materials, while the A scale is used for softer materials such as polyurethane used in a skate wheel.
You must choose a durometer, depending on what you want in a skateboard wheel. A rule of thumb is that 78a to 88a are long-length cruisers or wheels, as they are extremely soft wheels that can roll very easily, while 88a to 97a or more typically make good wheels for drivers. These harder wheels give a little more control over the board and give the skater more speed in smooth skating, such as concrete in a skate park. A harder wheel is also less likely to develop a flat pot if you are a powerlider.
The following feature that you must see in a wheel is its shape. A 'free bike' is your daily skateboard. The Freeride wheels have round edges and a rounded front that will drop the edges or become much easier than when the conical wheels had a flat back. Downhill Longboarders often use soft freeride bikes because it makes it easier to go downhill. The other type of wheel is the conical wheel. The conical wheels have a reversed volcanic shape for them, with a cube back. Then you have to think about the diameter of the wheel. Normal skate bikes usually come in sizes from 50 to 54 mm. Skate wheels are usually not much smaller than 50mm because they are too small to be handy. Larger wheels are often used on longboard or cruiser boards. Many longboarders would like to use a softer wheel of 59 to 60 mm. Longboarders use larger wheels than roadboarders because it facilitates the role of shocks or tears on the road. Extremely low longboarders usually buy bigger wheels - up to 65 mm or more - due to the increased speed. The higher the wheel, the more speed you will win on a hill.
If you are a road cruiser, you can see some tapered wheels from 78 to 60 mm. If you are a skater skater, you probably need small, hard wheels - the 97a 52mm wheels would do well. Before you buy the wheels you are looking for, you can find out if you can test a board with the wheels you have examined. Finally, we discuss what the wheel's durometer is, how the shape is a factor and the diameter differences.