Have you ever wondered what the most important part of a skateboard is? If you think the answer is anything but the wheels, then you are wrong.
The wheels of your skateboard determine your speed, your balance, ease of navigation, noise levels and how much control you have over your skateboard. If your set is sub par, then your whole skateboarding vibe is going to be sub par as well this why you have to pick the best skateboard wheels.
Simply, your tire choice plays a big part in how well you skate. Even the most talented skateboarders can be negatively affected by the wrong type of wheels.
Sometimes you might need more than one set for your skateboarding needs, this is because these wheels come in 3 size ranges, the size a you choose depends on what type of skating activity they have in mind and what kind of skills or talents they possess..
Different surfaces also comes to play in the choice of wheels as different surfaces call for different types.
Most skaters do like to find out what suits them best by a lot of trial and error, they buy a few sets and see how well it works for them.
This is a great method when you have a big budget but if you don’t with the help of this article, you can go ahead and save your money on trial and error tactics. I will show the best wheels trending in the market as far as the year 2018 is concerned and help you decide which wheels are best suited to your skating needs or which ones will go well with your deck.
10 Trending Skateboard Wheels in 2017 (Compared)
Before the review, there are a couple of terms to get used to. These terms are used to describe the 2 type of numbers found printed on every skateboard wheel:
Durometer And Diameter
Durometers and Diameters go way deeper in details but for a new skateboarder or even an experienced one a lot of it is pointless. In the end what feels good to you when riding is what matters. A lot of your preference should depend on what kind off riding do you prefer.
Are you a cruiser? Trickster? You want to trick it out on ramps? Or you want to just cruise around with your friends? or are you instead looking for longboard wheels?
Keep in mind that most while can do all of those things it is better to get specialized wheels so you can really maximize there capabilities, this why you should read all this before picking the right set for you.
In no particular order, these are the best and most trending wheels in the skateboarding communities.
5 Best Skateboard Wheels Reviewed:
We have reviewed them so you can easily figure out the which wheels you should buy or get for somebody else. If you are still confused feel free to reach us or leave a comment below and we will try to help you out.
Spitfire Classic Series High Performance:
These wheels from Spitfire has a great grip. It’s durometer is set at 99, which isn’t too bad.
It is somewhere in the middle, it is soft enough not to be excessively noisy, but still hard enough for tricks if you are a beginner.
Spitfire manufactures the classic series in various sizes from 50mm to 60mm so you can get the 50mm for tricks and also be able to cruise around on the larger sizes.
It can be summarized that the Spitfire Classic series wheels are great for most activities, from technical tricks to cruising, but only if you are a beginner not yet pounding the pavement heavily.
Stick these on your skateboard decks with awesome grip tape and you will have an awesome board to play on.
It is always advised to start with softer wheels at first, until skateboarding skills are improved, then move on to harder ones. This isn’t best suited for hardcore or heavy skating activities .
Mini-Logo Skateboards C-Cut :
If you are on a low budget and not looking to spend much but want a great quality set, this is a good choice for you.
Mini-logo is part of the Powell company. Powell mainly makes professional grade skateboard wheels, one of which we would be doing a review later on (the Peralta G Bones).
However, probably as part of a marketing strategy, Powell created Mini-Logo as a medium to still create professional grade wheels for their not-so-wealthy customers. The Mini-logo are without the fancy look and graphic designs that gives the average Powell its premium price.
In other words, the Mini-logo products are regular professional grade products, but without the professional grade cool graphics, designs and price. The customers get a great product with a very low price.
The trade off is that Mini-logo wheels don’t have some of the super tech design that others have.
The Mini-Logo C-Cut is best suited for for transition skaters. This brand glides perfectly and provides a quality product at a relatively low price.
The wheels features a high rebound formula and a high performance urethane that is supposed to help it last longer and provide optimum effects during skateboarding activities.
It is also available as A-Cut wheels for street skating, for best results choose wheel sizes ranging from 50 through 54mm.
With a 53mm size and a durometer of 101A, a harder durometer rating will have less friction and drag making them ideal for trick/technical skating and also they are brutal on your skateboard trucks and bearings.
The company has existed in the skate industry for 35 years. Mini-Logo guarantees great performance and value with their lifetime warranty against manufacturer’s defects, giving customers some ease of mind.
Bones STF Street Tech Formula Skateboard V4 Wheels
Bones have come up with different sets for different skating activities, there is the SPF for park skating, the DTF for ditch boarding, and the pair currently being reviewed , the STF for street skating.
All of Bones wheels, including the STF are flat-spotting resistant. Flat-spotting happens when you slide often on your skateboard, ruining the wheels by flattening the wheels
While most brands use a 84a to 104a rating to explain the hardness or softness of their wheels, there are other brands like Bones who use the ‘b scale’ rating which is 20 points higher than the regular scale.
This means 84b (Bones ) = 104a (Regular brands). They are as hard as they come. This is why they do not flat-spot and last long, making them a popular choice for skaters.
Powell-Peralta G-Bones 97A (Black, 64mm)by Powell-Peralta
Powell company, already mentioned in a previous review for Mini-Logo, makes premium professional grade wheels.
Powell brands are one of the greats you would find around, they are also premium priced and one of the more expensive ones you would find in the market.
A 97a urethane formula or durometer rating should normally be on the softer side, usually feels draggy, but with the high quality you expect from a legendary brand like Powell Peralta, these wheels are fast.
They do not feel too soft and they do not underperform. They roll smoothly on the pavement and provide amazing grip, gliding smoothly over pebbles.
If you want slide wheels that doubles as park wheels, these are great.
Wonnv LED Light-up with ABEC-7 Bearings – Smoother Quieter Ride – 60x45mm:
Wonnv LED Light-up Skateboard Wheels, as the name implies , glow with LED lights, they light up. So this might not be for everyone. It is more popular among younger skateboarders who are attracted to the lights and flashy gimmicks.
It is also praised by safety enthusiasts and activists because the LED lights make it easier to be seen at night.
Considering the type of technology that goes into this set, this is a reasonably priced wheel, in fact it is a bargain.
The wheels are lit up using magnetic induction and do not require batteries. The interior of the wheel has been equipped with magnetic parts, which is fixed by two bearings. The core of the wheel then spins around these magnetic parts.
Basically, the whole unit works like a dynamo that generates the energy used by the LEDs.
More Installation than usual is needed, as you might assume with these type of wheels. Your order will arrive with installation instructions which you have to follow carefully to make sure your wheels do light up, as something as simple as not tightening the bolts enough would prevent the LED lighting up.
Most wheels are usually made of polyurethane but what specifies their effectiveness are the many different sizes they come in.
You should choose an appropriate size depending on what type of skating activity you intend to carry out.
Just remember these few key points :
- The lower the ‘mm’ number the slower and more stable the wheel
- Larger wheel diameters are in the 60–85 mm range, they roll at a faster speed and move more easily over smaller cracks in the road and are better for cruising or transportation.
- Average sized ones are in the 54 -59mm range and they are better for beginners.
- Small wheel diameters are in the 48 – 53mm range and are better for flip tricks.
If you are either a beginner or you are simply unsure of your needs or skills, stick to a “middle ground” size between 52 – 56mm, this way your wheels aren’t too big or too small. Stick to this size until you have a better grasp or idea of your needs, a lot of things in life need getting used to and skateboard wheels are one of them.
Beginners should also stick to softer wheels and then increase the hardness as they get better. Once you form your style you’ll develop a preference on what wheel size works best for your type of riding