How to Pick Skateboard Wheels | Custom Skateboard


Hey guys, what’s up? We’re here to discuss skateboard wheels. Different sizes, shapes and hardness. Right away, let’s go right to the smallest. This from Spitfire. This is the 50mm. 50mm is the measurement
on the wheel, then we’re also going to have a durometer. Durometer is going to tell us the hardness
and softness of the wheel. As far as this wheel’s profile, this is considered
a standard street skating profile wheel. When I say profile, I mean the look and feel
around the outside of the wheel. The 50mm being one of the smallest sizes that
most shops will carry. I’ve seen these go down to 46. When you get down to that size you’re basically
looking at a bearing cover. The bearing goes right in here. You can imagine that if this were to get smaller,
it would just be like a bearing cover. Another size that is a lot more popular and
more commonly used is the 56. The main difference between the two sizes,
these are the same hardness. This wheel here is better for technical, low-level
skate tricks, not too common with guys really bombing hills or riding in bowls or parks. But, then again, when it comes to skateboarding,
everything is done on anything. So, it is possible but it just hinders a bit. With the bigger wheel, it is more terrain. Able to go over bigger crevices and nooks
and crannies that are in the streets. When it comes to skate parks, the wheel size
sometimes doesn’t matter because the skate parks are just so smooth and perfect. With the hard wheel too, the benefit that
you get is a power slide because the wheel doesn’t have that super grip like a soft wheel. We’ll get into the soft wheels in a second. Like I said, this 56, 55, 54 is your average
skate size. Then, going up, a lot of your bigger skaters,
when I say “bigger skaters”, I mean the maneuvers that they are performing. Transition, bowls, prefer a bigger wheel,
anywhere from a 57 to a 60mm. The other thing, also with these, when you
are going down large hills, you will be a lot more stable on a bigger, bigger wheel
than you would be, say, on this 50mm wheel. You’ll also go much faster with this bigger
wheel. What I was talking about with power slide
and gripping, this soft wheel, this is a Schutt wheel, 57mm and an 85a. The 85a is the durometer. 80, 78 is a real soft durometer. And the durometer on the hard wheels is about
95 and over; it goes up to 101 with the Spits and they are extremely hard whereas this one
is super soft, a little more cruiser-style, better for entry level. If you’re learning how to push, I highly recommend
a soft wheel. This style of wheel came out because of a
lot of kids that liked to film, so it’s a quieter wheel behind the skater as well as
a little more stable. So when you’re holding a camera, you are able
to maneuver the board a little bit better than you would with the hard wheel. As far as street setups, you can run this
soft wheel. You can even, on your cruiser boards, or maybe
a long skateboard, you can run a very large wheel, all the way up into the 60’s and 62mm. This one here, a custom shut deck, Gullwing
trucks. This one has the old OJ’s that were brought
back. A lot of companies are bringing back some
of these cruiser-style wheels as a resurgence in skateboarding. What I highly recommend is, for the beginner
or someone new into it, going with a Filmer style wheel. With the wheel size, when it comes to this
Filmer wheel, for the new person into skating, I highly recommend this 57mm. 57, 58, something under 60. You’ll also have to compensate the wheel size
for when you have to step off the board to push, so it will bring your center of gravity
lower to the ground so you can get a better push and be more stable while skating.

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