Orangatang Caguama vs Kegel Wheel – Electric Skateboards


Hey everyone I’m Fred I’m Ant and today we’re going to be talking about the new Orangutang Caguama and comparing it to the kegel wheels Cagooma Caguama Cagooma Caguama Caguama Caguama Cawawama So today we’ll be talking about this wheel in regards to e-boards in particular the Evolve skateboards That’s right we’ve done a bunch of tests including carve test, roll test and even just checked out how they slide So we come to this from two different perspectives I typically use these boards for cruising and commuting Whereas I love to hit the gnar gnar and shred and carve So first a little background about this wheel It is an 85 mm size and uses the famous Happy Thane formula It comes in two durometers The orange is an 80a which is a softer formula compared to the 83a of the purple which is a little bit harder It has a 56 mm contact patch which gives a good traction with the road and this deep valley which gives it some nice cushioning the exposed core also helps reduce the overall weight of the wheel Alright so how are these different to the Kegels? Well I’m glad you asked So there are a couple of reasons why this is different to the Kegel and those differences are why it is particularly good for E-boarding So the first difference is the size the Caguama is 85 mm compared to the Kegels 80 mm Basically what that means is there’s more urethane and that absorbs more of those little bumps you ride over on the ground The biggert size should also mean that it has a slightly faster top speed but it may be reduced in acceleration but just a little bit So the other big difference is the Caguama has a tapered edge compared to the Kegel which has a very sharp edge Now a sharp edge is great for grip and really helps with that cornering but when you’re riding on bumpy uneven surfaces those sharp edges can catch So the nice tapered edge does ensure you can glide over them with a bit more ease The other difference is this pattern on the face of it I don’t think it has any practical application but it does look pretty good I think Caguama means turtle so this could be designed to look like a turtle shell I don’t know man but it looks pretty sick We did a couple of practical tests with the Caguamas and the Kegels Now we used the Evolve Carbon GT and we use the same board for both tests in order to keep it as close as possible Alright the first thing we did was a conversion test So we took the board from an all-terrain configuration Took those wheels off put new bearings into the Caguamas change the belt, the gears and the motor covers All up about 10 minutes, super-simple Evolve have got gears that are custom for these wheels so that makes it a breeze So the next test we did was a sprint test to see if there was any difference Now the Kegels were slightly faster over 50 meters, but there was hardly anything in it yeah just, nothing Alright so the next test was the roll test really simple, get the board up to 20 kilometres an hour let the trigger go and see which one rolls the furthest It was a little surprising that the Caguama outperformed the Kegels by a fair bit Yeah the amount was quite surprising it was about 10 metres on average We thought we made a mistake the first time so we did a couple more times and it still came to about the same So yeah but look it is a bigger wheel and it does go over those cracks and bumps quite easily So there you go Next up was a carve test So both the Caguamas and the Kegels carve like a dream they really grip on, they inspire confidence and when you’re really hook into those corners they just keep holding The sharp edge on the Kegels however just gives you that little bit more grip So when you really rip into the carve they hang on a bit tighter than the Caguamas When it came to comfort I was really surprised I didn’t think five millimeters would make that much of a difference but it did Now I typically use these boards for commuting and I think the Caguama is going to be a great wheel for that I also did a test where I went back and forth over a bumpier to smoother surface and noticed the Caguamas did it with quite a lot of ease compared to the harder-edged Kegels So the last test we did, we didn’t do but the guys at Evolve had to do was the slide test because we can’t slide the boards but we know that some of you out there really liked doing that, so we gave that a go too So when it came to sliding they were both pretty similar The rounded edges of the Caguama did obviously make it a little bit easier to slide and if you’re gonna slide a lot the harder urethane of the purple’s will make it even easier So in summary these wheels do have a couple of similarities They have the same urethane and the same size contact patch but the Caguamas do have that tapered edge and are a bigger wheel which makes them particularly good for E-boarding So when it came to the tests there were a couple of differences but the big one for me was the comfort level of the Caguama It’s a really comfortable wheel and it goes from rough to smooth surfaces over those little bumps and imperfections with a lot of ease So if I had to choose between one of these I would go with the Caguama Both the Kegel and the Caguama carve like a dream and the Kegels actually hold on just a little bit harder in those really tight carves but the bigger size of the Caguama just smooths out some of those little imperfections and bumps that the Kegels don’t So Caguama’s got my vote So before this review I really didn’t think I was going to care that much about these wheels because I typically ride the all terrain wheels for comfort but these wheels really changed my mind I really enjoyed the feel It was super fun to ride on and I’m definitely getting a set for my board Fred’s ready for the gnar gnar I’m ready Yoooo!

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