Skateboard wheels are a very personal choice and there are a lot on the market. Depending on your style of skating and the type of terrain where you live will determine which ones suit you. Hopefully our skateboard wheel reviews will help you make your choice.
Top 10 Best Skateboard Wheels in 2015
Here we are going to go through the best skateboard wheels in our opinion for 2015 and going into 2016. It can be difficult to choose from the endless lists on some of the online skate stores so we thought we would break it down into manageable chunks. Categorised into street skating, park and soft skateboard wheels we hope this helps you make your choice more easily.
The table below is a quick overview of our top ten with a bit more detail on each wheel at the bottom of the page.
Below we give you more information on the products we listed above in the table. Have a read through and find the wheels that suit you.
Bones STF Wheels Review
Bones STF wheels are designed specifically for street skaters to give the best performance possible. The Street Tech Formula range of wheels is built with years of experience from some of the best skateboarders putting the Bones STF wheels to the hardest tests. The wheels have a high rebound for better speed and sliding whilst keeping a high resistance to flat spots. These wheels are skated by so many great skaters, this urethane quality gets the best reviews from many street skaters. They are available in a range of size from 49mm to 55mm and in different widths. They really cater for all sorts of street skating and are at home in the local skate park. A highly recommended set of wheels that will last the test of time.
Click here to read the full Bones STF review and get the full low down.
Spitfire Formula Four Wheels Review
The Spitfire Formula 4 wheels are the latest wheels to come from the quality wheel makers. They come in a range of sizes from 50mm to 60mm with different widths and in the choice of 99a or 101a. This is a truly versatile range of wheels that should suit most skaters. The urethane is tried and tested by some of the best skaters in the world and can put up with the toughest skating and will last a long time. The Spitfire Formula Four range have flat spot resistance which should also make then last longer, there is nothing worse than getting flat spot on a new set of wheels. The classic shape is nice and light to keep the weight of the board down and there is also the classic full shape that is a little wider for more control and speed. A highly recommended wheel for most modern skateboard set ups.
Spitfire Classic Wheels Review
The Spitfire Classic wheels have been around for a long time and are trusted by many skaters. Available in sizes from 52mm to 54mm. They are made from the highest quality urethane that has lasted continuous poundings from many skaters and is still the wheel of choice for many. The Spitfire Classic wheels are pretty good value and incredibly versatile, the original formula is a 99a duro wheel that is great for the streets and in the park. A great all round wheel that is truly versatile. With so may new wheels coming on to the market this one is still a best seller. Highly recommended!
OJ Filmer: Fish Boobs 87a Wheels Review
The OJ Filmers Wheels at 87a are brilliant for cruising around the streets over all sorts of bumpy surfaces. The UK streets are full of bumps and uneven surfaces which a lot of small and hard modern skateboard wheels really struggle with. They allow you to take on all pavements at speed and still pop a good few tricks as you are cruising. They are good on bigger cruising boards or on a standard size board. These wheels are not really suitable for the skate park as they are pretty slow on smooth surfaces. These soft OJ wheels come in 56 or 58mm sizes which also helps them roll well. Highly recommended if you are cruising or live in an area that has bad surfaces.
Ricta Clouds Wheel Review
Ricta skateboard wheels offer a great range of wheels that suit most skaters. Ricta Clouds are a soft wheel for cruising around the street on a big cruising board or on a standard size board. Like the OJ filmers these wheels are brilliant for rough UK pavements that can shake your board to bits if you are running harder wheels. Ricta Clouds give you a nice smooth ride and will easily pop up and down curbs and allow you to do some tricks. These are super grippy wheels so will not slide well. Perfect if you want to save your knee joints and don’t want your teeth rattled out! Highly recommended by us.
Bones SPF Wheels Review
Bones Skatepark Formula wheels have been developed to offer a set of wheels that is fantastic at the skatepark and on smooth surfaces. The wheels are measured using the durometer B scale which gives really accurate reading and allows the accurate measuring of very hard wheels. Bones SPF wheels have a high resistance to flat spots and offer high rebound for a super fast ride. The urethane is formulated to have a lot of grip on slick surfaces and still slide well when needed. They should last a long time and keep their shape even after the toughest use. Not so good for street skating as they are very hard. Great Wheels that are recommended by many skaters.
Krooked Zip Zinger Wheels Review
Krooked Zip Zingers are a really soft cruising wheel that give a really smooth ride. They are a bit too large in diameter for standard sized set ups but are perfect for large cruising boards. If you’re into bombing down hills or the local bumpy pavements these wheels will serve you well giving you a smooth ride and will take out the roughness of most streets. For carving around they are perfect but too heavy and soft for doing tricks. Highly recommended for cruising boards.
Spitfire Bighead Wheels Review
Spitfire offer another well respected wheel with the Bighead range. The wheels come in a 99a durometer which is a versatile hardness for skateboard wheels meaning they should be good for street skating and at the park. They come in a massive range of sizes from 48mm to 63mm which caters for most skaters preferences and is a bigger range than most wheel sets. These wheels have been around for a long time and are ridden by many pros so they should be good for most of us! They tend to be good value as well coming in at around the £30 mark which is cheaper than a lot of other premium wheels. A really good wheel and definitely worth a try.
Bones ATF Wheels Review
The Bones All Terrain Formula wheels are great for any surface as it describes in the title. Great for bombing around the streets weather they are smooth or rough and can take on a little bit of dust and gravel too. For most of us the sunny smooth surfaces of California are not a reality so the Bones ATF wheels could be a good solution. With wheel sizes from 54mm to 60mm they will run nicely on a standard board size. At 80a they will take the roughness out of most surfaces and will be good for a few tricks. Pretty slow at the skate park though so not an all round wheel. Highly recommended for cruising around!
Spitfire Soft D’s Wheels Review
The Spitfire Soft D’s are brilliant wheels that offer a good wheel for street skating that is a little softer then most but not as soft as some of the more cruising type wheels. At 92a and 95a they still offer a firm ride but are also soft enough to take the edge of those rough surfaces making your set up a bit quieter and easier on the knees. They come in 52mm, 54mm and 56mm diameters so cover a good range of sizes. We really recommend these if you want a bit of a smoother ride than really hard wheels.
The skateboard wheel reviews above should cover most styles but look out for our latest reviews of other wheels that we will post every so often.
What does the 97a, 95a and 101a actually mean?
It means the measurement of the hardness of the skateboard wheel which is measured in the durometer scale. The number before the ‘a’ indicates the hardness. A wheel that has a hardness off 99a is going to be pretty hard and will be fast on smooth surface but a wheel with a lower number on the durometer like 87a will be a lot softer and smoother on rougher surfaces.
What are skateboard wheels made of?
Skateboard wheels are usually made of polyurethane, they are made by using a mould and come in lots of different colours!
The rough UK streets!
We all watch endless skate videos of top pros rolling around super smooth streets and school play grounds in California in full sun. Well that is not really the case in the UK. We have some nice smooth places to skate in city centres and plenty of new parks but most of us live in areas with pretty bumpy old tarmac pavements that are horrible to skate on. This is where softer and larger diameter skateboard wheels come into play, the bigger the diameter the smoother they will be over a bumpy surface and also the softer they are the smoother the ride will be.
A lot of UK skaters like the feel of hard wheels but want something to roll on a number of surfaces so a wider diameter of 58mm could be the way forward for you.
OJ make the “Filmer” wheels that have a hardness of 87a. These feel amazing on the rough streets but are slow and squidgy at the skate park. If you spend most of your time carving around the streets and car parks these could be for you. They are also really quiet hence the “OJ Filmer Wheels” name. Be warned don’t try too many power slides with these as they have a lot of grip and are made for the skaters that want to cruise around.
Skateboard Wheels for the parks.
The number of concrete and indoor skate parks is growing rapidly in the UK which gives everyone the opportunity to skate some really nice smooth and fast surfaces. There are tons of wheels on the market to suit this sort of skating. They tend to be smaller in diameter and have a harder compound like 99a to 101a. These feel great when you are bombing around the park and pushing the board into tricks. They power slide nice and easily and are definitely the best choice for the skate park. The worst thing on these wheels is to slide the board and get a big flat spot that makes them slower and noisy. They are noisy and make the board really loud on a rough surface.
There are a number of lightweight skateboard wheels on the market as a lot of larger boards are sold that are pretty heavy set ups. The Welcome Ghost Orb are claimed to be around 15% lighter than others on the market which could make a massive difference to your skateboard if you add it to a set up with light weight trucks as well.
Its worth getting a few and trying them out and even have a couple of sets for different types of surface. When you are thinking about buying try and think about the surface you skate on the most.
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