Skateboard wheels are one of the most important aspects of a skateboard, allowing the rider to roll or cruise on ramps and concrete.
Skateboard wheels are typically made of high-grade urethane, and come in a large assortment of sizes, shapes, and formulas, designed for many different types of skating.
What size skateboard wheels should I use?
Most street skaters and ramp skaters prefer wheels ranging from 50 millimeters to 60 millimeters, while longboarders and slalom-skaters generally prefer much larger wheels, ranging is size from 60mm to 70mm and up.
Durometer is hardness, but what durometer should I buy?
When choosing a wheel the hardness or durometer is also of great importance. Most street skaters prefer a harder wheel (around 99a or 100a durometer rating), while park and ramp riders generally like medium-hardness skateboard wheels, ranging from 96a to 99a. For those using long boards and cruisers, a considerably softer skateboard wheel (ranging from 78a up to 87a durometer) is preferred for an uber smooth ride, making it easier to navigate over large cracks and small pebbles on the riding surface, and having a better grip on the terrain.
All skateboards require four wheels, although you also need two bearings to go within each wheel in order to get things rolling (which is why bearings typically come in sets of eight).
Zumiez, your online skate shop, offers a wide selection of skateboard wheels from the best brands in wheels... Spitfire wheels, Bones wheels, Ricta wheels, and many more, for nearly every type of skateboarding, including street skating, park skating, vert skating, and longboarding and cruising.