Choosing the right skateboard wheels is very important. Some may just take it for granted but in reality, many professional skaters are very particular with their wheels, especially with the size.
In the advent of skateboarding, the material polyurethane was used in wheel development. It offered strength, enough grip, and enough slide for most “skatable” surfaces. The manufacturers have several formulas that they employ to make the wheels have certain characteristics. Some may prefer grip over slide, others prefer more resistance to flat spots. So depending on the skater’s preference, a wheel can work wonders or can be a nuisance.
The first thing that you should do when choosing a wheel is to do some research. Even just asking around the skate park for some reactions on their wheels can be very helpful in making your purchase worth it. You can even try their boards so you can get a feel of a specific brand. Asking a skate shop in your neighborhood can also help a lot.
Then the next thing is to determine the size of the wheel. The size tends to affect the rotation of the board. The bigger the size, the heavier the wheels will be. The usual size of the wheels on a skateboard that will run mostly on any surface is 52mm to 54mm. But some skaters will want bigger wheels so that they can roll faster during bombing runs on hills. Bigger wheels are also good on bricks and rotten concrete. Bigger wheels are less susceptible to the different surfaces and allow you to pump or push less when skating. Some like smaller wheels because they are slower and they want more balance in doing flips. You need to find the proper size for you, and there is no other way but to experiment. Click Here to find a chart that will help you choose the right size wheels, decks, and trucks.