Buy skateboard wheels online at Stoked
Are your skateboard wheels ready for replacement? Or is this your first time buying a set of wheels? Here at Stoked we're happy to help you out. All wheels are sold per four and are carefully tested by our team. Our collection consists of quality brands like Spitfire, Bones, Stoked, Haze, Ricta and OJ Wheels. The choice of your wheels depends on your riding style, budget and personal preference.
We also recommend to check what size and hardness you need. Both your trucks and the surface you usually ride on play an important role. Not to mention, they need to fit perfectly with your whole set-up. Ready to rock?
Features of wheels
Skateboard wheels are made of urethane. This is a plastic material that is produced in different hardnesses. The manufacturers use molds which they fill with this material.
Depending on the hardness of the urethane and the shape of the mould, you will get different types of wheels. Each manufacturer uses its own formula and model to come up with unique specimens.
How big should your skateboard wheels be?
The size of your wheels is the diameter of the wheel. This is indicated in mm. The size of the wheels depends on your style of skating and the height of your trucks. The size of the wheels depends on your style of skating and the height of your trucks, but also on the surface you usually skate on and your personal preferences. To make it easy, we summarized everything in a handy size chart.
Matching the size of your wheels to your style of skating:
|Street skating||50 - 53 mm|
|Skatepark||51 - 55 mm|
|Bowl, pool, ramp||54 - 59 mm|
|Cruising||56 - 65 mm|
The difference is in starting and maintaining speed. Small wheels accelerate faster, but don't maintain speed as long. So this is very practical on street spots with a short approach and at the skate park. Large wheels do the opposite: accelerate less, but maintain speed longer. Recommended for skaters who like mini ramps, bowls and making speed in concrete skate parks. With one push you can go a lot further. Ideal if you like to skate longer distances without having to push off all the time.
Match the size of your wheels with your trucks:
|Low trucks||50 - 53 mm|
|Mid lifts||51 - 56 mm|
|High Trucks||53 - 60 mm|
The height of your trucks also matters. For example, it is best not to skate with wheels over 53 mm high on low trucks. Otherwise you might end up with unnecessary 'wheelbites'* and 'faceplants'*. For mid trucks we recommend wheels between 51 and 56 mm. When riding high trucks, we recommend wheels between 53 and 60 mm. You can find more information about the alignment of your wheels on your trucks here.
Wheelbites occur when the wheel makes contact with the board. This causes you to stop abruptly and may cause you to fall on your face. That's a faceplant.
How hard should skateboard wheels be?
The hardness of the wheels will affect your grip, riding feel and comfort when skating.
As mentioned before, they are made of urethane. The hardness can differ from wheel to wheel and is indicated by the A-value. This is also called the wheel durometer. The higher this number, the harder the wheel. But what's the difference between hard and soft skateboard wheels?
The harder the wheel, the less grip. With hard wheels you can easily powerslide and slide over curbs and ledges. Hard wheels also last a lot longer and are less prone to flatspots. These are worn parts of the wheel caused by sliding a lot. Especially technical (street and park) skaters choose medium-hard to hard wheels to make their slides easier.
Medium-hard wheels are ideal on very slippery surfaces like wood and extra-polished concrete.
Soft wheels provide more grip for better cornering at high speeds. Soft wheels are also more comfortable on rough roads. Soft wheels are usually chosen by filmers or cruisers. We also recommend them for spots with a very bad surface.
To make things simple for you, we made the table below.
|Very soft wheels||73 – 85a||
|Soft wheels||86 – 95a||
|Hard castors||96– 99a||
|Very hard wheels||100 – 104a||
Wheel width and contact surface
In addition to the diameter of the wheel, there are also differences in the wheel width and contact area.
1. Wheel width:
This is the entire span of the wheel.
This can vary according to the wheel shape.
2. Contact area:
The area that makes contact with the ground.
The wider the contact area the more grip and speed you can achieve. Smaller wheels are lighter and more suitable for technical tricks.
In general, the larger the wheel, the larger the contact area. Size and width are usually proportional to each other.
Wheel shapesThe wheel shape is the shape of the wheel. In general there are two types. Basic wheels and Conical wheels.
Basic wheels get narrower from the core to the contact surface. The smaller contact surface makes these wheels more manoeuvrable and suitable for fast and technical tricks. These wheels are very responsive because they have less contact to the ground.
Conical wheelsConical wheels are wider from the core to the contact area. These wheels are very responsive because they have less contact with the ground. This results in a slightly higher stability and grip. The conical shapes also help you to lock in the grind.
Wide wheelsThese wider wheels are great for those who like to skate at higher speeds. They have a larger contact surface, which gives you more stability and grip. Perfect for skating on concrete skateparks, miniramps and bowls. On the other hand they are a bit heavier, so less suitable for technical fliptricks.
Brands like Bones and Spitfire have even more different shapes.
Below we'll take a closer look at the two most popular skateboard wheel brands.
Bones and Spitfire have different wheel formulas and shapes. These are tailored to each type of skater.
BonesBones is one of the most popular brands on the market. It comes directly from the factories of Powell Peralta. Because of their many years of experience in producing skateboard wheels, they're leading the market. We distinguish two formulas at Bones. The STF - Street Tech Formula and the SPF - Skate Park Formula. These wheels are also very flatspot resistant.
Within these two formulas, they have developed a number of shapes.
- Bones STF V1: Standard
- Bones STF V2: Locks. Because they are slightly flatter along the side, they offer a better lock-in on your grinds.
- Bones STF V3: Slims. These are narrower wheels that are lighter and offer more response for fast and technical skate tricks.
- Bones STF V4: Wides. Developed for the speed freaks. These give you more stability and grip at high speeds.
- Bones STF V5: Side Cuts. Optimal for both your grinds and stability.
- Bones STF V6: Wide Cut. Provide better stability and less friction while grinding.
- Bones SPF P5: Side Cut. Designed for greater stability, less friction and longer grinds.
- Bones SPF P6: Wide Cut: Wider contact area, providing even more grip and stability during driving and grinding.
SpitfireSpitfire has a great reputation. Many skaters swear by this top brand. They use an indestructible, performance-retaining urethane that they produce in two hardnesses, 99a and 101a. Spitfires are very flatspot resistant and belong to the top segment of skateboard wheels.
Spitfire wheels: 2 hardnesses in 7 different shapes.
- Spitfire Classics: These are the standard wheels. Perfect for speed and control.
- Spitfire Tablets: These have a straight cut sidewall with a slightly smaller contact surface. This will optimize your speed and control.
- Spitfire Radials: Rounded design for control, speed and a responsive slide.
- Spitfire Radial Slims: Thinner and lighter for more responsive technical tricks and slides.
- Spitfire Conicals: The conical shape provides more maneuverability and less weight.
- Spitfire Conical Full: A wider contact patch for great control and speed.
- Spitfire Lock Ins: An asymmetrical shape with a conical profile on one side and a straight cut inside. Easier to lock into your grinds for longer.
Wheels for cruisers and longboards
Cruisers and longboards usually have larger and softer wheels. These provide an optimal riding experience on rough surfaces. The size and softness of the wheels better absorb relief, making them more comfortable to ride. The wide contact surface provides more stability at higher speeds. In addition, these wheels are much quieter, which makes them optimal for filmers. More information can be found in the Cruisers collection.
For chill cruising on the street, you should choose a skateboard wheel with a size from 56mm and a hardness lower than 87a.
My skateboard wheels don't spin anymore.
When your wheels don't turn anymore, it's often because of your skate bearings. Therefore it's a good idea to clean or replace your bearings in time. Before buying new wheels, check how well your bearings still turn. Are they still in need of replacement? Check out our collection of ball bearingshere .
Any more questions?Are there still things that are unclear? Do you still have a few extra questions? Do not hesitate to contact us via chat, phone or mail. Or come visit us in our shop.
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