Frequently Asked Question, answered by Graham Collingwood
Which wheel is best for me?
That depends on riding style. The wheel that is best for you depends on what kind of riding you normally do.
Learning to Slide
If you are just learning to slide, a harder durometer freeride wheel will be your best bet. It will break free easier, wear slower, and be less prone to flatspots and ovals. Try out some 84a & 86a Mini Zombies, and 62mm 90a Street Hawgs.
Pushing around town
If you are pushing around town, you will want roll speed and a smooth ride. Also important is grip, as you don’t want to slide out. Our Monster lineup is suggested for pushing-oriented riding. Depending on your board size and wheel clearance, Mini, Micro and Regular Monsters are all great for pushing around town.
Fast, gnarly freeriding
Looking to push your skating? You’ll want a predictable wheel that will slide smooth with a little bit more grip, like the FSU.
If you are getting into downhill, grippy square lipped wheels are your best bet. Biggies, Monsters and Mini Monsters are all great for downhill.
Cruising & Carving
You can cruise and carve on just about any wheel. You may find a lipped, 70mm wheel like the Mini Monster more enjoyable due to its quick acceleration, agility and smooth ride.
Round lipped wheels are the way to go when it comes to going slideways.
This one should be obvious. Street Hawgs!
What is Core Placement?
Your weight is dispersed evenly across the contact patch of the wheel. Generally speaking, centerset wheels can have great grip and consistency due to this even distribution as well as symmetrical lips inside and out. If sliding, centerset wheels can be flipped to even the wear, making them last longer.
Sideset cores are typically seen on freeride wheels as they are quite easy to slide.
Offset wheels can feel similar to sideset wheels, depending on the lip profile. With rounded lips, they will be great for sliding. With square lips the wheel will be grippy and great for cruising, carving, or downhill.
What is Wheel Durometer?
- Will be easier to initiate a slide
- May be ‘icy’ – have a less predictable slide with little resistance
- Will translate more vibrations from rough surfaces than soft wheels
- Faster rolling speed on smooth surfaces than soft wheels
- Slower to wear
- More grip than a harder wheel
- Can be more difficult to initiate a slide
- Slide may be more consistent and predictable than a hard wheel
- Dampens vibrations caused by rough surfaces better than hard wheels
- May wear more quickly
Sliding Hawgs Wheels?
Sliding your wheels will inevitably cause them to wear. Different wheel shapes, urethane formulas, durometers, and core configurations are all factors that play into how a wheel will wear.
Offset, lipped wheels
These may ‘hourglass’ due to the core placement.
Sideset and offset wheels
These will ‘cone’ over time as the core placement puts most of your weight over the inside lip.
These will usually get the most life as you have the ability to flip the wheel and ensure more even wear.
Rotate your wheels
All four wheels on your board do not wear evenly. Rotating wheels is important to maximize the life you get out of your wheels.
Flatspots and ovaling occur when the wheel stops rotating during a slide, causing one portion of the contact patch to wear more than the rest. To avoid this, avoid holding your board completely sideways when in a slide. You want to keep your wheels rolling!
Why are Bearings & Spacers Important?
Bearings can make a huge difference in how your wheels roll and slide. Properly maintaining your bearings to ensure that they are rust and grit-free is very important if you enjoy a smooth-rolling ride. There are many guides you can find online that show you how to do this.
Spacers reduce the side-load applied to your bearings when in a slide, and also ensure that your bearings are spinning uniformly. Good spacers will completely eliminate wheel vibrations and chatter caused by janky loose bearings.
The result will be more consistent and predictable slides, and less pterodactyl noises! Spaceballs are ideal for longboards as the spacer is built into the design of the wheel, ensuring that your setup always feels its best!