It’s easy to look at the wheels on a skateboard and think they all work the same. After all, they only do rolls, right? That’s true, but skateboard wheels actually have different characteristics. By fine-tuning these characteristics, wheel companies can make their products work very well in a variety of environments.
That’s why today we’re introducing the best wheels for skating on the street. These wheels are built to handle the various terrains found in the city and can be advanced along the way to improve the skating experience.
These Spitfire wheels are rapidly becoming a modern classic and you won’t miss seeing the set in modern skateparks and most skateboards. There are various sizes from 50mm to 60mm in diameter. There are also two main wheel durometers with 99a blue wheel option or the 101a red wheel option.
The softer 99a wheels are suitable for asphalt and sidewalks. As it is soft, it absorbs a little vibration of the road surface and makes skating on uneven road surfaces more comfortable.
The 101a wheel reflects more road vibrations, but is easier to push and spins faster. This version is suitable for smooth surfaces such as skate parks. Not recommended for the street.
The wheels are fairly stiff at 99a and 101a, which limits their ability to absorb road vibrations. With these, you can get a lot of feedback from the road. If you need a slightly smoother wheel, we recommend the Ricta Cloud.
The 50mm version of this wheel is too small. This small-diameter limits them to rolling smoothly, but if you have an electric skateboard track and hate wheel bites they are for you. To improve all-around performance, most people recommend using the 55mm version.
With a variety of durometer options, you can take advantage of the soft 78a wheels, which are much lower than any other wheel on the list.
The combination of height and softness makes this wheel ideal for environments other than skate parks. The softness absorbs the vibration of the road surface to improve the ride quality, the maximum diameter of 60 mm makes the ride quality smooth, and the wheel makes it easier for cracks to roll. If you want the most comfortable ride, you should check out the longboard wheels.
However, for such large wheels, it is advisable to use high tracks, use riser pads, or tighten the tracks to avoid wheel bites. Tall wheels are also a bit heavy, so they are not ideal for flip tricks, 50-the 50s, and ollies.
The soft version of the wheel is a bit difficult to power slide and tends to be a flat spot when slid at 90 degrees, so it is recommended only for beginners and slightly advanced users.
That said, there are so many choices that you can choose the features that best suit your style and requirements. As an all-around option for all-terrain, we recommend wheels with a height of 55mm and 86a.
The most affordable wheel on my list. Mini logo wheels range in diameter from 52mm to 54mm with 58mm options. All wheels are standard 101a durometers but come in a variety of colors.
The large 58mm option is perfect for overcoming asphalt. This large diameter allows the wheel to roll smoothly on rough terrain.
That said, if you don’t care about ride quality, especially if you’re on a tight budget, spend most of your time in a skatepark, and your city has relatively smooth sidewalks and roads. Recommend these.
These wheels are 56mm high and are made with Bones’ proprietary SPF (Skatepark Formula). They come in with a hardness of 84b (or 104a), but they behave differently than typical 104a wheels. SPF urethane hardens the wheel but grips it firmly. With such a hard turn, other wheels that are so stiff tend to slip out. This has a strong grip, it’s not. This feature provides a very fast-rolling wheel with a good grip, making it the perfect skateboard wheel for concrete parks.
However, its hardness is particularly high, making it unsuitable for use outside of asphalt skateparks. This hardness means that it does not absorb enough road vibrations and gives an uncomfortable ride. Check out Ricta Clouds or Spitfire for something smoother.
Finally, these wheels also come with free Super Red bearings, which makes them a good choice when setting up your board.
Which wheel should I choose?
Your choice is in line with your situation, budget, and personal taste, but I think the Ricta cloud wheel is the best on the list, especially those 86a, 55mm options. The wheel is a true all-around wheel that is high enough to provide a smooth ride and soft enough to dampen vibrations. You also have the option of choosing different hardnesses and diameters to suit your taste.
Skateboards are versatile when you have wheels that can be used in skateparks and outdoors. You are no longer restricted to parks and can face obstacles in cities throughout the city. You can also enjoy cruising a little more.