Long boards are associated with the wheels on which they roll on when you ride. Obviously, wheels are there for good reason and they must be soft to roll faster while riding the board.
Also, the riding experience must be smooth and seamless offering better grip on the board and this is all because of good quality wheels. Soft wheels give more control over the board and in this guide; you will get to know the types of wheels that are to be considered.
The shape, size, urethane properties, durometer and the core placement plays a major role to find the best type of long board wheels. Let’s start with study these factors in detail:
The very first thing that comes in mind while choosing the best longboards wheels is the size that you want. Almost all the wheels are around 64-80mm in diameter where 70mm is common. The basic thing behind the larger wheels is that they accelerate slower as compared to smaller ones.
But they have higher top speeds with easy roll over on cracks and garbage etc. On the other hand, smaller wheels do fit on more long boards but they have slower top speed.
You have to check whether the wheels cause wheelbite and they fit perfectly. Reverse kingpin trucks offer more wheel clearance so go for these. Having cut outs on the board is good as any wheel size fits on such boards. And if there are no cut outs, you have to add a ¼ inch riser pad so that the wheels can accommodate wheels larger than 70mm.
It is the outer part of the wheel that means the edges of the contact patch. Shape of the lips tells you much more about the way a board rides. The wheels offer more grip if the lips are thick or sharp whereas if the lips are rounded, they break down easily offering smoother transitions from grip to slip.
For free riding, rounded lips are fine and for downhill riding, sharper wheels are preferred.
But if your purpose is to use your board for transport purpose, then lip style is not that important. In fact, if you are not going to slide the wheels, lipped wheels are perfect especially when you have to carve deeper. Also, lipped wheels don’t make you lose traction at all.
Durometer rating is associated with the hardness of the wheels. Having a durometer of 75-88aa means that the long boards are very soft as compared to those wheels that have a rating of 90-101a. Basically, lower durometer wheels are grippier and also roll slower whereas higher durometer wheels offer lesser grip and also roll faster.
Hard wheels slide faster than typical wheels and also have a tendency to slow you down less thus making you glide across the road surface easily. Soft wheels slide slow and also slow down faster and these wheels are often referred to as buttery wheels that are quite easy to control.
For all types of long boarding, 78a and 80a are the most common types of durometers. It is because they have a nice blend of perfect grip, slide ability and rolling speed.
No doubt, durometer makes it very easy for you to narrow down your choice regarding wheels, but let me tell you that not all 78a wheels perform equal. Urethane formula of the wheels explains the performance of the wheels on which the longboard rides.
Grip, slide ability and durability are all different in every urethane formula and it is you who have to decide which one to pick. The perfect way to know about urethane formula is by trying various formulas to know the preferences. Get a feel by trying various urethane formulas.
Many companies have mentioned different formulas for freeride and downhill. Basically, it is seen that freeride formulas are much easier to slide and faster too. Also, they offer less grip and durability as compared to downhill formula.
Shape, size and composition etc. are all the factors that decide the performance of the long board wheels. If you add large diameter to the wheel, it will roll faster and it is a major benefit for downhill, transportation and freeride. It is because wider composition of the core supports the urethane that further makes the wheels more durable.
Also, it supports even wear out of the wheels. If the core is made of hard material then it will enhance the rolling speed of the longboard wheel thus making it slide faster. For downhill racing, easy and quick slow down is quite easy and this is the reason why the companies pay special attention to manufacturing the wheels with perfect size and core.
If you ask me, I would like to tell you that RAD wheels are greatly designed keeping all the factors in mind. Such wheels have durable grip, faster rolling speed, slow and even wear out. So make sure to focus on the core size and shape.
Core placement of the wheels are divided into three categories and I would be explaining the main category i.e. centerset. Other two categories are: offset and sideset. Each category has its own performance and sliding attributes.
Centerset category is that in which the core is placed directly in the wheel’s center. This style has the most perfect grip than other two. Grip is perfect because a large inner lip is created while riding and also the wheels offer longer life as they can be flipped inside out.
These wheels have even wear out and this is the major reason why freeriders prefer centerset placement of the wheels. Also, the centerset core performs great when paired with round lips and small contact patches.
I hope you guys understand well that which factors are important to look in the long board wheels while buying one. So whenever you plan to buy a longboard, consider these factors to make a smart purchase.
Long boarding is an art and technique that not everyone knows. To excel in long boarding, you must know the tips and tricks so that you can slide easily with full control over the board. Once when you will learn these basics, you will get to know how to slide. Sliding on a long board involves pulling the board out and let the wheels move freely so as not to grip the pavement.
While sliding on the long board, you must wear special gloves having plates which will act as brakes. Number of ways is there to slide on a long board but the most basic method is bending down and keeping your hands on the ground in front direction when the board slides out. It is the common method of stopping while sliding and even the expert boarders follow this technique.
In longboarding, there is a common sliding i.e. Coleman sliding. It is one of the most essential basics to try once in your boarding career. Pro boarders try this sliding technique due to it being the most commonly used methods to brake on a board.
In Coleman slide, you have to foot break, jump off and ride out the board. In fact, while learning the sliding technique, you will get to know that these options are not much efficient while riding at higher speeds. So here sliding plays a major role when you need a safer and stylish boarding. However, Coleman is the safest options when you want to learn longboarding, sliding or braking. The technique was invented by Cliff Coleman in 1970s that is 180 degree heelside slides which helps and allows the boarders to ride the board safely even in higher speeds and inclines.
You may be a beginner in sliding that is why you are here to learn how to slide on a longboard. So let me tell you that longboarding is definitely not an easy chore as you have to be very relaxed and patient while learning it. In start, you may get injuries while riding or stopping the board but that is not the end guys. Just keep learning and one day you will be an expert boarder. Today, I am jotting down the steps to slide on a longboard, so don’t waste time and read them below:
Hope you will learn the tips of how to slide on a longboard. Here are some tips to follow:
Happy long boarding!!
Skateboards come in a large variety including various shapes, sizes, color and designs etc. Every style is perfect but if you are a newbie at skateboarding, you might need help. Here I am going to mention some things that will make it easy for you to take a decision regarding the choice of your skateboard. This article will help you in every case whether you are buying a skateboard or going to assemble one.
Building a skateboard can be an easy process if you know how to make it. If you are a seasoned skater, you must be aware of your requirements. Let’s see how to buy a skateboard of proper size and everything:
Decks are of different sizes and widths. If you are new to skateboarding, you must choose the deck according to the width and not the length. Your size, skating style and your personal requirements will help you choose the width of a skateboard.
Trucks of a skateboard are T-shaped pieces that are made of metal. They are mounted underside of the deck and while making your choice of skateboard, you must make sure that the width of truck axle matches the skateboard deck width. Every skateboard has two trucks, in particular.
Axle is a pin that is used to attach the wheels with the trucks. Hanger is there which is made of metal and forms the largest part of the truck that is triangular in shape. All these parts including axle, hanger and trucks are securely held by the kingpin, the large bolt. It holds them together and is fitted inside the board bushings.
Read more: Best longboards for the money you need to know, if you are longboards enthusiastic too.
When you will purchase the accessories, two trucks will be given for the assembly of the skateboard. They come in various sizes and colors. Here’s the list from which you can choose the trucks suiting your personal preferences:
Do you know about truck profile? It is the distance between the hanger and skate deck bottom. Mid-sized trucks work perfect for skateboarders and high/low trucks are good for various skating styles.
Size, color and durability of each skateboard wheel are different. Commonly, the wheels are made of a material called polyurethane. Size or diameter is important to know because it affects the way the board rides. Both these factors are according to the personal preferences of the rider and his skating style. Diameter of the wheel refers to the size of the wheel and is measured from top to bottom. Measurement of wheels is done in mm. The smaller the number the smaller the wheel!! Usually, bigger wheels move faster than slower ones.
Bearings are of the same size so it’s not an issue. Choosing the size of bearings creates no problem so you don’t have to worry about it. However, ABEC bearings are the best as it signifies the quality and precision used while manufacturing the bearings. Bearings that are rated higher are of superior quality.
Bearings are used to mount the wheels and then attach it to the axle. These bearings are of the same size and can nicely fit to any wheel. Since there is no difference in the size, quality is also almost the same. The basic rule to check the quality of the bearings is by their price. It means that the bearings that will be expensive will be more superior.
Bearings that are inexpensive are of cheap quality that breaks down easily if pressure is applied on the skateboard while riding. Also, they are not sealed which collects the dirt, dust and debris thus slowing down the performance of the board. Quality bearings are sealed with accurate machining and quality metal. With time, they remain as it is if you take complete care and maintenance.
ABEC rating is there to check the quality of bearings. Most of the bearings are denoted by ABEC rating. A basic rule of thumb is that the higher the ABEC rating, the more precise the bearings will be while performing. The ABEC rating on the bearings includes 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9. The more the ABEC rating, the less friction you will feel and the faster you will go while skateboarding.
ABEC 9: These bearings are super fast and used for downhill riding.ABEC 7: These are fast, smooth but expensive though.ABEC 5: It has good amount of speed and also you can get them at a nominal cost.ABEC 3: These are inexpensive and also not too smooth while riding. They also don’t roll quickly.ABEC 1: They are least expensive bearings. Also, accuracy is quite less and they are crude.Hope you get to know everything about skateboard in detail. Have a happy skateboarding!!