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Fun is always funnier if it is on wheels, but not any ones. In Fillow we help you to choose the ideal skateboard, depending on where and for what you are going to use it, always from the best skateboard brands, and at the best price.

How to choose skateboard wheels?

Skate wheels have changed a lot over time, both in sizes and materials, thanks to the continued development of this industry. 

Here’s a quick summary of what you should consider when choosing skateboard wheels. 

SKATE WHEELS SIZES

The sizes of the wheels are usually the diameter in millimeters, the most common are from 50 to 59mm. 

The smaller wheels have lower final speed, but higher acceleration, and vice versa. 

If you want to train technical maneuvers on smooth surfaces, you should prefer smaller wheels, around 52mm. 

If you prefer higher speed to move around or skate on ramps, the best sizes are 56-57mm. 

Remember that if you want to use very big wheels, you may need to use high trucks or risers, so they will not touch the deck in any case. 

 

Street and Park Skate Wheels

For all these reasons, the best skate wheels are smaller: lighter and lower skate, with better acceleration for tricks, etc.

If you are going to skate on smooth floors, and you want to train technical tricks, your ideal wheel’s size is between 50 and 53 mm. For more uneven floors, ramps or if you also use your skate to move around, slightly larger wheels are preferable, from 53 to 56 mm. 

Therefore, 53 mm would be the average diameter, that is why it is the preferred size for street skateboarding.

Ramps and Cruising Skate Wheels

For ramps, the ideal measures are between 56 and 60 mm, because in this case it is interesting to achieve maximum speed to reach heights. 

In cruising, larger wheels adapt better to any kind of surfaces, they offer greater speed and it is not so important that it’s harder to maneuver with them. 

In any case, remember that the trucks you use limit the size of the wheels you can use, because if you set up very big wheels on low trucks, without using risers, you could stop the wheels against the deck at the most inconvenient moment, with a painful outcome.

WHEEL HARDNESS

Classification according to hardness:

There are several ways to classify the wheels according to the hardness of the urethane from with they are made. 

The most common is the A-scale, used by most skateboard brands and most well-known skaters. The larger the number, the harder the wheel (101 A is harder than 95 A, for example).

This scale becomes somewhat imprecise for hardness from 101 A, so some brands like Bones use different or additional scales, such as the B or D scale. To find the correspondence between one hardness scale and another, Bones recommends adding 20 points to the value of B to get the value that would be in A. For example, wheels 83 B would be like 103 A, and are much harder than 101 A.

 

How to choose the hardness of your wheels?

As always, it depends on what you want your skate for, and your preferences. Hard wheels reach higher speeds, have higher acceleration and lower grip, but are for use on smooth floors. Soft wheels adapt better to the irregularities of the terrain, have a greater grip, but are slower. They are also mores susceptible to abrasion and deformation (the dreaded ‘flatspots’ of which we will speak later). 

So if you are going to do technical street tricks on smooth floors, harder wheels are better for you, because they are better for tricks and grinds. If you want to move around on all kinds of floors, the slightly softer wheels will be more comfortable for you, and they will offer greater grip. 

Soft  (75-92 A)

The softest wheels are used almost exclusively for cruisers, because they adapt perfectly to any type of terrains, and if you like to just skate around, with them you will have less inconvenience with the pebbles and parallelepipeds. They are also a good option if you are going to record videos.

Medium (92-95 A)

They are a bit faster that the soft ones, with a very good grip, but it is not so difficult to do tricks on them from time to time or get a little more speed on your walks. 

Hard (96-99 A)

With a reasonable speed, a bit of grip, but also with good maneuverability for tricks, these are the most recommended hardness for beginners. They serve for both street and park skating. 

High hardness (99-101 A and 83-84 B)

They are preferred by the most experienced skaters. They are faster and have a greater acceleration capability, so they are perfect for more technical skateboarding. However, on uneven floors, they may be uncomfortable.

 

DIFFERENT SHAPES AND TYPES OF SKATE WHEELS

Core / Standard

Skate wheels can have the central hole part reinforced with a harder plastic than the rest of the wheel, to keep the bearing in place (as when spacers are used). Those wheels that have this are called ‘core wheels’, and the rest are simply standard or ‘non-core’. 

Shapes

Each wheel may have a different shape, with a variety of angles in the curvature of the profile and the width of the part that is in contact with the grounded. A smoother or even convex profile reduces weight to the wheel and prevents the curve of the profile from bothering you in your grinds and edges. As for the surface of contact with the ground, the larger it is, the better the grip and the lower the speed. And, on the contrary, the narrower it is, the more acceleration. 

You can find more information about the different shapes available in the section of each wheels’ brand. 

WHAT ARE ‘FLATSPOTS’? 

When the wheel stops being round and not longer rotates as well as the first day, we can say that it has a flatspot. It occurs when the material wears out by abrasion. This can happen, for example, when you put the wheels in a position perpendicular to the direction in which they are advancing, as usually made to brake. The wheels of higher quality and hardness such as some from Bones Wheels and Spitfire Wheels, are almost impossible to deform with normal use. 

 

WHERE TO BUY SKATE WHEELS?

In our skate shop you can choose from hundreds of models and brands of skate wheels from the most prestigious and professional brands in the sector. We have basic prices, cheap skate wheels, with very good performance and professional skate wheels. 

From our UK skate store we send throughout the European continent: United Kingdom, Denmark, Belgium, Luxemburg, Netherlands, London, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds, Brighton, Cardiff, Bristol, Cambridge, Sheffield, Southtampton, Plymouth.

Buy Element Skateboards

If you are looking for where to buy Element Skateboards products, this is the best Element shop, as we have a wide selection of the latest features and the best seller skate material from the brand. In our Skate Shop section you can choose between different categories such as decks, skate trucks, wheels, bearings, grip tapes, waxes and complete skateboards. 

Element Skateboards Deck

If you want to buy a board and you are looking for an Element Skateboards deck, in Fillow you will always find their top-selling logos that are a carryover that cannot be missing, such as the Element Section decks in different sizes 7.75, 8.0, 8.5, and the Quadrant, 92 Classic, or the Seal 8 deck, and of course the latest collections of the Element brand. They always surprise us with their art, their collaborations and their incredible quality.

One of the last collaboration of 2019 has been with National Geographic, responsible for the incredible images of this series of decks. There can be no better union since they have in common their love and passion for the world, the earth and its elements. The National Geographic decks have been brutally successful.  

 

Element Skateboards Complete Skateboards

Elements complete skateboards are a smart buy. If you prefer to enjoy your skate without having to set up anything, this is your best option: a product ready to be enjoyed, ready to allow you skate from day one with the best materials; Wheels, Trucks, Bearings, and Element Skateboards Decks, there is nothing more you can ask for!

The price of the complete Element skateboards is usually around 99€, but if you subscribe to our newsletter, you will receive constantly offers like free shipping, discount codes, sales and more so you can buy cheap Element complete skate at the lowest price. 

Element Skateboards Wheels

Element Skateboards Wheels is another important category. This brand offers wheels with awesome designs, always related to the collections that work every season and with its most basic popular logos such as the element section wheels in different sizes like 52 mm etc. 

Buy Element Skateboards Clothing

Element has a carefully designed clothing collection that always includes a line of basics with its most popular logos and a collection with unique designs and fantastic graphics. In the Element clothing we can also find important designers and collaborations.

Element Skateboards Tshirts

If you want to buy online Element skate t shirts, these are, year after year, the best-selling ones: Element Vertical T-Shirt, Signature, the Element Seal T-shirt, and the Blazin in different colours black, white, grey, red, blue.

Element short sleeves tshirts with a quality of fabric and a fit that feels really good. They are a basic that can not be missed in the closet of any skater and urban clothing lover. It is a product that never goes out of fashion, perfect for any season of the year, to be worn in summer with jeans or shorts, and skate coolly your city streets, or in the winter accompanied by a good Element sweatshirt. 

Element Skateboards Sweatshirts

Element sweatshirts are a very comfortable product you will want to have in your closet for your day to day in winter, because they are warm and soft, or for those cooler nights of summer. You can buy an Element sweatshirt with hood (hoody) or without hood (crewneck). 

The best selling Element sweatshirts are the Element Vertical, the Element Skate Seal sweatshirt, the Element Blazing Sweatshirt, Cornell, or the Bark Logo in different colours like black, white, red, grey, blue...

Element Skateboards Backpacks

To match your skater look, Element has awesome backpacks. The Element Mohave Backpack is the favourite of most skaters because of the many possibilities it offers, not only to carry your books, or school material, but to carry as well your skateboard comfortably and take it with you everywhereere you can see the whole collection of Element Backpacks online: Buy Element Backpack Skate

Element Skateboards History

Element Skateboards was created in 1992 by Johnny Schilereff. Its first name was ‘Underworld Element’, and after so much well done work, it has become the most famous skate brand in the world. Although its philosophy remains totally focused on the world of skateboarding, the Element clothing has also great success and can be seen in many cities. Element promotes positive values, about change and environmental care. The brand has one of the best teams of riders, Nyjah Huston for example is one of them. 

Element’s objective is simple: to be the best, in the most ethical, respectable and honest way possible. From the beginning they have been able to maintain those important values that make them who they are. They consider Element Skate as a family, not a business, all united to grow together and being very aware of the respect and importance of the environment. 

In this video you can see a little more about the history of Element Skateboards