Good to know
Longboard wheels vs. skateboard wheels
Longboard wheels are typically bigger and softer than ordinary skateboard wheels. The bigger size gives you more speed (compared to skateboards), and the softer urethane found in the soft longboard wheels, provides you with better grip - both things which are good for the cruising style of longboards. When browsing through longboard wheels, you will notice that wheels generally offer a greater variety of sizes, shapes and other characteristics, making them more personalised to your riding style.
Whether you’re looking for a pair of new longboard wheels to replace your worn out ones, looking for an upgrade of your wheels or simply looking for a pair of longboard wheels to personalise the look of your longboard you can be sure to find them here.
Cruiser wheels for shock absorption and a smoother ride
For cruising around in the streets, most skaters choose softer longboard wheels even though their speed and acceleration lower slightly because of the grip that soft longboard wheels provide. Softer wheels have better shock-absorption and therefore are more comfortable to cruise with when skating on bumpy roads.
Longboard wheels for sliding
For sliding, hard wheels are usually much better. First of all, because they have less grip, meaning they slide more easily. Secondly, because harder wheels are more durable, which is good for sliding where the wheels get worn down more heavily.
Downhill longboard wheels & why you should go for softer ones
For downhill, it would make sense that the better choice would be hard wheels since you can reach a higher speed with them, but most downhill skaters choose the opposite. The reason why is that when skating downhill you can reach a very high speed, making it difficult to turn without sliding. The extra grip from soft wheels helps to make downhill turns easier, thus keeping you on the road when it is most difficult to stay on it.