Does (Wheel) Size Make A Difference?
Skateboard wheels come in a wide range of shape, size, hardness & colours (we discuss that HERE) variations to suit the infinite need and preference of skaters worldwide. So what’s the difference & why should I care? Wheel size (Diameter) and hardness (Durometer) have the crucial role (roll, heh heh) of determining the efficiency in which your pushing power is transferred to speed on the pavement.
The wheel diameter is measured in millimeters and the common range for street and park skating is anywhere from 50mm to 60mm, wheels over 60mm are usually used on longboards or cruisers.
- Smaller wheels (50mm to 54mm) are slower and more prone to getting caught on cracks or rocks, but are preferred by street or technical skaters due to less weight and increased ease for technical tricks.
- Larger wheels (55mm to 60mm) allow the skater to go faster and avoid cracks/debris, but will inevitably increase weight.
- Beginners should start with a wheel in the middle of the range, ~53-55 mm.
For more information on wheel hardness (Durometer rating) click here.