2.1 Skateboard Wheels: The right height
Skateboard wheels come in several different sizes. The size specification refers to the diameter of the wheel and is expressed in millimetres (mm).
Normally the size of skateboard wheels falls within the range of 50mm and 59mm.
Anything larger is not really suitable for your skateboard and is intended for cruisers or longboards.
1. Street Skateboarding
2. All-Around Wheels (Street, Park, Mini-Ramp)
3. Vert & Cruising
4. Cruising & Longboarding
Smaller wheels accelerate faster and are lighter and more compact.
However, their top speed is lower than larger wheels. Moreover, with bigger wheels you’ll be on the safe side when riding on rough ground since they won’t be stopped by each and every little stone that crosses your path.
Larger wheels are devoted to reaching higher speeds and are more durable.
So, to break it all down for you: For street skateboarding use small wheels between 50 – 53mm, for small ramps and mini-ramps use mid sized wheels from 53 – 56 mm, for vert skateboarding, use larger wheels up to 59 mm.
For beginners and anyone who’s undecided, we recommend all-around wheels with a diameter of 53-56mm. This size range is currently the most popular with skaters.
Skateboard Wheels: Suggested Sizes Based On Your Trucks
When buying skateboard wheels, you should check to make sure your wheel size fits with your setup.
What’s crucial here is your truck selection. When your trucks and wheels aren’t right for each other, you’ll end up with some nasty wheel bites.
What are Wheelbites?
A wheelbite is the result of your deck coming into contact with your wheels.
If you skate with large wheels, the distance between them and the skateboard deck is smaller.
Landing tricks and hard turns can produce this unpleasant meeting of deck and wheel, leading to a very abrupt and likely painful stop.
As you might have guessed, bigger wheels also require higher trucks. Of course, with big wheels and high trucks your entire setup will be a bit higher. There are two things you should keep in mind with such a setup:
1. During the pop-off, the tail has to go a long distance until it hits the ground. Consequently, the angle of your board will be steeper and Ollies (theoretically) will be higher. If you’ve got enough power and long legs this shouldn’t be a problem, but small skaters and beginners could face some hard times here.
2. Since the board is higher above the ground than with small wheels and low trucks, you’ll have to bend your knees more while pushing. This can become quite exhausting.
Should your wheel size not fit your trucks, you can use shock or riser pads to increase the distance between your deck and wheels.
1. Truck Size
2. Wheel Size
If you’re going for low trucks and prefer to skate without riser or shock pads, we recommend wheels with a maximum height of 52 mm.