Besides color, consider 2 other important attributes:
The diameter of skate wheels is measured by millimeters (mm). Sizes available are from 50mm to 75 mm. The small wheels (50-53 mm) are recommended for kiddie riders who skate street, skate parks and bowls. The medium size wheels (54-59 mm) are the average size for usual beginners who are teenagers and adults skating street, skate parks, bowls and vert ramps. Large wheels (60mm and bigger) are usually for specialty riders who skate longboards and cruisers for downhill skating.
Fun Facts on how the diameter of the wheel affects your skating performance.
In choosing the hardness of your wheels, there are two point scales to choose from: Durometer A or B Scale. Most wheel manufacturers use the A Scale which has a maximum hardness of 100a+. The B Scale is 20 points less to allow a wider range by adding an extra 20 points. (but why is this? – maybe the manufacturers were high on something when making up this scale?)
Therefore, skate wheels with a durometer of 80b are the same hardness with a durometer of 100a. (confused yet?)
The average preferred durometer is 99a.
So generally speaking, just buy 99a or 79b.
Here are some generalizations regarding the hardness of the wheel
Soft wheels in the range of 78a-87a are good for rough surfaces.
They are good to attatch to long boards or street boards that need stability over cracks and pebbles.
Slightly harder wheels in the range of 88a-95a are faster with a less grip.
They are ideal for streets and rough surfaces. A durometer of 96a-99a is a good hardness for versatile wheels ideal for use in streets, skate parks, ramps, pools and other smooth surfaces.
Wheels with 100a+ durometer are the hardest and fastest but are not effective on slick and rough surfaces. These are usually the reserved for ProSkaters and advanced riders.
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