Choosing the right longboard wheels for sliding can be a difficult task. There are many factors to consider, and you mustn’t make an uninformed decision. This article will give you all of the information you need to know about how to choose longboard wheels for sliding!
What size of the wheel should you buy?
There are many wheel size options out there, and it all comes down to how you want to ride. For example, if you’re planning on riding many hills, then an 80mm or 90mm will be your best option. However, if you plan on doing mostly flat ground sliding with the occasional incline hill thrown in for good measure – then a smaller wheel size of 60mm or 70mm will be best for you.
How hard should your wheels be?
Your longboard’s hardness is essential to how it slides, so if you want a lot of grips, then go with an 85a rocker board and soft wheels. On the other hand, if you want more slides when going downhill but still want some grip, then an 80a rocker board and hard wheels will do the trick.
How long should your wheel be?
If you have a smaller deck size with less clearance between the ground and truck – it’s best to go with shorter trucks for optimal downhill control. This way, more space is left under your board for bigger wheels, which means that you will have more space to achieve a slide.
Other factors to ask yourself while choosing a good set of longboard wheels for sliding:
• How much should you spend on your wheels?
• How many wheel bearings should you have?
• What type of grip tape do I need for sliding on asphalt or concrete surfaces?
• How much space will my longboard take up in my car trunk when I’m not riding it?
• How do the durometer and shape affect your ride quality?