There are many different types of roller skating, but there are even more types of skate wheels. There are wheels with certain types of skating in mind, and there are some that are more generic. It’s important to choose the right wheels for you with the kind of skating you enjoy doing! There are 3 main categories of wheel differences that we suggest you look into before purchasing a new set of wheels:
There can be differences in the outer width and height of wheels. The other measurements of the wheel are height and width. These are measured in millimeters (mm). If you skate a certain style, it’s a good idea to check with other skaters that skate the same style to see what they prefer. Typically, this can be a good guide for you!
Wheels can also come in several heights. Large wheel skates make it easier to maintain a speed, but smaller wheels are better for quick movement. It may take a little experiment to decide which height is best for you and your skating style!
Wheel hardness is also referred to as the grip level. It is listed as a number with an A behind it. The higher the number, the harder the wheel is and the less grip it has. A high hardness with virtually no group would be 103A.
For outdoor skating, a softer wheel is needed. Your softer wheels will absorb more shock as you roll over cracks and any small debris. Most outdoor skaters look for wheel hardness around 78A.
The 2 main styles of hubs are nylon and aluminum. Nylon is a lighter material and is most common in skate wheels. Aluminum is a bit more sturdier, so will have less give to it. If you find yourself changing your wheels frequently and getting annoyed by it, it may be time to invest in some aluminum hubs.
We hope these tips help you choose the best roller skating wheels for you! We can’t wait to see your wheels hitting the rink with us at Skate Moore!