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Aggressive Skate Wheels

Aggressive inline skating is an extreme and demanding sport that requires a durable and performing product that can take abuse and be functional. Wheels on aggressive skates are different than wheels on fitness, hockey and any other type of skates.  Here we are going to get into the specifics of what makes an aggressive wheel an aggressive wheel and the differences between specific wheels used.

Standard Aggressive Skate Wheels

Aggressive skate wheels are built harder than most other wheels in the industry for a few reasons. Aggressive wheels use harder and more durable urethane to resist chunking, breakdown and cracking of the core from impacts and wear. To withstand all the gaps and hard drops aggressive skaters do, their wheels used must be able to take this abuse and keep rolling. Aggressive wheels are also much smaller than most other wheels on the market, they are designed this way to offer specific control when performing tricks. Although having smaller wheels cuts down on speed this is not an issue because speed is rarely the focus of aggressive skaters.  Aggressive wheels range typically from 50 to 60 mm in size with similar shapes to most.  A pro endorsed model wheel will typically offer the most durability and life of any wheel and will normally cost a little more.

Anti Rocker Aggressive Wheels

Often found on aggressive skates are two smaller and even harder wheels in the center of the frame and these wheels are called anti rocker wheels. Anti rocker wheels do not touch the ground and are often a durometer of over 100 which is really hard and dense urethane plastic. These wheels are used to help guide grinds and offer a sliding surface if the grind is not locked 100% effectively.  Anti rocker wheels come in sizes typically between 35 and 45 mm and for the most part have a similar shape to them.

Wheel Choice

When it comes to choosing the set up for your own skates there are a few underlying factors that come into play. The particular size and style has mostly to do with personal preference where most skaters once they have tried a few out can really narrow it down to what has worked the best for them. If you have never picked up new wheels or have not had to change your current wheels you can rely on a few things when making a decision. If you are planning on skating street type obstacles and doing more technical grinding tricks than an anti rocker set up with smaller in diameter wheels may work well for your skate style. If you are mainly a ramp skater and you skate mostly skate parks your choice of wheel set up would mostly be standard with a bit larger wheels to offer more speed and grip to cater to your skate style.

Let’s  Roll

Now that you have learned a little about the wheels used for aggressive skating your choice on a set up can be more educated making your skating experience better. The best part of aggressive skating is the freedom of rolling and the ability to express ones self through tricks, all this can start by choosing the right wheels and trying different types making certain you have “your” wheels. Until next time, let’s roll!

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