INLINE SKATE WHEELS
Believe it or not, but inline skating wheels initially started with metal wheels. Luckily the industry has switched to a more durable polyurethane wheel. Polyurethane inline skate wheels, unlike many other plastics and rubbers, don’t wear down easily and don’t have too much resistance. Inline skating wheels have come a long way and now are offered in various styles for different types of skating as well as various sizes and hardness compositions.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF SKATING AND THE DIFFERENT INLINE SKATE WHEELS
There are going to be many different uses for inline skate wheels from what many would consider standard inline skating or rollerblading to specific purposes for more specific styles of skating. The main styles of inline skating include recreational, fitness, aggressive, hockey and speed skating. For these differing styles of skating there are different wheels that are going to be used and best suited for the type of skating. The shape, hardness and overall design of these wheels are going to be based on what works best for their intended purpose. Below we will cover the differences in inline skate wheels as far as hardness, shape and size.
DIFFRENT SIZES OF INLINE SKATE WHEELS
Inline Skate Wheels vary in size. This is due to the different uses. Aggressive Inline Skate Wheels will be smaller, ranging from 44mm-59mm – this helps with quick acceleration so the skater can pull off tricks and jumps. A Speed Skater or Race Skater will have Inline Skate Wheels as high as 110mm. This ensures they maintain high speeds. On average, adult recreational Inline Skate Wheels will be about 74mm-90mm. Inline skate wheel size will typically be displayed on the side of the wheel along with the hardness rating.
DIFFERENT HARDNESS OF INLINE SKATE WHEELS
There are also different degrees of hardness to Inline Skate Wheels. Their durometer Rating will indicate the degree of hardness. Inline Skate Wheels that are soft are better for indoor rink skating because they will be grippier while a high durometer rating, or hard, Inline Skate Wheel will be more ideal for the outdoors. The durometer is displayed on the inline skate wheels as an “A” rating; for example a skate wheel will state “80mm 80A” on the side of the wheels giving you the size and the hardness. Inline skate wheels will have durometer ratings from softest in the 70’s to hardest in the 80’s.
SHOPPING INLINE SKATE WHEELS ON INLINESKATES.COM
When you click into the inline skate wheels section on Inlineskates.com you may be overwhelmed at the immense selection but worry not we have made it easy to shop. You will notice on the left side of the page there are boxes with shopping options you can select. Selecting an option out of these boxes will narrow your search for skate wheels by using several factors including brand, price, recommended use, size and more. There are many brands of inline skate wheels from Rollerblade, K2 and Roces to more exclusive skate wheel brands like Labeda, Kryptonics, Rink Rat, Hyper and Red Star so the feature to shop these by brand is an immense help. Once you select a feature whether it is a brand, size or recommended use the page will refresh with wheels that only meet your selection. You can also select more than one feature, simply make your first selection and then when the page refreshes make another selection. For example if you select Rollerblade in the brand field the page will refresh showing only Rollerblade wheels and then you can make a second selection like recommended use or size to filter even deeper.