Not all skateboard wheels are equal. Whether you are building a new skateboard, or replacing the wheels on the skateboard you already have, make sure you buy the best skateboard wheels for you. If you want help with what size wheel you should buy, check out the Wheels page of Choosing your Skateboard
. You can also share your opinions on which wheels are best, and see other people's opinions at the Readers Respond - Which Wheels are the Best?
Bones makes some of the best skateboard wheels you can buy. They have different formulas for street (STF
), skatepark (SPF
) and ditch skateboarding (DTF). All of these styles resist flatspotting (where one side of a wheel gets a flattened spot, from sliding. This ruins wheels).
Plus, if you want Bones quality AND you want to save money, Bones 100s are a great wheel (the 100 refers to the wheels toughness. 100 is a good toughness for street skateboarding).
Spitfire Skateboard Wheels
Spitfire skateboard wheels are extremely popular. Spitfire wheels are made in the USA and guaranteed against defects of any kind. Spitfire wheels are high quality, and I highly recommend them.
When it comes to selection, Spitfire has it. If you are looking for fast, try Spitfire's Firelight Core wheels, with built in airflow vents. Some people think stuff like this is only a gimmick, but other swear by 'em. Want to shave off weight? Try the Ligherer wheels, with their mini-cores.
Kryptonics Skateboard Wheels
Kryptonics has been making skateboard wheels since 1965. Thier forumas work. Kryptonics wheels are long lasting and have great grip.
I was first introduced to Kryptonics wheels on a longboard, and fell in love. First off, they were beautiful blue crystal wheels, so just from a style perspective I was sold. But they also rode perfectly, with the exact right amount of bounce, grip and strength.
Kryptonics also has a line of regular skateboard wheels that match up to decks they've designed. Together, they look pretty sweet.
Ricta makes a several different styles of skateboard wheels, and they are all good quality. The slim, light Boltz wheels are good for street skateboarding, and are light and flatspot resistant. Ricta Cores, also called Ricta 78s, are super soft wheels with a hard core. They also make soft, light wheels called "Clouds" that they claim are great for filming (I haven't tried them), and crystal clear wheels as well.
Pig Skateboard Wheels
Pig has been a mainstay in skateboarding wheels for years, and in that time they have developed a massive
variety in their wheel styles. If you are looking for a certain color or style, Pig probably has it.
Pig also makes some technical wheels, like their aircore line. These are wheels with air pockets inside, to reduce weight. Pig also has a selection of pro team wheels.
Mini Logo Wheels
Minilogo is a division of the huge Powell company called Skate One. Minilogo products are regular pro grade products, but without the pro grade look and price. The concept is to make boards and wheels that are just as good as anything else that Powell offers, but by not putting a pro's name on it and not hiring an artist to make it look cool, that saved money gets passed on to you.
Minilogo boards are generally just a solid color, and I completely understand when a skater would rather have a board that looks cooler. But for wheels, where any picture is going to be lost the moment you start skating, why not go for simple? Mini-logo wheels don't have some of the super tech design that other wheels have, but they're cheap!
Abec 11 Wheels
Abec 11 wheels are a great choice for both slalom and downhill skateboarding. For both of these styles of skateboarding, you need larger, softer wheels. Abec 11 wheels run from the 60mm N0 SchoolZ up to massive 97mm Flywheels. The 76mm Gumballs come highly recommended.
Retro wheels also come highly recommended (Retro is an Abec 11 brand). Both of these brands are run by Chris Chaput, an IGSA World Cup champ who knows what he's selling, and who's dedicated to providing quality downhill and slalom skateboarding wheels!
Better Skateboard Wheels
The Better Skateboard Wheels company was started by a group of fathers of skateboarders who were tired of spending so much on wheels. Better Skateboard Wheels are made in the USA by people who wanted to make a great quality product, and offer it at a reasonable price. You can't get much better than that!
The drawback is that the wheels look pretty plain, and there's no super technology, but for most skaters out there these wheels are a great choice.
Powell Skateboard Wheel
Many other skateboard companies make wheels. It seems like just about all of them do. Some of these are just fine to ride. Some are great!
I included this part to say that if you have a favorite skateboard company, like Zero or Element, or any other company, and you would like to try their wheels, then go for it! A lot of these wheels are great. They might not have some of the technology or be as cheap as some of the wheels in this list, but if they are made by a legitimately good skateboarding company and you want them, then ride what you want!