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How to choose wheels for a scooter: complete FAQ on choice

Wheels are an important part of any stunt scooter. They are the ones who take on the first load when landing a trick. The wheel core should be made of aluminum (forget about plastic wheels), the working surface should be made of high-tech polyurethane.

When choosing wheels, you need to focus primarily on the technical characteristics.

Scooter wheel diameter

There are sizes from 100 to 125 mm. The most popular wheels for stunt scooters are 110, 115 and 120 mm.

Wheels of a smaller diameter provide quick acceleration and increased maneuverability, but do not provide sufficient rolling and power reserve. The large diameter of the wheels entails high speeds and excellent rolling with less maneuverability.

Scooter wheel width

There are two main standards – 24mm and 30mm. There are more exotic “intermediate” versions (for example, 26mm and 28mm).

  • Narrow (standard) wheels are characterized by excellent acceleration, sharp handling and low weight.
  • Wider options will provide more control and stability during landings, as well as a higher level of structural reliability.

Scooter wheel core type

  • Spoked – the classic and most common variation consists of “rays” of various shapes and thicknesses diverging from the central part of the wheel. There are many variations, differing both visually and in the functionality that engineers laid down when creating a specific model.
  • Fullcore – heavy, reliable wheels, which are a solid aluminum disk, which is the main part on which the polyurethane is supported.
  • Hollowcore – very similar to fullcore, but the design consists of two parallel disks, between which there is emptiness. With virtually no loss in strength, these wheels are the lightest.

There are various “hybrids” that combine several design solutions that are created by engineers of various brands in search of better functionality and technical characteristics.

Polyurethane hardness

Traditionally, stiffness is measured using the Durometer A scale. In stunt scooters, the most common values are 86A, 88A and 90A (more extreme values do occur, but these are rare).

The lower the number, the softer the wheels. Soft wheels will provide better shock absorption during landings, as well as excellent traction, but will naturally wear out faster.

Hard wheels cope well with slides, give better rebound and are usually more durable.

Axle diameter

At the moment, there are only two options in the industry – 8mm (standard) and 12mm (that’s what they call 12STD).

Reliable and technologically advanced wheels from the best brands are the key to productive and safe riding and constant progress. But no matter how high-quality and technologically advanced the wheels are, you need to remember that they are a consumable material (the same as sandpaper or grips, since they are in constant friction and contact). You just need to come to terms with this fact and make a timely replacement.

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