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How to choose the right freestyle scooter wheels?
There are several criteria for wheels that have an impact on your freestyle scooter practice, so it's important to choose them wisely.
The practice will also play a role in the choice, as well as the level and expectations. BLUNT wheels will be very pleasant as an entry-level for a park-oriented practice, perfect for beginners. Higher-end and still park-oriented, there are ROOT INDUSTRIES wheels with a comfortable rolling rubber and a very light weight. The JP SCOOTERS wheels will be the good intermediate for skatepark, and the FUZION wheels for freestyle scooters.
Finally, the cream of the crop, the gem of freestyle scooter wheels, the BLACK PEARL wheels.
Correlation between speed and wheel size
Freestyle scooter wheels can have different diameters: 100 mm, 110 mm, 120 mm, or 125 mm. The choice of wheel size is therefore crucial because it will have an impact on speed. The larger the freestyle scooter wheel, the faster your freestyle scooter speed will be. Conversely, the smaller the freestyle scooter wheel, the more maneuverable the scooter will be.
Wheel hardness, the compromise between comfort and durability
You should also take into account the hardness of the freestyle scooter wheel. This corresponds to the rubber around it. It differs depending on the brand. A soft wheel will wear out more quickly but will have better cushioning and grip, whereas a hard rubber will be more solid but offer less ride comfort.
Don't neglect the wheel core
For most scooter wheels, the core corresponds to an aluminum hub. This choice of metal allows for a rigid, lightweight, and robust hub. However, they are not always made of aluminum, as it depends on the brand and model of the freestyle scooter wheel.
Bearings are another important feature of wheels that should not be underestimated. They are sold with the wheels, but you can also buy them separately. They allow the freestyle scooter wheel to turn correctly. They are quite sensitive to water and must be maintained for a longer lifespan. It's always good to have spare bearings on hand.
Break in your wheels when they're new
When you have new wheels, don't immediately head to the skatepark to do your favorite tricks. Indeed, since the wheel rubber is new, it needs to be heated up a minimum, otherwise, it risks breaking immediately. If you want techniques for quickly breaking in your wheels, don't hesitate to watch Kilian's video.
Standard 12 Wheels, also known as STD 12
WARNING, some wheels are in "STD 12"! This type of wheel is made for larger axles and therefore only fits on scooters compatible with this type of standard. If no mention of STD 12 appears on the item page, it means that the freestyle scooter is not compatible.
Some brands make this model, you can find them in the ETHIC wheels, for example. If you have any doubts, don't hesitate to come to the store or contact our scooter specialists.