Summer is approaching us fast, which means it is the season of killing wheels. This inevitably leads to requiring new wheels, and how could one possibly make the decision with so much fresh product on the market that will feel good. Here we will go in-depth on some of the newer wheels and why you should choose them for what styles of freeriding.
Galaxy Meteors are a new, bigger wheel (72mm 81a), sure to satisfy the lovers of fast freeriding. With a wider contact patch, you get a level of control that is complimented perfectly with higher speed slides. They’re still relatively easy to kick out, but there will be more resistance than a Swinger, Hoot or other slippery freeride wheel. The urethane is really glidey, but still thanes like it is digging into the pavement. For how much they thane, they are also exceptionally resilient and wear down pretty slowly. If you’re looking for a fast freeride wheel or are a bigger rider and want more thane to kill, Meteors are for you.
Remember Hoots are some of the more slidey freeride wheels Motion Boardshop has ever come across. If you are a lighter rider (120lbs>) and need something easy to kick out and even easier to hold out, the Hoots are designed just for you. They leave bright thane lines, yet also wear slower than the lines would indicate. Plus, they’re only $33!!! Meaning if you’re trying to skate this Summer on a budget, these will be the ace up your sleeve. We gave ‘em to some Mobots to try out and here’s the result https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N31yazUPxsw
Rad has taken their extra supportive core and quick, smooth urethane and put it in a more freeride oriented shape. Compared to their Releases, the Glides are sideset and feature a much rounder lip. This, combined with their new blue 82a urethane, you’ve got the choice to get super slidey on rad wheels. The 78a will be great for controlling your speed and slowing down on all sorts of terrain. The 80 and 82a are going to be the easy to kick out, slide forever fun package that the lighter or younger riders will want. Be looking for a new review of these bad boys soon!
Keanus and Kilmers
Back off Fat Frees and Stimulus, the Kilmers and Keanus are here to dominate Orangatang’s lineup of freeride wheels. With Orangatang’s patented buttery urethane and a more supportive, centerset core, you get a brand new package that lets you wear them more evenly and get more weight over the entire wheel. This allows for more life to be utilized in the wheel, as well as gets you a more controlled feeling when sliding since you are utilizing more of it. This means for the 80a’s, you get a solid amount of speed-killing with a predictable hookup. 83a will kill a bit less speed, but still offer control, making them ideal for huge slides. The 86a will be some drifty fun, for those looking to throw rotational slides or float out huge stand-ups at lower speeds. If you have wheelbite problems or just want easier initiation into slides, the Keanu’s smaller package (66mm) will be for you. If wheelbite isn’t an issue and you want more life out of the wheel, treat yourself to some Kilmers (69mm).
If you’re one of the many that has had the pleasure of destroying a set of Bertz, you know how smooth and fun the Amber Retro thane is. But the only downside of Bertz is the size and durability. Well, step aside Bertz because here’s Erniez! The Erniez give you a larger, wider and more rounded package with the same great thane. This makes the wheel more of a legit freeride package, rather than a set of wheels you kill in a session. They’re easy to kick out, dump thane lines and are controllable at any speed. Anyone from a younger 80 pound grom to an experience 200 pound skater will love these wheels.
Along the same lines of their Hoots, Remember Pee-Wees are exceptionally slidey and thaney. If you’ve got a double kick you freeride, if you weigh nothing and ride topmounts or if you just want a wheel that takes no effort to float out, Pee-Wee’s are going to be the $29 ace in your hole.
Sector 9 Marshmallows
Small wheel freeriding is a big part of the trends going on currently. Sector 9 has made Marshmallows to take the trend to the next level. With such rounded lips and very little contact patch, Marshmallows are another set of wheels fit for younger and lighter riders to get their slides just that much longer and easier. Despite being 78a, they do not kill that much speed and are comfortable wheels for throwing long stand-up slides. They dump thane, wear at a relative pace and will fit on any deck. Worth it for any slide jam or smaller board you’ve got!
Hope these descriptions and details will get you that much closer to getting the wheels of your dreams!