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BEST WHEELS FOR SLIDES!!!!
So you finally got yourself a longboard. You’ve watched all the videos of riders sliding around turns at 50 mph. You strap on pads and head to the craziest hills on the other side of town. You fire down a huge hill, go to try this thing called a slide and you tumble or you just make a sharp turn right off the side of the road. Sound familiar?
Lets get one thing straight, even the iciest wheels in the world won’t help you slide. Unless you practice and work on your skills you will continue to look stupid on a longboard. With that disclaimer out of the way, lets talk about the point of this article.
What are the best wheels for slides?
We took a poll via Facebook and around the BUDDHASPORT office of people’s favorite longboard wheels. Sector 9 Butterballs, RAD ‘Release’, and THESE Wheels came up as an even tie on the poll. One wheel isn’t necessarily better then the other but depending on your style, you may prefer one wheel over the other.
'Sector 9 Butterballs' - The Sector 9 Buttterballs are as Top Shelf as you can get when it comes to sliding wheels . Durable, icy, and quiet, these wheels will make you go from looking like a beginner to a slide jam champ in a few runs. Butterballs will wear consistently without flatspots or excessive chunking. These wheels were awesome at initiating slides, and hooking up in the transitions between the slides.
They are center set so you can simply flip them to avoid coning. They have a pre-ground surface and rounded edges that let you blast slides anywhere at any time. Literally your grandmother will slide like a boss with Sector 9 Butterballs. We recommend this wheel for freeriding and sliding, not for bombing hills. It’s good to have a few sets of wheels depending on what you’re doing that day. If hitting 30 foot slides or sliding around bends at full speed is on your to-do list, then do the right thing and put some Butterballs on your trucks.
RAD ‘Release’ wheels are one of the most innovative wheels on the market today. Designed by downhill riders Louis Pilloni and Jeff Budro of Rider ApprovedDesigns, this wheel was specifically made for longboarders by longboarders. The secret to the ‘Release’ is it’s Crown Core which is made up of material 10x stronger then traditional cores. We don’t know what that material is, but if it’s 10x stronger it’s pretty frickn’ strong. The crown didn’t deform under the weight of our riders which stabilized the roll at high speeds eliminating chatters and vibrations making for an extremely smooth ride.
We had no problem busting out slides at first contact, but once we wore down a few layers of urethane, holy sh*t these wheels are fun! The ‘Release’ is a true center set so you can flip back and forth wearing evenly and increasing the life of your wheels.
This wheel can be used for the most technical downhill riding or a slide jam. If you want a fun freeride wheel that’s going to last while offering function, speed, control for bombing hills and super controlled slides then RAD’s Release wheels belong on your board.
'These Wheels' by Skate One might be the longest lasting wheel ever made. Skate One uses a custom injection molded, fiber reinforced high rebound, polyurethane hub. You know what that translates to? Bad ass material made by aliens that lets you slide and ride for a long time before you need to buy a new set of wheels. ATF, FRF and KRF are all wheels from ’These Wheels’ series and any one of them will make you feel like you belong on a podium for winning a slide jam. The makers of These Wheels have more than 36 years of experience in the field of making wheels. Combine that with some crazy secret blend of top grade polyurethanes and you have a recipe for awesomeness.
'These Wheels' were forgiving and consistant with the same smooth chatter free ride on multiple types of pavement. The crazy part about these wheels is that even after a hard day of riding the wheel wear was minimal and the wheels barely had any scuffs on them. They may be a little too icy for the downhill speed freaks, but with a few runs you'll get a feel for 'em. If you're looking for a freeride / slide wheel that will provide smooth hookups and an ultra smooth slide you found yourself a new set of wheels. A little pricey compared to other longboard wheels but we feel 'These Wheels' are worth every penny.
Like we said in the beginning of this little review, wheels will not make you a better longboarder but with a little practice and any set of wheels from this list, you’ll be sliding like a pro in no time. If you’re having a hard time deciding which wheels to purchase please leave any questions you have in the comment box below. One of our staff members or a site guest will be sure to answer it for you.
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