A Buyers Guide to Freestyle Scooter Wheels
Freestyle Scooter Wheels vary in Diameter from 100mm to 125mm with the most popular and universal diameter being 110mm.
With Scooters increasing in overall size the 115mm Wheels are gaining popularity.
Larger diameter wheels can roll on rougher ground without loosing speed while smaller diameter wheels will be more effected by bumps, cracks and rougher ground.
Large diameter wheels are perceived to be faster.
Smaller diameter wheels keep the rider closer to the ground (which is seen as a positive) while large diameter wheels create a larger distance between the riders feet and the ground.
Small diameter wheels (110,115) are perceived to feel more natural and in proportion to a scooter.
Freestyle Scooter Wheels come in 2 standard widths being 24mm and 30mm wide.
While other widths exist from various brands they have barely been adopted by the industry due to compatibility issues therefore we do not (or barely) stock them at Syndicate.
24mm wide wheels are simply the standard and have provided more than enough for the worlds best scooter riders for over a decade.
The benefits of a thinner wheel could only be described as being lighter and more compatible than 30mm wide wheels.
In the last 5 years 30mm wide wheels have gained a lot of popularity.
The benefits of a wider wheel are increased stability and grip.
Poly-Urethane (PU) Hardness
PU is the rubber glued onto the metal core.
Freestyle Scooter Wheels vary in hardness from 80a to 90a with 86a and 88a being the most common.
The higher the number the harder the PU.
Harder PU is usually faster whilst softer PU is usually grippier.
Harder PU is more prone to “chunking” while softer PU is more prone to “dehubbing”
Chunking is when a small but noticeable amount of the PU can break off/away from the wheel.
Dehubbing is when the PU itself is pulled away from the core of the wheel.
When a PU hardness is not disclosed it can usually mean 1 of 2 things.
1) The manufacturer does not know/care enough to make claims about the precise PU hardness.
2) The manufacturer has developed their own formula for PU and does not wish to disclose the specifics.
While other industries have seemingly endless options for bearings the Scooter industry seems to have never seen the need. All manufacturers of wheels seem to use quite good quality bearings and we’ve rarely received complaints. Scooter Wheels have metal cores which make removing or installing bearings a painful task. We theories that most manufacturers are aware of this and opt to include as good quality bearings as they can source. In most experiences the bearings will still be spinning smoothly when the wheel has barely any urethane left.
However, There is a company called Ethic DTC known for pushing the limits of design and optimization within scootering owned by Kevin Demay. Kevin created a new standard for scootering by using a much bigger bearing known as the 12mm bearing or the “12mm Standard”.
While it hasn’t (yet) been adopted by any other brands, some brands such as NATIVE include adaptive spacers with their Decks and Forks to ensure those who wish to experience these giant high speed Ethic bearings and wheels can easily do so.
If you want to try 12mm Standard bearings/wheels just make sure your Deck and Forks are compatible.
All of our Fork and Deck listings specify which wheels are compatible with them.