These days you have a lot of options when selecting the right wheel size for your skates. This can lead to a lot of confusion for newer athletes who often look at the pro’s for advice on equipment. However, one must remember that the pro skaters have years of practice under their belt which makes the ideal wheel size for them different compared to the average person who skates twice a week. In this blog post we will try to list the pros and cons of the different types of wheels.
Top speed vs. acceleration
Bigger wheels take longer to accelerate but they make it easier to keep the pace once up to speed. One should consider where they skate before selecting the wheel size. Long straightaways favor the larger wheels whereas the smaller wheels make it easier to accelerate trough i.e. the city. Bigger wheels are likewise more demanding in terms of strength and power. If you are a child or a smaller adult, a smaller wheel might be the better choice for you.
As the wheels gets larger the distance from the ground to the base of your skate also increases. This is defined as the deck height.
When the deck height increases, so does the demands to your ankle-, leg- and core stability. If you are a newer skater, you should consider going with the smaller wheels until your stability has improved.
Larger wheels most often mean a longer frame. A long frame is more stable and can be an advantage when cruising at higher speeds. In contrast, a longer frame makes it more difficult to turn. When selecting the correct wheels size and consequently also the frame, one should consider the need for maneuvering tight corners. For instance, if you skate a lot of indoor, you might consider sizing down rather than sizing up.
Bigger is not always better
Even trough the bigger wheels are by far the most prevalent among pro skaters, big wheels might not be the best fit for you. At TOPSKATE we specialize in guiding you to the perfect setup. Visit our contact page and reach out – TOPSKATE is for skaters, by skaters, and we look forward to help you.