The Best Skateboard Wheels (Bought & Tested!)


best skateboard wheels

It’s been a long time coming but after a few years of testing out gear and trying new stuff, it’s time to present the best skateboard wheels for every style. This list will grow and evolve as more wheels need testing but I’m now at a point I can get you the right wheels for cruising, street, transition, parks, or whatever floats your board.

At SkateboardersHQ we actually buy and test most of the products to give you a fair opinion. We don’t get sponsored and if we get free stuff to review, we will mention it. There’s always bias, often it comes down to personal preference but great skateboard wheels do make a difference.

I limited the choices to the absolute best wheels and divided them into different styles. I picked premium wheels but also added a couple of suggestions for those on a budget. Keep in mind that cheap wheels flat spot and wear down fast!

In the long run, premium wheels are a better investment. I won’t go into explaining durometer, size, width, or whatever. For that, you should check my buyers guide. Let’s go!

Note that I’m still working on this and have to add a lot of media which is still in progress. For now, this article is good to go. If you have any suggestions please let me know which wheels you prefer and I’ll check them out!

Best Skateboard Wheels For Street

Let’s start off with wheels for street skating because this is the most popular activity. Obviously there’s not one wheel that rules them all and it really depends on the surface you ride. For rough asphalt, you need wheels that are more forgiving and for smooth concrete, you want something hard and grippy.

Also depending on the trick you prefer you might want to look at the shape, some wheels are great for sliding and grinding and others are better for flip tricks. Beginners won’t notice so my advice is to not overthink, standard street wheels are usually fine.

Anything between 52-54 mm and 99A on the durometer scale is a great all-around choice for street skating. Go down the durometer scale if you ride cracked pavements or rough asphalt, anything under 92A will become bouncy and sticky though.

You’ll notice the best skateboard wheels for street are dominated by Bones and Spitfire and for good reasons. They offer the best possible wheels you can get but are a bit more expensive than other brands. It’s worth the investment, they last a lot longer and you’ll earn it back in no time.

Spitfire Formula Four 101A

spitfire classics

Top of the line wheels and Spitfire offers the best quality skateboard wheels you can buy (don’t rule out Bones). Spitfire Classics are very popular wheels for street skateboarding but are expensive. In the long run, they will be cheaper as you will go through a couple of sets of mini logos sooner than one set of Spitfire wheels.

These wheels are for dedicated skateboarders who eat, sleep, and dream skateboarding. Very technical wheels and a must-have for anyone that loves gnarly street skating.

They can feel a bit slippery at first depending on the surface you skate but they get grippy quite fast once broken in. Once you break them in, they provide enough grip to prevent you from slipping, but also deliver when it comes to slides.

And flat spots? Even doing powerslides won’t do anything, you’ll probably more likely to scrape the surface you ride than flat-spotting these wheels. The 99A Classics are more likely to flat spot if you try hard enough but they allow you to ride crusty asphalt. the 101A will be less forgiving.

For grinds get the lockin wheels, it’s has a deeper cut in the inside for longer and more stable grinds. Get the standard shaped wheels if you want more speed and agility. The radials have a thinner cut but a larger contact patch and a sidecut. Great for smooth stable grinds and more balance when riding because of the larger surface area.

Spitfire Formula Four Classics 99A

Compared to the Spitfire Formula Four 101A wheels, these are a bit more forgiving on asphalt. Even though they can handle slides, the slightly softer wheels are a bit more grippy so you really have to put your weight in there. A bit of wax should help you slide those ledges.

The Classics seem to wear down faster than a conical or lockin shape because of the smaller contact patch. As they go down in size the contact patch will actually grow because of its shape. This will make the wheel a bit stickier but you’ll probably won’t notice because they wear down gradually.

The Spitfires aren’t just great for street, you’ll also have a good time riding parks and bowls if you get the 54 mm wheels. I was surprised how fast they are when I skated them in my Local mini ramp, even at 52 mm you go fast and hardly have to pump.

The only downside I experienced was that it’s hard to lock them in when grinding a coping. I personally would recommend the 54 mm version if you like to skate transition and street, the smaller wheels really make it more difficult to lock-in.

Spitfire Formula Four Full Conical 99A

spitfire formula four conicall full skateboard wheels

Another Spitfire wheel? Well yeah, this is about the best wheels and they aren’t cheap but will last longer and perform much better than cheap wheels. The Spitfire F4 conicals are a bit softer compared to the 101’s mentioned above and great for street, parks, and transition skateboarding.

If you’re used to smaller wheels you might be put off by their size at first but you get used to it in no time, they are also rather yellow but that doesn’t really mean anything. They have a larger contact patch than average and offer lots of grip and stability. They can handle powerslides and you’ll have a really hard time flat spotting them.

The Spitfire Formula Four Conicals are great at locking in grinds and don’t offer much resistance when tail or nose sliding ledges. These wheels are surprisingly great for rougher asphalt despite being 99A and will still give you enough speed when riding your local park or your occasional mini ramp.

From all the wheels we tested these are a very safe choice. They are expensive though but you’ll go through a couple of sets of Mini Logos before these babies need to be replaced.

Bones Street Tech Formula V1 to V6

Bones are about the best wheels you can get. Bones wheels are of extreme quality and can last for years, lower quality wheels will wear, and before you know it you are down a few millimeters. Not Bones though, they don’t flat spot, offer a firm grip, and still allow you to slide.

If you try hard enough you’re able flatspot them but in general, they are pretty flat spot resistant. Hardly any wheel comes out clean when you powerslide rough or crusty spots. These wheels also perform excellent on rough asphalt and offer enough stability to pull off your flip tricks.

Overall Bones STF wheels are a great choice and worth the premium, sure you can get cheaper wheels but they don’t come even close Bones STF.

Bones STF wheels come in 6 versions and the main difference is the shape. Some shapes are great for slide tricks, others are more responsive, and some offer more balance. Let’s see what you can pick from:

  • Bones STF V1 Standard: All-around wheel, great lock-in, and excellent for street skating.
  • Bones STF V2 Locks: Great or sliding and grinding rails and curbs.
  • Bones STF V3 Slims: Great for flipping, grinding, sliding, and popping. Safe choice if you don’t know what to pick.
  • Bones STF V4 Wide: A bit like the V1 but they are wider and have a bigger contact patch. Less friction when grinding.
  • Bones STF V5 Sidecut: Designed for longer and slides and grind and also perform well in bowl and vert
  • Bones STF V6 Widecut: The biggest wheels that perform great on rough asphalt, the large contact patch makes the ride stable and more forgiving.

Best Skateboard Wheels For Skateparks

So let’s move on to the best skatepark wheels. It’s a difficult one because skateparks often consist of both street and transition obstacles. The surface is often flat and smooth which makes the choice a bit easier. You need a wheel that’s fast, hard and offers enough grip to prevent them from sliding when you don’t expect to.

Bigger and harder wheels will make flips a bit more difficult but will perform great when riding transition. Let’s have a look at a couple of wheels and see if there is something that is more all-around.

Again, it’s Bones and Spitfire wheels that come out on top.

Bones Skatepark Formula

Bones SPF P5 - 58mm and 56mm

Bones offer the best wheels for skateparks. They offer grip on smooth surfaces like skateLite, concrete, and slick asphalt but also perform well on wood. Not only do they perform well in parks, if you skate mini ramp, bowls, or vert Bones are a great choice.

Bones are my favorite wheels, to be honest, though I do like to ride Spitfires as well. I just feel like I have more grip when riding Bones even though they slide great. They don’t come with flat spot guarantee but as flat spot resistant. I haven’t been able to flat spot these even after hundreds of slides. 

Depending on your preference you can pick from the following sizes:

  • 54 mm for park skaters that like to pop flips but also need the speed and stability skating transition
  • 56 mm if you like to ride mini ramps or need something to lock-in your grinds
  • 58 mm for vert and bowl
  • 60 mm for vert and bowl

Bones also offers different shapes, just like the STF’s:

  • Bones SPF P1 wheels are perfect for technical skateboarders that like to skate parks. The wheels are narrow which makes them very responsive.
  • Bones SPF P2 wheels feature a wide contact patch that is perfect for bowl, mini ramp and vert skaters out there. The larger contact patch surface allows for more stability.
  • Bones SPF P3 wheels are a bit wider than the P2. This allows for maximum stability (as for as wheels can provide). If you skate at high speeds and looking for something to keep you stable you could consider these wheels.
  • Bones SPF P4 wheels are like the P1’s designed for technical park skaters. They also provide excellent support for bowl and vert skating so a great all-around transition wheel.
  • Bones SPF P5 wheels are specifically designed for the hardcore bowl and vert skaters. Great for locking your grinds and slides.
  • Bones SPF P6:

Spitfire Radials

Mix of streets, skateparks and bowls. Working on it!

Spitfire Lock-in

What’s interesting about this wheel is the asymmetrical shape. The inside will allow for better lock-ins while the outside is conical shaped.  These are very stable wheels because of the huge contact patch. This is great for beginners that need lots of stability but the trade-off is that experienced technical skaters will have a harder time flipping their boards.

Because of the flat shape on the inside, you’ll experience a bit more friction when griding rails and ledges. They are excellent carving wheels so if you like to ride bowls, this wheel is an option. There are better wheels for that though, the size, shape, and hardness will slow down your 50-50’s.

As for durability, Spitfire always offers great quality wheels and because of their size, they will last a very long time. They won’t flat spot and you can ride them for years. For those that ride skate parks with rough asphalt, this is a good choice. The size and hardness of these wheels make them very forgiving.

Best Skateboard Wheels For Transition

If you love transition skateboarding (tranny) you might want to get some wheels that fit that style. This is a rough one, in general, you want some hard and fast wheels that are grippy but still allow you to slide. You also want to pick wheels that aren’t too big or too small.

You can go for both Bones SPF and Bones STF, just make sure to make an informed decision

To be honest, this comes really close to wheels for skateparks and any I listed there are probably great for transition. Make sure you check those out but I’ll add a few more suggestions here.

For vert and bowl you want wheels that are at least 58 mm, grippy, and hard. You need speed and minimize pumping and you also don’t want to lose grip at full speed. If you only want to carve and not grind copings or pop front side ollies, you could also go with a more stable and carvy wheel.

As for mini ramp skateboarding, I personally love to ride 56 mm. I went from 54 mm to 58 mm, but now I feel like 56 mm is the best size. It just takes time and trying different wheels to learn what you like best.

Bones SPF P1

Since I already suggested these for parks I won’t take a deep dive. Bones SkatePark Formula is great for transition but size matters in this case. In my opinion, a safe choice is the SPF P1’s (narrow) at 54mm or the P5’s if you ride more transition than flat. This will allow you to do tricks on the flat and they offer a smooth ride when you run into transition obstacles.

The P1’s have the smallest contact patch with is great for tricks on the flat, fortunately, they also provide lots of grip on concrete and skatelite. They are hard and fast so you won’t have to push as much as cheaper wheels.

Bones SPF P5

I’ve been riding these for a couple of years now and I love the Bones SPF P5’s. They are fast, great for sliding, lock-in like no other and overall make you feel very comfortable on your board. I recently switched from 58 mm to 56 mm and think that size hits the sweet spot for skating ramps.

I think the Bones p5’s perform best on wider setups, you have the stability of a wider board and these wheels make it a lot easier to lock in tricks axle stalls, smith grinds, and 50-50’s.

They are fast! I really had to get used to the speed at first. I was used to pumping hard in bowls and mini ramps but I actually had to learn to slow down and stop pumping like a madman.

They are rather hard (84B) but even on asphalt, they feel reasonably comfortable riding concrete is even better. They slide like no other but somehow don’t lose grip when their not supposed to.

If you ride a lot of bowls, mini ramps, verts or just transition in general, these are your wheels!If you also like to skate street this could be a safe choice. If you want the best you can pick these or It’s Either Bones or Spitfire Conicals. It’s up to you.

Spitfire Wheels Conical Full

Spitfire Conicals perform great on the street but also are a solid choice for transition skateboarding. I won’t go into much detail as I already cover these wheels but I thought they are worth mentioning again especially if you want a wheel that performs well under many circumstances.

Best Skateboard Wheels For Cruising (And Tricks)

I tested quite a few cruiser wheels and there are differences. it also depends on the size of your board. From what I learned is that other than the quality of the wheel, the width of the wheel matters a lot. Huge wheels on a small popsicle don’t really skate well. Sure you get that cruising feeling but once you swap wheels around you’ll notice a big difference.

I’ll mention the wheels I like best and will also add a few suggestions for those who also like to do tricks like hopping curbs are ollie small objects. It’s kind of a trade-off though, softer and bigger wheels are bouncy so landing tricks is more of a challenge. You’ll end up with a hybrid of cruiser and trick wheels, don’t worry, there are some great wheels just for that.

Just remember that there is a big difference between hard and soft wheels. You’ll have to find wheels that can handle the terrain you personally often ride.

Ricta Clouds 96A (Rough Asphalt)

Ricta Clouds Wheels

For those who live in areas where slick surfaces are nonexistent, riding hard wheels can get very uncomfortable. Ricta Clouds are filmer wheels but can also be used for street skating. If you go with the 92A you should have a better experience as the Clouds are really forgiving on crusty asphalt.

They aren’t as durable as Bones or Spitfire but sure will feel a lot comfortable. Clouds do flat spot so I wouldn’t recommend powerslides. They are also more grippy compared to the other wheels on this list.

You can go as low as 92A but these are quite sticky so sliding and grinding will be a lot harder. The softer the wheel gets, the bouncier they become leading to unstable landings. Stick to 96A and see from there.

They come in different sizes, a safe choice would be 54 mm.

Bones Rough Riders

bones rough riders

One of the few wheels that I haven’t tested yet but a friend of mine likes to ride them in his local park. The reason for that is because this park has some rough asphalt and they seem to be very forgiving.

This guy has been skating for over 20 years so I will take his word for it. He also rides them in his local concrete bowl and when I look at him riding he doesn’t even have to pump that hard. Sure harder wheels would go faster but the Rough Riders are perfect for cruising and tricks.

As always they won’t excel at anything but are a great all-around wheel if you ride various kinds of surfaces.

OJ Super Juice

OJ super juice wheels on a cruiser board

These are just amazing and perform well on almost any setup. I own a bunch of cruisers and swapped these wheels around to test and all boards performed better, except for my Comet Cruiser that board is already perfect.

I think in general the OJ Super Juice wheels are one of the best and most affordable wheels for cruising. I love the grip and speed they offer and at 78A they are buttery smooth. I won’t recommend grinding or sliding ledges, they are prone to chunk if you hit a sharp ledge.

OJ also offers these in 54mm, so if you’re looking for a wheel that offers a smooth ride and can handle tricks, this is a smart choice. Just don’t get too gnarly, you’ll destroy them.

Powell Peralta Bomber III

Powell Peralta Bomber III wheels

I love the looks of these and awesome graphics but it doesn’t say anything about performance. The Bomber 3 wheels are smooth and fast and offer lots of grip. At 60A they are just about the right size for cruising and the 85A durometer may be a tad harder than the other wheels listed here but you’ll hardly notice the difference.

They aren’t too bouncy so basic tricks like ollies and shuvits are possible and you can still slide them given the surface you ride is slick enough. These are great for old school skaters that like to ride 10″ old school decks, hop a few curbs, carve a bowl, and cruise around.

Fireball Tinder

Fireball Tinder Cruiser Wheels

Fireball Tinders are great for cruiser setups or slapping them under a regular popsicle board (yeah you can fit longboard wheels on a skateboard). At 81A they are not the softest but also not the hardest wheels and perfect for cruising and tricks. I tested these on both types of boards and was pleasantly surprised by their performance.

The large fiberglass core helps to stiffen the wheel but despite the hardness, they roll pretty smooth.  Great at absorbing vibrations and they accelerate faster than I expected and keep their momentum for a while.

Sliding is certainly possible but it will wear them down much faster and you’ll risk flat spots. They have less meat to them than other cruiser wheels but the stiffness make them great for cruising and tricks.

Fun fact: they come with lots of stickers and a fireball candy, that gave me a good chuckle. Note that these are the only wheels on this list I did not buy, I got them from Stoked Ride Shop for free.

Best All-around Skateboard Wheels

If you like to hit the skate park, street, and do some occasional transition skateboarding you have a few options. The only thing is that these are a jack of all trades, master of none kind of wheels.

Also, think about size, really small wheels are great for street skating but you’ll have a harder time locking in on a coping when you ride a bowl, quarter, or mini ramp. A safe size would be 54 mm, small enough to hit the streets, and still enough speed in parks with decent lock-in capabilities.

The wheels mentioned here aren’t great for rough roads, at least if you’re looking for cruiser wheels/

Shape matters, but since this is about all-around wheels I’m gonna ignore that part here.

Bones 100’s

bones 100 wheels

Bones 100’s work for street, skateparks, bowl, and mini ramp. Though they perform better on the street and in parks, you’ll still be able to hit transitions. They allow you to lock-in on both ledges, rails, and coping and also work well for flip tricks and slides.

Not really great for cruising but you can’t have it all.

Bones All-Terrain Formula

I mentioned the rough riders already and they are part of the Bones ATF series. If you’re looking for quality wheels and like to do tricks, cruise a little, and ride transition these wheels are a solid choice. I’m still testing these wheels so expect an update anytime soon.

Mini Logo A-Cut 90A

Mini Logo wheels are cheap and not the best for more experienced riders but perfect for beginners. The soft 90A wheels increase stability for new riders, you don’t want ridiculous hard wheels when you’re just starting out.

They are cheap and do the job but aren’t top quality wheels. As long as you’re not planning to do any gnarly stuff they’ll hold up fine. They do tend to flatspot so powerslides are out of the question. For basic tricks like ollies, flips, and shuvits it’s a good choice to start with.

Once you get better at skateboarding consider replacing the wheels, by that time you will notice the difference between top quality wheels and mediocre wheels.

Santa Cruz Slime Balls 97A

Slime balls come in many variants but a safe choice is the 97A wheels, I will leave the size up to you. I’m still testing these out so I’ll update this post once I leant more. Safe to say is that they are great for beginners, not too hard or too soft and pretty grippy.

Best Budget Skateboard Wheels

Still working on this part!

  Cheap skateboard wheels  

Since not everybody can afford expensive wheels like Spitfire I decided to add a few wheels that are a smart choice when you’re on a budget. Note that these wheels are less durable compared to the top brands and are more likely to flatspot. I’m going to keep this part short because this article is getting way too long.

Mini Logo

One of the most popular budget wheels and often recommended if you don’t want to spend too much on your first setup. Mini Logo wheels are great for beginners that don’t plan on doing anything too technical the first season or two.

They offer decent rebound and grip and are great for street skating. Mini Logo wheels can chunk or flatspot so just take it easy at first. Once you get better you can test them to the max, eventually, you want something better but until that time, Mini Logo is a wise choice and offer great value for the money.

Darkstar VHS Wheels

A bit more expensive compared to mini logo wheels but comparable in performance. These wheels are cheap, great for street and parks, and should last a while. Like any cheap wheel, they will flatspot if you slide often.

CCS

CCS offers cheap wheels for both street skating and cruising though you shouldn’t expect too much of these wheels. They will flatspot and the street variants are quite hard and unforgiving but will do fine in parks. Not for skilled riders but a good choice for beginners who want to ride parks.

Conclusion

Oh boy, this was a long post and I always dread writing them. It’s just difficult to say what wheels are the best and the more choices I offer the harder it is to pick the right wheel.

I hope dividing them into styles will make it easier for you but honestly all the wheels here are fine. Just remember that cheap can be more expensive in the long run and beginners shouldn’t ride super hard wheels.

I’m still testing some of these wheels with the help of a few local skaters and will update this post when needed. I’m also going to add more wheels in time but buying all this stuff is expensive. If you know of any that should be on this list, let me know!

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Ruben Vee

I'm an aged skateboarder, but I still shred responsibly. I started skateboarding 25 years ago and I'm out there whenever I can. Insta @skateboardershq

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