I am sick of seeing "Which wheels slide" in the news feed so I have decided to create a forum showing sliding wheels and where to get them. This is no means complete and if you have any suggestions, please post them.
There is no "best wheel" for sliding or downhill. If there was everyone would be using it, It depends on the rider and what track they are doing. If you need to slide round all the corners, you wouldnt pick centrax. Keep that in mind before asking "what wheel is the best?"
You can easily do dh on slidey wheels but most people prefer a lip and around 80a (inheats, Bigzigs)
Durometer Scale Higher the durometre= harder the wheel
Rounded: The lips of the wheels are round (no edge) this will make it easier to slide.
Square: Sometimes a wheel may be 83a but the lips are square therefore it would less suited to sliding. However you could wear it in. (Wear down the square lip until its round)
Icy : The slide itself feels like you sliding on ice, hence the name. Not much control and common with harder duros. 83a+
Buttery: Again pretty self explanatory. Buttery is the opposite, You have control over the side. 80a and under usually. But also depends on the urethane.(What the wheel is made out of)
If your a beginner, Tend to go for a higher duro wheel (83a+) as it will be easier to slide and learn on.(Harder wheels are easier to slide at low speeds.) However as you progress try to move down the duro until around 78-80a. These are usually the butteriest slides. you should be aiming to progress to sliding at higher speeds and to have more control.
ALL these wheels are good for sliding. Simply pick a pair you like and follow the link. Keep in mind, how icy you want the slide to be (duro), whether you want to wear it in or not (lip) and also the size, IMO smaller wheels tend to slide better but depends how fat you are.
Metro wheel company
I know I've missed quite a few so just add suggestions in the comments. Also all the advice came directly from my head so if any pros think its wrong or misleading in a way, just tell me and ill change/remove it. Please keep in mind this guide was created for people who are new and know nothing of wheels.
P.s Generally the softer the wheel is, the quicker it will wear out, it will also leave thane lines but again also depends on the urethane.
Thane depth - the less thane between the core and the road, the easier / less chattery the slide will be (think Zombies)
Contact patch - pretty self explanetory, more thane on the road = more grip
Depth of lip - the thicker the lip, the smoother / easier the slide will be (ie not Avilas)
Hub setting - whether its centerset, sideset or offset. Sideset = smoother slide (flashies), centreset = even wear (Abec freerides are close).
Combine everything and you can prettymuch tell how a wheel will behave just by looking at it, ie flashies have a deep lip, are sidest, come in a natually slidey thane and have a 'largish' core. Combine these and you have a very fun wheel
Round lipped S9 race formulas are reportedly quite good.
good idea with the guide.
now do trucks. ahah jokes jamesy boy well done.
Caspian 'CastoK' Baska said:
what axle nuts are best for tech sliding?
I've spotted a flaw with your plan: too many words.
Groms blank out and lose concentration once there's more than about 2 words.....
They expect it to go like this...
Lazy grom: "mi mum just bort me a longbord wat weelz r gd fr slydeing"
ASRA: "[insert wheels here] are THE PERFECT WHEELS FOR EVERYTHING and will make you slide better than K-rimes and not to mention sexy as hell. If you buy them, Rebecca Black will see your amazing thane lines and want to sleep with you"
This is a great thread, but it won't stop stupid people creating the same stupid threads over and over again. At least it will provides somewhere to send them when they do. That just relies on people linking to it instead of replying to the stupid threads.
Metro wheel company
I think these are right but i may be wrong
Good idea James, Maybe this could help aswell?
Despite this thread being dead, should point out especially for Australians, we have an Aus based wheel company that makes only freeride wheels called Premier Wheel Co.
Their "Blue Series" Freeride wheels are just $38 AUD (So So cheap) and have zero effort slides. Here's a vid: