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Ny Bones STF Deck V4 55mm Wheels Quikview Bones
STF Deck V4 55mm Wheels
€ 44,95
Ny Bones Deck 100s V4 53mm Wheels Quikview Bones
Deck 100s V4 53mm Wheels
€ 34,95
Ny Ricta Speedrings 81B 53mm Wheels Quikview Ricta
Speedrings 81B 53mm Wheels
€ 44,95
Jart Leaves 52mm Wheels Quikview Jart
Leaves 52mm Wheels
€ 24,95
Bullet Shocktart 50mm Quikview Bullet
Shocktart 50mm
€ 39,95
Ny Bones V1 Series STF 54mm Wheels Quikview Bones
V1 Series STF 54mm Wheels
€ 44,95

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Bullet Shocktart 52mm Quikview Bullet
Shocktart 52mm
€ 39,95
Element Section 52mm Wheels Quikview Element
Section 52mm Wheels
€ 34,95
Ny OJ Wheels Rowley 100A 53mm Wheels Quikview OJ Wheels
Rowley 100A 53mm Wheels
€ 47,95
Ny OJ Wheels Rowley 95A 54mm Wheels Quikview OJ Wheels
Rowley 95A 54mm Wheels
€ 47,95
Ny Muckefuck Kevin Wenzke 55mm Quikview Muckefuck
Kevin Wenzke 55mm
€ 35,95
Ny Ricta Park Crushers 83B 57mm Wheels Quikview Ricta
Park Crushers 83B 57mm Wheels
€ 44,95

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Bones ATF Po Bear 60mm Quikview Bones
ATF Po Bear 60mm
€ 49,95
Bullet Shocktart 53mm Quikview Bullet
Shocktart 53mm
€ 39,95
Jart Leaves 53mm Wheels Quikview Jart
Leaves 53mm Wheels
€ 24,95
Element Section 50 Wheels Quikview Element
Section 50 Wheels
€ 34,95
Ny Jart Fluo 52mm Wheels Quikview Jart
Fluo 52mm Wheels
€ 24,95
Muckefuck Ralf Edlinger 52mm Quikview Muckefuck
Ralf Edlinger 52mm
€ 35,95
Chocolate Eazy-C 53mm Wheels Quikview Chocolate
Eazy-C 53mm Wheels
€ 39,95
Ny Muckefuck Albertross 53mm Wheels Quikview Muckefuck
Albertross 53mm Wheels
€ 35,95
Plan B Team National 52mm Quikview Plan B
Team National 52mm
€ 39,95
OJ Wheels Natural 54mm Wheels Quikview OJ Wheels
Natural 54mm Wheels
€ 39,95
Ny Bones STF Deck V4 51mm Wheels Quikview Bones
STF Deck V4 51mm Wheels
€ 44,95
Ny Muckefuck Jarne 52mm Wheels Quikview Muckefuck
Jarne 52mm Wheels
€ 35,95

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Element Section 54mm Wheels Quikview Element
Section 54mm Wheels
€ 34,95
Ricta Supercrystal Yellow 50mm Quikview Ricta
Supercrystal Yellow 50mm
€ 34,95
Ny Robotron Speedometer 52mm Wheels Quikview Robotron
Speedometer 52mm Wheels
€ 29,95
Habitat Bloom Foil 51mm Quikview Habitat
Bloom Foil 51mm
€ 34,95
Girl Streamline 52mm Wheels Quikview Girl
Streamline 52mm Wheels
€ 39,95
Plan B Rodriguez Pro Spec 50mm Quikview Plan B
Rodriguez Pro Spec 50mm
€ 54,95
Ricta Natural Blue 50mm Quikview Ricta
Natural Blue 50mm
€ 34,95
Jart Leaves 55mm Wheels Quikview Jart
Leaves 55mm Wheels
€ 24,95
Alien Workshop Classic 52mm Quikview Alien Workshop
Classic 52mm
€ 34,95
Muckefuck Murl 54mm Quikview Muckefuck
Murl 54mm
€ 35,95
Muckefuck Tobi Fleischer 54mm Quikview Muckefuck
Tobi Fleischer 54mm
€ 35,95
Girl Hardline 50mm Wheels Quikview Girl
Hardline 50mm Wheels
€ 39,95
Pig Wheels Head 58mm Quikview Pig Wheels
Head 58mm
€ 29,95
Pig Wheels Head 51mm Quikview Pig Wheels
Head 51mm
€ 29,95
Girl Big Girl 3D 50mm Wheels Quikview Girl
Big Girl 3D 50mm Wheels
€ 39,95
Decay Logo Mash Up 52mm Quikview Decay
Logo Mash Up 52mm
€ 29,95
Habitat Bloom Foil 53mm Quikview Habitat
Bloom Foil 53mm
€ 34,95
Ny Robotron Speedometer 53mm Wheels Quikview Robotron
Speedometer 53mm Wheels
€ 29,95
Bones STF Slim Bones 54mm Quikview Bones
STF Slim Bones 54mm
€ 44,95
Plan B Stencil New Color 52mm Quikview Plan B
Stencil New Color 52mm
€ 39,95
Girl Big Girl 3D 52mm Wheels Quikview Girl
Big Girl 3D 52mm Wheels
€ 39,95
SWEET SKTBS Yestion 52mm Wheels Quikview SWEET SKTBS
Yestion 52mm Wheels
€ 24,95
Spitfire Bighead 53mm white Quikview Spitfire
Bighead 53mm white
€ 44,95

Rock ‘N’ Roll - A Well-Rounded Overview of Skateboard Wheels

Blue Tomato Team rider Tobi Fleischer


It was only in the 50’s that the first surfers decided to screw wheels to the bottom of their surfboards so that they could ‘surf’ the streets. A few things have changed since then, especially when it comes to the materials. The skate scene is constantly evolving with consistently changing and increasing demands. Over time, simple planks of wood became bespoke skate decks and the metal rails were replaced with skateboard trucks. Even wheels are radically different these days. Originally, skaters would repurpose wheels from inline or roller skates, but today there’s a specific skate wheel for every type of rider. Let Blue Tomato give you a quick overview!

If your setup isn’t quite right, skateboarding can be a bit of a drag. It’s not just a matter of matching up your deck to your trucks though; wheels also play an essential role in building your perfect skate setup. Wheels come in all different sizes, materials, and hardness ratings allowing you to adapt your skateboard to suit your style, whether you skate park, street, vert or bowl.

Size Matters… At Least When it comes to Wheels

Skateboard wheel diameter overview


The size of your skateboard wheels, or more precisely, the diameter, is normally measured in millimetres and is usually somewhere between 50 to 75 mm. If you paid attention in physics class, you probably already know a little about the potential difference the size of a wheel can make… If not, here’s a quick reminder: Smaller wheels accelerate noticeably quicker as there is less friction for them to overcome, but larger wheels have greater top speeds.
As you would expect smaller wheels will bring your setup lower to the ground than larger diameter wheels.

Here’s a quick overview:

  • 50 - 53 mm: As a street skater, you’ll probably favour smaller wheels as they give you a little extra stability when it comes to landing flip tricks. On the vert ramp, you’ll definitely notice the acceleration which will give you a little performance boost in the pipe or mini-ramp.
  • 54 - 59 mm: The all-rounder size, a versatile wheel for skate parks, vert skating and more. No park, bowl, vert ramp or mini-ramp is safe!
  • 60 mm and up: Cruiser wheels! Plenty of speed with very little effort.

Skateboard wheel hardness ratings


The hardness rating of skateboard wheels is, theoretically, given on a scale of 1 to 100; the higher the value, the harder the wheel. The value also comes with a letter: either ‘A’, which signifies a polyurethane mix similar to the consistency of rubber, or ‘B’, which is more similar to the hard plastic wheels of old-school 80’s boards.

Once again, physics plays an essential role here. If you primarily ride parks or smooth, flat terrain, there’s no limit to your choices: Soft wheels will give you more grip and therefore a smoother ride. Harder wheels, on the other hand, will make slides and grinds that bit easier and the lack of friction between harder wheels and the ground will help you reach higher speeds than with a softer wheel.

A simple guiding principle for buying skate wheels is this: Between 70 and 90, you’re guaranteed a comfy ride, but between 90 and 101 you’re perfectly equipped for any trick you can think of, and your slides will blow minds.

Year in, year out, brands like Bones and Spitfire develop new material formulas for their wheels to enhance skate performance. New shapes, new materials and new features - these brands know what they’re doing, and you can rely on them for a good skate. There are wheels for every skating style: Bones offer the STF (street formula for street skating) or the SPF (skate park formula for any park) and Spitfire offer a similar range under the names F1 Street Burners and F1 Park Burners.

Round meets Long - the Setup


Regardless of the brand of wheels, the aperture is always the same so all bearings will fit all wheels. Making sure there is a spacer between each bearing, press them into the wheels, then mount the wheels on your trucks, putting the so-called speed rings inside and out. Once you’ve fixed all four wheels on with nuts, you’re ready to shred!

Now it’s up to you! Find the perfect wheels for your setup at Blue Tomato!

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