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How do I make my wheels last longer/Which wheels last the longest?

Learning how to slide is one of the most fun things to do on a longboard, the feeling of losing traction while maintaining full control is a feeling like no other. With sliding comes the wearing of your wheels, over time after lots of sliding you will notice your wheels are not quite the size they were when you bought them. Grinding the wheels against pavement isn’t necessarily the best thing to do to your wheels but it’s to be expected after multiple sessions of sliding.

So here are a few things that will help increase the longevity and life of your wheels

1. Wheel Rotation

            Rotating your wheels is one of the best things to do to increase the life of your wheels after a long day of sliding. If you’re into doing a slide one way consecutively (ex. heelside stand up slides) you may notice that some of your wheels are much smaller than others, sliding one way can cause this because you are setting all your weight on to one side of the board making those wheels wear more. The best way to fix this is to switch the position of the small wheels to the position of the large and vice versa. This helps you prevent uneven wear, keeping all your wheels relatively the same size will help them last much longer.


*Skip to 1:15 in this video to find out how to effectively rotate your wheels!*


 2. Keep your slides under 90°

            When you slide your wheels at 90° they tend to stop spinning in the slide, when the wheel stops spinning but continues to slide then only one part of the wheel is being worn down which then creates a flat spot. When this happens too much, the flatspots don’t allow the wheels to ride smoothly producing a very uncomfortable ride and in some bad cases even unridable. The way to prevent this is to keep your slides under 90° by keeping your shoulders and feet pointed down the hill while sliding.


3. Use Resilient Wheels

            A big trend in longboarding is using a wheel that leaves a lot of thane lines behind while sliding, when a wheel leaves a lot of thane it typically wears much faster than a wheel that doesn’t. For example a wheel that leaves a lot of thane like the 78a 67mm Hawgs Tracers will last you less than a week of consistent sliding until they’re completely dead where a wheel like the 83a 69mm Orangatang Kilmer that leaves virtually no thane lines will last you months upon months of consistent sliding. Although wheels that last longer do tend to be a bit more expensive, it’s better than paying a little bit less for a wheel with a weeklong lifespan multiple times a month.