Everything about wheel diameter
The short answer:
If you're unsure of what size to choose, a good starting point for freestyle skating is an 80 or 90 millimeter wheel, depending on your foot size. For aggressive skating, a 60 millimeter wheel is a good choice. But if you want to know more about choosing the right wheel size, keep reading!
The long answer:
So, what is wheel diameter and how do we measure it? The diameter is simply the distance from one side of the outer wheel to the other. You can use a centimeter ruler, like a dime stock, to measure the diameter of the wheel. The frame of your skate determines the size of the wheel that you can use. It's generally best to choose the largest size that fits in your frame. Inline skate frames come in different lengths and mounting systems, and some are removable. If you're not sure what size your frame is, you can check the frame itself or measure the distance between the two axles and subtract 1 millimeter. There are a few exceptions to this rule, such as old school skates, aggressive skates, and tri skates. In these cases, you may need to measure the distance from the center of the axle to the top of the frame to determine the maximum wheel size. You can also check our website for recommendations on maximum wheel sizes for specific frames.
Now, you may be wondering if it's ever a good idea to go smaller with your wheel size. While it's true that smaller wheels can make you feel lower to the ground, they can also make your skates feel clunky and unstable. It's generally not advisable to go too small with your wheel size. On the other hand, larger wheels can make your skates faster and more agile, but they may also make you feel more elevated and less stable. One exception to this rule is if you are using a rocker setup, which is when the frame has a downward curve in the middle. In this case, smaller wheels can be used to maintain a lower center of gravity and improve stability. Antirocker setups, on the other hand, use larger wheels and no frame curve to provide a smooth, fast ride.
It's important to note that smaller wheels are generally slower than larger wheels. Some skaters prefer three wheels for their agility and maneuverability, while others prefer four wheels for their stability and speed. If you are using a four-wheel setup, you may want to consider a 100 millimeter wheel size with a rocker frame for a combination of stability and speed.
To summarize, here are some general guidelines for choosing a wheel size:
- For aggressive skating, a wheel size of 55-72 millimeters is recommended.
- For freestyle skating, a wheel size of 72-90 millimeters is recommended.
- For speed skating, a wheel size of 90-125 millimeters is recommended.
- For antirocker setups, a wheel size of less than 50 millimeters is recommended.
Ultimately, the best wheel size for you will depend on your skating style and preferences. Experimenting with different sizes can help you find the perfect balance of speed, agility, and stability for your needs.