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    Default Best Wheels For Carving/Cruising?

    I just got a longboard last week and i'm really new to this, and i'm really looking for a new set of wheels that can carve and cruise really well.
    Any suggestions?


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    Default Re: Best Wheels For Carving/Cruising?

    abec 11 flashbacks


    basic shape, great price, AWESOME wheel
    you will love it
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    Default Re: Best Wheels For Carving/Cruising?

    Any of the Zig series are great...I prefer the Big Zigs in pink or lime...
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    Default Re: Best Wheels For Carving/Cruising?

    I like a bigger wheel for cruising, maybe with a little softer duro for absorbing the cracks.

    I have 77mm 78a Hawgs

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    Default Re: Best Wheels For Carving/Cruising?

    Well i've narrowed my choices to 3 wheels,

    Big Zigs, Gumballs, or the Grippins...

    ahhh which one!?!

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    Default Re: Best Wheels For Carving/Cruising?

    If you've got a topmount get center set 70mm wheels - Grips or 70mm S9 race.

    If you've got a dropthru get bigger center set wheels - 77mm 78a Hawgs.

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    Default Re: Best Wheels For Carving/Cruising?

    Quote Originally Posted by enemy combatant View Post
    If you've got a topmount get center set 70mm wheels - Grips or 70mm S9 race.

    If you've got a dropthru get bigger center set wheels - 77mm 78a Hawgs.
    yeah i do have a dropthru board... and the Hawgs are good for carving and cruising?

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    Default Re: Best Wheels For Carving/Cruising?

    You bet and they are center set so they can be flipped for even wear.

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    Default Re: Best Wheels For Carving/Cruising?

    Quote Originally Posted by enemy combatant View Post
    You bet and they are center set so they can be flipped for even wear.
    hmmm, but what characteristics make them better than the other wheels i mentioned?

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    Default Re: Best Wheels For Carving/Cruising?

    Flywheels are great cruisers, you should try them out. Gumballs are similar and feel great too.
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    Default Re: Best Wheels For Carving/Cruising?

    This is a really tough question, because preferences and riding styles vary greatly.

    My ultimate cruising/carving wheel is the (beveled) 70mm Lime ZigZag.
    I carve hard, slide a lot, and ride good and shitty pavement; these are just right for me.



    + In my experiences, if you have a drop-thru, you might want to stick with offset wheels, depending on how much clearance you've got.

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    Default Re: Best Wheels For Carving/Cruising?

    Quote Originally Posted by [ben] View Post
    This is a really tough question, because preferences and riding styles vary greatly.

    My ultimate cruising/carving wheel is the (beveled) 70mm Lime ZigZag.
    I carve hard, slide a lot, and ride good and shitty pavement; these are just right for me.



    + In my experiences, if you have a drop-thru, you might want to stick with offset wheels, depending on how much clearance you've got.
    hmm, well right now im sporting sector 9 wheels... dont know what they're called i just know they're 69mm and 75a. And i think i'm looking for a bit bigger wheels since sometimes if i get caught in a bump or hit something small i easily lose control. That and i dont really plan on sliding.

    but what difference does the offset/centered wheels make?

    and is there any benefits from having a drop thru board?

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    Default Re: Best Wheels For Carving/Cruising?

    Quote Originally Posted by Reyes View Post
    hmmm, but what characteristics make them better than the other wheels i mentioned?
    They grip better than Gumballs and are less expensive than Big Zigs. I own or have owned all the wheels mentioned and 77 Hawgs are definitely an under-rated wheel. Plus they look cool in 78a black.

    OTOH, you can just buy the Big Zigs and everybody on the board will love you. Plus Big Zigs can cure cancer too.

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    Default Re: Best Wheels For Carving/Cruising?

    Quote Originally Posted by enemy combatant View Post
    k.

    OTOH, you can just buy the Big Zigs and everybody on the board will love you. Plus Big Zigs can cure cancer too.
    Sarcasm:S?

    i'll look into the Hawgs though, i live in montreal and longboarding equipment isn't that commonly found here.

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    Default Re: Best Wheels For Carving/Cruising?

    Drop-thru = lowered center of gravity
    - More stable
    - Larger turning radius
    - Less responsiveness


    Depending on make/model of your deck, the part of the deck where the trucks are dropped through may be sorta wide. Depending on what trucks you run (180mm I presume?) and how loose you run them, you may want offset wheels to avoid wheelbite, especially if you're getting larger wheels.

    Offset wheels tend to grip more than center-set.


    Hope this helps.

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    Default Re: Best Wheels For Carving/Cruising?

    Quote Originally Posted by Reyes View Post

    and is there any benefits from having a drop thru board?
    Drop thrus let you run bigger wheels because they are usually cut away but the main reason they are dropped is because the lower center of gravity makes them more stable at speed.

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    Default Re: Best Wheels For Carving/Cruising?

    Quote Originally Posted by '[ben
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    Offset wheels tend to grip more than center-set.

    That is EXACTLY wrong. Center set wheels grip more than sideset wheels and inset wheels would grip even better than that. Do a search. Chris Chaput had a long post where he explained it. If you observe how wheels cone you see that they get the most wear on the inside of the wheel. A lip there results in more deformation and a bigger contact patch. Side set or partially side set wheels can not have as big a lip.

    The reason Chris makes so many offset wheels is so they can be used on narrow slalom hangers as that is his primary focus.

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    Default Re: Best Wheels For Carving/Cruising?

    Dude... I read what Chaput posted.
    He said offset are the grippiest. =/
    That's why all his successful slalom wheels are offset.

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    Default Re: Best Wheels For Carving/Cruising?

    Quote Originally Posted by [ben] View Post
    Dude... I read what Chaput posted.
    He said offset are the grippiest. =/
    That's why all his successful slalom wheels are offset.
    Nope. You've got it exactly wrong. That's not what he said at all. Sideset is best for sliding.

    His slalom wheels are offset so that they fit on the narrow trucks that all the slalomers use. He said he learned that lesson the hard way after he cam out with the Grippin because although designed it as a high traction wheel with a flexible inner lip, they were not well received because all those slalomers run things like 86mm hangers and sh*t.

    His slalom wheels are offset to fit narrow hangers not because that is the optimal design for traction on a wide longboard hanger.

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    Default Re: Best Wheels For Carving/Cruising?

    Dude, I'm not saying side-set, I'm saying f*cking OFFSET.

    Then please explain why Grippins grip so horribly?
    When you see a thread praising them it's always for their driftiness.
    Last edited by [ben]; 07-01-2008 at 12:18 AM.

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