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Skateboarding Shark Wheels: Yay or Nay?

By Andres Pachon

A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.

 

The journey of the Shark wheel begins in September 2013 as a Kickstarter campaign initiated by creator David Patrick which saw in the Shark wheel, an opportunity to “reinvent the wheel” which has been their go-to phrase when it comes to explaining the whole process of the crazy adventure.

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The Shape

Probably one of the most shocking things about the invention is its shape, being somewhat cubic and almost square, and you might think to yourself, “HOW THE HELL AM I SKATING WITH SQUARE WHEELS?!” and David Patrick would say “SCIENCE BITCH!” just kidding, he wouldn’t say that HAHA!, but yeah, the shape is a hybrid of a sphere and cube, taking on the properties of both shapes while in motion.

Shark Wheels roll smoothly like conventional wheels. Its single or multiple interlocking rings are based on sine wave patterns, which create a thinner contact patch with the pavement compared to a conventional wheel. The company claims that this design offers less rolling resistance and more speed while riding. The shape of the wheel resembles a shark’s jaw which gave the product and the company their names.

 

 

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PROS

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Most people that have used the wheels agree completely in the fact that the wheels will give you more speed and grip to the floor, it will allow you to skate through difficult terrain and they will not be affected by watery spots like most of the regular skateboarding wheels!

You can even find videos in youtube where skaters perform regular tricks like flips and grinds on the Shark Wheels with few problems and also one of the biggest praises to the wheel is the way it absorbs the impact of the fall making you fell like sliding off a curb when jumping a 5 staircase!

 

CONS

It will probably give your board wheel bites since they are bigger than regular wheels, they are not very flip or grind friendly, some skaters are able to do it but they DO NOT recommend it.

 

Additional uses

The wheels have applications where an upright wheel would usually be used. the company is currently working to introduce them to other fields and applications like luggage wheels, roller skates, and scooters, as well as many other transportation-related and industrial applications.

Most youtube reviews have mixed opinions, although most agree that the wheels are a great option for street skating, some say that they are specifically designed for longboarding which is not true, you can find 60mm wheels designed for skateboards and cruisers and 72mm that are the ones actually designed for snowboarding.

There you have it my dudes! If you have an old longboard or cruising deck you can totally get some of these bad girls and skate almost in every terrain without being worried a small crack, stone or twig will slow you down!

 

 

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