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The 5 Best Skateboard Wheels of 2021

As simple and straightforward as they may seem, skateboard wheels come with a surprisingly high number of variables to consider before picking out a fresh set. Diameter, width, profile, size, hardness, and urethane formula immediately jump to mind. Because of these numerous disparities, we’ve assembled a shortlist of the best skateboard wheels from skate industry titans Bones and Spitfire, as a guide to selecting the best product to fit your style of skating.

While these reliable rollers will keep you ripping for months before replacement, it is worth noting that wheels are among the only skate products to function at peak performance fresh out of the packaging, with no break-in period required. Durability aside, all wheels will cone or flat spot eventually with regular use. With that in mind, take a gander at our top picks, select the ideal wheel for the skating you prefer, and enjoy the pleasantly smooth roll of a fresh set. It’s all downhill from here!


Spitfire Formula Four Conical Full 99a

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Spitfire comes through at the top of our list with their Formula Four Conical Full 99a wheels. The slightly softer 99a durometer of this formula makes these an excellent option for all-around shredding at skateparks or in the streets. The hand-shaped conical profile means lighter weight for quick response and stronger performance whenever your board leaves the ground. Since introducing the Formula Four almost a decade ago, it has become one of the most sought-after wheels in skateboarding both by professionals and casual skaters worldwide. Produced by our friends at Deluxe Distribution in San Francisco, this is an iconic product that rapidly rose to its status as an industry staple due to its unbeatable performance. Spitfire’s Formula Four construction is specially designed for flatspot resistance, so you don’t have to shy away from those powersliding speed checks or technical lipslide variations.

With one of the most recognizable logos in skating, Spitfire has been a household name for decades and doesn't appear to be slowing down anytime soon. These wheels are reasonably priced for the unyielding performance they offer. Available sizes range from 52mm to 56mm in diameter, giving every skate rat a chance to “ride the fire” regardless of the terrain. Spitfire’s Formula Four wheels are an excellent option for skateboards of any skill level and will last anywhere from months to years depending on the degree of use. Burn with us!

DurometerOriginal Price 
99a$38.95

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Bones Kowalski Salmon Spawn SPF 84B Sidecuts

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Southern California’s Bones Wheels comes correct with these Kevin Kowalski professional model “Salmon Spawn” Skatepark Formula 84B Sidecuts. Bones introduced their Skatepark Formula decades ago as a means to improve traction when riding on the ultra-polished concrete of modern skateparks, without sacrificing speed in the process. The end result is super hard, high-quality urethane wheels that resist flat spots during sliding tricks and maintain their shape even with long-term use. These specific wheels are molded to Bones’ versatile P5 shape, featuring a slimmer profile for less side drag and lighter overall weight. This shape acts as a graphic saver, keeping wheels looking good as new even after plenty of grinds and slides along the coping. Bones boasts this profile as the most demanded shape by their team of professional riders, which includes several household names like Tony Hawk, Rodney Mullen, and Steve Caballero. With the modern Skatepark Formula wheel series, Bones introduced the new durometer measurement of 84b, signifying a hardness of at least 104a in direct comparison. With their extreme hardness, these wheels will be most useful for park or ramp skateboarding on smooth surfaces. They can also easily be utilized for street skating but may be more prone to getting hung up by a crack or loose pebble. You have been warned!

These progressive wheels from industry stalwart Bones are moderately priced and built to last. It’s a safe bet to say that this product will roll for months or even years with regular use. They’re available in 54mm and 56mm sizes, so if slightly larger wheels are your bread and butter we highly recommend picking up a set and seeing what all the fuss is about.

DurometerOriginal Price 
84B = 104a$34.95

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Spitfire Formula Four 99d Classics

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Spitfire returns to our list with the most well-rounded wheel offering we have in stock (see what we did there?). Introducing the Formula Four 99d Classics. These are again forged in Spitfire’s signature Formula Four urethane at a slightly softer 99a durometer, making them a perfectly smooth ride, even on rough concrete outside the constraints of the local skatepark. As the name suggests, everything about these skate wheels is classic, from the iconic graphic to the shape profile. Boasting proven speed and control-tested in the weathered annals of the Bay Area, there’s a good reason legions of skaters worldwide demand Formula Fours every time they ride. Formula Four Classics are available from 50mm to 56mm in diameter, offering something for everyone regardless of their preferred terrain. Formula Four’s are highly resistant to flat spots and sticking even fresh out of the packaging, so don’t be afraid to put them through their paces from the very first session. Tested exhaustively under high-stress conditions, Formula Four was found to be the best urethane composition for retaining wheel shapes and sizes even in the most brutal circumstances.

As with the other Spitfire products on our list, these are on the spendier end of the wheel-buying spectrum. We think they’re a worthy investment, however, both for their longevity of use and just because they look so damn cool. If you’re looking for high-performance urethane that refuses to quit, sized to your exact millimeter of choice, look no further.

DurometerOriginal Price 
99a$38.95

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Bones Patterns STF Sidecuts 99a V5

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Bones returns to our list, this time bringing their Patterns Street Tech Formula Sidecuts in 99A hardness and V5 shape. Unlike their Skatepark Formula counterparts, these wheels are more suited to the rougher surfaces of street skateboarding. The 99A softer hardness means a smoother ride for uneven terrain and more resistance to catching on errant rocks or sidewalk cracks. Bones Street Tech Formula is touted as their most unrelentingly tough urethane, meant to last longer, roll faster, and glide more smoothly through grinds and slides for many months before requiring replacement. The skateboard wheel sizes available are 53mm and 54mm, making them an ideal selection for street-oriented skateboarders rolling through urban environments. Their smaller size and lowkey profile allow for higher pop when you leave the ground and faster flipping when it’s time to get tech. Pair these wheels with some good skate wheels bearings and they will work just fine for skateparks and ramps too but may ride a tiny bit slower on smooth surfaces.

Bones Wheels continues to offer amazing products for sensible pricing with their Street Tech Formula series. The reputedly long-lasting performance of Bones urethane will be music to the ears of serious street skaters everywhere who are riding on a budget. Forty years of experience doesn’t lie, and these bad boys are not to be slept on.

DurometerOriginal Price 
99a$34.95

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Bones 100s #3 OG Formula V5 Black

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We round out our list with another offering from Bones in the shape of their 100s #3 OG Formula V5 wheels. This is a truly old-school wheel, with a durometer hardness of 100a, built for ripping skateparks and other smooth surfaces with speed, style, and a stark contrast to the shockingly white urethane used in most other wheels. The 100s are constructed using Bones’ tried and true OG urethane formula, a staple of professional skateboarding for going on four decades. These wheels again are molded to the Bones V5 shape, offering versatility, weight reduction, and graphic protection when getting gnarly. These classics are highly resistant to flat spotting, so you won’t need to worry about carefully skating off that topcoat of urethane during a day or two break-in period. These black beauties are available in 52mm, 53mm, and 54mm sizes for some light variety depending on where you ride. They are also perfectly functional outside the skatepark, but may occasionally fall victim to loose pebbles and cracks due to their outstanding hardness.

As always, Bones wheels are reasonable in price and offer something for everybody. In this case, the OG 100s are some of the best skate wheels for ripping the park or taking on city streets. They’re built to last with decades of knowledge and experience solidifying their legendary industry status.

DurometerOriginal Price 
100a$23.95

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