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NationalBrand
05-07-2014, 11:29 AM
The road that I'll be skating to school is pretty bumpy and I'm wondering what wheels I should buy.
Are the Spitfire F4 or STF good for bumpy and rough roads?

Thanks!

Bozo
05-07-2014, 11:29 AM
I'd get something soft.

NationalBrand
05-07-2014, 11:33 AM
Do you have any recommendations? I'm still new to this skating stuffs, sorry :(

Bozo
05-07-2014, 11:35 AM
OJ hot juice, or something similar, or Bones ATF. Are you wanting to do tricks too?

NationalBrand
05-07-2014, 11:39 AM
I do want to do tricks, but I'm still new to skateboarding so it'll take a while. As of now, I think I just want some wheels to skate better on bumpy roads :(

Scenarika
05-07-2014, 12:07 PM
I do want to do tricks, but I'm still new to skateboarding so it'll take a while. As of now, I think I just want some wheels to skate better on bumpy roads :(

No matter what I skate around 98a - 101a, my town has very bumpy roads, especially in some skate spots (especially the sketchy spots but I skate sketchy spots a lot since no one really skates them).

BackInAction
05-07-2014, 12:14 PM
I have 60mm Bones ATF on one deck and those wheels are way nicer to skate from one place to another with than the Formula 4 99s I have on two of my decks (56mm and 53mm). I believe it is the softness (80a) more than the size that makes them so smooth.

Maybe look at the 56mm Mini Logo 90a wheels - good compromise on size and hardness.

NationalBrand
05-07-2014, 12:17 PM
How about the Bones ATF 54mm?

ScottMisfits
05-07-2014, 02:13 PM
I don't skate a lot anymore but I have a cruiser board set up with 60mm Bones ATF's and I love them. Just a way nicer feel on the roads and sidewalks. On my other board I have Bones STF's, 55mm, and they're not as nice but still very good. The ATF's just feel better as a cruising wheel for me.

Sidster59
05-08-2014, 05:05 AM
Use rocks as wheels instead.

Midwest_Mike
05-09-2014, 07:40 AM
I have 65mm/78a Krooked Zip Zinger wheels on my cruiser and they coast for what seems like forever and they roll over absolutely anything. That's on the extreme end though. If you're wanting to do tricks later...they're probably too big. OJ Hot Juice wheels are nice...they come in both 60mm and 55mm versions, but they're really soft too. Spitfire 80HDs are cool wheels...they come in all sizes a normal wheel does and have the same shape..they're just a tad soft at 80a(I think)

Faceplanter
05-09-2014, 07:48 AM
60-50 mm
80a
Something like that

analog_kid
06-06-2014, 11:51 AM
U4IA has some 90A wheels that work very well on rougher surfaces. They have a pretty smooth ride but still have unreal rebound.

mark00
06-09-2014, 05:37 PM
Spitfire 80HD or Ricta Clouds. Cant go wrong with any of those. They come shaped like regular wheels but soft.

punker
06-09-2014, 05:43 PM
longboard wheels you might as well get a cruiser

Xen
06-11-2014, 07:51 AM
I've a set of 60mm BONES ATFs I use to cruise to the beach, super smooth.

They are tough to slide being so soft.

drew313
06-11-2014, 12:45 PM
For not bumpy or rough, but still non smooth roads, would 83B (stf's) be recommended over 99-101a wheels? (spitfire). My skate spots are like skate park ground but skating to those spots, the ground isn't that smooth. I doubt they're anything like what the OP is talking about.

zhorik
06-11-2014, 01:23 PM
83b is a lot harder than 100a. B is a larger increment scale than a.

drew313
06-11-2014, 01:29 PM
83b is a lot harder than 100a. B is a larger increment scale than a.
Softer the wheel the easier it is to skate over cracks?

VladKGB
06-11-2014, 02:08 PM
I switched from 51mm STF to 53mm spitfire F4 99a's. The difference is night and day as far as skating on rough streets, and they still slide easily.

Leblank
06-11-2014, 02:32 PM
I switched from 51mm STF to 53mm spitfire F4 99a's. The difference is night and day as far as skating on rough streets, and they still slide easily.

Yeah the roads at my house are pretty rough and I'm rocking stf's. You get used to the vibration after awhile, but I'm definitely considering getting a softer wheel (and was looking at the 99 F4s)

drew313
06-11-2014, 03:31 PM
Yeah the roads at my house are pretty rough and I'm rocking stf's. You get used to the vibration after awhile, but I'm definitely considering getting a softer wheel (and was looking at the 99 F4s)
For me, the vibration is the least of my worries. I roll for like 3 seconds on rough ground and the only way I can actually move is if im pushing, but on smooth ground if I push hard I can roll for about 20 sec before I have to push again. Hopefully bones STF's will fix that.

RJ_SK8
06-11-2014, 05:18 PM
Switching from Ricta Chrome Cores 50mm/100a to Spit Classics 52mm/99a (one durometer different!) made such a difference for me. I skate on some pretty rough ground and the Spits handle it so much better. I doubt you'd need a wheel much softer than 98a. Spitfire Classics would probably be a good choice for you

SirDetective
07-12-2014, 06:41 PM
Use rocks as wheels instead.

Good idea dude.