Are 110mm wheels better than 100mm wheels?
26 CommentsThursday, 3 January 2013 | Stunt Scooters
Stunt scooters come with a variety of different wheels so what should you be looking for when buying a scooter or upgrading your current wheels. When it comes to scooter wheels, does size really matter?
You will often find younger children’s scooters such as first scooters or folding scooters come with bigger wheels. The reason for this is because a larger wheel gives a smoother ride, and will travel further with less effort exerted. Because these wheels are usually made with cheaper materials that don’t need to take a pounding (unlike stunt scooter wheels), the manufacturers can afford to make them bigger.
Beginner/Intermediate Stunt Scooters
When you move on to the beginner stunt scooter you will find that the wheel size drops down to 100mm with plastic cores to keep the prices low. Intermediate stunt scooters will often have metal core wheels to help take the impact but remain at 100mm in dimension. Skate park surfaces are generally really smooth and clean so you don’t need to worry too much about absorbing any lumps or bumps in the surface.
100mm wheels are perfect for this level of scooting and should last well unless you are in to sliding and skidding, in which case you can expect to have to replace your wheels regularly. If this is the case go for the highest PU rating you can afford nearest to 89a.
What is the scooter pro looking for?
At around the £150 price range you will often find that the wheel size increases up to 110mm, and the scooter professional will also be seeking an alloy core to the wheel, with as much cut out as possible to make it lightweight whilst remaining robust.
The larger the wheel size the faster the ride, and also the less you will be affected by uneven street surfaces. At this end of the market manufacturers can afford to invest in the wheel and make it larger. Looking to the future it is likely that 120mm wheels will be increasingly popular amongst riders looking to take the sport to the next level.
Can you upgrade from 100mm to 110mm wheels?
The answer to this really depends upon the scooter you have. You will need to measure the length of the forks and deck to check if they will allow for the larger size wheel. You will also need to take a look at the brake to ensure it will not sit directly on the larger wheel and wear against it. Often adjustment or replacement parts will be required.
Some models such as the Mod Lite, come with 100mm but have been designed to allow an easy upgrade to 110mm wheels without the need for adjustment.
Our most popular wheels right now are the Slamm Ninja Star 100mm wheels. These not only look good but are lightweight too.
Slamm have added them to their Mischief model to create the Mischief Ghoul - same spec as the ever popular original scooter but with the plastic core wheels upgraded to these Ninga Stars. A Christmas must have!