Best Longboarding Wheels in 2019 for Cruising, Downhill and Sliding

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When it comes to setting up your ride, wheels are of course going to be one of your biggest priorities. With longboarding, the types of wheels being used are going to dramatically affect the type of ride you’re going to be getting. All wheels are typically made of polyurethane and come in a range of sizes, colors and levels of durability to cater your needs.

Traditionally longboards have larger, softer wheels that provide a smoother ride when compared to shortboards that are using smaller and harder wheels. Smaller wheels are going to provide a slower ride whereas larger wheels are going to give you more speed. A typical longboard wheel, ranges from 60-75mm. The durometer of a wheel measures how hard the longboard wheels are, which range from 73A (softest) to 101A (hardest). Harder wheels with higher durometer scores are faster and can be used for power slides down hills.

So, if you’re planning on bombing down a couple of hills and sliding around this weekend, a harder wheel and higher durometer rating is what you should be looking at. If a quiet cruise around the city is more of what you’re after, it’d probably be best to start looking at some smaller and softer wheels. If speed is what you’re looking for, it’d be best to go for a softer wheel with a bigger diameter to give you both control and stability. 

Luckily for you, we’ve found a few of the best longboard wheels for whatever you’re after. So, without further ado, here are some of the best and top selling longboarding wheels you can get for either cruising, downhill skating or power sliding. PS: Check out our resource for tips on cleaning your wheels.

Best Longboarding Wheels for Cruising

Sector 9 Top Self Nine Balls Skateboard Wheel, Blue, 70mm 78A (Pack of 4)

$55.00  in stock
2 new from $55.00
Free shipping
as of December 5, 2019 8:09 am

Features

  • 78A Top Shelf Urethane
  • Top Shelf Urethane provides added control with a time tested formula
  • Center-set core
  • 38mm contact patch

Sector 9 skateboards have always produced very high quality and top selling products. In fact we picked them for our best longboard brands write-up. These wheels are much the same. With a 70mm diameter and 78A durometer, these wheels will accommodate to any needs a quiet cruise around the city would require. The softness of these wheels also allows them to absorb vibration and provide a steady ride without wearing out too quickly.

  • Top of the market for cruising
  • 50mm contact patch
  • Huge variety of designs and colors available

Orangatang in Heat 75 mm 80a Downhill Longboard Skateboard Cruising Wheels w/Loaded Jehu V2 Bearings (Orange, Set of 4)

$75.00  in stock
3 new from $75.00
1 used from $61.25
as of December 5, 2019 8:09 am

Features

  • VERSATILE LONGBOARDING WHEELS - Designed for maximum speed and grip for hard carving, pumping, downhill skateboard racing, and long-distance pushing.
  • FAST AND BALANCED - At 75mm in diameter, the In Heats plow over cracks, rocks, sticks, and the roughest roads.
  • MAXIMUM TRACTION - Sharp, square lips provide maximum grip while still sliding smoothly when desired. Rippled urethane pattern provides progressive rebound.
  • HAPPY THANE - The original Orangatang urethane formula is fast, smooth, plush, and grippy with a buttery-smooth slide. Now available in four durometers: 77a (blue), 80a (orange), 83a (purple), and 86a (yellow).
  • STRONG, SUPPORTIVE CORE - The encapsulated core maintains a smooth ride and supports the lips for excellent traction and crisp slides.

With a vibrant look that’s sure to grab everyone’s attention, the “Orangutan in Heat” is also even more capable than it is vibrant. With a mid-range wheel size of 75mm and 80A durometer rating, you’ll be sure to gain speed without losing any traction on the road. While not great for sliding, these wheels will be able to handle a couple of sharp turns on your average pavement. Orangatang is well known for making top-notch longboard and skateboard wheels and helpful videos like this one:

  • Excellent traction and control for wet conditions
  • Made of smooth and durable urethane
  • Square lip for providing maximum traction

Cloud Ride! Wheels Ozone 70mm 86A Longboard Wheels Purple

$64.78  in stock
2 new from $52.95
Free shipping
as of December 5, 2019 8:09 am

Features

  • Cloud Ride Ozone wheels were created to be the ultimate centerset freeride wheel - Mini Ozones continue that tradition in a smaller lighter weight design. This wheel is great for sliding and small enough to ride on that "Skate Everything" set up.
  • The pre-ground finish lets you get straight to riding these as they were meant to be ridden, and the centerset hub means you can flip your wheels and lengthen their lifespan. With our buttery Cloud Ride formula, you will feel like you are riding on air
  • The Ozone's round lip will keep its shape when force is applied, allowing the wheel to break into a slide easily. Our carefully formulated Cloud-Thane leaves behind solid lines as evidence that you came, saw, & conquered whatever spot you choose to shred
  • Cloud Ride pours quality urethane into every wheel they produce, manufactured to focus on durability with an amazing attention to detail. Leave your mark on the hill with some insane thane under your board & grab your next set of wheels from Cloud Ride
  • BEYOND COMPARE: Cloud Ride's full line of wheels compares favorably to products from Orangatang, Sector 9, Hawgs, Powell-Peralta, Blood Orange

A perfect size of 70mm and a range of three different durometers, the “Cloud Ride Ozone” wheels offer its rider a soft, comfortable and smooth ride with predictable drifts as well. They don’t call these wheels “cloud ride” for nothing; perfect for commuting or for a casual Sunday afternoon cruise through your local area.

  • Wide contact area for a comfortable grippy feel
  • Durable and hard urethane perfect for some sliding
  • Limited range of colors available
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Best Downhill Longboarding Wheels

Sector 9 Race Steam Roller 73mm 80a Blue Center Set Skateboard Wheels (Set of 4)

$72.93  in stock
3 new from $72.93
as of December 5, 2019 8:09 am

Features

  • Sector 9 Race Steam RLR 73mm 80a Blue Center Set Longboard Wheels.
  • Carry your momentum and roll over rough pavement with ease. Race, slide or just cruising. Get your Steam Roll on.

One of the highest quality wheels produced by Sector 9 again dominate the scene. The mix of speed and stability at a decent price can be found with these 76mm 80A wheels. With a good mix of reviews, these wheels are sure to keep you on your board as you power down your next big challenge.

  • 76mm Race Formula
  • Center Set / 80A
  • 39mm contact patch

Orangatang Kegel 80 mm 80a Downhill Longboard Skateboard Cruising Wheels w/Loaded Jehu V2 Bearings (Orange, Set of 4)

$80.00  in stock
4 new from $80.00
1 used from $65.00
as of December 5, 2019 8:09 am

Features

  • DOWNHILL LONGBOARDING WHEELS - Designed for maximum speed and grip for downhill skateboard racing, hard carving, pumping, and long-distance pushing. Package includes Loaded Jehu V2 bearings (set of 8) with extended inner raceways to eliminate the need for separate spacers and speed rings.
  • ROLL OVER ANYTHING - With a large 80mm diameter, the Kegels roll with breakneck speed and plow over cracks, rocks, sticks, and the roughest roads.
  • MAXIMUM TRACTION - Sharp, square lips provide maximum grip while still sliding smoothly when desired.
  • HAPPY THANE - The original Orangatang urethane formula is smooth, plush, and grippy with a buttery-smooth slide.
  • LARGE, SUPPORTIVE CORE - The fully exposed 46mm core reduces weight while providing quick acceleration and crisp slides.

Another vibrant and eye-catching wheel that delivers some of the best reviews from its users. An 80mm diameter and 80A durometer provide the perfect combination for the best speed and grip for downhill skating. With a wider and more square edge, the wheels aren’t going to be sliding out from you any time soon. Perfect for anyone who is looking at tackling any serious hills with steep curves and debris.

  • High strength, stiffness and heat resistant urethane
  • Currently available in 80A and 83A
  • 56mm contact patch

Seismic Speed Vent 85mm 77a Bubblegum Defcon Wheels (Set Of 4)

$79.99  in stock
2 new from $79.99
as of December 5, 2019 8:09 am

Features

  • The 85mm diameter gives it the roll speed of a downhill wheel, while the weight-saving hub adds the quickness and agility of a smaller wheel, as well as enhanced rebound
  • Combined with lips designed for pure grip, the Speed Vent is utterly unique among high-end wheels
  • Breakthrough performance for Downhill, LDP, carving and cruising.

A bigger type of wheel that provides the ultimate in balance, speed and control. A 77A durometer is going to make sure your wheels are sticking to the pavement so you can hit those tight bends and not have to slow down at all. It’d definitely be worth keeping this one in mind if you’re trying to break any new speed records or dominate any races in the future.

  • Fastest wheel on the market
  • 52mm contact patch
  • Made of durable urethane for high speed racing
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Best Sliding Longboard Wheels

Santa Cruz Skateboards Slimeballs OG Slime Orange/Glow Skateboard Wheels - 60mm 78a (Set of 4)

 out of stock
as of December 5, 2019 8:09 am

Features

  • SANTA CRUZ SLIMEBALLS OG SLIME 60mm 78a ORG/GLOW WHEELS SET

With a small width of 60 mm, these wheels are perfect for any tight corner turns or slides. The smaller wheel also means that your acceleration is also going to be really fast. The super hard 97A wheels are also sure to give some great control over your slides.

  • Classic slimeballs urethane from the 80s!
  • 27mm contact patch
  • Comes in a variety of colors

Orangatang Stimulus 70 mm 80a Freeride Longboard Skateboard Wheels w/Loaded Jehu V2 Bearings (Orange, Set of 4)

$72.00  in stock
1 new from $72.00
1 used from $59.00
as of December 5, 2019 8:09 am

Features

  • VERSATILE FREERIDE WHEELS - The Orangatang Stimulus is the perfect mid-sized longboard wheel for freestyle tricks, dancing, and freeriding. Includes Loaded Jehu V2 bearings with integrated spacers and speedrings.
  • PERFECTLY SIZED - At 70mm in diameter, the Stimulus is large enough to carry plenty of speed and roll over debris while still being light and quick for tricks and slides.
  • SMOOTH SLIDES - Rounded lips and a stone-ground contact patch ensure smooth, predictable slides right out of the box and throughout the life of the wheel.
  • HAPPY THANE - The original Orangatang urethane formula is fast, smooth, plush, and grippy with a buttery-smooth slide. Now available in four durometers: 77a (blue), 80a (orange), 83a (purple), and 86a (yellow).
  • STRONG, SUPPORTIVE CORE - The encapsulated core maintains a smooth ride and supports the lips for crisp slides and even wear.

A 70mm tall wheel with rounded edges, a 42mm contact patch and beveled lips are a match made in heaven for anyone looking to slide around like butter. Coming in three durometers and colors of choice the orange 80A, purple 83A and yellow 86A wheels all provide high speed fun for all skill levels of riders. These wheels provide a ton of grip around any tight bends and fast corners but can easily be thrown into a slide with a little push. It should also be noted that these wheels are more popular than others on the market due to their flexibility in being used for cruising and freeriding.

  • Round lip profile
  • 29mm contact patch
  • Wheel shape allows for easy sliding

Sector 9 Top Self Butter Balls Slide Wheels, White, 65mm 80A

$38.00  in stock
3 new from $37.95
1 used from $28.09
Free shipping
as of December 5, 2019 8:09 am

Features

  • 80A Slide Formula Urethane
  • Slide Formula Urethane provides smooth controlled slides
  • Center-set core
  • 38mm contact patch

One of the most popular sliding wheels, these wheels are able to grip and drift whenever needed. The wheels have a 38mm contact patch and 80A durometer. Round lips and softened edges allows riders to easily kick out while speeding downhill. While not the best for cruising, these wheels own the competition on massive winding hills and slopes.

  • Not available in a huge range of colors
  • 38mm contact patch
  • Made of durable urethane that gives a smooth feel when sliding

So, there you have it! These are some of the best wheels out right now, perfect for cruising around town, carving up winding roads and speeding down massive slopes. Make sure you choose wisely and always make sure you’re using the right wheels for the type of skating you’re planning on doing – a decent wheel plays an essential role in having a great ride.

By: Stephan M.

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