With so much choice available, how should riders decide what the best scooter wheels are for them? The three most common sizes available are 100mm, 110mm, and 120mm. There’s some decks and forks compatible with 125mm wheels as well.
First, let’s take a look at the history of scootering. When freestyle scootering started to gain momentum, everyone rode 100mm wheels. It was a good starting place for the industry, but soon things began to evolve. When 110mm wheels were introduced, it opened up more options in scootering. The larger size allowed riders to carry more speed, and roll more smoothly. Typically entry level scooters would be equipped with 100mm wheels, and intermediate/advanced scooters would include 110mm. As scootering continues to grow, we now also have 120mm and 125mm options. With scooters like the Madd Gear VX9 Nitro, and the Envy Prodigy S7 coming with 120mm wheels right out of the box, tons of new riders are reaping the benefits of larger wheels.
How does wheel size actually affect the handling of your scooter though? Smaller wheels are lighter, and keep you lower to the ground. This is perfect for beginner riders. Beginners usually ride smaller decks, whose turning performance is not impeded by small wheels. They also make the scooter easier to flick around, which will fast-track a younger rider’s progression.
Larger wheels carry more momentum, and roll more smoothly, so they’re perfect for intermediate and advanced riders. Advanced riders often use larger decks, which require a larger wheel so that the deck doesn’t contact the ground under hard cornering. The additional momentum from a larger wheel is great for riding faster and more aggressively.
More seasoned riders will also benefit from paying attention to durometer. Durometer is a measure of hardness, and it’s used to describe the properties of a wheel’s urethane. A lower rating will provide a wheel with more grip, and a higher rating will provide more speed. Often park riders tend to prefer softer, lower durometer wheels; and street riders will prefer harder, higher durometer wheels. This all comes down to individual rider preference.
When choosing wheels, pay attention to what sizes your deck and fork is compatible with. Most scooters today are compatible with 100mm and 110mm wheels, and more and more are being produced with 120mm+ compatibility. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about what sizes will work with your scooter.
All scooter wheels at Jibs are sold with bearings pre-installed, so you can just bolt them on and ride. Regarding the core design of the wheel, that’s entirely up to you. There’s countless colours and options, so pick whatever suits your style. Hollow core wheels have been incredibly popular lately as they’re quite light weight. Most wheels have an aluminum core as this is most durable. Plastic wheels are only ideal for recreational riders.
Here’s a quick breakdown to make things easy:
Beginner riders: 100mm or 110mm
Intermediate/Advanced riders: 110mm or 120mm+
Park riders: Softer durometer, 110mm or 120mm+
Street riders: Harder durometer, 110mm
Remember, these are only guidelines. There’s nothing wrong with a street rider using 120mm+ wheels, and there’s nothing wrong with a park rider preferring hard durometer wheels. It all comes down to your personal preference and style. Use this guide as a starting point, and as you continue to ride you will eventually find what suits you best.