Being able to take your wheels off and put a different size on to achieve a different speed or ride feel is a really good thing. When we first started Evolve, we released the Pintail and Snub Nose series and we initially launched those boards with the ABEC flywheels 83mm. The reason why we chose the ABEC is that the Urethane quality is just awesome. As our customer base grew, we realised that customising wheels is a really good thing. So then we designed some drive gears that work with all the Kegel wheels, and that was a beautiful wheel too. Great looking wheel, hard carving, sharp edges, again, great Urethane underfoot.
Great Electric Skateboard Wheel Options
We designed our own street wheels. What we found is a lot of people were liking the sort of the drifty feeling when you ride the electric skateboard, so you can get the board sideways. We decided to release a Drift wheel, which had that Stone Ground finish, which allowed the board to get sideways. It's a very predictable slide. We found that's a fun wheel to ride as well. We also noticed that there were a lot of people in the market who were using the electric flywheels, which were the ABEC 107s. Back then when they first released them, they were wide and they were huge. There was a massive amount of Urethane on them, but they didn't fit our struts. That's when we began talking ABEC 11, and we came up with a concept of making one that will fit our struts and designed for our Evolve customer base.
The most common questions we get asked about with regards to street wheels is when they're trying to achieve a specific function from their board. Most of the time it's relating to our riders commuting. They're wanting to get the range out of the board, but they're also trying to get a smoother ride as possible. So in that situation, we find a lot of customers going for the 97mm wheels, and now the 107mm wheels. It gives them that smooth ride, smooths out the bumps, gives the board a little bit less impact, but they're still getting more range from what they'd get from an all-terrain.
If customers want to go sliding, we normally try and steer them towards our Evolve 97mm or the ABEC 11's, it's going to take less effort to get them broken in and get them out having fun.