With over 25 years of manufacturing behind them, Bones are in the upper echelons of hardware. Bones boasts an impeccable team of the biggest names in skateboarding and is one of the only companies to stand the test of time in this industry.
Started by George Powell, they specialise in skateboard wheels and bearings, setting the gold standard for all those who've come after them.
But, when it comes to choosing wheels it can be confusing, different shapes, sizes and durometers, it can be a minefield. Let us delve a little bit into some of the jargon and make it easier for you to choose a wheel that suits you.
What size wheel is best for me? How do I know what to choose?
Let's start with 'big wheels', for example 56mm's, are gonna give you a wider surface area on the floor. This means that you'll have a more stable set up and keep your speed, hence why they're used more with transition and vert skaters. Also, if you're living in the UK, avoiding cracks is part and parcel of skating street - larger wheels will make this miles easier.
And on the opposite end of the scale, small wheels give you less surface area on the ground so technically it's a bit harder to carry your speed but the smaller size of wheels will minimise the possibility of 'wheelbite' and the overall weight of your set-up, whether you'll notice or not is another question entirely.
Do I want hard or soft wheels, and how do I know?
Hard or soft wheels? What difference does that make for me? Well, having hard wheels such as the Bones V5 100A wheels, would be a harder wheel which would allow for more slide and less traction, ideal for street skating. Whereas, a wheel such as a 85B, indicates a softer wheel that would be better suited for transition or park skating.
What shapes do Bones wheels have?
A good question. There are a load of different shapes and sizes with Bones Wheels as expected with a company who are constantly improving over the last 25 years. Rather than trying to explain each individual style, Bones have been kind enough to create this useful infographic.