In no particular order and based solely on Motion Boardshop staff experience, here are our favorite longboard skateboard slide wheels ever:
8). Sector 9 Butterballs
At $36, Butterballs are by far the cheapest slide wheel and they have a really smooth, consistent slide. They leave big thane lines and come pre-broken in. These slide wheels are favorited by riders of all levels, from beginner to pro rider. Although they tend to wear a bit quickly, they do so in a very uniform way so you can usually ride ‘em til they core.
7). Abec11 Classic Freerides
Abec11 have been around for a long time and makes some really quality wheels. Classic Freerides come in a ton of durometers so you can ride the wheel that feels best for you. They break traction really easily for effortless slides. A lot of freeriders are fans of the Classic Freerides because they have a great predictable slide over all sorts of terrain.
6). RAD Release Wheels
They have a really really solid, hard core which keeps the urethane in place, giving them a really fluid, precise slide. One of the great things about RAD wheels is that bearings fit into the cores really well, which is the mark of a high-quality wheel. Go to our website to check out RAD release wheels.
5). Mini Zombie Hawgs
The cool thing about mini zombies is that they come in multiple duros for a lot of versatility. They lose traction really easily because of their narrow contact patch which makes them great wheels for a beginner who’s having trouble breaking out into a slide.
4). Abec11 Flashbacks
Another wheel from Abec11, the ever-popular Flashbacks are sideset wheels, which means that during a slide, the lips of two of your four wheels won’t be gripping at all. Another great thing about ‘em is that they’re a smaller wheel, so they’re a great choice if you’re riding a top-mount.
3). These Wheels
These wheels are great for high speed freeriders. This is because the point between when they grip up and slide is very controlled. These Wheels are some super durable wheels and tend to last exponentially longer than most other wheels.
Click here to watch a video review of These Wheels by Nate Blackburn and his fellow freeriders.
2). Metro Motions
The perfect wheel for lower-speed freeriding because they’re super easy to kick out and have a really smooth slide. Metro Motion longboard wheels were originally designed for downhill sliding, but these days they’re the go-to wheels for all sorts of freeriders.
1). Sector 9 Raceforms
The 78a Raceforms from Sector 9 kill a lot of speed in a smooth drift, which make them an excellent choice for directional speed riding. The 80a are more suited for all around freeriding, they still kill a lot of speed but allow for some fun standies.