Best Cruising Skateboard Wheels (Tested)

By: Billy James | March 30, 2023 | Cruiser Skateboards

Cruising with small, hard wheels isn’t fun. If that sounds like your setup, it’s time for some soft skateboard wheels.

Here’s a list of the best cruising wheels based on my experience.

What are the best skateboard wheels for cruising?

Powell, Hawgs & Orangatang use quality urethane formulas. Depending on your setup/riding style, go for a 55-65mm size. You can go larger but will run into wheelbite issues. Regardless of the size, you’ll probably need thicker riser pads to prevent wheelbite.

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59mm Powell G-Slides

Powell’s website

powell peralta g slides wheels

Durometer: 85a
Lip Profile: Rounded
Core Placement: Centerset

Powell Peralta is a veteran of the skate industry. The G-Slides are an extremely versatile cruiser wheel. They also offer it in 56mm size.

60mm EZ Hawgs

Landyachtz website

ez hawgs wheels

Durometer: 78a
Lip Profile: Rounded
Core Placement: Centerset

The Lil EZ Hawgs are made by Landyachtz. They’re an excellent option for your cruiser skateboard setup since they’re not too large but soft enough for rougher environments.

63mm Fatty Hawgs

Landyachtz website

fatty hawgs wheels

Durometer: 78a
Lip Profile: Rounded
Core Placement: Offset

Hawgs is Landyachtz’s wheel company. Their urethane formula never disappoints, and they offer many colors to choose from.

65mm Love Handles

Loaded’s website

orangatang love handles 80a

Durometer: 77a or 80a
Lip Profile: Sharp
Core Placement: Offset

Orangatang is Loaded Board’s wheel company. Their urethane formula is high rebound and rolls fast. They’re solid for deep carving setups.

How to choose a cruiser wheel?

Below are things to consider when picking a cruiser wheel.

Wheel Size

You’ll want something beefier / softer than your average street wheel. A small wheel will accelerate faster, but a larger one will have a higher top speed. Your setup probably has traditional kingpin trucks, offering less clearance than reverse kingpins. Be careful of wheelbite!

If you upgrade to larger wheels, you’ll likely need thicker riser pads.

Urethane Durometer

Durometer is the measurement used for the softness/hardness of the wheel. The higher the number (example – 101a), the harder the wheel. Usually, street skateboards have 99a+ wheels. But what works with a street setup won’t be ideal for a cruising skateboard.

You’ll want a softer wheel that absorbs rougher terrain, making for a smoother ride. 78a-85a range is average for cruising skateboard wheels.

Lip Profile

The lip profile is the edge of the wheel. To keep it simple, there’s a sharp or rounded lip. The purpose of a sharp lip is to grip the pavement more effectively when doing deeper carves. Rounded lips are easy to break traction for slides.

Core Placement

Offset cores are placed closer to one side, providing more carving grip. Centerset cores are placed (you guessed it) in the center and are easier to slide.

Billy James

I've been skating for over 20 years and it's had an incredibly positive impact on my mental health. My mission is to show the world the power of cruising and carving.

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