Are off-road, all-terrain longboard wheels worth it?
I would see clips of people riding them and was always curious.
In this post, I’ll share my experience after testing the MBS All-Terrain wheels.
Who Are They Best For?
I’d recommend it to someone constantly riding in rougher conditions, wants something that’s a little more foolproof than your average wheel, and doesn’t mind the extra weight it’ll add.
Don’t get these if you plan on riding mushy offroad conditions. You will sink in and struggle to pick up any speed. If that’s what you’re going for, look into an actual mountainboard. These all terrain wheels powerslide fairly easily because the contact patch slopes downward.
Contact Patch: 65mm
Wheel Weight: 13.6oz / 0.385 kg
These all-terrain wheels are much heavier than your average longboard wheel since they’re so large and made with so much urethane. It’s gonna make your setup not as portable.
These are marketed as All-Terrain wheels, which automatically makes you assume you can use them on off-road dirt trails.
I tested them on almost every all-terrain scenario I could imagine, so let’s start with dirt trails.
Testing on dirt trails
If the dirt isn’t compact, these wheels won’t perform well. You’ll sink in and barely get any speed. It depends on the decline of the hill, but the main takeaway is that you need compact dirt.
Testing on harder surfaces
The conditions where these things thrived were on harder, compact surfaces. Like gravel roads, and rough asphalt that has debris. My favorite thing to do with these was starting on pavement, picking up speed, then briefly going offroad, throwing a slide in the dirt, and transitioning back onto the pavement before losing momentum.
That’s where I think these make a lot of sense.
They would also do well on cobblestone roads and dirt bike pump tracks.
Testing their traction
You can slide these wheels pretty easily. That’s because there’s less of a contact patch due to the raised-up pattern. If you’re cruising on rougher terrain, they’re probably not gonna slide out.
If I had to simplify my description…
They’re a crossbreed of an all-terrain and regular longboard wheel. It is heavier on the regular wheel side, though. Regarding functionality, they almost remind me of the market that Shark Wheels fits into.
They’re not for complete off-road conditions, but they’re in between.
Off-road, all-terrain longboard wheels are solid for rough pavement, cobblestone, and anything compact.