Are Shark Wheels Worth It? (Breakdown)

Updated: August 30, 2022 | Longboards

Are shark wheels worth it?

Some people swear by them and hate them. I was curious, so I bought two sets.

In this post, I’ll share my thoughts on the four main claims they make after testing them.

Are they right for you? Let’s find out.


Overall, the quality of shark wheels are solid (urethane formula and cores). They make bold claims which a lot of people get upset about. I would suggest Shark Wheels if…

  • You want a unique-looking wheel that will turn heads
  • You’re always riding in rough terrain/ wet conditions

Shark Wheel’s Claims

They make some pretty bold claims, which are…

shark wheels

I’m not here to make the most accurate tests, I just want to see if I feel a difference. Compared to traditional longboard wheels, are they that much better?

Let’s start with their first claim…

Better For Rough Terrain

On their website, they say because of the way their wheel pattern is designed, it funnels pebbles and rocks to the side. Traditional wheels just plow right over it, which isn’t as effective.

As a result, they say their wheel maintains firm contact with the ground, giving an overall smoother ride.

This claim is honestly a weird one to test because what defines rough terrain, right? So, I rode them in a few different conditions and noted how they felt.

I rode at several different speeds and even tried riding into insanely rough terrain.

Another thing I noticed is that if you ride shark wheels on smooth pavement, they actually feel rougher compared to traditional wheels. It’s a subtle difference but it’s there.

shark wheel 60mm

Are They Faster?

The next claim is that they’re faster because there’s less wheel making contact with the ground and as a result, creates less friction.

This claim is honestly common sense, right? When there’s less friction, they go faster. But is it that noticeable when you’re cruising? 

So I ended up marking a start and finish line and timed each run not once, not twice, but five times. I used the same bearings, and both wheels were 60mm 78a. Again, I know this isn’t the most scientifically accurate, but I wanted to get a rough idea if they were that much faster.

Then I averaged all the times together and found that…

shark wheel electric skateboard

Better Sliding Control?

Next, they claim that their wheels have better sliding control.

So, I slapped some on my Tan Tien and attempted some lowkey slides. Nothing crazy, I definitely wouldn’t classify it as freeride.

But I still wanted to see if I noticed a difference and I honestly did in this one. When I look back at the footage in slow motion, you can see these wheels spinning as they slide.

And it did feel like I had a little more control than usual.

But again, I’m really only testing these in a cruising scenario, so I wouldn’t go off of this if you’re looking to see if they’re better in downhill or freeride scenario.

What I do think made more sense was for me to test it wet conditions, so I created my own little puddle and slid in it multiple times.

Shark wheels claim again that the pattern of the grooves reduces your chances of hydroplaning by channeling liquid away from the surface of the wheel.

Now keep in mind, that you always wanna try to avoid riding in wet conditions because if it gets into your bearings it could rust them quicker.

You can see in this footage, that I do get more controlled traction with the shark wheels compared to my traditional wheels. I was actually surprised by this, I really didn’t think that they would outperform the traditional wheels that much.

shark wheel contact patch

Last 15% Longer?

And the final claim is that they scientifically last 15% longer than traditional wheels in a cruising scenario.

I didn’t even test this because it’d probably take years. But I can’t remember any time that I had to replace cruising wheels – like they already last an insane amount of time since you’re not doing any intense slides.

I mean correct me if I’m wrong… I personally don’t think this really matters that much.

From a business perspective, in order to set yourself apart from the competition, you wanna have unique advantages. And backing those claims with scientific studies is a nail in the coffin from a marketing perspective.

shark wheel on cruiser skateboard

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