Rollerbones Wheels

£34

Rollerbones Wheels

£34

Rollerbones have been around for a long, long time, and while they’re made for rollerskate use, it was not uncommon to see people using these for freestyle skateboarding during the Dark Ages where freestyle wheels were difficult (or impossible) to get hold. And with the price of everything going upwards, these now have a place as a cheap alternative to some of the dedicated freestyle wheels we sell.

Like with the Sure-Grip Fames, there are a couple of catches, though: first, you need to use specially sized rollerskate spacers (which aren’t provided with Rollerbones! You’ll need the Khiro 8mm bearing spacers). This also means bearings with built-in spacers like the Tekton Lites or Biltins WILL NOT FIT. (Don’t say we didn’t warn you.)

Secondly, because the space between the bearings is fractionally smaller, you’ll need to make up the space between the wheel and the hangar with “speed rings” (otherwise known as washers) to push the wheel out to the end of the axle – in our testing, we needed four extra washers per wheel on top of the two included with our truck of choice, the 4.25″ Film trucks.

But jump through those hurdles and you’ve got a bargain wheel – that also happens to be perfect for any retro-themed freestyle setup.

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Offset Speed Washers

Considering they're so essential, replacement speed washers are surprisingly hard to find in the UK. While these are a small, seemingly insignificant item, we figured it was best to source a huge stockpile so we could make them available again, so here we are: Speed Washers.

If you don't know what these are for, they're supposed to be positioned on either side of the wheels, between your bearings and the hangar and axle nut - stopping the bearing from rubbing against them, being damaged, and slowing you down. You can also stack multiple washers behind the wheel to push the wheel slightly further away from the hangar if needed.

Trucks usually come with a pair included on each axle end, but in case you've lost the ones that came with your trucks or need more for some reason (like the aforementioned stacking idea), you can now grab some more.

We sell these in packs of 8, so one pack will be enough for one pair of trucks.

Khiro 8mm Bearing Spacers

Okay, time for a lesson.

Bearings should always have a spacer between them and a washer either side. Hangar-washer-bearing-spacer-bearing-washer-nut. No exceptions. That setup helps keep the whole wheel straight, reduces movement on the axle, and stops the bearings rubbing against things as they spin. That means your bearings stay smoother and run faster for longer; not using spacers and washers means you're just going to need to buy new bearings sooner.

(...really, now we think about it, maybe we shouldn't be telling you this. Hm.)

Some bearings (like Biltins) have the spacers built in (which is how they got the name). Others, like Synopsis' Blue Rays, come with the skateboard standard 10mm bearing spacers. But if you're using skinnier wheels originally intended for rollerskating, you'll need some smaller bearing spacers - and that's where these come in. One set of Khiro's 8mm bearing spacers will help keep everything solid on the axle, no matter how much abuse you pile on your wheels - and because they're aluminium, they should last forever. Just swap them from one set of wheels to the next!

(Note we do also recommend using a proper bearing press to avoid damaging the bearings when installing or removing them, too!)

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Here’s the skinny on the Rollerbones:

At 57mm diameter, they’re taller than most “actual” freestyle wheels – perfect for rail tricks, but you might need risers if you like your trucks relatively loose.

These come in at 31mm wide with a 26.4mm roll surface, making these a pretty skinny option by freestyle standards – if you’re used to thin street wheels, this might be an option for you.

We measured the distance from the outer ring of a standard bearing to the surface furthest away from the truck as 7.95mm, and as a standard axle nut is 6.4mm thick, this gives you a tiny 1.55mm of urethane covering the axle nut. For comparison, our other “skinny and cheap” repurposed rollerskate wheels, the Sure-Grip Fame, has 8.6mm of axle coverage, so you might want to consider those if you’re a big fan of being on the side of the board. That said, neither comes close to the extra-deep Seismic Focus as the wheel of choice for coconut wheelies and the like.

Finally, we should note that despite Bones claiming these Rollerbones are 98a, stabbing them with our durometer gives us a reading of 94a. However, expect them to feel hard and slippery (ooh-err, matron) compared to most wheels, judging by our experience with these.

Additional information

Weight 270 g
Dimensions 11.4 × 11.4 × 3.1 cm
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Diameter

57mm

Durometer

98a

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