Shark Wheel is increasingly becoming popular amongst DIY skateboarders outshining the regular skateboard wheels. They offer extra benefits compared to regular wheels. But is a Shark Wheel any good or you’d rather build your electric skateboard with regular wheels? That’s what we want to find out in this Shark Wheel review, but before that, here’s an overview of the company.
Shark Wheel hit the scene five years ago during Shark Tank Season 6. After a partnership with Mark Cuban and Nick Woodman, the California-based company now offers the best electric longboard and skateboard wheels on the market. The Shark Wheel is a reinvented traditional wheel and as the co-founder promised at the reality show, they are revolutionary.
This brand has won several awards including the 2018 Innovators Award. It has also featured in major skateboard tournaments. Casper Grette who finished first in the Kongsberg Downhill in Norway 2014 was using Shark Wheel skateboard wheels. Another top skateboarder is Eric Palmer who finished fourth in the Miami Ultraskate 2014 using the same wheels.
And it’s not just skateboarding wheels that the California-based company has ventured into. Other products include Shark Wheel complete skateboards, bearings, trucks, and other accessories.
Now, the company is planning on extending the new wheel technology to luggage wheels, roller skates, and scooters among other applications.
How Does the Shark Wheel Work?
One of the most interesting things about Shark Wheel is the rather unusual design. They look square so many people have been asking us, how does a Shark Wheel roll? The truth of the matter is that these wheels aren’t really square, and are perfectly round just like all other regular skateboard wheels.
The picture of a square is nothing but an optical illusion created from the side shots which highlight the square, and not the roundness. If you look at the wheel from the top, you will notice that it’s round. If you’re still doubting, check the Shark Wheel video below, and note the shape when it’s spinning.
Among the notable features of the design is the three-dimensional sine wave shape. The alternating patterns bite into soft surfaces preventing the wheel from digging while allowing effortless travel
What are the Benefits of Shark Wheels?
These wheels are quite expensive compared to regular wheels. But then, they tag along with several benefits. Below is a Shark Wheel vs regular wheels comparison.
- Faster. With only 3 ridges of the wheel touching the ground the rolling resistance is reduced resulting in a quicker ride.
- More grip and sliding control. The alternating pattern equates to increased control — the width is increased, but the friction is decreased! The sine wave design provides three lips per wheel for superior lateral grip.
- Greater Traction. The sine wave pattern smoothly funnels any debris between the channels, instead of simply rolling over it like traditional wheels, allowing for firm contact with the ground.
- Perfect rain and gravel wheels. The alternating pattern of grooves significantly reduces hydroplaning by channeling liquid, sand or gravel out and away from the surface of the wheel, allowing for a firm contact patch with the ground.
Best Shark Wheel Models
1. Shark Wheel California Roll Skateboard Wheels 60mm, 78a
2. Shark Wheel Sidewinder Longboard Wheels 70mm, 78a
3. Shark Wheels with FREE Abec 9 Shiver Bearings ($24.99 + savings)
4. Shark Wheel High-Performance Skateboard Wheels SIDEWINDER 70mm 78A
Are Shark Wheels any Good?
Above all else, Shark wheels are an attention getter. If you want to test out this reinvention of the wheel for yourself, go ahead! They are definitely unique and will make your board stand out from the rest.
In terms of performance enhancements, there are a number of minor (in my opinion at least!) differences between the Shark Wheel and a regular longboard wheel. They’ll roll a little faster than normal wheels and will work better in the rain than regular longboard wheels which is an advantage to our all weather riders. Besides that, they are able to ride through a bit more road debris than regular wheels.