OJ Skate Wheels Guide

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OJ Durometer Offering - "Hard vs. Soft"

Skateboard wheel durometer (or hardness) is measured on an “a” scale from 78a to about 101a. A wheel from 78a to 90a is considered a softer wheel for “cruising” and smooth rolling while anything above 95a is used for street and park skateboarding.

Get your roll on... what’s the right duro for me?

If you ride primarily on rough surfaces, streets, or intend to use your wheels for transportation, we suggest choosing a softer wheel from 78a-87a. These durometers offer a fast and smoother roll on most surfaces. You will go faster with less effort and avoid getting caught on most rocks and cracks.

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If you want to learn tricks and slide. roll the skate park or smoother surfaces, you should choose a harder wheel from 95a to 101a. Harder wheels are faster on smoother wood and concrete and can slide on most surfaces – a key component to tricks.

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Duro and Sizes – The OJ Family Line Up

78A

Diameters:
55mm, 60mm, 75mm
Models:
Mini Hot Juice, Hot Juice, Mini Super Juice, Super Juice, Thunder Juice

Soft, quiet, and a smooth roll on most surfaces. Great for commuting and new rippers just learning how to skate. These wheels do not slide.

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87A

Diameters:
52mm, 54mm, 56mm, 58mm
Models:
Plain Janes, KeyFrames

Slightly harder wheel that still offers a smooth and fast roll on most surfaces. Great for commuting and new rippers learning how to skate. These wheels do not slide.

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95A

Diameters:
53mm, 54mm, 57mm
Models:
Nomads

A more forgiving performance durometer for rough terrain with easy, consistent power slides and bark you normally only get with a harder urethane. A great all-around durometer that can perform on most surfaces.

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99A

Diameters:
53mm, 54mm, 55mm, 56mm, 58mm
Models:
Elite Urethane, OG Formula

Fast and easy to slide, this durometer is intended for performance skateboarding on wood or concrete surfaces in the skatepark or the streets. Slightly grippier than 101a.

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101A

Diameters:

52mm, 53mm, 54mm, 55mm, 56mm, 58mm

Models:
Elite Urethane, From Concentrate

Fast and easy to slide, this durometer is intended for performance skateboarding on wood or concrete surfaces in the skatepark or the streets. Slightly easier to slide and break free than 99a.

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OJ Wheel Shapes - "Slide & Lock"

OJ offers four different shapes designed for performance skateboarding. Wheel shapes offer subtle differences in performance, control, slide, and how the wheel and truck “locks-in” on ledges, rails, and coping.

Wide Wheels

A wider wheel (HardLine & Mini Combo) with its increased road surface and contact points offers more control on most surfaces. Wider wheels are slightly harder to break away in power slides and tricks. Wider wheels are usually preferred for skate parks and bigger ramps.

Slim Wheels

A slimmer wheel (EZ-Edge & Nomads) with its slimmer profile and narrow road surface is a great all-around performance shape for street skating and parks. Slimmer wheels are usually preferred for more technical "flip" tricks.

OJ Shapes – Designed by NHS’ R&D Lab, Tested by the Team

EZ Edge Skateboard Wheel Shape by OJ Wheels

EZ Edge Skateboard Wheel Shape Profile by OJ Wheels

EZ-Edge shape features a slimmer profile and round edge for superior performance and easy slide on all terrain.

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Hardline Skateboard Wheel Shape by OJ Wheels

Hardline Skateboard Wheel Shape Profile by OJ Wheels

Hardline shapes feature a wide road surface for stability and consistent slide with a hard edge and conical cut for controlled tricks on coping and edges.

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Mini Combo Skateboard Wheel Shape by OJ Wheels

Mini Combo Skateboard Wheel Shape Profile by OJ Wheels

Mini-Combo shapes feature a wide road surface for stability and consistent slide and asymmetrical shape cut with a round back and conical front for customizing your set up.

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Nomads Skateboard Wheel Shape by OJ Wheels

Nomads Skateboard Wheel Shape Profile by OJ Wheels

Nomads feature a straight cut, mid-width shape with sharp edge for easy lock-in and wide riding surface for consistent slide.

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Super Juice Skateboard Wheel Shape by OJ Wheels

Super Juice Skateboard Wheel Shape Profile by OJ Wheels

Straight out the lab, Super Juice feature a new reinforced core and a completely redesigned chip-resistant shape, all on our classic ultra buttery 78a urethane.

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Keyframe Skateboard Wheel Shape by OJ Wheels

Keyframe Skateboard Wheel Shape Profile by OJ Wheels

Slightly harder wheel that still offers a smooth and fast roll on most surfaces. Great for commuting and new rippers learning how to skate. These wheels do not slide. These wheels are ideal for follow filming lines.

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OJ Urethane Types - "Haul Ass or Cruise By"

OJ offers four types of urethane formulas tested and designed for performance skateboarding as well as smooth cruising on any surface.

Elite Skateboard Wheel Urethane by OJ Wheels

OJ’s top tier urethane for performance skateboarding. Tested and chosen by OJ’s pros, Elite Urethane guarantees more speed, a longer lasting roll, and performance on all terrain.

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Original Skateboard Wheel Urethane by OJ Wheels

Original performance urethane used for OJ’s re-issue wheels. Smooth and fast roll on most surfaces including the skatepark.

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From Concentrate Skateboard Wheel Urethane by OJ Wheels

Entry level performance urethane. From Concentrate performs well on most terrains. A great choice for someone trying out skateboarding.

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Super Juice Skateboard Wheel Urethane by OJ Wheels

This urethane offers a smoother roll on most surfaces. You will go faster with less effort and avoid getting caught on most rocks and cracks.

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Keyframe Skateboard Wheel Urethane by OJ Wheels

Slightly harder wheel that still offers a smooth and fast roll on most surfaces. Great for commuting and new rippers learning how to skate. These wheels do not slide. These wheels are ideal for follow filming lines.

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NHS Video Tutorials

Wide vs. Skinny Skate Wheels

Learn more about how a wide or skinny riding surface as well as the wheel shape can impact your riding experience.

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Why Skateboard Wheels Slide?

Check out our video if you want to know more about the physics behind how your wheels slide depending on shape, urethane and durometer.

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