Various factors go into selecting longboard wheels for sliding. They include core placement, material and size, wheel size, durometer, urethane characteristics and lip profile.
Generally, offset and sideset wheels are the best type of wheels to use for sliding.
The size of the core can determine if how well a wheel is suited to sliding. Large-cored wheels are common among longboard wheels meant for sliding. This is due to the impact of core size on acceleration, grip and inertia, which makes large-cored wheels better suited for use as longboard sliding wheels.
Small and medium-sized wheels in diameter make it easy to initiate slides and tricks. Wheels that are harder, have rounded edges and have smaller contact patches are usually better for sliding, resulting in a rider sliding for longer and more evenly and progressively. This provides for some steezy rides.
Steezy is a term derived from style and ease and refer to doing a board trick with ease and style. Listed below are some longboard wheels that provide steezy rides after they are properly broken in or even right out of the box.
More general information about longboard sliding wheels you can read our previous article: A Comprehensive Guide on Selecting The Best Longboard Wheels for Sliding
ABEC 11 Centerset Classic Freerides (72mm)
The ABEC Centerset Classic Freerides comes in three durometer ratings (78a, 81a and 84a). This provides more choice of longboard sliding wheels for riders of different sizes.
Centerset wheels measuring 72mm in diameter provide adequate grip and wear out more evenly when executing slides with ABEC Centerset Classic Freerides wheels.
The wheels can be reversed to even out wear. A plastic core further reduces coning and coring of the wheels. These are some seriously durable longboard sliding wheels that slide amazingly.
The rounded edges, 39mm wide contact patch and the placement of the core results in more predictable pre-drifts, drifts and standing slides.
Sector 9 Slide Butterballs Longboard Wheels (65mm)
Sector 9 Slide Butterballs combine sliding and smooth rides beautifully.
The centerset wheels have a diameter of 65mm which makes them stable and long-lasting. The small diameter enables for quick acceleration after sliding and better grip to slide transition. With a hardness of 80a, they transition well from gripping to sliding.
Rounded wheel edges and a stone ground finish ensures these wheels can slide.
The Sector 9 Butterballs make for fun and smooth riding at high speeds by having the right balance of grip, momentum and slide.
Earthwing Floaters Longboard Wheels (70mm)
The Earthwing Floaters are designed for drifting and sliding. The slightly offset wheels with diameter of 70mm have rounded lips.
This makes makes it easy to initiate slides with Earthwing Floaters that are predictable. They comes in different durometer ratings (78a, 81a, 84a and 87a) to cater to the different tastes of riders.
They have a stone ground finish and can be used to slide gracefully and predictably right off the box.
They are well-suited to technical freeriding, freeriding and fast freeriding.
Rainskates Mega Tsunamis Longboard Wheels (72mm)
The Rainskates Mega Tsunamis are great for riders who want more predictable slides and drifts. The 72mm diameter wheels come in two durometers, 82a or 85a, both well-suited to sliding. With a width of 46mm, they are great all around wheels for freeriding and cruising.
They have great grip and slide well and their general design makes them durable and predictable longboard sliding wheels.
Sector 9 RFW CS Longboard Wheels (70mm)
The Sector 9 RFW CS wheels are great for executing drawn out and predictable slides. The centerset wheels have a 70mm diameter which results in excellent grip and fast wheels. Rounded lips means the wheels slide well and for longer.
Contact patches that measure 38mm in width are thin enough to draw out the ride and make for a more predictable slide release point. Three durometer ratings (78a, 80a and 82a) enables a rider to decide just how much slide to go for.
The 78a wheels are best for smooth and predictable rides while 82a wheels are awesome for steezy, drawn-out slides.
Venom Sidewinder Longboard Wheels (71mm)
The Venom Sidewinder wheels are meant for freeriding. The wheels have a diameter of 72mm and a width of 44.5mm.
They are pretty stable and hard going wheels. The 80a wheels have rounded edges making it easy to slide with Venom Sidewinder wheels. A smooth finish means they require a break-in period before one can really start enjoying really awesome and steezy slides.
That said, even when new the wheels perform superbly when doing slides and in general riding too.
Landyachtz Zombie Hawgs (76mm)
Landyachtz Zombie Hawgs are some of the best longboard wheels for sliding. The truly sideset wheels (the inner edge of the wheel being perfectly aligned with the bearing’s edge) have rounded edges.
This makes it easy and controllable to transition from making a turn to sliding.
The 82a wheels with a diameter of 76mm have a contact patch measuring 33mm which makes it easy to initiate slides with these longboard sliding wheels.
Due to the thinness of the contact patch, slides with these wheels are predictable and long. They have a large core and thus accelerate faster and slide better.
This makes them great for experiencing sliding and advanced freeriding.
A stone ground finish provides the wheels with a rougher surface and can be used straight away out of the box for sliding.
Cult Classics Longboard Wheels (70mm)
Cult Classics are phenomenal longboard sliding wheels. The 80a offset wheels measure 70mm in diameter and have rounded lips.
A contact patch measuring 32mm leave one with no doubt that these longboard wheels were designed for sliding.
The thin contact patch means that a rider enjoys a predictable slide release point and can draw out the slides longer. They are a bit sticky right of the box but are easy to break in and have rather predictable slides during the break-in period.
It is pretty easy to initiate slides with these wheels and to draw out the slides for longer.
However, this means they do not hug every corner especially at high speeds. That is not a problem though as these Cult Classics wheels are designed for sliding into corners with ease and style.
The Cult Classics result in fantastic and smooth rides and are fast going.
They make for truly steezy slides and are among the greatest longboard sliding wheels out there.
It is not just the features of longboards wheels that determines how well they perform when sliding.
Other factors such as the weight of the rider, the board’s characteristics and the riding surface can change which longboard wheels are best for sliding and drifting.
The wheels reviewed above perform well on different surfaces and for different riders. What they do have in common is that are amazing for different styles of sliding and riders.