Pux Longboard Test Setup:
Aera K3 - 42o
When I was first given these wheels to test out, my first impression was, "Man, these wheels are narrow!" With an overall width of about 30mm and a sideset core, compared to, say, a RAD Glide who's contact patch alone is 30mm with a sideset core, I was a bit scared to be falling on my buttocks quite often because of a lack of grip or hookup.
Here is the blue set I rode, along with a new red set, compared to some popular wheels.
...And here are the wheels on my setup.
I was pretty stoked at the wheel diameter - 66mm - as that size seems to usually yield quick break in times and smooth slides overall, and the colors really popped. Being super stoked to try them out, I went to our favorite local hill to see which of these expectations were imaginary, and which would be true...
When I popped these on my board and started down the hill, I carefully leaned back to let these wheels rip, but something surprising happened...grip! These weren't icy at all, and a few more slides later they were fully broken in and painting a translucent blue thane all over the road. These wheels blew (blue?) me away with their smooth, dare I say almost chalky, slide that had a very easy, but defined release point and resistance throughout the slide. One thing that really stuck out to me with these wheels, is that most wheels have, for example, a resistance to break into the slide of maybe "2 points," and then the slide itself has a resistance of about "1 points". These wheels are entirely different though - the resistance to break them into a slide is exactly that of which is required to keep them sliding. Now you might be thinking "Well how do I know their release point? Now they just sound uncontrollable". That's the second part of what really impressed me. Their resistance was very linear, but yet their release point was very, very defined. You can just slowly turn into your slide and feel the wheels release and start going sideways, with your trucks getting covered in thane dust. If I had to compare these wheels to another wheel, I would compare them to the smooth, predictable, consistent slide of 84a Seismic Crybabies, with the chalkiness of Fresh Cream Kings. So smooth, so predictable...mmm!
Another concern I had when riding these wheels was definitely wear. With such a narrow contact and a sideset core, I didn't expect these wheels to last long, but I was wrong. These wheels held up quite nicely to my riding and didn't wear near as fast as I expected them to. After about 5 hours of constantly riding our favorite, 2 mile long freeride hill, the largest part of the largest wheel measured 63.5mm, while the smallest part of the smallest wheel measured 53.5mm, yielding an average of about 5mm total wear! Not bad.
Another thing I started to like about the narrow contact patch is that flipping my wheels to even out wear did not result in a different feeling either the wheels or trucks - they still felt the same as they did before. This nullifies my biggest beef with sideset wheels, that being their inability to keep a consistent slide when flipped and rotated.
Here's a picture of what I'm talking about. On the left, the wheel is in the normal position, and on the right, the wheel is flipped. There isn't much difference!
These wheels are a super predictable wheel that will leave you with a smile on your face with every slide. For how reasonable these wheels are offered, you really cannot go wrong with picking up a set. Please do, you won't be disappointed!
- Thane Store & Method Skateboards Team Rider Brett Leonardo