Metro Super Sport Longboard Test Setup:
Aera K3 - 46*
These Metro Super Sports are a far smaller wheel as compared to its bigger brother, the Spyder. Comparing the two:
Spyder: Super Sport:
Diameter: 72mm Diameter: 65mm
Width: 49mm Width: 45mm
Contact Patch: 47mm Contact Patch: 38mm
Durometer: 79a Durometer: 85a
Core: Centerset Core: Centerset
As you can see, besides the core placement, these wheels are nearly completely opposite. They feel completely opposite as well...
The first thing I noticed riding this wheels is how ridiculously easy the breakout was, even from slide one. These are some of the first wheels I've ever ridden in which their "break-in" period is completely nonexistent - the way they slide from the first run is exactly the way they'll always slide. Additionally, the high durometer with the addition of (dare I say, the exact same as the new Orangatang lineup) its supportive core. These wheels were taken up to Pismo, CA to be given a true test on some of the beachfront' s most steep hills.
The second thing I noticed was how fat of thane lines the Metro Super Sport wheels leave behind. Notice, I didn't specifically say "thick" or "visible", but fat. Whereas the wheels leave behind a translucent white thane line that isn't remarkably visible (although still quite), some of my slides resulted in thane lines nearly an inch across.
The final thing I learned to enjoy about the Super Sports are the predictability of the thane. Never once did the Super Sports grip up or slip out from me unexpectedly, which gave me a serious confidence boost. The hard durometer leads to a long, easy, predictable slid over any (otherwise grippy) pavement and can open up possibilities for what type of pavement you feel comfortable skating. I would describe these wheels as a buttery, but easy sliding wheel over chalky or grippy.
As to be expected from a 65mm wheel, the Super Sports do wear a bit. Whereas the harder durometer helps resist flatspots, coning and overall wear, they are still a small wheel so wear is a factor to consider. However, I would definitely not describe them as "fast wearing;" I would simply rate them slightly above average for a wheel of their size. The picture shown shows around 5-6 hours of wear on steep terrain (currently with Zealous bearings installed, however they were ridden with Mercury builtin bearings).
That being said, I can say that the Metro Super Sports do have a great tendency to wear very evenly. Flatspotting is much harder to do to on the Super Sports; I blasted 90* a few times during the couple of days I rode them and they did not flatspot. Coning is easily managed by their centerset profile, simple flip and keep skating.
Metro Super Sports are probably my favorite wheels I've had the pleasure of reviewing for Thane Store, and rank pretty high on my list of wheels I've ridden - ever. The easy slide and predictability place these wheels in the class of their own unlike anything I've ridden. If I had to compare them with another wheel, I would say they ride very similar to an 86a Orangatang Keanu with a slightly more buttery thane, which are also one of my favorite wheels. Whether you're looking for a great wheel to destroy or you're looking for a manageable thane to learn new tricks, get the Metro Super Sports, you won't be disappointed!
Written by Team Rider Brett Leonardo.
You can get the Metro Super Sports here.