Slide Perfect Revolutions Setups:
- DaSilva Aldous
- Blacktop Vs-1
- Laissez Faire Anarchy
- Indy 169s
- Dirty Bearings
First Impressions: Back when Slide Perfect was first getting its bearings as both a company and a wheel (see what I did there?) the first thing a lot of people noticed was the sick KOOK Culture style designs. A rip off? Nah…Alex of KOOK designed the graphics himself and is even featured on the About Us page on the Slide Perfect Website. A small brand in its own right, the detailed black and white designs of KOOK lend an almost surreal but still classy and modern look to the wheels. More importantly, it shows that even before they were anything more than a good idea and some crossed fingers SP was all about supporting the scene. How's that for a great first impression?
As the newest addition to the SP lineup, revolutions were instead designed by team rider Ry Swanton...but the clean and classy design and commitment to supporting local artists and skaters is still a key factor in how these great designs come to be.
Riding Experiences: Revolutions were a very unique wheel to ride. They took a while to break in, and felt very techy until they did. Starting off very “above the pavement” with an abrupt release and hook up, they sink in just slightly enough to leave very faint thane lines…sometimes. That might actually be the most interesting thing about these wheels. They're very sensitive and can have a very different feel depending on your form. For me, heelsides had a smoother initiation and killed just slightly more speed while laying a slight amount of thane. Toesides released more abruptly and slid forever without killing speed or leaving thane. Though it didn't take me long to realize it was simply because I lean more for toesides and naturally keep my weight over the board during heelsides. Once I realized that, I was able to adapt my form to different situations for an insane amount variety and precision. They were especially fun on a DK where that amount of board control made blunts and quick 180s as easy as holding long checks. Plus, the small size and light weight make ollies easy. While the slightly harder duro doesn't get hung up on curbs or railing like other soft longboard wheels can (even other the 62mm ones).
Criticism: The only thing that disappointed me about this wheel was how hard they rolled. It's an 86a urethane and isn't about to let you forget that. In all fairness, on smoother terrain all that really means is you'll notice a pretty decent roll speed for such a small wheel. However, take it through some chunder and you'll swear you're on skateboard wheels. It's very sad considering how consistently they seem to slide over that same uneven pavement…and hold together well in spots that tear apart most other wheels.
Final Thoughts: The guys at Slide Perfect weren't just blowing smoke by naming their wheels that. These really are some fantastic wheels that are surprisingly versatile and well balanced. They are still a small, slightly harder wheel so I wouldn't recommend trying to downhill on them…but you already knew that. Basically, if you want to get really techy but also need great board control, these are the wheels for you. Slower freeride and sketchy narrow paths have never been more fun.
Review by The Longboard Critic Jonathan King
You can buy Slide Perfect Revolutions Here