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Sector 9 65mm Top Shelf Longboard Wheels

$32.95
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lime (78a)
Color: lime (78a)
Size: 65mm Size Chart
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Overview
The 65mm Top Shelf longboard wheels are freeride specific with a centerset Cosmic Core and a slim contact patch. Just because these wheels aren't Race Formula or Shredthane, doesn't mean they're not high quality urethane. In fact, the Top Shelf formula is preferred by many of Sector 9's team riders for freeride/downhill action.
Features
Quantity
  • Set of 4 Wheels
Ride Style
  • Freeride
  • Carving/Cruising
Durometer
  • 78a
Core Placement
  • Centerset
Wheel Edge
  • Round Lip
Surface Type
  • Smooth
Wheel Features
  • Top Shelf Formula
  • Center Set Hubs
  • Cosmic Core
Ride Style

Freeride - Wanna get sideways? If "drifting, heel side standies, pendulums, and Coleman" are part of your vocabulary you're in the right place. For freeride wheels; a smaller contact patch, a stone ground finish, and rounded lip all help them slide easily, right out of the box.

A word to the wise: if you are just getting into freeride try out a smaller size wheel (think 60mm-65mm) with a harder durometer (82a or harder) because it will be easier to break away into a slide, making it easier to practice. Practice slides with friends and try different setups. Will you flat spot your first set of freeride wheels before coring them? Yes. Will they wear unevenly and leave you with a couple bruises? Absolutely. But, it gives you a whole new look at the hills, a whole new freedom. The great Cliff Coleman (father of downhill slide) says, “If you can crouch down and ride a skateboard, then you can learn this slide" as he talks about the classic Coleman slide.

As you gain experience, and speed, you'll find bigger wheels can be better because they will last longer and will be faster on the hill. Different durometers, center-set vs side-set or offset cores, and different urethane formulas will help in different weather/road conditions so make sure you experiment to find your favorites.

Freeride takes you to a new level of skating. Simply put, it's groundbreaking.

Carving/Cruising - For cruising park trails, taking big turns through your neighborhood, and general transportation riding; carving/cruising wheels meet the needs of many different skate disciplines. They fall in the middle of the size scale so you can ride down medium grade hills with some of the stability bigger wheels offer, but have the faster and larger range of motion of smaller wheels. Often, this category is great for beginners because the wheels tend to be softer, making them grippier. If you are looking to try slides look for wheels with a stone ground finish and/or a rounded lip. If your daily shredding includes a hill or two, try some bigger cruiser wheels with a square lip. No matter what you choose, carving/cruising wheels are going to be fun!

Durometer

78a - Soft and gooey, this is the most common durometer we see in the longboard/cruiser wheel world. These wheels have great grip for cornering and easily rolls over cracks, small rocks, and rough surfaces without tripping you up. When sliding, 78a wheels have a tendency to smear across the surface of the road, offer great control, slow you down rapidly, wear quickly, and leave thane lines. Ideal for cruising, carving, freeride, and downhill.

Urethane skate wheels generally range from 75a-101a, the numbers increase with the hardness of the wheel.

Core Placement

Centerset - Centerset wheels have cores that are placed directly in the center of the wheel, equidistant to the outer edge of each lip. This core placement style gives the most amount of grip because it creates a very large inner lip.

Another advantage of centerset wheels is that they can be flipped inside out to promote even wear and a longer lifespan. For this reason, many freeride wheels have centerset cores paired with small contact patches and round lips.

Wheel Edge

Round Lip - Rounded lips allow the wheel to break traction more easily and offer smoother transitions from grip to slide. Round lip wheels are generally preferred for freeriding.

Surface Type

Smooth - Smooth wheels have a shiny coating on their surface that is commonly referred to as its skin or mold release. Smooth wheels are generally preferred for their grip and traction.

Wheel Features

Top Shelf Formula - Sector 9's premium quality Urethane formula that provides you with an ultra-smooth and evenly wearing wheel to keep you rolling for years to come.

Center Set Hubs - Center Set Hubs means that the hubs in these wheels are set equidistant from the lips, this results in an even wear and a controlled slide.

Cosmic Core - The Cosmic core increases roll speed and provides better control through slides.

Specs
Size65mm
Diameter (mm):65.0
Contact Patch (mm):38.0
Suggested Riser Size (in):1/4 - 1/2
Reviews
4.6
Overall Rating
Reviewed by 5 customers

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Feeling good
by Jonathan West in Provo, UT (Verified Buyer)
Posted on 11/9/2015
Sector 9 65mm Top Shelf Longboard Wheels - green ii (78a)
I was riding 59mm Penny wheels on my cruiser but wanted to go up in size and get some new wheels. These are faster than my old wheels and are able to slide a little more, however the pennys were a bit quieter and felt smoother on rough terrain. I like the speed a lot of these though, and the bigger size helps with cracks.
0 person has found this review helpful
Best 65's out there!!!
by Brice M in rotonda west, FL (Verified Buyer)
Posted on 10/29/2014
Sector 9 Top Shelf 65mm Longboard Wheels - orange (78a)
All I can say is try 'em... Good for anything you wanna do....
0 person has found this review helpful
Sweet cruises and carves
by El Beach Bum in Englewood Beach, Fl (Verified Buyer)
Posted on 4/26/2014
Sector 9 Top Shelf 65mm Longboard Skateboard Wheels
I really dig these wheels!!! I'm not a slider so I can't really comment on that aspect. But I can tell you that these bad boys roll as well and as smooth as anything I've ever ridden and they grip in the turns and carves like sweet urethane dreams. Bonus: They're way quicker than you'd think for 78a
0 person has found this review helpful
Pretty dope
by Bichniqua in Oakland (Verified Buyer)
Posted on 4/18/2014
Sector 9 Top Shelf 65mm Longboard Wheels - blue (78a)
Used it to freeride. They were really smooth and predictable, but they died in two days. (I freeride 20-35mph)
Though they wore down to quickly, i had a wonderful time while they lasted. Ide recommend getting more than a single set
0 person has found this review helpful
Pretty solid wheel, great price
by awwdumbnoob in Hawaii
Posted on 4/25/2012
Sector 9 Top Shelf 65mm Longboard Skateboard Wheels
Surprisingly a great cruiser wheel for anyone especially people starting to learn to longboard or if you already enjoy freeriding. If you enjoy going sideways, this wheel is actually great for it. Even though it grips pretty hard while cruising, if you kick it out a bit you'll probably go sideways. Great for freeriding if you're into that kind of thing and a solid cruiser wheel too. A bit large for a cruising wheel in my opinion but that's just my opinion. But if you're looking for a pretty solid wheel to go cruising and doing mild freeriding with it, definitely buy it. Don't forget spacers with your bearings.
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