Skateboard wheels were originally made from clay. In the early 70's until the first urethane skate wheels were made. Since then skateboard wheels have changed a lot due to different technologies being developed and different types of skateboarding becoming more popular. During the 90’s when street skating was becoming increasingly popular, wheels started to shrink until they became literally tiny (many wheels that were commonly available were only 42mm).

Today wheels are commonly around 50-60mm, and there are many different kinds available, depending on your style of skating, and the terrain which you are riding on . Smaller wheels (50mm-54mm) are better for street and technical skating, as they accelerate faster and are lighter than larger wheels.

However the disadvantage of this is that they have a lower top speed than larger wheels, and are more prone to being affected by rocks and debris. Larger wheels (55mm+) and are better for skating which requires a lot of speed, such as transition skating. They are also a lot more forgiving than smaller wheels on uneven surfaces.

Urethane comes in many formulas and hardness ratings known as the durometer of the wheel, you can find out more about this on our buyers guide page. Harder wheels are better for sliding (tricks such as noseslides, reverts, blunts, which require the wheels to slide across a surface). However softer wheels give a much smoother ride, ideal if you are filming skateboarding, or just cruising around the streets.

We stock almost every skate wheel brand, and have one of the largest urethane wheel selections in the UK. Ricta wheels are a favourite of many skaters, and often feature specially constructed cores, some are even hollow for a more lightweight ride. Spitfire are also popular amongst many skaters, they also boast an impressive pro team, featuring skaters such as Dennis Busenitz, Andrew Reynolds and Erik Ellington.

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Our Manchester Skateboard experts will be your point of contact for all your purchases online through the website Black Sheep Skateboard Store and any other third party sites we use to sell 1000's of Skateboard decks, trucks, wheels and bearings. You can also find footwear and clothing from Nike Sb, Adidas Skateboarding, New Balance Numeric, Stussy, Volcom, Vans Syndicate, Enjoi, Almost, Huf, Emerica, Altamont and much more !


If you require advice about any products you have seen online please contact this department, our experts will be happy to give advice on skateboarding in general and any other queries or questions you may have about all the clothing, footwear, accessories and skateboards you see on our website.


The Black Sheep online Sales department is based at 36 Dale Street, Manchester, M1 2HN. 


Our opening times for collection and Telephone advice are:


Monday to Friday  10.30am to 6.30pm

Saturday           10.00am to 6.30pm

Sunday            11.00am to 5pm


The Telephone Number for all website enquiries is   0333 6000 161

Any online email queries about delivery or returns email: contact@blacksheepstore.co.uk



The Black Sheep Skateboard Store Manchester can be found at:

36 Dale Street


M1 2HN

Tel: 0333 6000161 (this is a national local rate number)

email: contact@blacksheepstore.co.uk

Opening Times

  • Monday to Friday  10.00am to 6.30pm
  • Saturday           10.00am to 6.30pm
  • Sunday            11am to 5pm