Wheels are to skateboards what tasty beverages are to a well-balanced meal at your favorite fast-food joint. You can stick to a classic cola or you can get whacky and mix Orange Soda with Dr. Pepper only to find out that it tastes like something you’d force your little brother or sister to drink because the look on his/her face would be hilarious. There are plenty of pairing options out there to go along with your quadruple pounder con queso (probably too many), but what about the most obvious choice? We’re talking about water. Straight-up water. Hello! Your body is, like, 70% of that stuff! Drink up!
Let’s imagine, now, that straight-up urethane is the equivalent of water for your rollyboard getup. Why are you avoiding it? And what’re you doing adding colored syrup and carbon dioxide to it?! Put down that damn Big Gulp and drink some H2O, homeslice. This is precisely what Bustin Boards was aiming for with the addition of their newly-released Five-O Freeride Wheels. The Five-O lineup features some simple (and objectively effective) wheel shapes with no dyes/clouding and therefore them wheels are translucent. “Clear wheels” aren’t all junk, dude, despite what your friends are telling you. Sure, the wheels they’re referring to are junk, and they just happen to be clear. But! A “clear wheel” is not automatically a “junk wheel”. The quality of the urethane is determining factor. In the case of the Five-O’s, it just means the wheels have been simplified to be exactly what’s needed and nothing more. You know, like water.
Bustin’s Five-O line features two shapes and two duros each, for a total of four wheels, and will be available on March 1st:
72mm Sideset @ 77a & 80a
64mm Centerset @ 80a & 85a
Check out the rest of the 2013 wheel lineup on the Bustin Website.