Abec11/Retro Zig Zags; 80a and 86a, 66mm

Posted: 2019-03-27 in Gear Reviews

running split-duro for slalom really offers the best of both worlds…the rear is grippy and fast, but the front is as grippy as it needs to be, and fastER! highly recommended!


Equipment Review

How long have you ridden them?

6-8 months

What Setup are you running them on?

pavel GoG, tracker rts/bennett 4.3…the wheels i run are split-duro, orange/lime

Typical Discipline?


How much did you pay for them?


Where did you buy them?

silverfish/chapter 11, spring lake, MI

What are their weaknesses?

if they get just a LITTLE wet, they like to slide out

What are their strengths?

grippy and FAST!

What similar equipment have you ridden?

blank noskool clones, earthwing 76mm superballs

Would you recommend them?

Zig Zags were a staple of grippy wheels for a LONG time.  Then, the 2009 GearSplosion happened, and everybody and their duck was making a grippy wheel.  This review was written early on in my longboard career, and I wound up buying several more sets of Zigs in the years since.  For slalom racing, all the cool kids run a slightly harder durometer in the front for decreased rolling resistance, and a slightly harder durometer in the rear to really dig into the carves and pumps without sliding out.  I’ve since ridden the 80a 70mm variant (and did a comparison to Orangatang’s 4President in 70mm 80a), and currently have a set of 70mm 83a’s on a Sk8kings Maximus.

  1. […] it to try and buy it back.  I had it set up for long-distance pumping, with Tracker Racetracks and Abec11 Zigzags (before changing to Orangatang 4presidents).  I can’t emphasize how comfortable this board […]

  2. […] posts, I was fortunate enough to be able to compare 70mm 80a wheels from both Orangatang and Abec11, on identical setups, on a controlled course.  Couple of key notes from my head-to-head […]

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