UFO Wheels, 60ish mm, 95ish a

Posted: 2019-03-29 in Gear Reviews
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They’re quieter than 96a Noskool, they’re gummier than a 95a Rainskate. They’re kinda rattly for kicking around and cruising. I can honestly see these being good maybe in a ditch, or a concrete skatepark.

 

Equipment Review

How long have you ridden them?

8 months

What Setup are you running them on?

TVS Lady Cruiser, Randal DH trucks…combined with the wheels, it’s a complete from circa 2001

Typical Discipline?

Um…yes.

How much did you pay for them?

$25

Where did you buy them?

Cawlin…the moderator on here

What are their weaknesses?

Kinda slow, not much information available on them, and they were a bit harder than I expected

What are their strengths?

They don’t wear at all, or pick up those nasty black streaks that hard wheels sometimes do. They grip like a mofo too! I couldn’t get them to drift at all, and really had to push to get them to slide…which was really odd because they’re 95a or thereabouts. They’re also surprisingly fast.

What similar equipment have you ridden?

96a Noskoolz, 97a BDS Shogo Kubo Dragons, 95a Rainskates

Would you recommend them?

Yes
Yet another weird bit of history – these are alleged to have been prototypes from 2002 or 2003 that never made it out of the prototype stage.  They were poured by Madrid, and were inspired by the UFO wheels of the 70’s.  I was sold these wheels with the understanding that they were 85a or so, but they’re substantially harder than that.  They’d feel great on a 70’s-style setup for concrete parks or ditches, but I don’t feel like they’re all that great for downhill sliding and stuff.  The only way I was able to get information on these wheels was by emailing Madrid directly, and by looking up old .PDF’s of International Longboarder and Concrete Wave magazines.  Maybe if you’re looking for information on these weird-ass wheels, your search will bring you to this page.

Comments
  1. […] for a couple of wheel purchases:  The second-gen Slide A’s mentioned above, and some prototype UFO wheels from circa 2002.  I’ve got an email from Angela Madrid, at Madrid Skateboards, confirming […]

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