Fireball ‘’Tinder” Wheels Review
Fireball has been around for a while and are known for making some great longboard gear. Recently, their Tinder wheels caught my eye and I’ve been dying to make a review about them.
So today’s article will be a quick look at these wheels and how they perform. After reading my review, you’ll know what the Tinder wheels are great for, and if they might be right for you.
- Diameter – 60mm & 70 mm (available here)
- Width – 40mm
- Contact patch – 33mm
- Durometer – 81a
- Lip shape – Round
- Centreset core placement
- Stone ground – ready to slide
They’re ready to ride/slide straight out of the box
The first thing you notice about these wheels is that they are ‘stone ground’. ‘Stone ground’ is a term used to describe the sanding of the wheels to remove the mold release. Mold release makes them shiny, sticky and hard to slide.
For you and I, this means that we can slide this wheel as soon as we put them on our board.
This feature is really nice if you’re a beginner. You don’t have to worry and stress about getting the mold release off and you can get to working on your slides as soon as possible.
Round lips mean easy slides! Great for slide beginners
The lips of the wheels are rounded and this makes them easy to slide.
Round lips break traction much easier than wheels that have square or sharp lips. They don’t resist sliding as much as those other wheel shapes do and have a smooth release from gripping to slipping.
So if you are looking to bust out powerslides or finally learn how to do a Coleman slide, these are the wheels for you.
The urethane also aids in how easy it slides. It is slightly hard at 81a, and this makes it glide easier along the pavement. I explain why to you below.
The urethane is long-lasting
Because the urethane is on the harder side of the spectrum, it will last longer, be more resistant to wear and slide a lot easier.
This is because, at 81a, the wheel glides along the pavement as opposed to gripping it and holding on. This allows the wheel wears down slowly as it leaves less urethane on the ground. And it means it will also slide better and break traction quickly.
It also means it will maintain its shape and won’t flat spot as easy because of sliding at 90*.
The above features are great if you are on a tight budget. They mean the wheel will last long and won’t get ruined easily (flat spots).
The Tinder is a super consistent wheel
The wheel is super consistent and produces really smooth slides. All thanks to its large core.
The large core adds support to the wheel. This stiffens up the lips of the wheel which aids in its consistency as you wear it down. So the wheel will have the same feel at 50mm as it would at 60mm.
A small core would allow the lips of the wheel to flex and deform on the road. Meaning you will have unpredictable slides and the wheel will vary in its performance.
What can you use the Fireball Tinder for?
The Tinder is an all-around sort of wheel.
Because of its 60mm size, you can use it for freeriding, dancing and sliding.
It is also the right size if you want to swap it out with your skate wheels, so you have something softer you can skate with on the roads. The wheel will handle rougher pavements, gravel and pebbles better than any other skatepark focused wheel.
At 81a, the hardness is perfect if you want to use it for tech slide too.
What’s not so good about the wheel?
Though the wheel is 100% worth the quality, it still might be out of budget for a lot of people. It is definitely on the pricey side of the spectrum.
I also wish there was more than one durometer option. I feel like a softer wheel (around 78a) would work really well with the large core. I think Fireball needs to sort that out and give us more options.
Is Fireball a good company to support?
Fireball is owned by people passionate about skating. They make gear that doesn’t compromise on quality. They partner with other great American brands (like Arbor and Loaded) and use their wheels on their completes.
They also sponsor genuine longboard riders (who need the money) and support the longboard scene in a little way.
Is this wheel right for you?
It’s hard to go wrong with a wheel like this, it’s perfect for a variety of uses and different skills sets.
PS, if you are putting together a complete, it is worth getting the wheelset. It comes complete with bearings, bearing spacers and a skate tool. Necessary bits that will help you put together your skateboard. You can find them on Amazon.com here.