The Best Inline Speed Skating Wheels 2020
There are a number of inline speed skate wheel brands in the market but only two manufacturers make all of the best speed skating wheels in the world. They are MPC and AEND. Both wheel manufacturers are in the USA and although many companies in Taiwan, Korea, China and France have all said that they can make wheels as good as the USA this has not been the case over a 20+ year period. I don’t know if they just can’t get good urethane outside of the USA or if they do not know the best formula but the US wheels are head and shoulders above the rest of the wheels. MPC manufactures its own wheels as well as OEM wheels for brands such as Bont, Cadomotus, and Junk. AEND produces Matter and Bont wheels. You will rarely ever see anyone at the inline world championships using any other brand of wheel.
Fastest Inline Speed Skating Wheel
Bont RED MAGIC HARDCORE 2.0
The sport of inline speed skating is run by the international governing body called FIRS and they stipulate that 125mm wheels are the largest wheel permitted in any FIRS sanctioned event. This makes the 125mm wheel the fastest wheel you can skate on and the fastest 125mm wheel is the Bont Red Magic Hardcore. This wheel has dominated the Marathon scene since it was launched and you even see skaters from non-Bont sponsored teams setting their free sponsored wheels aside to skate on this wheel because they would be uncompetitive otherwise in certain conditions. It is that good. If there is any chance of rain, forget it, you need to be on this wheel as it not only works in the dry but also in the wet. The Bont Red Magic Hardcore wheel has an aluminum core hence the name, 'Hardcore'. This aluminum core gives more rebound than plastic hubs and more rebound equals more speed. The urethane is poured by MPC in USA. The downside to this wheel is that the bearings can be hard to insert and remove because the core does not flex like a plastic hub but once you get used to it is not to bad. I use a bearing press for this purpose. Make sure you order the version 2.0 as the bearing seat has an extra machining process to make it more precise. The Bont Red Magic Hardcore 2.0 is our fastest wheel of 2020.
Best Track Inline Speed Skating Wheel
MAGIC by MPC
MPC manufactures its wheels in the USA and they make their wheels with a technique called dual pour. This is where they first pour an extremely soft, high rebound material and then they pour the urethane that you skate on over the top creating two layers. There are a number of advantages to this technique. The inner band is much too soft to skate on but it provides more rebound which gives you more speed. It also deforms more than the outer urethane which gives you more urethane in contact with the road or track which equates to more grip. No wheel has come close to the MPC wheel on the track for more than a decade. MPC makes inline speed skating wheels for many brands including Bont, Cadomotus and Junk. Apparently there is no difference between any of the Magic wheels be it Black Magic, Red Magic or Blue Magic but the Bont Red Magic seems to be the most popular variety and it is said to be due to the red pigment in the Bont core giving the core additional stiffness which the skaters prefer.
Best Road Inline Speed Skating Wheel
Matter G13 & MPC MAGIC
Unlike the track, there is no clear winner on the road. The Matter G13 and MPC Magic have both won numerous world championship titles. Your decision will come down to the road you are skating on, your weight, your power, and the distance you are skating. Matter was the king of the Marathon before Bont dethroned them with the 125mm wheels that ironically Matter pushed to get passed through the international governing body FIRS. If you are on a perfect road that is nice and smooth, I would pick the Matter G13. If you are on a slightly slippery road, or if it is uneven or there is any chance of rain, I would skate on the MPC wheels. You can’t go wrong with either, they are both brilliant inline speed skating wheels.
Best Inline Speed Skating Rain Wheel
MPC STORM SURGE
There is no competition in the wet when it comes to inline speed skating wheels. The MPC storm surge is head and shoulders above the rest. The only consideration to make is trying to work out how wet it will be? The MPC magic wheels work very well in damp applications and you will skate faster on the magic wheels unless it really is very wet. It’s like when you watch Formula 1 racing and it starts pouring and the cars who switched to the rain wheels first have the advantage but as soon as it dries up a little the cars on dry tires have the advantage. I put both sets of wheels in my race bag and decide which wheels to use just before the race.
Best Budget Race Wheel
The Bont Highroller is our pick for best Budget inline speed skating race wheel of 2020. This wheel has the same high-end urethane that you find on wheels like the Matter G13 or MPC Magic but it doesn’t have the band inside. This makes manufacturing much cheaper. The Bont Highroller has won numerous inline world cup events and world championship events. Amazingly, you can find this wheel for less than half the price of the other wheels in this list. The Highroller will keep up with any of the best wheels on the road but it will not be as fast as the best wheels on the track as the advances with dual pour wheels have left this wheel behind. The Highroller is famous for being the longest lasting race wheel on the market. The Bont Highroller is our 2020 best budget inline race wheel of 2020.