I sound like I skimp on the spending – I guess I do.
Rollerbones Turbo wheels are expensive. For a wheel priced £124, from most UK skate shops, I decided to borrow these wheels before rushing into a purchase. There’s always a risk of not liking new wheels. So I borrowed Giggity’s.
I guess I must address that these wheels are considerably well skated upon – but I feel this shouldn’t defer from my review. Unless of course you are the complete opposite to me and constantly re-groove your favourite wheels on a regular schedule and never ever let them become worn. In which case this review probably isn’t for you…
I’ve been skating on the Rollerbones Turbo 88a wheels for about three weeks. I consider myself an average skater and they are currently attached to my long-term partner plate RollLine Mistrals and Riedell 495’s, for my boot.
Considering how much everybody has raved on about what a life changing wheel the Turbo is, I was genuinely expecting to put the wheel on and join the fan club. That’s not quite what has happened – not that it isn’t a good wheel.
In fact in terms of slip or grip I don’t find it that different to my typical wheel, the old style Atom G-Rod. What I do find is that my edge work has been affected by the Turbo and in terms of grip, where I would expect my old trusty wheel to gain friction the Rollerbones do not.
It has made skating kind of fun, especially when (trying) to apex jump, or doing my token move of an inside transition. As a jammer, I would guess they are the only differences. I feel no loss of stability or role. Nor have I noticed a remarkable difference the other way.
It’s when I block that I’ve noticed the biggest difference. As I’ve said, my edge work feels different and blocking one on one I appear more eager to lateral across the track rather than plow to slow. Needless to say, when I do laterals the Rollerbones Turbo wheels feel dreamy. The change of wheel has lessened my ability, or rather increased the effort I have to put into a plow.
So would I buy a set of Rollerbones Turbo wheels?
Much like my opinion on the RollLine Mistral plate, I believe these wheels to be wheels that are a grower.
When discussing whether somebody should buy the plate I skate on I often say you will not put them on your skates and instantly be like ‘Wow! These are amazing,’ it takes months – weeks if you’re lucky.
After skating on Rollerbones Turbo wheels for three weeks, I think they’re a grower, and if I’d written this review two weeks ago my answer would have been no, I would not buy a set. I don’t think they are worth the money.
But the Rollerbones Turbo wheels remain on my skates.
I’m reluctant for Gigs to ask for them back. And so the week of extra wear did make a difference. I would buy a set and I would recommend them to others.
So there’s my mixed review of Rollerbones Turbo wheels. You can try your own set through Double Threat Skates test-a-wheel programme!