Tuesday, March 5, 2013

How Could You Be So Heartless?

You say that like being Heartless is a bad thing!  If you're talking about Heartless wheels, it's definitely a good thing.

Heartless wheels are made by GRN MNSTR, maker of B'zerk, Reckless and Envy wheels, Spyder, MG2 and AR1 Antik boots, Gumball toe stops, Moto bearings and Astro Nuts.

Heartless Wheels in Order of Hardness

As you can see, Heartless wheels come in a wide variety of colors, with each color equating to a specific hardness.  In the photo above, the softest wheel is the purple one on the bottom at 86a and the hardest is the white one at 96a.  They are available inbetween these durometers in intervals of 2, which means there is a hardness for pretty much any type of floor.

At 35mm wide, Heartless wheels are some of the most narrow wheels on the market.  Being more narrow makes it easier to cut accross the track and juke around pesky blockers and they are light enough to notice a difference when jumping the apex.

Quite a few skaters on my league love to skate on a combination of green and yellow (90a and 92a) Heartless wheels with the green ones on the left side when looking down at your skates when you are wearing them.  Personally, I like to skate on purple and yellow (86a and 92a) which gives me a little more grip for when I have to quickly push off with one foot in order to close the door on the jammer.

There were only 2 downsides that I could find to the Heartless wheels.  The first is that they tend to go bald quickly; however, after they are regrooved, the new grooves stick around for quite a while.  The second drawback is that these wheels can feel slicker than wider wheels with the same durometer.  This is due to having less surface area to grip the track.  This can be adjusted by going down a durometer than what you would usually use. 

In summary, here is a list of pros and cons...

  • Less hitting of other skaters' wheels
  • Easier to juke
  • Weighs less than standard wheels
  • Regrooves easily
  • Grooves last a long time when regrooved
  • Wide variety of durometers; there is something for all types of surfaces
  • Go bald quickly before they are regrooved
  • Can feel slicker than other wheels with the same durometer
We will be giving away a set of Heartless wheels in the near future, so stay tuned to the G Spot!

Atom Backpack
Speaking of giveaways, right now 2N1 Skate Shoppe is having a contest and will give away an Atom Backpack to one lucky fan.  All you have to do to enter the contest is post a picture of you showing your 2N1 pride on the 2N1 Skate Shoppe's FaceBook page.  They are giving away a backpack to the most kooky, crazy, silly, nutty, or screwy 2N1 enthusiast during the last week of March so you have a little time to post something...shocking.

Until we skate again,

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