Do skate wheels come ready to go? We get that question a lot. For good reason. Most of us start out as skaters that go roller skating at the local rink and rent skates. Taking the time to know all the ins and outs can get overwhelming. We at RollerSkateNation.com want to take some of that guess work out for you!
The wheels do NOT come with bearings (unless other wise noted, like our indoor wheel kit, outdoor wheel kit or the Heart Throb wheels ). If you are replacing your original wheels, you will need to purchase new bearings separate from the wheels. We even made this picture to show you what it looks like in each stage:
One reason we sell them separate, some skates have different size axles. The two sizes available for axles are 7mm or 8mm. Most skates that were recently made, unless customized are 8mm, but not all. This is the inside hole of the bearings, we have to make sure that is the correct size. So we sell roller skate wheels and bearings separate for this reason first. Not all bearings come in both sizes.
Then you add that roller skate wheels and bearings come in so many different styles and price points, yup, lots of options.
We actually have created a really great Learning Center to help you find the right bearings / wheels / everything else for you. Start out with our Bearings 101 info, move on to the Wheels 101. You will feel better equipped to choose the correct skate parts for your favorite roller skates. Though as always we are more than happy to answer any questions you have! Our skate experts love skates, and helping you find the right skates and skate parts for your skating enjoyment!