New Release: Eastside H20 Rain Wheels
February 1, 2012 1 Comment
Introducing the latest version of our Rain Wheel called the H20. Made from a new mold different from the original version with a new urethane as well. The main difference is that the outside edges are sharper and not as round, giving them more grip on wet pavement. Also the urethane is higher quality and very clear. With a bigger white core and slick new graphic designed by Eric Hovey, we are really excited to finally release them to the masses!
We put the same type of grooves into the new wheels as the original version. With the same spacing that had worked great in the past. An 1/8″ deep by an 1/8″ wide with a half-inch spacing between the two. We figured this out the first time around with extensive testing of various depths and spacing to see how they perform and wear. And came up with this balance of being effective while maintaining speed. With the better thane and sharper outside edges, they are a definite improvement. After getting the first few sets cut into the new wheel we went out and tested them on a really wet day in Portland.
Trying them out on a prototype of the 2012 Carbon DropKick, they gripped amazingly well at one of Portland’s local spots Switchbacks. Pouring down rain with the road completely wet are ideal conditions to be riding them. Displacing the water into the groves allowed them to track super well into the road making it almost feel as if the road were dry. Even though everything else was completely wet and soaked through including my shoes! They gripped so much that I really had to lay it down perform a shut down slide at the end of each run. And when entering the turns with speed they drifted slightly when I took weight off the board and put my puck down. And I could feel they grip back up smoothly as I put weight back onto my board near the end of the turn. No real jerking or slipping of the feet was felt. And they accelerated nicely without loosing much speed out of the turns. All in all I was very happy how they performed and like said seemed to be faster in general than the original version mostly due to the new mold and urethane.
Check out the short video of them in action with some of our team riders versus Alex Tongue riding the Loaded Balut wheels. You can see the difference in traction through the corners and exiting with speed!
As a provider of unique longboard gear we also strive to keep costs low as we are not in it to make a lot of money. Rather to make the best quality and most affordable products we can. Thus we decided to keep the retail price of these puppies the same – $39.99
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