I know that that Flywheel clones are cheap and clones come in different colors, but they typically have really bad urethane and no chemical bond with the core. They also represent a slap in the face to me and my company who designed the first series of Flywheels and Flywheel Cores back in the year 2000. We did all of the design work, testing, racing, tooling, marketing, and advertising, and the Chinese just knocked us off without having to do any of the heavy lifting. Argh. But I’m not here to whine about the clones, I’m here to let you know that there will be a number of “non-green” Flywheels made right here in the USA in both our Classic and Reflex formulas. We’ve started to co-brand genuine Abec 11 Flywheels. Metroboard is doing red wheels with black cores (and possibly black wheels in the future), Carvon will be doing blue on black, and soon Evolve and others will be bringing out even more colors.
Perhaps even more exciting, Abec 11 is planning on making some new wider “SuperFly” wheels in our exclusive 74a Reflex Formula urethane, They’ll be lime green on orange cores, but other companies may co-brand them in other colors as well. The sizes will include 83mm, 90mm, 97mm and 107mm, and the inside edge will be 100% compatible with all existing flywheel pulley adapters. SuperFly’s are wider to the outside and therefore “offest” instead of centerset. They are a bit like our popular HD wheels, but with the Flywheel core. They have a much wider contact patch and a more flexible outside lip than the “Classic” Flywheels. I want to also provide 32T, 34T, 36T, 38T, and 40T wheel pulleys that you can slip into OR bolt into Flywheels with or without a pulley bearing. We’ll be testing these out in a 71a durometer to see how the hold up. The 74a is already butter smooth, but we need to know how soft Reflex can go.
I’d encourage all the eSk8 companies to co-brand some Abec 11 Flywheels in order to get great urethane in more colors out there. I’ll do everything that I can to support the electric skateboard industry with wheels, trucks, bushings, bearings, pulleys, and motor mounts - the mechanical side of things.
Chris Chaput Abec 11 Genuine Flywheels, proudly made in Huntington Beach, CA *** USA ***