Recently I have the opportunity to try out the non SR branded Foamies from one of the local esk8 reseller in Malaysia and I’ve clocked around 30 kilometres on it, not a whole lot but I’ve done the runs at a car free route that has variety of road conditions
I’ve first known of the existence of the non SR branded foamies from my Ownboard guy in China and asked for the price, I was told that they will still cost approx 600+ yuan (USD$ 85) per set so I didn’t want to spend the money before trying it out…I’m currently running on the 90mm boosted stratus clones with offset core and I have to say they are really great compared to my previous 97mm flywheel clones…
TL;DR at the end of this post
I’ve listed down the general pros and cons of the wheel based on my own usage and experience.
- Huge size @ 120mm so there’s freaking a LOT of thane right there, if you’re using anything smaller than 97mm then you’ll feel the size difference.
- Grooves on the contact patch meaning better grip on slippery surface albeit not as grippy as pneumatics.
- ABEC core so pulleys are easy to come by.
- Cheaper than SR branded Foamies.
- Huge size meaning lesser acceleration, higher top speed but I’m not a top speed guy so the lost of acceleration is a big hit for me, I felt that the board felt noticeably slower in the acceleration after 25kph.
- These wheels are heavy as heck at approx 500 grams/wheel so it will increase the board’s weight substantially.
- You might get wheel bite depending on your deck but I didn’t get any on my W2 deck + caliber trucks combo.
- There’s a humming vibration when you’re riding on smooth surface like cement and tiles, less noticeable when on rough surface like tarmac.
- Free roll reduced a lot as i noticed the distance is much shorter and the board feels like it’s braking due to the grooves on the wheel.
- On smoother tarmac, it does feel a little different compared to the 90mm but very minimal, it feel different but not better per say. The 90mm wheels were pretty ok for my riding so this foamies didn’t really excel in this part.
- On rough tarmac, the vibrations are much lesser but riding them for a prolonged period will still numb my feet. During my test, there’s a stretch of rough tarmac of approximately 700 metre and I’ve always had numb feet after riding them on my 90mm, but I felt a little bit better on the foamies so I would say there’s just a little difference between the 2 wheels.
- On cobble stones/brick roads, they feel exactly the same as the 90mm wheels…feet went to shit after that LOL
I’ve snap some photos of the wheels comparing to my 90mm and also how it looks when it’s on the board, you can see them here - https://imgur.com/a/1mdH5H4
All in all, I would say it’s a good buy only if you have the additional money to spare because imho the improvement is quite little that I don’t think spending the $ 85 is worth it considering it’s double of the price for my 90mm boosted stratus clones
I might missed out some things that is minor so if you have any question, please do comment below and I will try my best to share my views on it
TL;DR - ride comfort improvement is minimal, not so worth the price, huge size can be a plus/minus according to your taste…
A little update on the cloudwheels I tested previously…
I’ve recently tested the cloudwheels again on the Ownboard bamboo gt and noticed that it was performing much better than the one I tested previously…
But this set isn’t the same as the previous ones cos the previous set that I tested wear totally blanked out Thane, so I couldn’t actually see if they have the foam inside or not…the new set is the translucent ones so I could see clearly that the foams are inside
They perform really well on the Ownboard and does absorb a lot of vibration on tarmac and brick roads but the contact patch is still very narrow and I did slid twice while carving slightly harder than usual…
All in all they are pretty good wheels for those that can accept the lose of torque and also it’s huge size, I’m still not a fan solely because the narrow contact patch…