My list, from best to worst:
- 97mm 77a Evolve wheels
- 85mm 76a light blue Caguama wheels
- 90mm 78a Popoca wheels
- 85mm 80a orange Caguama wheels
- 80mm 80a orange Kegel wheels
My kegels started chunking in just a few weeks of use, probably due to the sharp side edges.
I’ve tested my orange Caguamas for the longest, and I’m surprised they’ve held up so well despite riding them on horrible UK roads. A bit hard, but not a bad wheel.
I haven’t extensively tested the Popoca wheels and my blue Caguamas, but the blue Caguamas offer a surprisingly smooth and predictable ride, which lets me have confidence in my board. The Popoca wheels are very similar. They’re super bouncy, and even 5mm larger than the Caguamas, yet, because the Caguamas are a bit softer, when riding on cobblestone you can definitely tell that the Caguamas glide along a bit better. Also, the Caguamas aren’t center set, so riding down or up a curb diagonally should feel a bit better with them.
If you’re into color, go for the Popocas because they don’t turn into that nasty piss green color the Caguamas do, but in terms of ride quality, the light blue Caguamas are the best urethane wheels I’ve ever tried.
(Another thing I thought I’d mention: The Popocas have the kegel core flipped, so I had to put electrical tape over the poles of my press-fit pulley for a secure fit. Kinda beats the purpose of having a press-fit pulley that’s easy to attach)
Sept. 22nd update:
Tried Evolve’s new wheels on my friend’s Haya: they feel a bit nicer than my caguamas, but they’re also quite large and definitely more expensive. If price and weight doesn’t matter to you, then they’re the best, but given how similar the Caguamas feel, I think those are still no. 1 in my book.