Now, I’m not the best at techsliding, and when I say that I mean, I’ve never really done techsliding at all. BUT I did grow up skateboarding and powerslides are definitely common place. SO I decided to see how well the Sublime / Abec 11 Fernando Yuppie 62mm Powerslides actually performed. At first I was actually confused because they are a slide wheel but they come with the tread grooved into them. I feel like they would be more effective with no tread from the get go.
And then the fun begins! First few slides were rough but once I got the tread worn down the Fernando Yuppies were pretty fun!
Once you get these wheels worn in I can completely see why techsliding on them would be fun. I was skeptical at first because I can pretty much flat spot any wheel out there. Every wheel company out there claims that they have a “no flat spot” formula and the only wheels I haven’t ever been able to flat spot are Powell Bones STF‘s and SPF‘s. BUT The Anti Flat Spot 100a urethane formula that Abec 11 uses in these is turning out to surprise me. Im not quite sure how they did it because so many wheel companies like Spitfire, RIcta, OJ, have been out there forever making street wheels and yet Abec 11 was the ones who figured how to make a more durable wheel. I bet a bunch of skateboarding companies would be pretty bummed out to know that a longboarding company is making a wheel that kind of puts theirs to shame! Regardless, I am stoked because these wheels are going to be fun trying to wear down as much as possible.
Turns out they are great for street skating too. There really would be no reason for them not to be! There was this little step nearby so I had to do a couple little stalls on it.
Truthfully the shape is actually great for things other than just techsliding as well! I know these are things that the world of longboarding arent too concerned with, however, I do have faith that more and more people will embrace all sides of skating and pick up a skateboard here and there as well! The way the wheels cone in paired with how wide they are make them great for locking tricks in on ledges, coping, and whatnot. The ones I have set up on here are still 62mm but once I get them down to about 58mm I will definitely be mashing around some parks on them.