Stefano Barbizzi is usually skating with his Gipsy bros Simone Barbizzi, Filippo Salerni and Alessio Damato, but this time he goes on a solo run down one of his local runs in the outskirts of Milan, Italy. He got hooked up with a couple of sets of the Olson&Hekmati Pro Grip wheels and took them out for few test runs.
Tight turns, smooth pre-drifts and beautiful scenery. This run has it all.
Olson&Hekmati Pro Grip 83a overview
Olson&Hekmati Pro Grip wheels come in at 76mm tall, have a contact patch of 63mm, feature a large core and sharp lips. These come in two duros – 79a and 83a. The 83a wheels have a great durability and ability to offer a consistent amount of grip while having a fast roll speed and providing with smooth slides.
Here’s a couple of photos that Stefano snapped with his phone:
“After 5 runs the lips are still sharp, and the skin is still intact.” ~ Stefano Barbizzi
How is the durability?
The sharp inner lips and large core provide for a fast roll speed and a huge amount of durability; allowing the wheel’s lips and skin to be fresh for longer.
The wheel’s sharp lips, along with the 63mm wide contact patch allows for a high level of traction, as well as a super snappy hook-up, allowing you to get through a corner with maximum speed.
Uses for the O&H Pro Grip wheels
The Olson&Hekmati wheels are best used in fast downhill skateboarding, due to the large amount of grip they have, great durability, fast roll speed and the smooth slides they provide.
The Pro Grips are also highly recommended for LDP, Pumping and Downhill Racing. They shine in LDP due to the large diameter and core, meaning the wheel will roll faster and maintain that speed for longer. They will be excellent for pumping, as you can run a split durometer setup, with the White 79a in back and the Orange 83a in front. They will roll fast and grip hard, allowing for tight, agile pumping.
I would recommended the Pro Grip wheels to any experienced riders looking to step up their downhill and racing game, or someone whom is looking to get into downhill racing more often and wants a wheel with predictable grip and smooth slides.
The 83a durometer Pro Grips are going to be better for winding roads, or runs where you need to be drifting through corners, but don’t want to shed too much speed. I would suggest the 79a durometer for faster runs, gripping corners and being able to lose speed in drifts before corners.
Where to buy Olson&Hekmati Pro Grip wheels
Overall, the Pro Grips are a predictable sliding, hard gripping, fast race wheel, highly recommended for fast downhill riding. Priced at around 69.90 €, you can get them in these online stores: