Skateboarding Product Reviews

Alien Workshop Wheels 52mm

How the hell do you review a wheel? They are the nubs that have always been there knocking about with your bearings. Not a great deal of thought has even entered my pringle* like mind of the pros and conʼs before.

To start you could comment on its width, kind of slim, not bulbous or tapered at the end. Weighing in a 52mm these arenʼt no dirt crushers, in fact there perfect in size; minimizing the overall rig weight yet not small enough to find yourself being slammed into the rear of a bus as you were looking a yet another banger in summer attire and not noticing the remains of a once loved mobile phone. I digress. The maiden voyage for this set of wheels saw a stealth session at Brixton beach, and yes sir, new wheels + new concrete = the mambo.

I did find myself hacking through Trafalgar square one night last week and, I don’t know if you have ever skated that strip, but its real haggard. A total feet buzzer and the rounded piles of urethane hanging off the end of me trucks, at the time 2 1/2 months old ripped! Not a single flat spot, chip or abrasion has occurred during my affair with these Alien Workshop pieces, so I can not say a bad word about them, they may not be for you vert or bowl bruits out there although I do like a bowl, no vert; canʼt seem to keep hold of the contents of my lower intestine. Oh and did i mention these are graced by the graphics of one of the best bands to grace our ears ever – Dinosaur Jr? Well, there’s another reason to have these beauties..


* Dr. Fredric J. Baur was so proud of having designed the container for Pringles he requested that upon his death he be buried in one. Dr. Baur, a retired organic chemist and food storage technician who specialized in research and development and quality control for Procter & Gamble, died May 4. Rest In Pringles!