From the guys who started Navigator trucks comes Deville wheels out of the sweltering heat of Tempe Arizona. This is a brand new wheel company, and are made by creative urethane right here in the USA. These guys don’t have any of their product made overseas and even back their product so much that they garuntee against flatspots. Afer looking at their myspace page I’m going to take a wild guess and say Skreetch rides these wheels because they have abunch of pictures of him up, but then again I could be wrong so don’t go starting a crap-talking thread about how I said Skreetch rides for Deville wheels when he doesn’t. They make a 52 and 56 mm. wheel, and have plans to make a 62 mm. wheel in the near future.
Ok down to business, I went out and rode these wheels in a variety of different terrains and was impressed by how well they rode. I ride a 62 mm. wheel normally, so when they said they were sending me 56 mm. wheels I wasn’t throwing my arms up in the air and giving a Homer insipired Woohoo! I set the wheels up anyways, and went skating. First spot I went was a ditch with numerous cracks, rocks, dirt and everything you would expect in a ditch. I didn’t really expect these wheels to be as fast as my normal wheels just because of the major size difference, but I really didn’t notice myself going any slower than normal. The wheels are 97A which helped when riding the rough, pitted concrete, but didn’t give the wheels that annoying soft wheel lugging feeling. Next spot I tried these out was at a skatepark where I skated the street course, snake run, and bowl. The wheels performed great and gave me the same feeling as riding a 62 mm. wheel, but being lower to the ground made it easier to pop an ollie or two as I flowed around the park. After that I rode a wooden mini ramp and again these wheels gripped well, and maintained a good speed.
After riding these wheels in a few different skating circumstances I think Deville nailed and created a wheel that could both grip well and carry speed. Look for more out of Deville wheels soon including some new sizes.