Contact Patch

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Contact patch of a MODE 99A Freestyle Wheel

A Contact Patch is the area of the wheel that actually makes contact with the ground. Freestyle wheels traditionally have a wider contact patch than street wheels because wider offset wheels are necessary for protecting the axle and providing stability for Rail Tricks. A wheel with a wider Contact Patch may feel a little sluggish, but also very stable. A narrower Contact Patch will be more responsive and quicker turning than a wider one, so former street skaters may feel more comfortable with these.