Most wheel companies are just hot air and marketing. Seismic is one of the oldest longboard companies in the world. They have their own urethanes, special cores and a racing pedigree the envy of the whole industry.
In early 2005, Seismic developed the Hot Spot shape to roll through turns faster without compromising grip. Taller and thinner than the Avalon, the Hot Spot features a slightly squared lip that bevels inward at a small angle. It's a perfect complement to your race box and an outstanding choice for all-purpose longboarding, cruising and Old School styling.
When you are racing, and want pure speed, what is important is grip so you can rip. If a wheel can hold its shape, and not dump too much thane on the road then you have a wheel that will last for more than one run. Nothing worse than getting to the bottom of the hill and finding out your wheel is coned, chunked or the square lip now rounded. Seismics BlackOps is made so you can be the fastest all day, not just on the first run!
Why buy this wheel if you are not going to race?
Racing is the ultimate testing ground for a wheel. This wheel has won more slalom races than any other. It is Seismic's best all round longboard wheel. At 69mm it is not too big, it will suit most top mounts and drop thru decks. The wheel keeps it shape, performs every day. Skating them is like having fresh wheels every day!
BlackOps formula: ultimate balance of speed and grip • extreme traction fresh • buttery and smooth broken-in • comfortable and predictable.
Defcon formula: Guinness World Record speed • directional slide • long-lasting grip • slow, consistent wear
Contact Patch: 50mm
Core Placement: Offset
Lip Profile: Dual Square Lips – Outside Beveled, Inside Straight Cut
Wheel Surface: Smooth
Is how a wheel made important?
Every part of a Seismic wheel has been designed and planned. The hub/core of the wheel is the foundation of a great wheel. The 69mm Hot Spot uses what Seismic call their advanced Mini-EC hub, it’s ideal for fast freeride, technical downhill, Tight and Hybrid slalom, and general-purpose cruising.
Not too big and not too small, the Mini-EC hub preserves ample tire thickness while saving over 15 grams per wheel, stiffening the inside edge, and super-charging inside edge rebound.
It is a wheel you have to buy and try to understand how great it really is!