American company Bones Wheels, based in Santa Barbara, California, specialises in high quality skateboard wheels, and also offers accessories, protective gear and clothing, including T-shirts, jackets, caps, beanies and belts. Bones is part of the Skate One distribution family, which also includes skate companies such as Bones Bearings, Bones Brigade, Powell Peralta, Mini Logo Skateboards and These Wheels .
Many of the world finest skaters use Bones Wheels – the company’s pro team features the legendary Tony Hawk, plus riders such as Adam Dyet, Chad Bartie, Dakota Servold, Jeremy Wray, Kevin Kowalski, Sierra Fellers and Taylor Bingaman. There is also an am team including Lizzie Armanto, TJ Rogers, Ryan Reyes and the McClung brothers, Trent and Trevor.
The Bones range features wheels with diameters of between 49mm and 62mm, divided into three categories – Street Tech Formula, All-Terrain Formula and the popular Skatepark Formula, specifically formulated to resist flatspotting on slick or smooth surfaces. There are also Bones-branded high-performance HardCore Bushings, which are described as ‘double action’ (ie both sides of the bushing resist the skater’s turning force).
Bones Wheels have also released a couple of top-drawer full-length videos featuring many of its star riders. 2011’s The Bones Video had excellent parts from Dyet, Bartie, David Gravette and Ryan Decenzo, while New Ground, released in February 2013, was filmed and edited by Jared Lucas, and had stand-out parts from Ben Raybourn and Jared Huss. A highlights package of New Ground was released in 2014 to mark the film’s first anniversary.