Our buddy Wayne Capps has been spending some more time on Bustin wheels to help us get an idea of their strengths and weaknesses. Check out the reviews he’s come up with for the Boca and Premier wheels!
Boca, Crusher of Cities
The shape, however, lends itself to high performance in multiple disciplines. The idea behind the shape of the wheels is that you can do whatever you’re looking to do with a wheel based on how you ride it. For example, if you were to slide this guy all day, the edges would wear down and you would have yourself a nice slide wheel. On the other hand, if you were to only downhill on these sons of guns, the hard edges would stay there and you would be able to get that downhill performance from it.
I personally requested the 66mm Bocas for a few reasons:
1) they look like they are pretty light
2) the look like they can be broken in really nicely
3) they would go great on my Mini Maestro for commuting and freestyle
Lets just say… I was right, haha.
I slapped these on my Mini Maestro for a tight light thrasher that could haul around campus, hit people slalom hard, perform on medium hills, and tear it up with some flippy tricks. I’m happy to say these wheels could do ALL those things really well.
I wanted to break these wheels in fast and best way to do that is to slide! So on day one I was riding it to campus and hitting standing 180s all the way… or at least trying… These wheels were surprisingly sticky, so much so that they actually caught me off guard at first. I guess I had been riding too many pre-broken in freeride wheels lately, haha. Being so sticky definitely has its benefits though.
People slalom on these wheels is awesome! They grip hard on each carve so that you can really speed off in that opposite direction. I ride my board anywhere and everywhere including all over my 30,000 student campus so there are times when you need your wheels to be responsive under your feet. The Bocas were up to the task and then some. Before being broken in the grip was pretty insane for a hybrid wheel like these but still retained a high degree of function grip after being broken in.
I put these wheels on a 32 inch campus demolisher which is awesome, but not the best downhill set up. So obviously I have never taken these wheels super fast, but I have taken them on some nice intermediate hills. The Bocas took the speed well, and after they were a little broken in could shave speed and spin quick 180s like nobody’s business. I would be eager to try the big ol’ 75mm Boca wheels on some bigger slopes.
Having such light responsive wheels was super cool for freestyle time. A lot of people get really caught up in putting the biggest wheels they can fit onto their longboard, I tend to go in the opposite direction more often than not. Having these little 66mm dudes on my setup made manuals and flippy tricks effortless.
This is going to be a weird sentence to say, but where I truly think these wheels shine is everywhere. What I mean is that I don’t think you can pin these wheels down to one discipline. They aren’t as good at any one type of riding that a wheel designed for that riding would be, but they are pretty freaking good at ALL types of riding. Which I think is really cool, because I have ridden a whole mess of different wheels in my time, and these are probably one of the more versatile sets.
Anyone out looking for a wheel they can throw on a set-up that they want to do everything and anything on? Well check out the Bustin Boca line. They have really won me over!
The Premier of Speed
I have recently been working on getting better and better at downhill in my longboarding endeavors. It has been a long, scary road full of adrenaline and tons of ungodly speed. I’m kind of a cautious skater, as a rule of thumb, so going really fast has been a bit of challenge for me, but I’m really starting to get hooked/already am hooked. I have been downhilling every weekend for the past two months and my skills have definitely increased many fold and I can see why so many people love it so much. Bustin Boards sent me over a set of their new Premier Formula wheels to try out, and since I am getting more and more into downhill these couldn’t have come at a better time.
The very first thing that I noticed was that they were super mega grippy out of the box, in fact if I were to press the wheels together a few minutes they would stick together, haha. Let’s get into some wheel specs real quick, sooooo the Premier Formulas are 70mm and come in three durometers, 78a, 80a, and 82a. The wheels have a 55mm contact path and hard squared lips. I went with the middle ground as far as durometer is concerned and got the 80a wheels which I figured would do everything I was looking for in a downhill wheel.
I have already mentioned how grippy these wheels seemed right out of the box, well, that held true when on the road as well. The first place I took these wheels (cause I was excited to ride them) was just to class. UNC Chapel Hill, my campus, is paved entirely in brick so you definitely feel the commute on a longboard as you clatter along. However, these wheels absorbed a whole bunch of those vibrations and were super speedy. They were also really really fun to pump with, unlike some of my freeride wheels, I could thrash these back and forth as hard as I wanted to without them breaking their traction. Meaning I was a pumping machine on my way to and from class and work. To put it a little more mathematically:
(Premier Wheels) + (Pumping) = (No Putting Your Feet Down) + (FUN)
These wheels are what I consider to be a perfect size for like 99% of your longboarding needs. They are 70mm which means that have an initial acceleration that is faster than a large wheel, and they are nice wide. Being nice and wide gives them a little more momentum than a more narrow wheel which gives them what I consider to be their signature characteristic. These wheels are wide with a bunch a weight behind them which means they hold speed for sooooo long. They can literally grab on the momentum you get going downhill and hold it for what seems like forever. They are such a sick ride. I feel their ability to accelerate quickly and to hold speed for a super long time are what really makes these wheels shine in downhill. They are just fast. If I was every asked to summarize these wheels in one word it would just be; FAST.
These wheels definitely need to be broken in before you get really nice consistent slides. I broke my in by taking them downhill with me and doing glove-down kills slides at the end of my run. It took a while to get them to slide how I wanted them to (it also took some wheel rotations to keep the wear even) but once they got there they were nice sliders. They are not the type of wheels that are going to be super easy to bust low speed 180 standies on, but they are nice wheels to slide on doing downhill and slides going a bit faster. They work really well with gloves, however my favorite has always been standing slides and these guys speed check really nicely.
If you have ever wanted a really really really really fast 70mm wheel then look no further than the Bustin Premiers. They accelerate quickly, have tons of grip, and hold speed for eons. I am currently rocking them on my downhill setup and love them. It’s going to be a while before I find a downhill wheel that I like more than these!”