I was stoked to be granted the opportunity to check out a new wheel on the market, Tiger Tuesdays, a wheel created by the crew over at Tiger Skate Designs. In case you haven't heard of Tiger Skate Designs let me fill you in a little bit. Tiger started out making slide pucks a year or so back and only recently delved into the world of wheels. Tuesdays are their first attempt at a wheel and Tiger obviously decided to center it around a pretty popular riding style, freeride.
When you have a wheel that comes in at 70mm it basically means you are going to get a nice balance between roll speed and weight. Tiger Tuesdays do not disappoint in this balance. For those of you reading one of my reviews for the first time let me tell you a little secret. I commute on my board a lot. I'm not talking just a skate to and from a few buildings on campus... I spend at least a solid 40 minutes a day pushing to and from work.
|TJ, my photographer, is not as enthused to be on a skateboard as I am
To be perfectly frank, you aren't going to see anyone winning the world's biggest races on Tiger Tuesdays. Tuesdays just don't have the shape for it. 70mm wheels are definitely large enough to get you going and going fast as hell, but a larger wheel with a little more momentum will obviously get you slightly faster. I have taken my Tuesdays on some of my favorite downhill runs and found them to have at least a couple nice attribute for going fast.
I know that Tiger Tuesdays were not really designed as a freestyle specific wheel, but damn are they good at it. Tuesdays are light, have a freestyle friendly contact patch, and a urethane formula that lends itself to kicking out into a quick slide or two.
Tuesdays are definitely a good all around wheel but I know for a fact that they were constructed to slide.... and slide well. I have only just started holding out big boy standies (and by that I mean like 25 feet on a good day) and I have been hitting all those big slides on my Tuesdays.
Every wheel on the planet has it ups and downs and Tuesdays are no exception. I would venture to say that the biggest downside to Tiger Tuesdays is that they thane so much. I'm calling this a downside (even though some people LOVE leaving thane) because dropping lots of thane on the ground is essentially leaving your wheel on the ground. This translates to a wheel that is going to wear down pretty quickly. However, I will give Tuesdays this, having ridden wheels that thane a similar amount it would appear as though Tuesdays do have a longer life.
The Bottom Line
Would I recommend Tiger Tuesdays to a friend?
My friends would freaking love Tuesdays. Mostly because in Chapel Hill we don't have a ton of long technical downhill runs but we have tons of hills for freeride. Tuesdays are a good wheel for a lot of things, but freeride is really where they excel. I have really enjoyed pushing my freeride game up to bigger and better slides with my Tuesdays and I think that anyone looking for a 70mm freeride wheel should place Tiger Tuesdays pretty high on their list.
|I'll leave you with this shot of my plumber's crack, haha
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