Welcome to another shred-tastic product review. Today we will be looking at the newest wheel in the Volante line-up, the Morgan. Morgans were developed by their namesake, Mr. Liam Morgan, who as we all know can slide for days and tear it up like it's his job (which it is).
Morgans are 70mm wheels that were built to freeride like a shark is built to be dangerous. They rock a 46mm contact patch with a very slightly offset core; only 1mm. Morgans now officially come in two durometers 80a and 82a so you customize the hardness to your liking.
Morgans offer one pretty big benefit when commuting around town; they are beefy. What I mean by that is that the wheels have a lot of thane on them due to their relatively wide contact patch. Having lots of thane makes them nice and massive, and I mean that in the scientific sense of the word...
Get ready to be schooled: Newton's Laws of Motion say that when an object is in motion it will stay in motion unless acted upon by an unbalanced force and that more massive objects take more energy to accelerate or slow down.
I don't think that even Liam would say that these are freestyle wheels, although I don't want to speak for him. I feel this way mostly for the same reason that helps Morgans retain their roll speed, they are massive (or heavy). Generally when people are looking to freestyle I feel that a lighter wheel, maybe something in the 65mm diameter range, is a better choice. Smaller wheels are more freestyle friendly because they are easier to flip around in tricks, lift off the ground, and break into quick little 180 slides. If you are looking for a Volante wheel to trick around on then I would direct to their Checkers model.
Alright, here is where the Morgans start to excel. Coming in at 70mm gives them a nice combination of max roll speed and acceleration when going down a hill. They don't have quite the max speed that a typical 75mm downhill wheel would have, but don't get my wrong, Morgans can definitely go more than fast enough to help you get your adrenaline jollys.
Let's face it, everyone knows it, Freeride is the discipline that Morgans were made for. This is truly where they set themselves apart from other wheels. Based on the general specs of the wheel I didn't think that Morgans would be super duper slidey because they have a wide contact patch (46mm) when compared to other freeride wheels on the market. Generally a wider contact patch equates to a wheel that is more difficult to break into a slide.
Volante Morgans are not the most well rounded wheel for someone looking to throw a ton of freestyle into their daily skate. Where they really shine is going fast and hitting stupid big slides; so I can certainly see why they are a product of Liam Morgan's skating needs. If you are looking for a smooth sliding wheel with a lot of control and a long life span then I would definitely consider Morgans for your next purchase. They are a very solid addition to my quiver and I have really enjoyed stepping my freeride game up on my Morgans.
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My Current Favorite Setup:
-VOLANTE MORGANS 70mm 80a
-Caliber 50* or Surf-Rodz 176mm RKP 45*
-Blood Orange Ultra High Rebound Bushings
-Blood Orange Bushings