Saturday, June 15, 2013
Straight Butter -- Sector 9 Butterball Review
Welcome to some thoughts on Sector 9 Butterballs, a freeride wheel that drops epic amounts of thane. If you have been into the freeriding scene for any significant amount of time then you will have definitely heard of the fabled Butterballs.
One of the great things about coming in two sizes is that you can choose a Butterball that is suited to your riding style. I found this really came in handy with when I was setting up a commuting board. Some people are all about the roll the speed when pushing through town; I am of a different train of thought. I really like having a very nimble and light board when commuting. It makes kicking to speed from a complete stop, ollies, and quick slides much easier.
Here is another discipline where I think that smaller wheels have a clear advantage. Lighter wheels make for easier flip tricks because you don't have as much bulk to throw around. I think it is true whether you are manualing, hitting a simple shove-it, or tre-flipping off of a bajillion stairs; smaller wheels are where it is at.
Let me perfectly clear with you, if you are looking for a downhill wheel Butterballs are not the way to go. You should look into something actually intended to hold a line and to have a nice roll speed. Many companies offer a ton of downhill or race wheels, Sector 9 included, so try and look in that direction. If you only have one set of wheels, which happen to be Butterballs, and you are dying to hit some mountain passes I can at least give you a little insight.
Everyone knows it! This is what Butterballs were made for. Sector 9 wanted to make an impact on the freeride market with these wheels and I would say that their mission was accomplished.
Butterballs slide for freaking days. It doesn't matter if you are rocking the 65mm or 70mm version you are going to have some serious sliding in your future. I recommend the 70mm Butterballs for freeride because it gives more thane to leave on the ground.
It can't all be good
The biggest downside to Butterballs is definitely their life span. It is just one of those wheels where you have to weigh the cost-benefit ratio. For like 30 bucks you get a wheel that slides great, leaves tons of thane, and dies quickly. You just have to decide if it is worth it to you.
Would I recommend Sector 9 Butterballs to a friend?
I would recommend Butterballs to anyone looking to slide. That is not even a question in my mind. The slide is top notch for such a cost effective wheel. I would also recommend the 65mm Butterballs to any longboarders out there who like a dabble in freestyle and freeride. The 65's are a great union between the two disciplines without sacrificing performance.
Any questions, comments, concerns, stickers, jokes???
Send them my way!
My Current Favorite Setups:
-SECTOR 9 70MM BUTTERBALLS
-Blood Orange Bushings
-Surf-Rodz Indeesz (TKP)
-SECTOR 9 65MM BUTTERBALLS
-Blood Orange Bearings
and as always... a helmet and some fragrant Holesom pucks