90mm MEGAWATT Wheels


DH, LDP, ESK8, Cruising • Sold in sets of FOUR wheels

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90mm tall x 58mm wide MEGAWATT Wheels
53mm x 46mm TURBINE hub (NEW!) • Bearing seat offset 8.6% • 53mm running surface • Radiused outside edge, beveled inside edge
11.0 oz. each • Sold in sets of FOUR wheels

More miles per hour, distance per push, and blocks per watt!
• The world’s fastest urethane and most progressive hub-and wheel engineering bring unparalleled rebound and superior energy efficiency to a huge 90mm-diameter shape.
• Higher top speeds, longer push distances, and extended ESK8 battery life and riding range!
• Next-level weight-saving Turbine™ hub features bigger vent holes for more accessible e-board pulley adapter fitting.
• Hub structure ingeniously sculpted for highly-optimized routing of wheel rebound energy.
• Width, edge profiles, and bearing seat offset finely calibrated for race-style grip and more consistent wear.
• Half-millimeter concave running surface preloads edges, sharpens grip, enhances rebound.
• Surprisingly quick, smooth, and agile handling for its size, even through hard corners. In a class by itself!

Poured in DEFCON™ – the world’s fastest urethane!
• With a remarkable set of unique and highly-advanced properties, Seismic’s DEFCON ultra-high-rebound urethane is the fastest formula in the history of skateboard racing, bar none.
• Credited with virtually every significant world speed and distance record – including the official Guinness Standup mark (91.17 mph / 146.73 kph), the official Guinness Street Luge mark (101.83 mph / 163.88 kph), the official Guinness Standup Slide mark (73.34 mph / 117.35 kph), and the Long-Distance Push Mile, Marathon, and 24-Hour Ultra marks!
• Defcon’s superior energy efficiency means not just higher speeds and longer push distances, but also noticeably longer battery life and rolling range on your e-board! (If not yet available, ask your favorite e-board brands to offer pulley adapters fitted to the Turbine hub.)
• Available in two finely-tuned durometers, both with predictable handling and slow, consistent wear…
– 74A Mango: Fast, smooth, grippy, and lively underfoot. An optimal balance of properties for most surface conditions.
– 76A Mint: Ideal for smoother surfaces. Very fast roll with friendlier slide characteristics. Excellent durability.

The TURBINE™ core – NEW!
• Integrates nearly 20 years of advanced hub R&D.
• 53mm tall x 46mm wide – the largest and most supportive hub ever seen in a wheel this size.
• Formed from 85D fiber-reinforced thermoplastic – the toughest hub material in the industry – with robust bearing lugs.
• Eight (8) contoured crossbeams (hollowed-out for lightness and aesthetics) combine with deep, wide “saddle” profile to create robust edge support and ironclad 3D mechanical lock with urethane.
• Central crossbeams act as internal “turbine blades” that continuously catch and guide Defcon’s superior rolling rebound energy with perfect balance and revolutionary efficiency.  Boosts both speed and e-board range to another level!
• Stiff saddle walls trap and return lateral wheel flex energy to supercharge rebound out of pumps, carves, and tight corners.


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The Science Behind DEFCON Urethane

Modern urethane is composed of three basic ingredients:
• Small hard molecules (called chain extenders or cross linkers) that form a tough skeletal matrix.
• Larger elastic molecules (called polyols) that rely on the supportive structure of the chain extenders to function like muscle cells.
• A reactive glue (isocyanate) that holds everything together in three dimensions, like tendons connecting muscle to bone.

Defcon incorporates a revolutionary blend of advanced chain extenders that makes room for an extra helping of a top-grade polyol mix. Think of it as a sprinter with bones made of an advanced composite, like carbon nanotube. Since the “skeleton” is slimmer as well as stronger, more fast-twitch muscle can be packed around it, with no increase in overall volume. In addition, Defcon is more pliant than other formulas in the same durometer. The result is a larger contact patch or footprint, which translates to unique grip and control characteristics, as well as a smoother, more buttery feeling.


Small bubbles on the angled inside wheel faces are not uncommon – especially in the case of higher-end urethane formulas (which are often thicker during the pouring process) and race-style wheels with steeply-sloped inside faces.  These small bubbles are actually a sign that the wheels were truly gravity-poured at a relatively low temperature (“cold-poured”), instead of injection-molded under high heat and pressure (which speeds production but compromises urethane performance). Because of this “cold” pouring of thicker material, air trapped in the urethane brew rises to the top of the mold cup (the inside faces) more slowly, and sometimes creates small bubbles as the material sets. Bubbles like these have no effect whatsoever on wheel performance or durability.  In fact, a great many elite international competitions (including World Championships) have been won on Seismic wheels with small bubbles on the inside faces.

Exception: If one or more of your wheels has large bubbles right on the outside lip, or at the interface between the urethane and the hub, please contact us with photos for evaluation.

More rarely, extremely small, froth-like bubbles can form on the running surfaces, and these may become visible during the early “break-in” period as the tiny bubbles fill in with dirt and grime from the road. Continued light riding quickly wears through these minuscule bubbles, and they pose no performance concern whatsoever.

Gouges and Tears

Seismic and 3dm wheels are poured at the world’s leading wheel factory, using the world’s finest urethane. We’ve conducted extensive lab tests that subject wheels to extreme stresses as they roll on a smooth drum simulating a uniform road. Our wheels never tear or chunk under these lab conditions.

But chunks and tears are an ever-present risk as flexible urethane wheels roll, turn, slide, and impact on imperfect surfaces in the real world.

Even the best auto and bike tires can go flat if they roll over nails or glass. Likewise, even the best skateboard wheels can tear on nails, glass, gravel, pebbles, and small sharp residue on roads that otherwise seem smooth. In both cases, the damage is almost always a matter of physics and bad luck, not product defect. Probably only wheels made of steel would be 100% resistant to tears and chunks!

Seismic follows the basic protocol of the auto and bike industries. We evaluate each report on its own merit, and we occasionally replace torn wheels on a courtesy basis. But we don’t otherwise warranty wheels damaged by sharp surface elements without very clear evidence of product defect.

The most common causes of tearing and chunking include:
sliding and hard cornering at higher speeds on rough surfaces
drifting onto road shoulders and rolling / sliding over gravel, rocks, glass, and dirt
rolling over sharp breaks in the riding surface, such as sidewalk edges – especially when most of the wheel loses contact and the lip bears all the load as it rolls over the sharp edge
kick-turning on rough surfaces, which can shred the edges of longboard wheels in a single afternoon
hard impacts – such as rolling over big bumps or cracks without unweighting; losing control and shooting the board into a curb; landing a board flip on the wheel edges; and missing a high board toss

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A tear that runs along a significant portion of a wheel’s circumference (see photos above) is clear evidence that damage occurred as the wheel rolled or slid over a sharp surface element.

Harder wheels, and wheels with rounded edges, don’t catch as easily on jagged surface features. Softer wheels, and wheels with sharper edges, are more vulnerable to damage – especially in extreme heat; or under heavier, faster, more aggressive riders.

Soft urethane can even totally absorb bits of glass, jagged pebbles, and beer-can tabs. These objects can then work their way deep into a wheel and later split it open from the inside. (Think of the “Aliens” films!)

High-rebound race formulas – like Seismic Defcon™ – are somewhat more vulnerable to tearing. Their faster rate of energy return is only possible because they have an inherently “looser” molecular structure. But experienced racers generally agree that the added speed is worth it. Before doing any slides, we recommend breaking in all Defcon race wheels by riding them on a very smooth surface for 5 or 10 minutes – until the glossy outermost “skin” is gone.

Very tall, narrow race wheels (like the Seismic 85mm Speed Vent) may be more vulnerable to tearing and chunking, for at least two reasons: 1) The longer “lever arm” between the axle and lips amplifies forces acting on the edges; and 2) Those forces are not distributed across a wide contact patch. On very rare occasions, an air bubble trapped in a wheel lip can break open under normal riding stresses on good surfaces. Remnants of burst bubbles are fairly easy to see, and we replace such wheels. But the riding surface is definitely the culprit if more than one wheel in a set of four has torn or chunked. (It is incredibly unlikely that one set would include multiple wheels with large air bubbles on the lip.)

Longboard Freestyle – Board Impacts and Wheel Damage

The Seismic Encores are among the most durable wheels ever developed for Longboard Dance and Freestyle – extremely resistant to bearing and hub blowout.  However, ANY soft wheel used for Longboard Freestyle can suffer severe damage as a result of repeated extreme impacts to the edges – typically from missed high board flips.

If you land a street trick wrong, you may snap the deck.  In the case of Longboard Freestyle, if you DON’T land a high board toss – and let the rapidly-spinning board fall from high in the sky onto the edge of a single wheel – you may damage the wheel (and also bend the truck axle).  This damage can include scrapes and micro-separations at the hub interface; chunked or cracked tires; and even hub blowout.

Typically a Freestyle Longboard is rotating on both axes while it is rising and falling.  This rapid spinning motion can multiply the vertical impact force by orders of magnitude, vastly increasing the risk of severe damage if the edge of a single wheel bears the full brunt of the blow.

Think of your Freestyle Longboard as an axe, and the wheel as the axe blade.  An axe that is thrown with spin strikes (and cuts) with exponentially more force than an axe that is thrown without spin.  The extreme force impacting the side of a wheel after a missed high board toss can be compared to an axe thrown with spin – or even an axe that is raised overhead by its handle and struck down with full body strength.

In addition, longboard freestylers sometimes miss a flip and crash-land on the exact side of the board.  This is another way that modern longboard freestyle can exert truly explosive force on wheels from any maker.

If the wheel graphic has been entirely worn away, this is a clear sign that the wheel has repeatedly undergone severe impacts – impacts strong enough to collapse the outside edge and grind the graphic against the riding surface.  No skateboard wheel can endure an infinite number of such impacts.  Typically these impacts also grind at the outside interface between the urethane and the hub.  This can accelerate deterioration of the bond between urethane and hub and make hub blowout more likely.

These forms of wheel damage are not the result of product defect, but of a massive impact (or repeated impacts) to the side of the wheel.  We do not warranty wheels (or trucks) that are damaged in this way – except as an occasional courtesy if the products are brand new.

Wheel Rub

Before skating any new setup for the first time, you should always test on carpet for the possibility of wheel rub. Wheel rub is a “systems issue,” related to the total deck-wheel-truck combination. The manufacturers of individual components can’t guarantee that you won’t get wheel rub when combining their product with parts from other companies. The axle height and tilt range of Seismic trucks were carefully engineered for maximum performance options. If you’re experiencing wheel rub, your best solution is to use more riser under your trucks, and/or smaller wheels, and/or a deck with wheel wells or wheel cutouts. If your bodyweight is on the high side, another issue to consider is torsional deck flexion. Under the weight of heavy skaters, decks twist more than normal. This means that the deck actually flexes toward the wheels during turns (especially at the nose), making wheel bite more likely. Extra-large skaters should consider choosing stiffer, thicker decks, possibly with concave, to gain more torsional stiffness.

Wheel Wobbles

Wobbly wheels (wheels with misaligned cores) show up now and then, no matter what brand you’re talking about. It’s just a fact of life, even with the most modern technologies used to mold skateboard wheels. Of course, we do our absolute best to minimize the number of wheels that are wobbly. Wheels with significant wobbles – with cores so out of alignment that performance is effected – are rare. Unfortunately, we cannot entirely eliminate wobblers and still offer wheels at prices that most skateboarders can afford. If one out of four of your wheels seems to have a significant wobble, you got very unlucky. Please contact us about the wobble (or other defect) before riding the wheels, and we’ll work with you to figure out what’s up. If the problem is real, we’ll take care of it. Just note that if you have a genuinely bad wheel, we will replace the problem wheel but not the whole set of wheels. We make no exceptions to this policy. Also, if you’ve logged a lot of miles on the wheel, it’s too late. A well-worn wheel is one that you got your money’s worth from! The odds are incredibly low that two or more of your wheels have a significant wobble. If you think you have more than one wobbly wheel, you may be expecting too much. Aerospace tolerances are impossible to deliver at affordable prices. Miniscule wobbles – the type that you have to strain to see, the type that you can’t notice in any way when you’re riding – are common and do not effect performance. In fact, they normally disappear or diminish as wheels break in. If you’re unsure about one or more of your wheels, first check to make sure you have bearing spacers of the correct size (0.400-inch) installed between the bearings. Bearing spacers help keep the bearings aligned in the wheel core; neglecting to use them can make good wheels appear wobbly. Also note that appearances can be deceiving. Even with good bearings and bearing spacers, some wheels with perfect core alignment may look wobbly when spun by hand. How is this possible? When wheels are popped out of the molds, the urethane sometimes settles unevenly as it cools, leaving small excesses around the edges. Also, sometimes the “flash” (excess urethane) on the inside lip is trimmed off unevenly after molding, creating an edge that appears to wiggle as the wheel spins. These two factors – uneven cooling and asymmetrical trim – can make good wheels appear wobbly when free–spun. To distinguish these from true wobblers (wheels with misaligned cores), look at the inside and outside edges separately during a spin test. In a true wobbler, the inside and outside edges will oscillate with a perfectly even rhythm, and the middle of the wheel will probably not stay level. Wheels with high spots, or wheels with an uneven trim, will usually show only one edge wobbling during a spin test. If a wheel has multiple high spots, both edges may look wobbly, but the middle usually stays level and the oscillation will not have an even rhythm. Again, such wheels are generally perfectly fine to use.

Damaged Hubs

Seismic wheel hubs are made of the strongest composite material available in the industry. But under extreme stresses, even the best skateboard wheel hubs can deform or even melt. Three factors are almost always at play: damaged or seized bearings; the absence of spacers supporting the bearings in their pockets; and loose wheel nuts. Bearings that are damaged or seized may appear to spin OK at rest, but in a mater of seconds they can reach over 400° F, hot enough to melt or deform virtually all molded plastics. For optimal performance, use Seismic Tekton bearings, or else normal bearings with proper spacers between them. Otherwise aggressive high-speed carves and hard slides over-stress the hub bearing supports and the bearings themselves. The bearings can easily suffer damage, making them more likely to seize and create enough heat to melt any hub on the market. Axles with poor diameter tolerances only make these matters worse. In addition, if your wheel nuts are not tightened snug against the bearings, your wheels lurch on the axles every time you carve or slide. This means the bearings slam back-and-forth against the hanger and the nut. Over time, the repeated impacts over-stress the hub bearing supports, especially if you’re not using Tekton bearings or normal bearings with good spacers. The bearings themselves will also suffer damage – leading to noise, diminished performance, and a greater likelihood of seizure. Unfortunately, if you ride without bearing spacers and/or with loose wheel nuts, Seismic cannot warranty wheels with damaged hubs. For optimal performance, keep your wheel nuts snug and use Seismic Tekton bearings. Their integrated flanged spacer elements assure optimal alignment and support during even the most aggro riding.