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Replacing Skyway Tuff BMX wheel bearings, axles and cups

A few tips for restoring Skyway Utility Tuff BMX wheels.  I’ve always been a bit reluctant to buy old or vintage second hand Skyway Tuffs BMX wheels on eBay. They get thrashed and hence are known to have problems. The main issues are warping and cracks, neither can be repaired and render the wheels useless, and given it’s eBay you can’t view the item first. That said I recently went against my better judgement and purchased a rough second hand set of 2001 Skyway Tuff BMX wheels (reasonably cheap). When I got the wheels, they didn’t seem to have any cracks, but the old school 10mm or 3/8″ wheel axles had been removed and the original bearing cups altered to fit newer style 14mm wheel axles- which...

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What type of Skyway Tuff BMX wheels do you have?

Want to know the different types of Skyway Tuff BMX Wheel? This post will hopefully give you all the information you need to find the type of Skyway Tuff wheels you have and when they were made. A BRIEF SKYWAY TUFF HISTORY In 1974 SKYWAY introduced the first of the composite Skyway Tuff Wheels made for BMX racing – ‘The Tuff Wheel 1’. Skyway Tuff BMX wheels were and still are fabricated using Skyway’s own secret composite blend. Skyway claim their composite Tuff BMX wheels are lightweight, durable and maintenance free. Over the past 40 years there have been many updates to the Skyway Tuff BMX wheel design. Skyway have also made many limited edition retro wheel sets over the years. For example in 2011 Skyway remade their...

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