D-Rods offer a fast roll with their 95A hardness and hybrid hollow core. You’ll get a stiff, but not overly jarring ride that’s 25% lighter than a similar aluminum hub wheel. D-Rods grip well in the turns, partly due to the lip design and partly to the exceptional Atom urethane. Whether you’re in a deep crossover or running through the turn, the D-Rod will grip predictably. Unlike some of the other softer, more grippy wheels, you will have some slip available when you want it. You won’t have to fight to break them loose from the floor to transition into a plow stop or powerslide.
I practice two to three times a week on D-Rods and have found that it takes about 9 months to a year to wear them bald. This is about average for Atom wheels, in my experience, and above average for the derby wheel market overall. I’ve had some other brands of wheels wear bald within 2 months under the same conditions. There’s quite a bit of tire on these wheels as well, so you’ll be able to have them regrooved many times before they’re dead.
Surfaces: Light and medium weight skaters will like them on grippy wood. Heavier skaters may also be able to use them on clean, grippy concrete and skate court.