Skinny, narrow, 38s, svelt, whatever. These wheels are narrower than the 44mm wheels used for quad speed skating. I imagine Atom looked at the success of their original skinny wheel, the Omega, and decided that all their hybrid hollow core wheels required a skinny option. I fully support that decision. The G-Rod 2.0 is a 38mm wheel with a 1mm bevel and a 2mm lip. It looks like someone took a G-Rod, cut it flush to the hub, and dyed it pink. They have the same dimensions save the width and weight. The G-Rod 2.0 performs the same way as a 44mm G-Rod but with all the properties of a skinny wheel. Since they are so similar, and the G-Rod has been reviewed elsewhere I will use this review to talk about my personal experiences changing to a narrow wheel.
Sometimes progress happens without intention. Having tried out skinnies for a spell I decided to go back to wides. At the time I was mostly jamming. Time passed and my blocker skills developed. One day I had a need for some wheels so I pulled out some free blems I had stashed for a rainy day. They were skinny and I decided that a fresh skinny wheel was better than my burned out wide wheels. I was right. The difference was subtle at first. I did not miss the extra surface area at all, and my five minute laps stayed steady. After a couple months of skating on the skinnies I pulled out some harder 44s for an open session on skatecourt and locked my wheels within a few laps. I had gone down the rabbit hole and found myself changed.Overall, I feel that I am able to turn faster, bring my feet together closer, and flat out get in people’s way a whole lot easier with skinny wheels. That extra 6mm of space allows me to skate more aggressively. I find stop and go easier on a skinny wheel, too. I feel the G-Rod 2.0 has a little less grip in the corners than its stouter counterpart. Otherwise they are identical in the straightaways, roll, and response.
BONUS COMPETITION: Put your snazziest zinger about skinnies vs. wides in the comments. “Once you go narrow wides will feel like a wheel barrow.” Something like that only funny.