Wheels are one of the most important things when it comes to the performance of your street luge and whether you street luge or buttboard, you always look for as much grip and speed as possible from them. Do the Cult Rapture wheels qualify? Read through to find out.
When Cult Wheels released the Raptures, a brainchild from the top racers of the British Wheel Collective, they gave the lugers a new kind of “weapon”. The combination of the big open offset core with the huge contact patch of 66mm and 74mm diameter give this wheel the best disposition to be any luger’s favourite wheel of choice.
The Doctor was curious how the Raptures would work for luging, so he gave me 2 sets of the 79a wheels to play around. Man, I was excited!
Agnosine, the first freeride and race of the year in Italy took place on the first weekend of April on a rough and steep road with 3 hairpins – a perfect place for to test them out.
I started with a few runs on the RAD’s Advantage I used the season before to get the feeling I knew from the last year at this road and have a look at the other lugers.
After changing wheels a laid-back run was on plan to get a feel for the wheels, but after the first hairpin all that safety thoughts where gone by gripping through the corner hard on the inside. I had a blast the whole Saturday afternoon. Sunday – race day and the game was on!
With my bad starting I had to race from the back, but I had no problems overtaking most of the pack in the first corner on the outside. Yes, that’s right – on the outside! So, I got second in the first heat, won the second heat and got crashed out in the first corner by another rider in the last heat.
I used the same set of wheels at Agnosine, 2 days at Alpenrauschen freeride and the whole week at Voss Ekstremsportveko for all my filming service runs. Even when the edges of the wheels were worn down, they still had tons of grip.
At the IGSA World Championship I raced with the Raptures in 73a duro on butt board for the first 2 rounds, but then I noticed that as the road temperature was rising, they would get a bit slower and wasn’t able to advance to the finals. Going back to the purples (79a) improved speed and brought me the win of the small final with a huge lead.
The 79a Rapture my weapon of choice for racing and for onboard filming where I really have to blindly trust the wheels as I have to focus on filming and have only one hand free for the steering action. Tons of grip even with broken edges and fast rolling speed. For acceleration you will find faster wheels, but you can go faster through corners.
There’s only one thing you should be aware of before getting a set of Cult Rapture: If you’re still riding Randal Comp Hangers, you might get some problems in corners with hanger/core bites (as seen on the photo above).
Watch the Video to get some more impression.
Stay tuned for the next review on the Hawgs bigger Biggies!
Buttboarding and Streetluging since 2003. I live in the Austrian Alps and race around the world, but mostly in Europe. Started the onboard filming in 2012/13 to cover the need of some on the point downhill footage for lugers and many skaters while shredding the hills on full speed. Work Sucks – Go Streetluging!