So you want to buy a Wheel? That’s cool! Here are a few questions you should ask yourself before you invest in a Wheel of your own.
Have you received proper professional training?
German Wheel can be a dangerous apparatus. You should know what you are getting into before you just buy yourself a Wheel. If you are looking for a place to get your introduction to German Wheel, or are looking to receive some high level world class coaching, check out Wheel Weekend in Chicago. It happens every March and October. For more information, search “Wheel Weekend Chicago” on Facebook and the newest event page should pop up. Or you can go straight to the source and email Wolfgang Bientzle directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Wheel Weekend is always a good time and it is more than likely that I will also be there.
Do you have a space to train?
German wheels are big and require a lot of level, even floorspace to train. You will need at least 35ft of length to have enough room to do most tricks (other tricks need even more space.)
Do you know how much they cost?
German Wheels are expensive. I would anticipate paying around $3,000 USD for the manufacture, belts, and shipping.
Do you know what size you need?
German Wheels come in many different sizes. They are all metric and the numbers are the diameter of the Wheel (I use a 2.20, which is a 2 meter and 20 centimeters for all you newbies out there.) When you compete, you will often use different Wheel sizes depending on what you want to do with it, so choose carefully. Zimmerman’s website can also help you figure out what size you need. Nothing will feel worse than waiting and waiting for your Wheel to arrive and finally getting it, only to realize that it is too small for you.
So you looked at my list and still wanna buy a Wheel? Okay!
The best manufacturer of German Wheels is Zimmerman in Germany. You can find his website here.
Here is the same page Google translated from German.
You should be able to figure out what you need from the site. German wheels can even come in different colors or can be embedded with light emitting diodes. 🙂 Fancy!
I strongly recommend buying Wheels through Zimmerman. Remember, this piece of equipment is responsible for keeping you alive; this is not a place to cut corners on cost. A well built wheel lasts a long time (I have had mine for over 5 years and it still rolls just fine.) Many people have come up to me and asked about other manufacturers and I have seen some really weird things trying to pass themselves off as a German Wheel. They’re often made out of lighter materials (most tricks won’t work if the wheel is too light) or made with different spacings between the bars. Zimmerman builds all the Wheels for all world competitions. If the best German Wheelers in the world are all buying from one guy, he is probably doing something right. 🙂