Venom Cobra Core Cannibals Longboard Wheel Review

Venom Cannibals were re-vamped with the all new Cobra Core, making this a modern downhill longboard wheel.
Thankfully a dry spell meant I could take them out for a few runs local to the store.
Watch my video below.

Scroll down to read my thoughts on the wheel design and experience so far.

Core blimey
At the heart of this wheel is the new Cobra Core, let's break it down:
-Asymmetrical shape and bearing placement
-Damn stiff construction for a vented core

Venom Cobra Core Cannibals details, taken from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IB8wyiAxsGs Venom Cobra Core Cannibals details, taken from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IB8wyiAxsGs

 

Shape
Unlike the original Cannibal, this new version is almost symmetrical,
as the amount of wheel either side of the core is basically the same.

Thoughts
The large stiff core supports the urethane really well, but two other factors make this wheel versatile.
Symmetrical wheel shape / core placement + offset bearing seat.

The offset means that flipping the wheel will narrow your setup, making your wheels closer together
-So that they have more grip
-So that it takes less effort to turn your trucks

Venom Cobra Core Cannibal flipped back and front Camera angle distortion aside, you can see how the wheel either side of the core is the same.

 

At the same time, the wheel shape being symmetrical means the urethane lips have the same flex either way you run them.

Durability
I couldn't fully break them in, even after 2 hours on 3 different surfaces and the latter of which destroys most wheels.
The formula is a high grade and likely the same as the previous Cannibals, which I've not skated in years though.

Venom Cobra Core contact patch wear Several 30MPH slides later, the skin is still intact on these wheels.

 

Grip
On the first spot in the video, most wheels start scrubbing on the left hand turn with the pavement change, but these held the line like a magnet.
Afterwards on Isaac's test I started riding them over 30mph and caning it through a sweeper littered in debris, still they held up well and felt fast.

Slip
The slide had a lot of braking power, no matter which surface I rode them on.
On the ones in the video, I felt the braking power was very strong, but not necessarily choppy.
It's possible on the last spot I could have gripped that corner faster, while on Isaac's I definitely had to slide and that's where I felt them release a bit easier and slide further.

Wrapping it up
There's still a lot of riding to be done before they fully wear in past the skin, after this I'd like to take them back to some of the grippier roads and see how they drift.
The bearing placement and wheel shape is a big plus for me as I can narrow my setup and the wheel slide properties aren't distorted thanks to the even sized lips.

I think Venom are on to a winning combo here, the durability and performance provided is top notch, while the flipping option isn't something we're seeing from other brands.

At £52* a set for the 72mm and £55* for the 76mm the value is high.
Cult Raptures 74mm come in at £64* a set
Rad Advantages 74mm come in at £55* a set

*prices correct at time of writing 25/11/15

Buy now from our shop:
Venom 72mm Cobra Core Cannibals
Venom 76mm Cobra Core Cannibals

What setup would you use them on and why? Write below.

32 thoughts on “Venom Cobra Core Cannibals Longboard Wheel Review”

  • Armand Gazancon
    Armand Gazancon 01/12/2015 at 18:58

    set up: gullwing sidewinders II 180 mm - loaded vanguard flex 4 - venom cobra cores.

    Going 70 mp/h down Teutonia.

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  • Barney Broomfield
    Barney Broomfield 01/12/2015 at 19:11

    I'd put these wheels on my rayne bloody fortune which has been christened by the man himself (unblock govermen) with me Paris trucks yano and also I'd put these in my tin foil hat to protect me from all those conspiracy's that I mad up...

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  • Melvin Leurs
    Melvin Leurs 01/12/2015 at 19:14

    I'd use em on my new krimes powell peralta with skoa vapors valkyrie baseplate just to rip and grip.

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  • Pete Tsar

    Fullbag Louis Ricard, Slalocybins, 72mm/78a Cobra Cannibals

    The movie focuses on an old man reading a story to an old woman in a nursing home. The story he reads follows two young lovers named Pete and Cobra, who meet one evening at a carnival. But they are separated by Cobra's parents who disapprove of Pete's unwealthy family, and move Cobra away.

    After waiting for Pete to write her for several years, Cobra meets and gets engaged to a handsome young soldier named Alex. Cobra, then, with her love for Pete still alive, stops by Pete's 200-year-old home that he restored for her, "to see if he's okay". It is evident that they still have feelings for each other, and Cobra has to choose between her fiancé and her first love.

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  • James Gunn
    James Gunn 01/12/2015 at 19:34

    i wouldn't put these on a set up i would just drill them straight into my back like the spines on a stegosaurus, i would become known as the steeze-o-saurus rex. i would spend my days lurking at skate events, on forums and facebook pages. using my new-found power i would tell groms they arnt "steezy enough" or there tuck isnt perfect. then the world will be better.

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  • Drew Barham
    Drew Barham 01/12/2015 at 19:45

    I would use these as door stops to hold open the door of my bedroom to lots of beautiful women, and if i dont get any women, then i guess i'll stick them on my Nelson Prime and Sabre Precisions and take them fast!

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    • Danye west
      Danye west 01/12/2015 at 21:20

      I was stoked when I he's venom made a new cannibal wheel and I would use these wheels for kozakov challenge 2016 on my Madrid 50cal deck with surf rodz precisions, aiming to get a really dope downhill setup so I can shred the cannibals on euro tour

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  • Robbie Roadkill Stevens
    Robbie Roadkill Stevens 01/12/2015 at 19:55

    I would put them on my skateboard, stand on it, then go downhill.
    Alot.

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  • Will Rowan-Smith
    Will Rowan-Smith 01/12/2015 at 19:58

    I'd put these wheels on my Steeze Stokerr with them atlas split trucks, then i'd take them out on a tinder date with Michelle the Transvestite and ask him to marry me, go home and not call him back. Then he/she would come round the next day with a surge of solemnity, I would run, but i could not lose him in his/her Toyota Prius. So i would get the Cobra Cores and race away into the sunset.

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  • jorge

    set up: sabre forged presicion 180 mm 38 grades - alternative longboards bunting - wheels: venom cobra cores, bushings: venoms: boardside 90 a roadside 87a, griptape: seismic loktom hexagon

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  • John plews
    John plews 01/12/2015 at 20:52

    I would use these on my landyachtz wolf shark whilst rocking Paris v2 in candy red, I need these in my life to help me learn to hit speeds of 45 plus comfortably and before my knees finally give up and stop being knees :( (due to cartilage damage in both) so that's why I need them to keep shredding hard

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  • Nathaniel

    I would use these to hug the sweeping fast mountain roads near me using the "magnetic grip" to give me the confidence to take the corners even faster. They would have to go on my signature weird setup that is a chopped and massively routed Comet Ethos modded for Pogo/sabre drop up plate and my zero degree rear with machined 160mm randal RIIs. Don't give the wheels to me though. Knowing me I would also have to mod the cannibals with some lasers and die them purple, because I can't stop fiddling.

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  • Alex Hards
    Alex Hards 01/12/2015 at 21:18

    I'd stick these on my Lush steezestoker with caliber 44s. I'd love these to get into downhill riding and bomb some hills! Thanks Alex, great shop

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  • James irvine
    James irvine 01/12/2015 at 21:21

    I'll stick them on my Madrid kraken with rogue cast trucks i need them becaus I'm skint and need new dh wheels

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  • Ben Stainer
    Ben Stainer 02/12/2015 at 00:52

    I would use the Venom's on a 2 by 4 plank of wood, with Elton Johns rocket man playing as I attempt to plough through a stack of hay bales naked trying to compose a tune for the next podcast. If I survive, The wheels can be used as a currency to gain everything from a date to a police caution for public indecency.
    Failing these things, Throwing them onto any board and having a blast on it

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  • Dale kean

    I would most definitely use this cobra style on a sector nine Louis pilloni pro model against my arch nemisis who is a master of the tiger style
    After hopping around in angelic fashion amidst the tips of bamboo trees I would float down hill in skatanic style and attach the tiger with my cobra pre drift. Circles of the cobra are tight and I strike fast in a whipping motion leaving my tiger opponent confused in a cloud of dust, paralysed from the venom a feeble competitor as a slither across the ground to my victory
    In short I think this wheels will be rad

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  • sean parry
    sean parry 02/12/2015 at 12:56

    I would mount these on my shred 38 with caliber 50s and no riser,then take them to the boneyard for a run,
    upon hitting the infamous turn1 i would more than likely get wheelbite and be highsided like a donkey coming into land on a rubber runway,this resulting highside would then pitch me dangerously close toward the dreaded magnetic fence of death which has a gravitational pull akin to that of a small moon after being smashed to atoms i will then get rebuilt by the nhs and return to the uk skate scene known only as predrift-amus prime....where i will use my new found bionic abilitys to grip corners like a boss leaving the competition in my cannibal thane wake!

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  • Jan Späth
    Jan Späth 06/12/2015 at 10:47

    I'd use them on a 50Cal on Rogues 50/43 because that's what i ride.
    I think I'd deserve to ride a set of those because actually I get those for free anyways since I am sponored by Madrid Skateboards Germany, hence venom. The thing is that the company responsible for the distribution of the goods fucked up the pre-orders so therefore these wheels will be arriving next year. While all my teamates got to try the new cobracore in summer I was on vacation in Vietnam. Shredding the old ones :) Still good but I have no Idea how the new ones taste. I'd like to find out before spring.... Peace Jan

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  • Michal Tuszynski

    I would use them on:
    - deck Nelson Mantarey w/ Vicious grip tape
    - Rey trucks
    - Zealous bearings

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  • Matt Rendell
    Matt Rendell 06/12/2015 at 11:10

    These cobra cores would be straight on my boardlogic radicalli with 48/26 170mm sabres. For some of Devon's wickedly fast winter runs. I'd take them to try and tame the beast of Gnarharrow.

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  • Simone Morini
    Simone Morini 06/12/2015 at 11:12

    I would use them on my drop trough with bear truck! All the people with a top mount or with high risk of wheel bite they should stay very careful! After a bite these venom cobra cannibals could start to eat your board! That's why a drop through fit perfectly and the bear will protect by any inconvenience xD

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  • Ruben Forrester
    Ruben Forrester 06/12/2015 at 11:23

    These cobra cores would go straight on my arbor Morgan pro model with skoa vapours for some Devon downhill delight. They'd handle the countrysides chunder roads no problem!

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  • Lloydy ShredoGrande
    Lloydy ShredoGrande 06/12/2015 at 11:50

    I would tenderly unwrap these little cuties, caressing their soft and smooth urethane skin, slowly insert my Mach Skate bearings into their newly designed cobra core, always being gentle and taking things slow, there's no need to rush.
    After a full bearing insertion, things heat up when I whisper to them "would you like me to truck you", two Rey Lites are brought in, smooth and light they go straight through bearing and wheel taking things to the next level, a level only a Landyatchz Prophecy can match. All components are connected in one sensual, steamy, head turning set up

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  • Aiden Scriven
    Aiden Scriven 06/12/2015 at 11:58

    Setup: Arbiter 36, and Caliber 44s
    Bombing wet runs all winter long

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  • Olafs Bura
    Olafs Bura 06/12/2015 at 12:06

    I would use them on a Rayne Libido with a Carver CV trucks I would wedge the back truck -10* and the front truck +10* , then I would go to a local spot and start practising Gigant Slalom, by day two I would realise damn this technical downhill stuff is awesome, I need to do some slides with it, so see I would be going down Iisacs with cones later out for me so I could practise slalom while sliding around cones. On the day five I would figure how to raise £75 for a plane ticket to Island and go shred them up in the mountains with some friends and only take one set of wheels with me, I would come back a week later with skin still intact on my Venom Cannibals

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  • Bart Justin
    Bart Justin 06/12/2015 at 12:38

    Rayne Mike Fitter Bro model V1 // Aera K3's
    Could use a set of these wheels when I hit Tenerife next month and want to find myself smanging Anaconda the hardest. Most wheels last only a handful of runs on that road. It'd be interesting to see how these babies hold up! It's not gonna be gentle but that was never what Venom is about...

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  • Lj Leme

    These would go on my fit biatch, the lady liberty, sabre precisions cold forged thinggys, some green rubber bits, and circular metal ring, with metal spheres inside. Now give me the damn thane, or I'll get naked in public and snog your mom. Muchos gracias, very merry crimbo. X

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  • Victor Reyes

    --Rayne darkside board * * Kahalani precision trucks--
    The Venom Cobra are the wheels that i was waiting for, it has the cobra core, big enough to do a perfect and smooth slide, inside a downhill wheel that leave you go faster, looks perfect for skate the south Spain hills doing the freehill that I love!

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  • Erik Rickard
    Erik Rickard 06/12/2015 at 13:43

    I'd stick these on my Original Baffle 2014, with Surf Rodz HybridSZ!

    I'd use them for pushing my limits. I wanna get fast and gnarly in 2016, and I think these would be my wheel of choice. They look rad as shit!

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  • Tom

    I would probably bang them on a 2016 AOB fusion with split angle Rogues and perhaps even a footstop for stopping my feet coming off during fast slides and sketchy stuff.
    I would use them for bombing hills and gripping and ripping the best of the #ukrainywinter roads. I might even slip in the odd dry day skate session to break them in. 10/10 these wheels are some of the best i have ever tried for downhill.

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  • Toby Newman
    Toby Newman 06/12/2015 at 20:41

    Would definitely have to throw a set of Cobra cores on my DB Longboards Duckrace with 50/38* Rogue trucks and then take the whole setup on a skate holiday to test them out... #TheseHoesAintLoyal

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  • Luka Jare

    I'd put these on my no-brand 180s, hanging from a prototype board a local guy made. The wheel arches are all out of whack, but I've painted a pirate squid on it.

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