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Title: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: maggotspawn on April 14, 2018, 07:33:18 PM
What bearings are you guys using? I'm a fan of Bones Swiss and I had some blank ceramic bearings that were just as fast.
Looking for suggestions for a new build.
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Post by: tangar on April 14, 2018, 09:29:55 PM
Bronson Raws, it ainít fast if it ainít loud.
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Post by: Roisto on April 14, 2018, 09:34:52 PM
Bronson Raws, it ainít fast if it ainít loud.

Actually the opposite is true.
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Post by: quaintly on April 14, 2018, 11:10:56 PM
Seriously - this is the easiest question to answer about your whole set up , and the answer has been the same since the start of enclosed bearings . If your not riding bones Swiss you are blowing it , unless your riding bones ceramics.
Anyone who says any different is wrong .
Every other bearing company is trying to replicate them, but can't -
Case closed .
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Post by: Shuh on April 14, 2018, 11:18:36 PM
Spitfire cheapshots
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Post by: j....soy..... on April 14, 2018, 11:55:01 PM
Unsealed.....regularly maintained with sand....just to keep them noisy....
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Post by: Krooked antihero on April 14, 2018, 11:56:29 PM
Nice, another topic where people are coming to claim that they run reds for 5years and they are as good as swiss. Theyíre not. Swiss or gtfo.
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Post by: iwishilivedinfinla on April 15, 2018, 12:35:48 AM
Nice, another topic where people are coming to claim that they run reds for 5years and they are as good as swiss. Theyíre not. Swiss or gtfo.

nah but i'll get 8 months till they break, and that's fine by me
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Post by: Mcidraque on April 15, 2018, 01:43:39 AM
https://bonesbearings.com/bones-reg-swiss-skateboard-bearings-8-pack
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Post by: Daniel on April 15, 2018, 02:49:46 AM
Swiss 6 hands down.
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Post by: jc on April 15, 2018, 07:41:17 AM
main setup: bones swiss
2nd setup: 11:11
zipzagger: 11:11
cruiser: mini logo

in my opinion 11:11 bearings are the best budget bearings.
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Post by: silhouette on April 15, 2018, 08:04:01 AM
Bones Swiss 6, first set in almost 20 years of skating and I don't think I'm going back.
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Post by: BoxStuffer on April 15, 2018, 09:42:59 AM
bones swiss.
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Post by: micky682 on April 15, 2018, 10:00:41 AM
bones swiss.
end thread.
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Post by: tangar on April 15, 2018, 01:45:49 PM
For real tho maggot, thereís already bearing thread you can go get nutty in.
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Post by: maggotspawn on April 15, 2018, 01:47:46 PM
For real tho maggot, thereís already bearing thread you can go get nutty in.
I tried a search, but my tablet was being wonky. Just ordered a couple of set of Bones Swiss. If it ain't broke...
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Post by: Francis Xavier on April 15, 2018, 01:55:17 PM
Hard luck 6 balls in my main setup.
Bones swiss in a different one
Black panthers in my rainy day set up
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Post by: Baby on Board on April 15, 2018, 04:14:07 PM
Been running a set of bronson g2s for about a year now. Theyre still going pretty strong. Gonna grab some more in a few weeks. Had some of those 6 ball swiss and hated rhem, after 2 1/2 months they were all sludgey and two of them broke in the same day. Diggin what bronson puts out and will probably just keep skating those. 30 bucks and theyre the best bearings Ive ever skated.
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Post by: Xen on April 15, 2018, 04:41:28 PM
Running three setups:

Swiss Six (same set for many years)

Bronson G3s (have had them since they launched and have had ZERO issues; just cleaned and lubed them too)

Indy Blacks (still going strong, again had them since launch)
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Post by: Lloyd Braun on April 15, 2018, 06:38:03 PM
Nice, another topic where people are coming to claim that they run reds for 5years and they are as good as swiss. Theyíre not. Swiss or gtfo.

ive been running my reds for about that long never had any issues, roll great. Can't beat $18 for 5 years of good times. Never saw the need to spend the extra dough. Different strokes.
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Post by: ChuckRamone on April 15, 2018, 10:17:07 PM
Mini Logos
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Post by: fulfillthedream on April 16, 2018, 12:07:50 AM
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Nice, another topic where people are coming to claim that they run reds for 5years and they are as good as swiss. Theyíre not. Swiss or gtfo.
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ive been running my reds for about that long never had any issues, roll great. Can't beat $18 for 5 years of good times. Never saw the need to spend the extra dough. Different strokes.

All my Reds, Super Reds have ended with cracked crowns.

Im on a set of swiss 6's that are 2 years strong. Ive cleaned up with acetone twice and use speed cream every 2 months and they're strong as ever.

I also have a set of Swiss in my drawer i used for 3-4 years that i stopped using to try the current 6's im using.


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Post by: BMCsteve on April 16, 2018, 04:23:49 AM
Bronson Raw in one setup and Andale Blues in another.

The Raws are cool because they are indeed loud as hell.  The thin stock lube evaporated and spun out after the first week.  I relubed them with the Bronson ceramic lube and they've been fine ever since.  I always said popping shields was moronic but then I bought shieldless bearings so what do I know  ;D

From now on I only plan on buying Andale Blues.  They're fast, smooth, trouble free and only cost $14.

The only bearing I've ever used that felt noticeably faster than any other bearing were Swiss 6.  Those are the truth but mine started to rust early and that annoyed me
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Post by: Italianshredder96 on April 16, 2018, 04:49:36 AM
Modus abec 7 without the shields...fast and they keep their speed. I got them from 1 year. The other bearings I got were andale abec 5 and reds, I broke them both.
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Post by: Jonny Utah on April 16, 2018, 07:35:26 AM
Reds in my main setup and a mix of Bronson and Mini logo bearings in my cruiser setup
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Post by: ungzilla on April 16, 2018, 09:53:43 AM
i generally try to go south-southeast
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Post by: CINCINNATI on April 16, 2018, 11:01:28 AM
seriously been on the same set of reds with the shields off for the last three years.
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Post by: bumpnrun on April 16, 2018, 11:16:10 AM
Bones swiss with main set up. reds with cruisers
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Post by: pizzafliptofakie on April 16, 2018, 11:18:56 AM
Are Swiss really that much better? I'm riding Super Reds right now and they seem pretty great. Every time I happen to need new bearings I'm broke but I'm debating splurging on some.
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Post by: MyUserName on April 16, 2018, 11:58:33 AM
My cruiser has been riding the same Reds for about 5 years now. Those things regularly go through rain, dirt, mud, and dust and still roll flawlessly. I've been through 3 pairs of Swiss on my 'regular' board in the same time span.
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Post by: Lloyd Braun on April 16, 2018, 04:40:55 PM
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Nice, another topic where people are coming to claim that they run reds for 5years and they are as good as swiss. Theyíre not. Swiss or gtfo.
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ive been running my reds for about that long never had any issues, roll great. Can't beat $18 for 5 years of good times. Never saw the need to spend the extra dough. Different strokes.
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All my Reds, Super Reds have ended with cracked crowns.

Im on a set of swiss 6's that are 2 years strong. Ive cleaned up with acetone twice and use speed cream every 2 months and they're strong as ever.

I also have a set of Swiss in my drawer i used for 3-4 years that i stopped using to try the current 6's im using.

I basically only skate ledges, so I've never had a red break, can't recall specifically having any break. Although when I used to huck, it's highly possible. I am very much a if it's not broke don't fix it type. I never clean my bearings either, I don't spend much time obsessing over gear. I'll even ride wheels for over a year.
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Post by: fulfillthedream on April 16, 2018, 10:58:47 PM
My cruiser has been riding the same Reds for about 5 years now. Those things regularly go through rain, dirt, mud, and dust and still roll flawlessly. I've been through 3 pairs of Swiss on my 'regular' board in the same time span.

ha i had a set of the independent bearings on a cruiser that were the same way - super rusted and crusted but still rolled fast.. I got some red ceramics on my cruiser and they've trudged through dirty puddles, sand etc and still roll fast and silent
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Post by: Bumpovertrash on April 16, 2018, 11:06:41 PM
Bronson Raws, it ainít fast if it ainít loud.
these bearings are dogshit
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Post by: gsosa on April 17, 2018, 04:23:52 AM
half Spitfire burners half Shake Junt bearings I got from some friend in a trade. The SPitfire ones blow out kinda fast so I started using the Shake Junt ones even though they are a bit rusty since they are like 6 years old, still run great. Highly recommendable
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Post by: alraunen on April 17, 2018, 10:56:34 AM
Modus ABEC 7, great budget bearings
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Post by: AreYouHarvinFun? on April 17, 2018, 11:24:43 AM
Pig Bearings...The best in the game!

Fuck Bones Swiss...

 ;D ::)
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Post by: Little Debbie on April 17, 2018, 03:03:17 PM
Spitfire cheapshots
these, and they are sluggish. definitely a pricepoint bearing.
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Post by: jamersonbass on April 17, 2018, 04:03:19 PM
Swiss 6 have been going strong for me for 3 years.  They even got a bit rusty when I went out with some melty ice on the ground.  Cleaned them with acetone and threw some speed cream in and they're good as new.  Highly recommended. 
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Post by: sorry on April 18, 2018, 12:58:15 PM
I have ridden them all
redz, swiss, bronson, indy, spitfire, flip...
with shields, without shields, rusted, busted, silent, loud, dirty as a whore, highly maintained...
once you put it under your feet they all roll the same
they tell you about tolerances and polishing and triple steel race finishing, but after one session all those tolerances are launched in the outer space
this is my conclusion after many years of obsessively trying it all
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Post by: Gray Imp Sausage Metal on April 18, 2018, 05:31:18 PM
ninja abec 7's - service them every time I set up some new wheels and they last for fucking years
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Post by: Dwyck on April 19, 2018, 05:09:53 PM
reds because i only spend my college money on college things
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Post by: Lenny the Fatface on April 19, 2018, 05:18:34 PM
Swiss or Reds, i havent skated anything else in a good 11 years.
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Post by: maggotspawn on April 19, 2018, 05:27:58 PM
I'm finding Bones Swiss for $20 all over The Net. For that price, it's kind of a no brainer, I just ordered another set.
I must admit the Amphetamine Ceramic Silvers I'm running now seem pretty fast, though I haven't stepped on a board in years.
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Post by: somethingmustbreaknow on April 19, 2018, 11:38:36 PM
sensitive question: does anyone
pop the shields on bones swiss?
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Post by: iwishilivedinfinla on April 19, 2018, 11:58:47 PM
I'm finding Bones Swiss for $20 all over The Net. For that price, it's kind of a no brainer, I just ordered another set.
I must admit the Amphetamine Ceramic Silvers I'm running now seem pretty fast, though I haven't stepped on a board in years.

you bought bootleg ones
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Post by: Krooked antihero on April 20, 2018, 12:18:07 AM
sensitive question: does anyone
pop the shields on bones swiss?
I do after theyíre few years old,never brand new tho.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: maggotspawn on April 20, 2018, 07:18:46 AM
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I'm finding Bones Swiss for $20 all over The Net. For that price, it's kind of a no brainer, I just ordered another set.
I must admit the Amphetamine Ceramic Silvers I'm running now seem pretty fast, though I haven't stepped on a board in years.
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you bought bootleg ones
They sure look real to me.
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Post by: maggotspawn on April 20, 2018, 08:07:32 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/JWkGrvbl.jpg)
If they're fake, somebody went through a lot of trouble.
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Post by: Willie on April 20, 2018, 08:53:42 AM
I bought fake REDS off eBay for fuck's sake and they had all the correct swag in the box. That's not too difficult for a large volume pirate.

Either those are old stock that someone just wanted to get rid of or they are fake. $20 is cheaper than Bones' wholesale price.


If you examine them closely next to a known legitimate set from Skateone you'll probably see a few tiny differences like shifting font sizes and colors on the originals, different races, etc.



Anyhow, I've never been able to justify $60 on bearings so Reds it is. Although my last set was Basic Bronsons which weren't great.
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Post by: Firebert on April 20, 2018, 09:27:49 AM
They're fake, I got had a couple years back, looked just like em, but the feel can't be replicated. It isn't hard to print a piece of paper and cardboard and make stickers.
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Post by: maggotspawn on April 20, 2018, 09:36:59 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/GK2pu8R.jpg)
I didn't even know fake bearings were a thing.
Having a hard time figuring out if mine are fake or not, but I'll just assume they are.
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Post by: backinaction on April 20, 2018, 09:54:15 AM
They don't have the "Made in Switzerland" on the front of the box.

(https://www.skateone.com/assets/skateone/productimage/size/524x524/method/padding/v/37e6/BSAWBX88.jpg)

I know there are a couple retailers selling legit ones that show a picture of the box without it, but I believe those retailers just grabbed an image off the web for "bones swiss" and accidentally posted a box of the fakes.
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Post by: rob on April 20, 2018, 08:23:33 PM
Modus blacks, cheaper and better than china bones reds


Like rockn Ron said, donít buy Chinese bearings

Iíve had 3/4 sets of reds and they felt the same as every set of bearings I had until I tried modus cause they were cheap and cheaper on sale so I said fuck it why not new bearings feel smooth, they didnít just feel smooth they were slightly fast out the box almost broken in fast and still silent and smooth. They felt brand new and still kinda do for the longest time

Iíve been riding them for about 2 months now no cleaning or anything no popped shields and theyíre still silent, smooth and fast

Also grant Taylor rides modus
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Post by: franquietits on April 21, 2018, 12:56:02 AM
^would you say it's the grease oiled aspect? I read that grease oiled bearings last longer (lubrication wise), but achieve less optimal speed compared to thin-oil lubricated bearings.
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Post by: cosmicgypsies on April 21, 2018, 11:03:05 AM
mini logos fuck it
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Post by: rob on April 21, 2018, 12:16:12 PM
^would you say it's the grease oiled aspect? I read that grease oiled bearings last longer (lubrication wise), but achieve less optimal speed compared to thin-oil lubricated bearings.

Maybe but really I think itís cause modus are made in Europe/with actually controlled tolerances and qualities for skating like Swiss
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Post by: Sk.A.T.A.N on April 21, 2018, 01:26:05 PM
I'm still running some Diamond Smoke Rings that my girlfriend gifted me almost 3 years ago (I guess she liked the jewell case ahah)...
(https://images.tcdn.com.br/img/img_prod/595531/rolamento_diamond_smoke_rings_448_1_20171103015917.png)
They are really really good, at least I have no complains.
Fast and durable, I just need to clean and lube them because I'm super lazy and never did. I run with shields and I think they are getting a bit rusty inside (last month I had to change 1 to my back-up reds, it was not spinning properly). They cost more 10 or 15Ä than reds but I think reds start feeling sluggish after a bit more than 1 year, so those have a good cost/value to me.

I was actually looking now at those Cortina bearings online and they look promissing. I like the fancy package and the price is not soooo bad for something that sounds fairly premium.

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Post by: Roisto on April 21, 2018, 02:01:18 PM
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^would you say it's the grease oiled aspect? I read that grease oiled bearings last longer (lubrication wise), but achieve less optimal speed compared to thin-oil lubricated bearings.
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Maybe but really I think itís cause modus are made in Europe/with actually controlled tolerances and qualities for skating like Swiss

Are they though?
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Post by: Sk.A.T.A.N on April 22, 2018, 03:24:03 PM
I was praising those Diamond's yesterday here and today I just broke one! I think its my first one in like forever, so its just super wierd... 
Changed all of them to a set of Reds I had as a backup.
Might try something different in the future.
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Post by: MaitlandPrivado on April 22, 2018, 08:38:34 PM
Between all the different setups here we have 3 sets of Flip hkd 7s, Mini Logo, Shake Junt B. Herman, Modus Black, Bones Swiss and Super Swiss 6.
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Post by: max power on April 22, 2018, 08:59:23 PM
Swiss 6's for life.
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Post by: Noble Experiment on April 23, 2018, 01:08:13 AM
Currently rocking a mix of Modus Blacks, Super Reds, and one Swiss 6, all with shields popped off. They get the job done.
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Post by: maggotspawn on April 23, 2018, 10:42:40 AM
Those fake Bones Swiss were POS bearings, they were making noise after one day of skating. I complained to the E-bay seller and he refunded my money for the 2 sets I bought. I'm paranoid now, I'm just going to order them direct from Powell now.
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Post by: MaitlandPrivado on April 23, 2018, 11:22:26 AM
Those fake Bones Swiss were POS bearings, they were making noise after one day of skating. I complained to the E-bay seller and he refunded my money for the 2 sets I bought. I'm paranoid now, I'm just going to order them direct from Powell now.

I wouldn't buy from ebay or amazon but any reputable skate shop whether brick and mortar or online like SW, Tactics, Daddies, CCS, etc. will have the real thing.
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Post by: Willie on April 23, 2018, 02:55:39 PM
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Those fake Bones Swiss were POS bearings, they were making noise after one day of skating. I complained to the E-bay seller and he refunded my money for the 2 sets I bought. I'm paranoid now, I'm just going to order them direct from Powell now.
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I wouldn't buy from ebay or amazon but any reputable skate shop whether brick and mortar or online like SW, Tactics, Daddies, CCS, etc. will have the real thing.


Yeah, I was doing ok on eBay and then I got those fakes and got spooked. There are a few bigger outfits that have an eBay presence that might be cheaper than your local but if it seems like a great deal it probably isn't.
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Post by: maggotspawn on April 24, 2018, 12:17:46 PM
http://www.oustbearings.com
Anybody ever hear of Oust bearings? Apparently a lot of downhill guys use them.
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Post by: backinaction on April 24, 2018, 01:38:04 PM
InlineWarehouse is a sister company of SkateWarehouse, so I think I trust them.  They have Bones bearings cheap, although the best deals are on sets of 16.

Currently Swiss pricing is $43 (plus shipping) for one or two sets (16 bearings) for $80 (free shipping).  SW has one set for $60.

Two sets of Swiss 6 for $89.

https://www.inlinewarehouse.com/Bones_Skate_Bearings/catpage-BONESBEAR.html
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Post by: maggotspawn on April 24, 2018, 04:59:47 PM
InlineWarehouse is a sister company of SkateWarehouse, so I think I trust them.  They have Bones bearings cheap, although the best deals are on sets of 16.

Currently Swiss pricing is $43 (plus shipping) for one or two sets (16 bearings) for $80 (free shipping).  SW has one set for $60.

Two sets of Swiss 6 for $89.

https://www.inlinewarehouse.com/Bones_Skate_Bearings/catpage-BONESBEAR.html
They aren't an authorized Bones Bearings dealer, according to the Skate One website.
I wouldn't mess around, and just use authorized dealers or buy direct from Powell.
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Post by: spanyard on April 27, 2018, 09:03:21 AM
I had good luck with the Bones Race Reds with the built in spacers.
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Post by: Diocletian on May 04, 2018, 09:05:36 PM
I wanted a fresh summer complete and knew I was gonna get Bones as usual. Usually the Swiss 6. This time around I tried something different: the Swiss Labyrinth L2ís. These bearings are insane. Fresh out of the box at the local park I was getting too much speed, they felt even faster than the six balls which didnít make sense. But thatís not a bad thing.

Theyíre dead silent, moreso than any other bearing when new. They also have the Swiss shield on both sides of the bearing so I have no idea whether thereís any with the cage facing out or in, in my wheels. Highly recommend these bearings.
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Post by: j....soy..... on May 04, 2018, 10:16:57 PM
Does the inner race stick out enough that you can crank your axel nut?  The extended you can do this which is why I like them.....to me it's mind blowing.  It's the way a bearing should work.  You should never crank anything back a quarter turn.......
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Post by: Switch FS K-Swiss Grind on January 21, 2020, 08:17:26 PM
I went a bit gear crazy uhhh in 2018 and ended up buying two sets of the cortina "pro" bearings (among a bunch of other shit), a Kyle Walker set and either Elijah Berle or Nak, i forget. I liked them for a week then hated them. They squeaked like they were rusty or something. I ended up putting a set on a full setup I built for a friend who had lost his board. We went skating and I could hear them squeak each time he rolled past, I almost felt bad for giving them to him.
I saw him the other day, he's had those bearings 4 - 6 months now and they've actually really broken in nicely. The squeaking noise is gone and they're loud and dry, and spin super easy. I had a roll on them and they're now probably the best bearings I've skated other than Bones Swiss.

I talked a lot of shit on them at the time so I thought I'd post this to atone for my crimes.
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Post by: Xen on January 21, 2020, 08:47:27 PM
Small ride: Bones Big Balls, popped shields

Big ride: Swiss Six, popped shields

Cruiser: Tekton 6-Ball (Built in speed washers and spacers), shields



Used but not abused, cleaned, lubed and sitting on ice:

Zealous 'greens' - thick grease, built in spacers and rings (I rotate these out with my cruiser bearings)
Indy blacks - still going strong
Bronson G3s popped shields
Spit Burners (Thanks Reed!) never got around to skating them

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Post by: off on January 21, 2020, 08:59:04 PM
My cruiser has been riding the same Reds for about 5 years now. Those things regularly go through rain, dirt, mud, and dust and still roll flawlessly. I've been through 3 pairs of Swiss on my 'regular' board in the same time span.

did you ride them down a coke mountain or something? i need to know whats in between them bearings and stuff it in mine
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Post by: Shuh on January 21, 2020, 09:13:00 PM
Anyone try Bones Big Balls yet
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Post by: satan on January 21, 2020, 10:44:58 PM
When did Bones bearing prices jump 50%? I stopped paying attention to prices and just started looking again this past summer.

What's a good bearing for $20? $30? $40?


I'm fairly gentle on bearings nowadays, I rarely roll thru water or land primo enough to get bad axle slip. Not that I'm super on it, just old..

Bones Swiss 6. Seem like they take longer to break in than regular (2000's) Swiss but I also can't rule out me being slower now.
Pushing a year old and never cleaned them, did add a couple drops of Speed Cream a few months ago. My local curb spot is a dirt planter so they get dusty/dirty, even muddy a few times.
My only gripe about them is they don't have the same zing sound as regular Swiss. I worry that ppl won't know that a G is coming.
Gonna clean and relube soon.


Old Bones Reds. Great for the price. Not as fast as Swiss but accelerated pretty easily, lil loud but a nice zing. Had them for years but skated off and on, cleaned them randomly. Have used them to test lubes, Boeshield is slow, should try penetrating oil next.


I'm curious about Oust.
Mullen was sponsored (involved?) for a while and the bushings still use the Uber name. I think they were claiming that freestyle and 360's put stress on bearings that their design was better equipped to handle. I'm pretty sure that's from deep groove races and it seems like a normal option when you look at industrial bearing catalogs.
Also saw a vid that said the top downhill slalom guys all used them. That might mean something for its true.

Their Met-OL lube is supposed to be good stuff. Apparently fishermen love it for reel oil.
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Post by: Frank on January 21, 2020, 11:05:43 PM
i run the "still pretty aight" 9 ball edition abec z rated with lost popped shields by this brand called assorted.

got em basically dirt cheap and they do the job. i like that they all look and ride a little different, adds character.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Xen on January 21, 2020, 11:39:14 PM
Anyone try Bones Big Balls yet

Lots of us have. So far, they aren't impressing me, it's as if they won't break in. I've been tempted to clean and relube with speed cream just to see if it's the way they come stock or if they are just not worth it over reds or an equivalent Abecwhateverthefuck, let alone compete with Swiss Six.

My G3s feel faster than the Big Balls. And Swiss Six are lightyears ahead.

When you ride Swiss or Swiss Six, after a week or so you really start to feel the love, the big balls just feel like 'bearings'. My shields on the big balls bent pretty quick too so popped them off not giving a fuck.
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Post by: Sila on January 22, 2020, 12:16:17 AM
Modus Blues, pretty much the same as Reds but not as noisy as far as I can tell. How often do you guys clean your bearings?
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Post by: the snake on January 22, 2020, 01:44:19 AM
2 sessions on Bones Big Balls, they feel good so far, we'll see if they last
I was running some frankesteinized Rush abec7 titatiums with a mix of Lucky & Minilogo cages (stock ones all broke one after one) shiels off
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Post by: Toadfish Rebecchi on January 22, 2020, 03:20:55 AM
This Australian company, Aegis. Shieldless (as always) and theyíre fast. In 30 years of skating I popped a lot of bearings UNTIL I started popping the shields about a decade ago. Never popped one since. I skate for transport a lot too and theyíre very fast.

Waiting for someone to come on and start explaining that Iíve fallen for marketing and then explain bearing engineering to me.
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Post by: radcunt on January 22, 2020, 04:03:41 AM
Swiss and Swiss 6.  Wish I stopped fuckin' around 30 years ago and put the money down.  So good.
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Post by: chris. on January 22, 2020, 04:56:14 AM
Cheap Andale, Modus, and Mini Logo. Pop shields and forget about em.  Yíall doing too much.
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Post by: moonordie on January 22, 2020, 05:39:35 AM
Swiss 6. Nothing better.
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Post by: Stigmata on January 22, 2020, 05:42:01 AM
Ive been riding the Bones Big Balls and i really like em. They have a really smooth and quiet roll. I wanna try the Swiss versions next.
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Post by: TwisT on January 22, 2020, 06:02:54 AM
bones swiss... ... ...fuck the rest?


if for whatever reason I'm not riding bones swiss, then I get minilogo any thing in between is a waste of money.
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Post by: layzieyez on January 22, 2020, 08:02:45 AM
Bones 6 ball in one setup. Rock'n Ron ceramics in the other ones. I'm also using the ceramic version of those Zealous bearings in my cruisers.
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Post by: Uncle Gavone on January 22, 2020, 08:28:49 AM
The only bones shit I buy, Reds
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Post by: GoneWithTheSchwinn on January 22, 2020, 09:47:10 AM
Bones Swiss for the past couple years. Solid and going well.
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Post by: Xen on January 22, 2020, 09:53:20 AM
Cheap Andale, Modus, and Mini Logo. Pop shields and forget about em.  Yíall doing too much.

My 'Cheap' Andale 7s were shit out of the box, had to clean and relube them to get 4 of them to spin. They were still fucking slow.

I've run Modus (forgot I still have a set) and ML; can't be beat for the price. ML even better now that they dropped the metal shields.
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Post by: Firebert on January 22, 2020, 09:53:43 AM
Rockin Ron's Ceramics 4lyfe
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Post by: CrimsonGhost on January 22, 2020, 11:06:12 AM
Bronson G3s right now, G2 before them. And I just picked up some Raws for a new setup. They're really fast and have had no problems with them. Didn't clean them or anything and still going strong.
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Post by: Murge on January 22, 2020, 11:19:34 AM
Yeah got the silver grade Olympia bearings. They was like $20 or $25. Some of the best bearings Iíve had. If you can get them. Try them out
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Post by: Lord Quas on January 22, 2020, 11:47:06 AM
Rockin Ron's Ceramics 4lyfe

you got a connect on these? his site's been down for god knows how long haha
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Post by: Firebert on January 22, 2020, 12:48:05 PM
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Rockin Ron's Ceramics 4lyfe
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you got a connect on these? his site's been down for god knows how long haha
I don't, but they last for years, so I think I'm good. The regulars are great backups too. Hopefully he can find some time away from rockin' to make some more.
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Post by: stets on January 22, 2020, 12:51:42 PM
Been on the same set of Bones Swiss for damn near 5 years now. I clean/lube them maybe twice a year, take off the shields and cages and shake them in acetone in one of those Bones cleaner bottles. Works like a charm.
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Post by: Esmith5488 on January 22, 2020, 03:18:44 PM
Reg or super Swiss only. Iíve learned my lesson with lesser brands
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Post by: moonordie on January 22, 2020, 03:34:51 PM
Reg or super Swiss only. Iíve learned my lesson with lesser brands
Same here. Maybe I would try some raws if I found them for cheap to have as back up only to hate them and return to good ole swiss.
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Post by: Xen on January 22, 2020, 04:18:03 PM
Been on the same set of Bones Swiss for damn near 5 years now. I clean/lube them maybe twice a year, take off the shields and cages and shake them in acetone in one of those Bones cleaner bottles. Works like a charm.

Truth. 5yrs is a long time tho, the metal has degraded but if they still hissssssssssssssssssssssssss, your're good ;)
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Post by: Weezil on January 22, 2020, 04:50:54 PM
mini logos. surprisingly fast.
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Post by: Buttfart Rapedick on January 22, 2020, 05:10:14 PM
I went a bit gear crazy uhhh in 2018 and ended up buying two sets of the cortina "pro" bearings (among a bunch of other shit), a Kyle Walker set and either Elijah Berle or Nak, i forget. I liked them for a week then hated them. They squeaked like they were rusty or something. I ended up putting a set on a full setup I built for a friend who had lost his board. We went skating and I could hear them squeak each time he rolled past, I almost felt bad for giving them to him.
I saw him the other day, he's had those bearings 4 - 6 months now and they've actually really broken in nicely. The squeaking noise is gone and they're loud and dry, and spin super easy. I had a roll on them and they're now probably the best bearings I've skated other than Bones Swiss.

I talked a lot of shit on them at the time so I thought I'd post this to atone for my crimes.

I picked up some Cortina GT for stupidly cheap a month or two ago thinking they'd just be another set of cheapies I could throw in my winter wheels and not feel bad about but they surprised the shit out of me. Just doing the hand spin test they spun longer than I think anything else I've tried, it was well over a minute and closer to 2 if I recall correctly and thats fresh out of the box with the factory lube in them. I know thats not an actual test or indicator of how a bearing will perform under load but you can still get a general idea of whether or not a bearing is trash. Anyways from the lasered logos on the races and the cages/shields they reminded me a lot of Bronson raws but with shields, and they were quite fast and had a lovely hiss to them. Sadly I did use them for winter wheels and got them soaked then ended up getting swamped at work that morning. By the time I remembered and went to pop them out it was too late and they'd already rusted a little bit... not enough to seize up so I was able to salvage them but theres some noticeable rough spots now and they aren't quite as fast. I still have them in one of my setups and skate them from time to time but I wish I hadn't fucked them up so I could see if they held up long-term or were just a "start strong but turn to shit in a few weeks" thing like the raws were for me.

I tried Andale swiss a while back and they sucked fat dong, and for some reason I just mentally grouped Cortina in with them and assumed they'd be shit too but they weren't at all. I'd totally buy them again, if I found those GT ones on sale again it would be a no-brainer for me.

Currently running Big Balls, Modus 7, and Bronson G2 (I switch between wheels depending on if theres snow or lots of salt or whatever) and the Modus are great but the other 2 haven't really impressed me. 
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Post by: jay_nev on January 22, 2020, 05:32:52 PM
mini logos. surprisingly fast.
just set these up w a softer wheel and have been fine so far. Not enough of a test sample though
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Post by: johnes on January 22, 2020, 05:53:03 PM
2 set ups, one with Swiss 6 and one with Minilogos
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Post by: sneakpeekmeek on January 22, 2020, 06:10:34 PM
Currently rocking Nothing Special bearings. But I got them in rotation with white andale Swiss, Swiss 6, and shake junts.
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Post by: Seadramon on January 22, 2020, 06:31:13 PM
Had Big Balls and loved em - things took a turn and they were compromised

Now I'm riding a $9 Modus set until the snow melts and I don't have to worry about ruining my next set of Big Balls.
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Post by: UPPERCASEnocap on January 22, 2020, 06:32:12 PM
I was hyped on the reds big balls until I recently noticed 4 of the 8 had busted cages. Granted I skated when it was below freezing but never had THAT much of an issue. Not so hyped on em now. Will be coughing up the extra cash and getting the swiss 6 this go 'round.
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Post by: UPPERCASEnocap on January 22, 2020, 06:34:08 PM
Had Big Balls and loved em - things took a turn and they were compromised

Now I'm riding a $9 Modus set until the snow melts and I don't have to worry about ruining my next set of Big Balls.

Yo! May I ask what happened to the big balls? I literally JUST replied with big ball issues..(HAHAHA) Broken cages?!
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Post by: lysdexia on January 22, 2020, 06:59:47 PM
FAG 608RS's from the bearing shop.  they're working great.
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Post by: satan on January 22, 2020, 09:22:07 PM
Any of you bladers out there fuck with ILQ bearings?
Twincam, powerslide, wicked brands?
ILQ 9 sounds good. Also interesting to see that they usually use gel or grease, not oil.

https://www.twincambearing.com/product-category/ilq-9-2/

http://www.wicked-hardware.com/portfolio/wcd-twincam-ilq-9-pro-bearings/

http://www.skatelogforum.com/forums/showpost.php?p=44178&postcount=2
As fast as Swiss?
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Post by: slappy50 on January 22, 2020, 09:54:03 PM
Just set up conical fulls with these bearings. They Bear Spaceballs, and apparently they're equivalent to Bones Race Reds. I had em for a while and ran em until they stopped cause they were full of dirt. I just acetoned and bones speed creamed them, and they're seeming pretty fast from the free spin test I did. I think they'll be pretty good. They're also a lot like the zealous regular bearings, the green, fast ones. They were reasonably cheap too, at $25 canadian. I don't think theyre comparable to swiss, but they should be worth a go, anyway.

https://landyachtz.com/ca/product/spaceballs-8mm-steel-bearings/
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Post by: Groundskeeper Willie on January 22, 2020, 11:22:20 PM
I usually run Bones Reds... But they don't last very long, I just get them cause they're the cheapest decent bearings I can get in my shop.
I once had some bronsons but the blew out pretty quickly, eventhough everybody I skate with told me that they were the best and they last a lifetime...

Once I head some ShakeJunt bearings and I didn't really expect too much from them but they were excellent. Unfortunately I can't find them nowhere these days...
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Post by: darkelfdruid on January 23, 2020, 02:06:32 AM
Oust bearings or bust srsly whatís wrong with you guys havenít you seen this video https://youtu.be/wxpQnEGHg34
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Post by: darkelfdruid on January 23, 2020, 02:09:32 AM
we're all really blowing it
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Post by: Vintagebody on January 23, 2020, 05:15:51 AM
Bearings commonly used by downhill longboarders etc are really good, especially those with built-in spacers. Theres  truly no "skateboard" designed bearing, designed to handle more impact loads. Thats all just a bunch of gimmicky marketing.

Besides that, I think its safe to say that most broken bearings on here are duo to user error.
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Post by: authentic_creed_bratton on January 23, 2020, 10:52:49 AM
Oust bearings or bust srsly whatís wrong with you guys havenít you seen this video https://youtu.be/wxpQnEGHg34
dudes wearing more makeup than tim and eric in drag
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Post by: Buttfart Rapedick on January 23, 2020, 04:34:03 PM
Any of you bladers out there fuck with ILQ bearings?
Twincam, powerslide, wicked brands?
ILQ 9 sounds good. Also interesting to see that they usually use gel or grease, not oil.

https://www.twincambearing.com/product-category/ilq-9-2/

http://www.wicked-hardware.com/portfolio/wcd-twincam-ilq-9-pro-bearings/

http://www.skatelogforum.com/forums/showpost.php?p=44178&postcount=2
As fast as Swiss?

I got a couple of them mixed in with a bunch of random shit in an ebay lot.  From what I can tell they're just your standard chinese bearing, nothing special to them. They don't seem to spin particularly well and the shields aren't even good non-contact ones. From what I remember the metal shielded ones are the bearings that rollerblades always came with, and were pretty much their version of the "gmn speed bearing" from back in the day. Maybe head down to goodwill with your allen wrench and start popping rollerblade wheels and see if you can find yourself a set for cheap?

Also grease lubrication is really not ideal for skate bearings unless you're doing some serious downhill or mega ramp style shit or doing really long non-stop commuting. You're not likely to reach the speeds or temperatures where it would be a benefit in the course of your average street skating session. Light oil like speed cream or sewing machine oil is used by bearing manufacturers because its the best fit for the job.
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Post by: imposter on January 23, 2020, 04:44:42 PM
lucky bearings
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Post by: Buttfart Rapedick on January 23, 2020, 04:46:33 PM
FAG 608RS's from the bearing shop.  they're working great.

Are they the ones with the steel cage retainer? I have a set of those and they were pretty disappointing for me, I even tried cleaning all the grease out and re-lubing with oil and running them without shields and I still can't seem to get them to run any better than mini-logos.
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Post by: Chrisskates808 on January 23, 2020, 05:28:30 PM
Bones Swiss ceramics !!
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Post by: FakieDisaster on January 23, 2020, 05:51:28 PM
currently using andale MJ pros for couple of years already, but then again i skate like once a month now. the push still smooth, might considering a set of G3 soon.
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Post by: lysdexia on January 23, 2020, 05:52:01 PM
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FAG 608RS's from the bearing shop.  they're working great.
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Are they the ones with the steel cage retainer? I have a set of those and they were pretty disappointing for me, I even tried cleaning all the grease out and re-lubing with oil and running them without shields and I still can't seem to get them to run any better than mini-logos.

to be honest i don't know, i haven't pulled the shields off, i just stuck them in and off i went

they did take a bit to break in, but yeah no complaints here
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Post by: Seadramon on January 23, 2020, 06:27:49 PM
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Had Big Balls and loved em - things took a turn and they were compromised

Now I'm riding a $9 Modus set until the snow melts and I don't have to worry about ruining my next set of Big Balls.
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Yo! May I ask what happened to the big balls? I literally JUST replied with big ball issues..(HAHAHA) Broken cages?!

My board flew out from under me into a deep puddle. They got ruined big time.

Totally my fault - It was a super wet day and I should've known better than to go out skating.
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Post by: satan on January 23, 2020, 07:16:49 PM
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Any of you bladers out there fuck with ILQ bearings?
Twincam, powerslide, wicked brands?
ILQ 9 sounds good. Also interesting to see that they usually use gel or grease, not oil.

https://www.twincambearing.com/product-category/ilq-9-2/

http://www.wicked-hardware.com/portfolio/wcd-twincam-ilq-9-pro-bearings/

http://www.skatelogforum.com/forums/showpost.php?p=44178&postcount=2
As fast as Swiss?
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I got a couple of them mixed in with a bunch of random shit in an ebay lot.  From what I can tell they're just your standard chinese bearing, nothing special to them. They don't seem to spin particularly well and the shields aren't even good non-contact ones. From what I remember the metal shielded ones are the bearings that rollerblades always came with, and were pretty much their version of the "gmn speed bearing" from back in the day. Maybe head down to goodwill with your allen wrench and start popping rollerblade wheels and see if you can find yourself a set for cheap?

Also grease lubrication is really not ideal for skate bearings unless you're doing some serious downhill or mega ramp style shit or doing really long non-stop commuting. You're not likely to reach the speeds or temperatures where it would be a benefit in the course of your average street skating session. Light oil like speed cream or sewing machine oil is used by bearing manufacturers because its the best fit for the job.
Thanks. That made me laugh.

"Ideal"..
I know grease is slower but if you're rolling thru water that's really your only option. And these greases aren't as thick as NGLI 2 automotive wheel bearing grease. The gels are probably NGLI 00 or 0, so soupy. Some of the greases look like Krytox! That's not cheap stuff. I'm not a chem nerd but it's a flouro-something grease. It's cheater stuff that the pinewood derby dads use.
On the cheap end a silicone grease for brakes or plumbers would work. Work as in protect the metal, ain't gonna be as fast as oil.
Grease or gel lube will also last longer. Helpful if you don't wanna mess with re-oiling.

It's weird to me that some ILQ use steel shields. But when you read their lube info it sounds like they're using good stuff.

edit: For light oils I'm pretty sure I can give you a viscosity range to start looking in if you wanna hunt for a bearing lube.
ISO 10 on the thicker end, then ISO 5, ISO 2 is thinnest.
That translates to 10cst @ 40*C. Then 5cst, and 2cst..
Or try hunt for a 2wt racing motor oil, 0w-2...
0wt too, but not 0w-20, etc.
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Post by: satan on January 23, 2020, 07:28:31 PM
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Oust bearings or bust srsly whatís wrong with you guys havenít you seen this video https://youtu.be/wxpQnEGHg34
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dudes wearing more makeup than tim and eric in drag
I noticed the eyeliner and it was bugging me. But now you got me thinking. Is he wearing lipstick?

Anyhow. I think this is the Oust slalom racer vid I saw.


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Anyone got suggestions for bearings by price range? $20, $30, $40, Swiss
Reds, then Super Reds? Then Oust?

Wicked sells a dozen or so different bearings. I think the metal shield ones go from budget to decent quality but really only paid attention to their 2-3 skate bearings, not inline or quad stuff.
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Post by: Gray Imp Sausage Metal on January 24, 2020, 01:39:18 AM
I like my bearings how I like my watches ... SWISS!
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Post by: saltusnaut on January 24, 2020, 07:19:56 AM
Four year old Swiss
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Post by: satan on January 27, 2020, 02:38:33 AM
In case anyone has wondered about titanium bearings I'm fairly certain they're just titanium nitride (TiN) coated like the gold colored drillbits at the parts store.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titanium_nitride
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Post by: satan on January 28, 2020, 06:07:43 PM
Found some interesting info on 608 bearings.
I've seen those rpm #'s before so I think that's standard for the 608 size. Ceramic might do higher max rpm, idk.
Load is in newtons. For kg divide by 10, 9.8, or 9.81..
I need to read up on the different load ratings but factoring in 8 bearings, 2691 kg and 1117 kg

http://catalog.ezo-usa.com/item/metric-series-bearings/open-metric-ball-bearings/608
There's a typo here. It's not 1000^2 for oiled bearings. That'd be 39 million.
39,000 rpm for oiled
33,000 rpm for greased. And I think that's with a minimal amount of grease, check the pdf below.
Try crunching the numbers for those rpm's and a skate wheel. I think it's crazy fast.

http://catalog.ezo-usa.com/Asset/Lubrication.pdf
Temp ranges, loads, viscosity..
dn is bore x rpm? And not max rpm? The rpm in use seems right. Thoughts?
Bore is 8mm
Viscosity. ISO # = cst @ 40*C. Cst is centistokes, and = mm^2/s
ISO 10, 15, 22..

I'm seeing mega ramp speeds online saying 40mph or 55mph. Anyone got info on that?
73-75ft roll-in if someone wants to do that math.
Any ideas for average street skating speeds? Probably putt-putt in comparison.
How about a big, long gap? Wallenberg, Love, UC Davis?
Hillbombing speeds might be interesting but gravity.. I'm more thinking pushing for street skating.
Which brings me to acceleration. No one talks about how easily a bearing accelerates except for maybe inline racers. Seems like it would apply to street skating, pushing.
And I don't think we're getting anywhere near the max rpm (speed) of the bearings. Maybe why some inline stuff use thin gels/greases?

Also found another source thin oil, aviation oils. There's a super thin Aeroshell oil for gimbles and a bunch for turbines.
https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/pdf/aeroshell.pdf
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Post by: rocklobster on January 28, 2020, 06:50:20 PM
Spent 2 hours trying to clean out my set of Bones Swiss bearings and even with the cages removed I couldn't get them to spin well. Hell even the cheaper set I picked up off an old setup work better.

I'm sticking to the buy'em and toss'em camp from now on, cleaning them aren't worth the effort. Sticking to Reds or Big Balls.
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Post by: botefdunn on January 28, 2020, 07:26:16 PM
Rx ceramics

very nice, go fast
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Post by: slappy50 on February 11, 2020, 06:29:45 PM
unrelated, but

*So, just for context*

I really like having built-in spacers with my bearings, they make them quieter and smoother. I also really like bones swiss, they last forever and spin really well. Sadly, Bones doesn't make a built-in Swiss bearing. As a project, I thought that it would be interesting to try and swap the swiss balls into the built-in cages of the other bearings. I already have both sets ready to go, and normally wouldn't do this, but the built-ins started dying after 2 weeks or so of mixed street and park use (the balls are steel). Do I need to switch the ball cages/races over as well? I've never done this before, but there are videos online on how to take them apart and put them back together. So, is it worth the trouble? Are the balls going to be the same size? Does anyone have experience with switching balls between bearings like this?

Thanks, PALS, and s h a l o m
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Post by: Charlie Hustle on February 11, 2020, 06:34:37 PM
unrelated, but

*So, just for context*

I really like having built-in spacers with my bearings, they make them quieter and smoother. I also really like bones swiss, they last forever and spin really well. Sadly, Bones doesn't make a built-in Swiss bearing. As a project, I thought that it would be interesting to try and swap the swiss balls into the built-in cages of the other bearings. I already have both sets ready to go, and normally wouldn't do this, but the built-ins started dying after 2 weeks or so of mixed street and park use (the balls are steel). Do I need to switch the ball cages/races over as well? I've never done this before, but there are videos online on how to take them apart and put them back together. So, is it worth the trouble? Are the balls going to be the same size? Does anyone have experience with switching balls between bearings like this?

Thanks, PALS, and s h a l o m
I wouldnít even bother.

Iím running super reds for like 2 years straight.
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Post by: slappy50 on February 11, 2020, 06:40:55 PM
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unrelated, but

*So, just for context*

I really like having built-in spacers with my bearings, they make them quieter and smoother. I also really like bones swiss, they last forever and spin really well. Sadly, Bones doesn't make a built-in Swiss bearing. As a project, I thought that it would be interesting to try and swap the swiss balls into the built-in cages of the other bearings. I already have both sets ready to go, and normally wouldn't do this, but the built-ins started dying after 2 weeks or so of mixed street and park use (the balls are steel). Do I need to switch the ball cages/races over as well? I've never done this before, but there are videos online on how to take them apart and put them back together. So, is it worth the trouble? Are the balls going to be the same size? Does anyone have experience with switching balls between bearings like this?

Thanks, PALS, and s h a l o m
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I wouldnít even bother.

Iím running super reds for like 2 years straight.

I just don't wanna buy new bearings, as im kinda broke and already have all the parts. thanks for the heads up tho.
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Post by: dakara on February 11, 2020, 07:37:43 PM
Iím running some MxM brand bearings right now, which is basically a Japanese shop brand thatís the cheapest at many of the shops here. Itís only solidified my opinion that outside of Swiss, there is little difference between non Swiss  Chinese made bearings of non steel cage design.

They performed like any bearing Iíve ever used out of the box, took a bit to break in but spun fast after. After a particularly harsh week were I skated in light rain once and after that in an area with heavy dirt/debris wash off from said rain, they got fucked and would not spin fast and a couple were jammed up. I took em out, popped the shields, and spun them by hand for a bit(didnít have any cleaner on me and all together it would cost about the same as another set of bearings) then popped them back in with shields. Nothing really changed. A week later did the same thing but left the shields popped. When spun by hand after re installation they were even worse then before, but my first ride was traveling about 1km to a friends and after that they spin faster than ever and my setup is noticeabley  faster and smoother, and has been for about 3 weeks now.

I know a lot of people think the popped shields thing is dumb, but I do think the theory that it lets debris clear out is sound and that keeping the shields on does accumulate debris. The best route is obviously to clean your bearing regularly then put the shields back in, but popping the shields is effective. Unless you are set on getting the absolute most longevity out of your bearings, the popped shields method is great for the lazy skater that doesnít mind getting only getting 6-12 months out of their 20 dollar bearings vs 2 years and perhaps a tiny boost in speed. Basically Iíve concluded that: shields on w/ sporadic maintenance  < no shields w/ sporadic maintenance < shields with regular maintenance
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Post by: ItsNoUse on February 15, 2020, 11:43:59 PM
Anyone know if you can pop the shields on G2s and G3s? Just curious.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: ILikeToMilkDucks on February 16, 2020, 01:28:13 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/5HmhSeD.jpg)

I bought these a few years ago. Not gonna lie, just wanted the pez dispenser.

The bearings are pretty good though. They still roll. I like them. Had two sets of standard reds before that, but had bad luck with them locking up. I want to try big balls next. Thought about bronson raw, but people here hating them made me change my mind. My cruiser setup has bronson g2's, they're smoother than the Toy Machines but not as fast.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Buttfart Rapedick on February 16, 2020, 04:05:54 AM
Anyone know if you can pop the shields on G2s and G3s? Just curious.

Yeah. They're just normal rubber shields. Be careful though, Bronson might get mad at you for using their "audible speed technology" on a lower priced bearing. Normally you have to pay an extra $15 for it.

Since it's been pretty much nonstop rain and a little snow around here lately I've ruined like 3 sets of bearings in the last month (Who'da thought water and rock salt would be bad for precision steel parts?) so I've been skating mostly really cheap no-name bearings. I got 2 sets of Amphetamine Titanium for $6 on Amazon and they've been pretty good. They have these weird clear plastic shields that look kind of cool and they haven't rusted up on me yet.

Once the weather breaks I have a set of hard luck Swiss (actually made in Switzerland) that I'm going to switch over to.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: usedtostillskate on February 16, 2020, 04:18:44 AM
I've got zealous bearings in. No complaints and I've skated with it wet a few times. Seem to hold up we'll.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: tyshoes on February 16, 2020, 10:57:29 AM
Shake Junt Triple Ogs and Indy Black. Both great bearings and removable shields and under $15.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: weedgod94 on February 16, 2020, 11:39:25 AM
i am and will always be of the opinion that bearings matter like 0%. whatever is cheap and sealed on both sides + spacers is fine. I only don't like bearings with metal shields on the outside, or bearings with rubber shields that fall off. i wont ride bones bearings either just because i wanna be different.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: tyshoes on February 16, 2020, 12:02:20 PM
i am and will always be of the opinion that bearings matter like 0%. whatever is cheap and sealed on both sides + spacers is fine. I only don't like bearings with metal shields on the outside, or bearings with rubber shields that fall off. i wont ride bones bearings either just because i wanna be different.

Yeah man, just keep them clean and dry and they will last really long. I never noticed a major diff between good bearings made to skate.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: sadnocomply on February 16, 2020, 01:18:25 PM
Swiss 6 and OG Swiss baby. Everything else is trash after heavy sessions, and Iíve had original sets for 4 years running but I do clean them once a month! Iím sure ceramics are the GODS but I donít think Iíll ever need those
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: drewsmahgoos on February 16, 2020, 01:45:26 PM
Is it worth cleaning Reds like how people clean the bones swiss?

Eventually, I'll get swiss 6 when I can afford them but until then I've got a set of reds, an old set of black panther swiss that I should really clean, and some no name bearings I got from someone on here that are actually spinning better than my reds at the moment.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Xen on February 16, 2020, 02:57:09 PM
I've got zealous bearings in. No complaints and I've skated with it wet a few times. Seem to hold up we'll.

Great bearings.

I setup some spitfire burners (blue ones) man, for low/midrange bearings they really scream out of the box.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: sneakpeekmeek on February 16, 2020, 03:19:48 PM
Is it worth cleaning Reds like how people clean the bones swiss?

Eventually, I'll get swiss 6 when I can afford them but until then I've got a set of reds, an old set of black panther swiss that I should really clean, and some no name bearings I got from someone on here that are actually spinning better than my reds at the moment.

Ehh, I'd probably just add a drop of lube or two when they start feeling/sounding sluggish.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: tyshoes on February 16, 2020, 04:54:16 PM
Is it worth cleaning Reds like how people clean the bones swiss?

Eventually, I'll get swiss 6 when I can afford them but until then I've got a set of reds, an old set of black panther swiss that I should really clean, and some no name bearings I got from someone on here that are actually spinning better than my reds at the moment.

100% yes. Treat them like the said swiss and even regular reds will last a really long time. If you grab a bearing cleaner kit like the bones one and some oust or sewing machine oil you can make bearing last a very long time. The relevance is really at higher speeds like downhill guys. I couldnt tell much of a difference between the shake junt bearings and oust
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Post by: jay_nev on February 16, 2020, 05:43:54 PM
Reds and mini logo
Fine for now, both fairly new. Havenít grabbed speed cream or a cleaner yet.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: moonordie on February 16, 2020, 05:49:00 PM
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I've got zealous bearings in. No complaints and I've skated with it wet a few times. Seem to hold up we'll.
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Great bearings.

I setup some spitfire burners classics (blue ones) man, for low/midrange bearings they really scream out of the box.
Fixed it for you buddy.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Uncle Flea on February 16, 2020, 05:52:15 PM
Bones ceramic reds that I take good care of.

I wish everyone to send their old bearings instead of throwing them away.
I can strip them down organize all the different pieces and rebuild them recycle them. Send them back out into the world
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Fat Tire on February 16, 2020, 06:34:58 PM
Someone in another thread recommended Zealous bearings but they're definitely the shittiest bearings I've ever skated. Skated them for 2 months and they never "broke in", slow as fuck the whole time. Got a set of Reds and the difference was noticeable instantly.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: authentic_creed_bratton on February 16, 2020, 06:46:12 PM
it looks like if you buy race reds on amazon, you can get 3 year product protection for 4.99. will they really replace them whenever a bearing shits out??
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Post by: Xen on February 16, 2020, 06:55:36 PM
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unrelated, but

*So, just for context*

I really like having built-in spacers with my bearings, they make them quieter and smoother. I also really like bones swiss, they last forever and spin really well. Sadly, Bones doesn't make a built-in Swiss bearing. As a project, I thought that it would be interesting to try and swap the swiss balls into the built-in cages of the other bearings. I already have both sets ready to go, and normally wouldn't do this, but the built-ins started dying after 2 weeks or so of mixed street and park use (the balls are steel). Do I need to switch the ball cages/races over as well? I've never done this before, but there are videos online on how to take them apart and put them back together. So, is it worth the trouble? Are the balls going to be the same size? Does anyone have experience with switching balls between bearings like this?

Thanks, PALS, and s h a l o m
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I wouldn’t even bother.

I’m running super reds for like 2 years straight.
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I just don't wanna buy new bearings, as im kinda broke and already have all the parts. thanks for the heads up tho.

The 'precision [inner] race' won't be there to hug your swiss balls.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: dakara on February 16, 2020, 07:05:04 PM
i am and will always be of the opinion that bearings matter like 0%. whatever is cheap and sealed on both sides + spacers is fine. I only don't like bearings with metal shields on the outside, or bearings with rubber shields that fall off. i wont ride bones bearings either just because i wanna be different.

This is my opinion as well for non Swiss simply caused Iíve never owned a set and canít speak on it. Iíve tried basically every non Swiss bearing under the sun and never felt any huge difference. They all get fucked up if you ride a lot through debris or moisture, they all last about a year, they all spin fast if you pop them open and let the gunk clear out once in a while. I think where peopleís preference comes in is marketing and attributing randomly encountered debris heavy sessions as bearing performance
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: off on February 16, 2020, 07:25:55 PM
it looks like if you buy race reds on amazon, you can get 3 year product protection for 4.99. will they really replace them whenever a bearing shits out??
if it works like that, im all over some swiss 6
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: pointandclick on February 16, 2020, 07:34:27 PM
saw these and it broke my brain.
(https://a2.vnda.com.br/500x/hondarskateboards/2019/12/03/hr10-rolamento-double-ten-513.jpg?1575415526)

(https://a4.vnda.com.br/1000x/hondarskateboards/2019/12/03/hr10-rolamento-double-ten-512.jpg?1575415560)
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Post by: moonordie on February 17, 2020, 02:33:00 AM
saw these and it broke my brain.
(https://a2.vnda.com.br/500x/hondarskateboards/2019/12/03/hr10-rolamento-double-ten-513.jpg?1575415526)

(https://a4.vnda.com.br/1000x/hondarskateboards/2019/12/03/hr10-rolamento-double-ten-512.jpg?1575415560)
Brazilians love to do weird shit like that
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Maccat on February 17, 2020, 03:43:34 AM
On the cheap side Reds canít be beat. Running some Modus within the same price as Reds and they blow.

Got some Ceramic Black Panthers and those are some hot shit. Always dug BP.

Swiss are a dream. Never could pull the trigger on some.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: imuseless on February 17, 2020, 04:02:56 AM
1-2 set of Reds a year, I just can't convince myself that Swiss wouldn't lock up like Reds.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: cosmicgypsies on February 17, 2020, 04:04:39 AM
Iím running some MxM brand bearings right now, which is basically a Japanese shop brand thatís the cheapest at many of the shops here. Itís only solidified my opinion that outside of Swiss, there is little difference between non Swiss  Chinese made bearings of non steel cage design.

They performed like any bearing Iíve ever used out of the box, took a bit to break in but spun fast after. After a particularly harsh week were I skated in light rain once and after that in an area with heavy dirt/debris wash off from said rain, they got fucked and would not spin fast and a couple were jammed up. I took em out, popped the shields, and spun them by hand for a bit(didnít have any cleaner on me and all together it would cost about the same as another set of bearings) then popped them back in with shields. Nothing really changed. A week later did the same thing but left the shields popped. When spun by hand after re installation they were even worse then before, but my first ride was traveling about 1km to a friends and after that they spin faster than ever and my setup is noticeabley  faster and smoother, and has been for about 3 weeks now.

I know a lot of people think the popped shields thing is dumb, but I do think the theory that it lets debris clear out is sound and that keeping the shields on does accumulate debris. The best route is obviously to clean your bearing regularly then put the shields back in, but popping the shields is effective. Unless you are set on getting the absolute most longevity out of your bearings, the popped shields method is great for the lazy skater that doesnít mind getting only getting 6-12 months out of their 20 dollar bearings vs 2 years and perhaps a tiny boost in speed. Basically Iíve concluded that: shields on w/ sporadic maintenance  < no shields w/ sporadic maintenance < shields with regular maintenance

i remember a year or two back i blew a bearing and asked my homie if he had a spare, kid pulled out this bag full of bearings (probably 2/3 sets in there) and says "you can try one of these but they're all pretty fucked). took a couple out, they didn't spin - looked closer and all the shields had been slightly dented. popped them all off and they were fine, afaik they were a mix of spitfire and indy bearings. happened on a few occasions when my andales (never buy those) blew out and people had "fucked" spares that were just bent shields. ran shields off ever since.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Uncle Flea on February 17, 2020, 05:33:42 AM
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I’m running some MxM brand bearings right now, which is basically a Japanese shop brand that’s the cheapest at many of the shops here. It’s only solidified my opinion that outside of Swiss, there is little difference between non Swiss  Chinese made bearings of non steel cage design.

They performed like any bearing I’ve ever used out of the box, took a bit to break in but spun fast after. After a particularly harsh week were I skated in light rain once and after that in an area with heavy dirt/debris wash off from said rain, they got fucked and would not spin fast and a couple were jammed up. I took em out, popped the shields, and spun them by hand for a bit(didn’t have any cleaner on me and all together it would cost about the same as another set of bearings) then popped them back in with shields. Nothing really changed. A week later did the same thing but left the shields popped. When spun by hand after re installation they were even worse then before, but my first ride was traveling about 1km to a friends and after that they spin faster than ever and my setup is noticeabley  faster and smoother, and has been for about 3 weeks now.

I know a lot of people think the popped shields thing is dumb, but I do think the theory that it lets debris clear out is sound and that keeping the shields on does accumulate debris. The best route is obviously to clean your bearing regularly then put the shields back in, but popping the shields is effective. Unless you are set on getting the absolute most longevity out of your bearings, the popped shields method is great for the lazy skater that doesn’t mind getting only getting 6-12 months out of their 20 dollar bearings vs 2 years and perhaps a tiny boost in speed. Basically I’ve concluded that: shields on w/ sporadic maintenance  < no shields w/ sporadic maintenance < shields with regular maintenance
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i remember a year or two back i blew a bearing and asked my homie if he had a spare, kid pulled out this bag full of bearings (probably 2/3 sets in there) and says "you can try one of these but they're all pretty fucked). took a couple out, they didn't spin - looked closer and all the shields had been slightly dented. popped them all off and they were fine, afaik they were a mix of spitfire and indy bearings. happened on a few occasions when my andales (never buy those) blew out and people had "fucked" spares that were just bent shields. ran shields off ever since.

I hate that. Bent shield
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: jay_nev on February 17, 2020, 07:57:22 AM
I feel like at this point if my "budget" bearing crapped out, I'd remove the rubber shield drop a bit of speed oil in them and ride them shieldless to see if that does get them spinning freely again. Haven't tried that yet but they're cheap enough why not.

Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Xen on February 17, 2020, 10:32:21 AM
Bent shields are the fucking worst, it's a pretty flawed design for our use (for machine use, it's fine).

Cleaning them requires the shields to be removed, something that can't be done perfectly every time and results in them bending anyway; in the grand scheme of things it's probably better to pop them when they seize and replace as needed.

Bearings are probably the worst scam in the skate game. ABEC (doesn't apply) Skate Rated (bullshit). The exception to this are BONES Swiss and Swiss Six, they really are head and shoulders above the rest (Shields on or off).
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Post by: Uncle Flea on February 17, 2020, 10:53:28 AM
Is so fucking hard to clean bearings with out shields.

I use an old shield I don't care about to hold the bearings in place for re assembly.

With out a shield on it won't just snap back together.

I had a home made bones shake cup for cleaning but now I just pull them completely apart snap them back together.

I can get 10 plus years out of a nice ceramic bearings.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Fred Gerwer Frank Gall on February 18, 2020, 07:22:55 PM
Bones 6ball when flush.
Indy blacks on a budget (or rocking rons)
about to try some Big Balls (Chinese made 6balls I believe)
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Xen on February 18, 2020, 07:40:53 PM
Bones 6ball when flush.
Indy blacks on a budget (or rocking rons)
about to try some Big Balls (Chinese made 6balls I believe)

I'm not feeling the Big Balls yet...

;D

They don't feel like a 'budget' swiss six, and by that I mean I don't feel any of the benefits (speed, smoothness, acceleration) that I do with Swiss Six and quite honestly no noticeable bump over regular old redz or Abec7 whatevers...my indy blacks or Bronson G3s both feel 'better' than the Big Balls.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Fred Gerwer Frank Gall on February 18, 2020, 08:18:37 PM
Good to know. I hope they are durable at least. I have them in some cruiser wheels so not super worried about performance.
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Post by: off on February 19, 2020, 12:36:31 AM
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Bones 6ball when flush.
Indy blacks on a budget (or rocking rons)
about to try some Big Balls (Chinese made 6balls I believe)
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I'm not feeling the Big Balls yet...

;D

They don't feel like a 'budget' swiss six, and by that I mean I don't feel any of the benefits (speed, smoothness, acceleration) that I do with Swiss Six and quite honestly no noticeable bump over regular old redz or Abec7 whatevers...my indy blacks or Bronson G3s both feel 'better' than the Big Balls.
pretty ironic that the big balls suck
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Post by: rocklobster on February 19, 2020, 12:51:56 AM
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Bones 6ball when flush.
Indy blacks on a budget (or rocking rons)
about to try some Big Balls (Chinese made 6balls I believe)
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I'm not feeling the Big Balls yet...

;D

They don't feel like a 'budget' swiss six, and by that I mean I don't feel any of the benefits (speed, smoothness, acceleration) that I do with Swiss Six and quite honestly no noticeable bump over regular old redz or Abec7 whatevers...my indy blacks or Bronson G3s both feel 'better' than the Big Balls.
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pretty ironic that the big balls suck

(https://www.memesmonkey.com/images/memesmonkey/01/018e06e6465c6075bcf07217346ad23a.jpeg)

I thought riding them would be a swell experience.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: jay_nev on February 21, 2020, 05:57:18 PM
Aight so figgy now Dickson right after Green part dropped
 ???

https://www.instagram.com/p/B82KpPcFAzH/?igshid=1666n9rbu6k8x (https://www.instagram.com/p/B82KpPcFAzH/?igshid=1666n9rbu6k8x)
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Post by: ItsNoUse on February 21, 2020, 06:11:53 PM
Aight so figgy now Dickson right after Green part dropped
 ???

https://www.instagram.com/p/B82KpPcFAzH/?igshid=1666n9rbu6k8x (https://www.instagram.com/p/B82KpPcFAzH/?igshid=1666n9rbu6k8x)

Wonder if they're any good or if they're just another cheap Chinese bearing.
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Post by: jay_nev on February 21, 2020, 06:21:04 PM
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Aight so figgy now Dickson right after Green part dropped
 ???

https://www.instagram.com/p/B82KpPcFAzH/?igshid=1666n9rbu6k8x (https://www.instagram.com/p/B82KpPcFAzH/?igshid=1666n9rbu6k8x)
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Wonder if they're any good or if they're just another cheap Chinese bearing.
Same. We need more bearing companies?? You made the comment about the JJ affiliation right? Part owner or something?
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Post by: ItsNoUse on February 21, 2020, 06:25:21 PM
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Aight so figgy now Dickson right after Green part dropped
 ???

https://www.instagram.com/p/B82KpPcFAzH/?igshid=1666n9rbu6k8x (https://www.instagram.com/p/B82KpPcFAzH/?igshid=1666n9rbu6k8x)
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Wonder if they're any good or if they're just another cheap Chinese bearing.
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Same. We need more bearing companies?? You made the comment about the JJ affiliation right? Part owner or something?

Seems to be.
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Post by: rocklobster on February 21, 2020, 07:49:47 PM
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Aight so figgy now Dickson right after Green part dropped
 ???

https://www.instagram.com/p/B82KpPcFAzH/?igshid=1666n9rbu6k8x (https://www.instagram.com/p/B82KpPcFAzH/?igshid=1666n9rbu6k8x)
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Wonder if they're any good or if they're just another cheap Chinese bearing.
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Same. We need more bearing companies?? You made the comment about the JJ affiliation right? Part owner or something?
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Seems to be.

99% sure they are Chinese bearings. Come to think of it bearings might be one of the easier brands to start. Get a good colour shield on them, nice packaging and you got yourself a brand. Probably has a good margin on them too with lower risks compared to boards or trucks.
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Post by: jay_nev on February 21, 2020, 08:41:13 PM
Iíd agree 100%. Marketing and branding more important than actual product. Gotta sell a lot more of em though. And market share is tougher to crack.
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Post by: rocklobster on February 21, 2020, 10:36:54 PM
Iíd agree 100%. Marketing and branding more important than actual product. Gotta sell a lot more of em though. And market share is tougher to crack.

With bearing people don't expect them to last forever, especially if they are getting a mid-range pair, none of that fancy Swiss ceramic shit. They get mass produced in China for use outside of skateboarding, so there has to be some consistency there if they are making millions of them.

With wheels, boards and trucks people may hold them to a much higher expectation, and you can feel if they are shitty within the first session. The bearings would have it be a manufacturing defect if they couldn't last even 1 session.
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Post by: moonordie on February 22, 2020, 03:00:04 AM
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Aight so figgy now Dickson right after Green part dropped
 ???

https://www.instagram.com/p/B82KpPcFAzH/?igshid=1666n9rbu6k8x (https://www.instagram.com/p/B82KpPcFAzH/?igshid=1666n9rbu6k8x)
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Wonder if they're any good or if they're just another cheap Chinese bearing.
I'll go for option B chief.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Mesteezo on February 22, 2020, 10:52:42 AM
I've been on and regularly cleaning the same set of Swiss for the last 3 years, but they seem to be getting to the end of their performance advantage and feel sluggish even after cleaning. Should I say fuck it and pop the shields off to get whatever is left in these?
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Post by: Reed Richards on February 22, 2020, 05:21:07 PM
Bones Reds.  Swiss are better apparently but they're expensive and I'm not good enough to warrant the purchase.
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Post by: ThisFuckingDude on February 22, 2020, 07:20:10 PM
Iíve been running reds forever. I know Swiss are better and I make enough where spending the extra money isnít an issue. But I still donít wanna pay that much for bearings. My dude that works at the local swears by bronsons but I refuse.
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Post by: satan on February 23, 2020, 09:38:21 PM
I'll say it again
A lot of you guys' bearing problems would go away if you used penetrating lube
It's cheap and easy
Spray can with a straw will get lube past the shields. Downside is it could also push in dirt
Penetrating lube will also displace water and help break up rust. That's great for puddles or humid environments
If you're worried about max speed vs dry bearings then look for a thin synthetic lube. There might be a couple options there but I'm not 100%
Gun CLP is another option. Basically the same stuff just for higher end usage, guns vs rusty bolts..
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Post by: rocklobster on February 23, 2020, 10:09:44 PM
I'll say it again
A lot of you guys' bearing problems would go away if you used penetrating lube
It's cheap and easy
Spray can with a straw will get lube past the shields. Downside is it could also push in dirt
Penetrating lube will also displace water and help break up rust. That's great for puddles or humid environments
If you're worried about max speed vs dry bearings then look for a thin synthetic lube. There might be a couple options there but I'm not 100%
Gun CLP is another option. Basically the same stuff just for higher end usage, guns vs rusty bolts..

Astroglide?
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Post by: satan on February 23, 2020, 10:29:31 PM
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I'll say it again
A lot of you guys' bearing problems would go away if you used penetrating lube
It's cheap and easy
Spray can with a straw will get lube past the shields. Downside is it could also push in dirt
Penetrating lube will also displace water and help break up rust. That's great for puddles or humid environments
If you're worried about max speed vs dry bearings then look for a thin synthetic lube. There might be a couple options there but I'm not 100%
Gun CLP is another option. Basically the same stuff just for higher end usage, guns vs rusty bolts..
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Astroglide?
Well.. if you've got it sitting around, its better than nothing..
But.. if you've got it sitting around, you probably already knew that.. ;)
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Post by: rocklobster on February 24, 2020, 02:38:27 AM
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I'll say it again
A lot of you guys' bearing problems would go away if you used penetrating lube
It's cheap and easy
Spray can with a straw will get lube past the shields. Downside is it could also push in dirt
Penetrating lube will also displace water and help break up rust. That's great for puddles or humid environments
If you're worried about max speed vs dry bearings then look for a thin synthetic lube. There might be a couple options there but I'm not 100%
Gun CLP is another option. Basically the same stuff just for higher end usage, guns vs rusty bolts..
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Astroglide?
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Well.. if you've got it sitting around, its better than nothing..
But.. if you've got it sitting around, you probably already knew that.. ;)

Protip - Astroglide should not be used as a replacement for wax on a ledge

Real talk - Bones Super Reds, worth the price difference versus regular Reds?
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Post by: moonordie on February 24, 2020, 02:48:57 AM
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I'll say it again
A lot of you guys' bearing problems would go away if you used penetrating lube
It's cheap and easy
Spray can with a straw will get lube past the shields. Downside is it could also push in dirt
Penetrating lube will also displace water and help break up rust. That's great for puddles or humid environments
If you're worried about max speed vs dry bearings then look for a thin synthetic lube. There might be a couple options there but I'm not 100%
Gun CLP is another option. Basically the same stuff just for higher end usage, guns vs rusty bolts..
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Astroglide?
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Well.. if you've got it sitting around, its better than nothing..
But.. if you've got it sitting around, you probably already knew that.. ;)
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Protip - Astroglide should not be used as a replacement for wax on a ledge

Real talk - Bones Super Reds, worth the price difference versus regular Reds?
Nope, is not worth it. The only super red set I had lasted me nothing and during that time I was like "i really got this shit instead of reds?"
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: jay_nev on February 24, 2020, 05:09:41 AM
I'll say it again
A lot of you guys' bearing problems would go away if you used penetrating lube
It's cheap and easy
Spray can with a straw will get lube past the shields. Downside is it could also push in dirt
Penetrating lube will also displace water and help break up rust. That's great for puddles or humid environments
If you're worried about max speed vs dry bearings then look for a thin synthetic lube. There might be a couple options there but I'm not 100%
Gun CLP is another option. Basically the same stuff just for higher end usage, guns vs rusty bolts..
any amazon links to specific products? Got a few bearings Iíd like to try to free up and get rolling again. Iíd take off shield and use as you mentioned.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Daggers4life on February 24, 2020, 05:46:08 AM
Been running Bones Swiss. Don't think I''l ever run anything else again except for maybe Swiss 6 Ball.
I clean them every 2-3 months and run them without shields. I've had the same set for 3 years now and they are still going strong.

On a side note I am and older guy who mainly skates bowl and ramp 3-4 days a week.... So my bearing don't take any big impacts.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: alonelikeastone on February 24, 2020, 06:03:31 AM
Swiss. Powell. No shields.

Itís the only way.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Drucksache on February 24, 2020, 07:11:50 AM
Industrial bearings from a German hardware store. 4 bearings for 2 bucks.

I bought them in an emergency type situation and boy was I surprised.

Cost/performance is through the roof.

Not as fast as other high-end bearings but equally good as the budged lines of bronson, spitfire, indy, etc.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: jay_nev on February 24, 2020, 07:42:50 AM
I do want to try the Reds Big Balls
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Diocletian on February 24, 2020, 10:46:52 AM
Iíve been rolling with a random assortment of bones super reds, regular reds, big balls, and Swiss but theyíre finally all toast after like a year, some less than that. I just swap out from a pile when individual ones go bad. I donít use shields so the indoor park dust finally killed them I think. Iíll just grab some reds from the local soon and keep the shields on and see how it goes *shrugs*. Too lazy to clean bearings.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: tyshoes on February 24, 2020, 12:28:19 PM
Iíve been rolling with a random assortment of bones super reds, regular reds, big balls, and Swiss but theyíre finally all toast after like a year, some less than that. I just swap out from a pile when individual ones go bad. I donít use shields so the indoor park dust finally killed them I think. Iíll just grab some reds from the local soon and keep the shields on and see how it goes *shrugs*. Too lazy to clean bearings.

if you are willing to try something besides bones. These are prob the best bearings vs price value imo. I prefer to reds and they last a while for me. Same as the current 7s.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Independent-Genuine-Parts-Black-Skateboard-Bearings-msrp-25-00/273213425430?epid=1440199454&hash=item3f9cca0716:g:xA4AAOSw3pZa-fam
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Xen on February 24, 2020, 01:31:21 PM
Are Swiss really that much better? I'm riding Super Reds right now and they seem pretty great. Every time I happen to need new bearings I'm broke but I'm debating splurging on some.

Yes
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Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: baustin on February 24, 2020, 01:41:39 PM
I've had a set of G3's in for over a year that have miraculously lasted this entire time without any major failures, probably because most of my skating is low impact in parks nowadays but still I'm pretty impressed. I have a set of Reds Big Balls and some new F4's on ice that I'm really excited to set up because I've heard only good stuff about the Big Balls so far.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: satan on February 25, 2020, 01:36:54 AM
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Iíve been rolling with a random assortment of bones super reds, regular reds, big balls, and Swiss but theyíre finally all toast after like a year, some less than that. I just swap out from a pile when individual ones go bad. I donít use shields so the indoor park dust finally killed them I think. Iíll just grab some reds from the local soon and keep the shields on and see how it goes *shrugs*. Too lazy to clean bearings.
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if you are willing to try something besides bones. These are prob the best bearings vs price value imo. I prefer to reds and they last a while for me. Same as the current 7s.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Independent-Genuine-Parts-Black-Skateboard-Bearings-msrp-25-00/273213425430?epid=1440199454&hash=item3f9cca0716:g:xA4AAOSw3pZa-fam
There are discontinued now? So no info on them at nhsfunfactory..
Iirc they were a step up from 7's and cost about $5 more.
7's have a black retainer and the races are silver, raw steel, they don't have that black oxide coating like the Blacks.
Edit. Spaced.. I think it's a phosphate coating cuz grayish..
These are the bearings that used Shell Morlina oil and got me thinking about industrial oils for bearing lube..

I had 7's but never ran them myself. They seemed good.. ended up giving a relative a complete..


Anyone tried Super Reds and used Speed Cream before you ran them?
Typically cheaper oils are used in cheaper bearings..
Better oil, more zing..
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: satan on February 25, 2020, 02:28:58 AM
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I'll say it again
A lot of you guys' bearing problems would go away if you used penetrating lube
It's cheap and easy
Spray can with a straw will get lube past the shields. Downside is it could also push in dirt
Penetrating lube will also displace water and help break up rust. That's great for puddles or humid environments
If you're worried about max speed vs dry bearings then look for a thin synthetic lube. There might be a couple options there but I'm not 100%
Gun CLP is another option. Basically the same stuff just for higher end usage, guns vs rusty bolts..
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any amazon links to specific products? Got a few bearings Iíd like to try to free up and get rolling again. Iíd take off shield and use as you mentioned.
I was more looking at cheap/easy options so was only looking at mail ordering good stuff, $15-20 range..
I remember seeing Renewalube on Amazon. They have a couple good options, both thin and regular/standard thickness.
Scroll way down..

This is actually tough for me to whittle down into a short post. I could write an essay and was working on an outline to organize everything.

Cheap.. I'm thinking under $10. There's some $2 options, most stuff is in the $4-6 range.
And I'm talking spray cans, regular size is 11oz, small is 4oz.
Easy.. I'm feeling lazy. I want a cleaner/lube combo. On cheap bearings I wanna just spray thru the shields.
Deep clean is shields of, soak in lube, toothbrush, spin em, possibly repeat. Not disassembling bearings again unless they're Swiss. Rinse with WD40 and then a quick shot of lube.
You can use the same lube for everything above..
And I don't wanna mail order.. I'm think 30-40min round trip to get something local.
So Walmart.. Hardware stores, Ace, Home Depot, Lowes. Auto parts stores, Napa, Carquest, Autozone, Pepboys, etc..
Canadian Tire has some STRONG stuff with solvents that's probably banned in the US now..

*warning*
- I'm not super good at chemistry but I get the basics. None of this stuff will eat plastic.. I don't think they contain any harsh solvents. They use an oil and/or other petroleum product to clean out the gum/varnish left by other oils.. Some might have synthetic oil in the mix, or a hydrocracked "synthetic" oil.
For synthetics I think ester based would be best cuz it's polar and clings to steel. Also reduces friction. Sometimes listed on SDS as diester.. I think veggie oil is ester but I'm not sure.
- I say spray a lot when I really mean spray can or aerosol. Just saying it cuz if you google for spray you might find hand pump spray bottles. Those might work too if they don't have a mister spray pattern. I never tried them..
- I was wrong on sewing machine oil, it's just USP white mineral oil. Didn't realize sewing machines drank oil like they do..

Fuck me. This is turning into an essay..

https://blastercorp.com/blaster-corp-products/
I like the og PB B'laster but it's got strong fumes and I wouldn't use in indoors.
The Multi-Max might be a better lube but not clean as well. I haven't tried it yet.
Walmart has both. Seems like all auto parts and big hardware stores carry this brand now.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Super-Tech-Lubricant-8-oz/21618346
Super Tech lube from Walmart. $2 for the small can..
I think the new can is grey. Looked good on an old forum SDS, I gotta look up a newer one.
In the auto and hardware sections.


Gun stuff..
This might be a good choice for indoor use.
Anyone remember the old Consolidated bearing cleaner/lube in a spray can?
I think it was gun CLP. Cleaner, lubricant, protectant. Smelled nice.
Walmart has the stuff below. Some stuff was out of stock at places and oddly prices varied by location.

Break Free CLP gets good reviews and I'm definitely gonna try it
https://www.safariland.com/products/holsters-and-gear/cleaning-components/cleaners-and-solvents/gun-lubricants-and-protectants/clp-cleaner-lubricant-and-preservative-15337.html

https://www.brownells.com/gun-cleaning-chemicals/oils-lubricants/lubricant-protectant-oils/break-free-clp-prod1683.aspx
Walmart stuff was black like this

https://www.remington.com/shop/Oils%20&%20Lubricants/c/Oils%26Lubricants
Remington oil and spray. Oil is just oil but it's $2..
Spray can reads like it's a cleaner/lube but doesn't say dissolve or break up rust or anything. I don't think it's an all in one CLP.
Pro3 looks interesting but WM doesn't carry it. Gun or fishing, outdoorsy store..

https://www.hoppes.com/new-products/hoppeísģ-boresnakeģ-clp (https://www.hoppes.com/new-products/hoppeísģ-boresnakeģ-clp)
They also had Hoppes but I didn't notice this CLP

https://birchwoodcasey.com/products?category=95
Don't have CLP but have cleaners, oil and grease


http://www.kanolabs.com/penLub.html
https://www.crcindustries.com/products/knock-er-loose-174-penetrating-solvent-13-wt-oz-03020.html
https://www.napaonline.com/en/p/KW_401712 $5.50 for 9oz
Kroil by Kano Labs. Old car guys swear by this stuff, I've never tried it but they say it's better than PB Blaster. I'd like to try it but idk if I'd mail order it.
I think they got bought by CRC and CRC's Knock'er Loose is the same stuff. Available at Napa, if your local store doesn't stock it I think you can ship to store for free.

https://www.3inone.com/products/penetrant/
3in1 Fast-Acting Penetrant
Orange bottle. Might be super thin. Maybe. Like ISO 2!?!?!?
Drip bottle only, no spray. Haven't tried it yet.

https://www.wd40.com/products/penetrating-oil/
WD40 Specialist Rust Release Penetrant
I think it's easy to find at hardware stores. Doesn't seem super special but might be worth trying.


Auto part store brands..
https://www.royalpurple.com/product/maxfilm-synthetic-penetrating-lubricant/
https://www.royalpurple.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/2018_maxfilm_pds.pdf
https://www.pepboys.com/royal-purple-maxfilm-synthetic-penetrating-spray-lubricant/product/670531 $8, 4oz
RP Maxfilm. Synthetic. Idk if I'd call RP a boutique oil company but they make (blend?) good stuff. They used to sell this in 4oz cans. Seems like a pretty good lube, no crazy fumes, but haven't used it to clean/soak. I need to "race" some of this vs Speed Cream to see which is thinner. Listed viscosity is ISO 22, 7, or 5? I don't have any super thin oils for comparison..

https://www.liquidwrench.com/products/
Liquid Wrench. I think everything uses cerflon, a ceramic/teflon mix. Pro stuff looks good, synthetic blend, I'd probably try it before the WD40 above.

https://seafoamsales.com/product/deep-creep-penetrating-oil/
Sea Foam Deep Creep. Idk doesn't seem like anything special.

https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/automotive/oils-fluids-additives-chemicals/grease-gear-oils-lubricants/lubricants-penetrates.html
Oh Canada


Good stuff
http://renewablelube.com/store/penetrating-lubricants
http://renewablelube.com/products/penetrating-lubricants/ Safety data sheet has viscosity? Idr..
https://www.amazon.com/Renewable-Lubricants-Bio-Blast-Penetrant-Lubricant/dp/B00C3LZTG4/
I remember this company as Renewalube, RLI.. they will do custom oils..
It's veggie (soy?) and biodegradable. I think it's an ester. Seems like it'd be good for indoor use.
BPL is a standard thickness/viscosity, a thin ISO 15
Bio-Blast is super thin, ISO 5
Tacky stuff will be like grease..
Now this stuff I would mail order. I'm interested in the Bio-Blast. Stuff with moly seems nla?

If you wanna mail order here's more higher end stuff
https://www.super-lube.com/syncopen-synthetic-penetrant-2
It's Kosher!!
And super thin, ISO 3!!!

https://www.amsoil.com/shop/by-product/other-products/cleaners-and-protectants/mp-metal-protector/

LPS
https://www.itwprobrands.com/product/tkx TKX, ISO 10? vanilla flavor
https://www.itwprobrands.com/product/lst LST
https://www.itwprobrands.com/product/lps-1 LPS 1, super thin
https://www.itwprobrands.com/product/b-88 KB-88, like water

https://www.maximausa.com/product/mppl/

https://www.schaefferoil.com/penetro.html

https://torcousa.com/collections/torco-service-products/products/pl-50


Ok. I'm done for now..
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: tyshoes on February 25, 2020, 10:16:09 AM
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Iíve been rolling with a random assortment of bones super reds, regular reds, big balls, and Swiss but theyíre finally all toast after like a year, some less than that. I just swap out from a pile when individual ones go bad. I donít use shields so the indoor park dust finally killed them I think. Iíll just grab some reds from the local soon and keep the shields on and see how it goes *shrugs*. Too lazy to clean bearings.
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if you are willing to try something besides bones. These are prob the best bearings vs price value imo. I prefer to reds and they last a while for me. Same as the current 7s.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Independent-Genuine-Parts-Black-Skateboard-Bearings-msrp-25-00/273213425430?epid=1440199454&hash=item3f9cca0716:g:xA4AAOSw3pZa-fam
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There are discontinued now? So no info on them at nhsfunfactory..
Iirc they were a step up from 7's and cost about $5 more.
7's have a black retainer and the races are silver, raw steel, they don't have that black oxide coating like the Blacks.
Edit. Spaced.. I think it's a phosphate coating cuz grayish..
These are the bearings that used Shell Morlina oil and got me thinking about industrial oils for bearing lube..

I had 7's but never ran them myself. They seemed good.. ended up giving a relative a complete..


Anyone tried Super Reds and used Speed Cream before you ran them?
Typically cheaper oils are used in cheaper bearings..
Better oil, more zing..

yes discontinued. Theyre the same as the 7 bearings in build, only the aesthetics are different. Smooth matte black finish and metal case is what I was told is the only difference. great deal.

Yes. Higher end oil in these as well.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: off on February 25, 2020, 11:27:23 AM
whats a good grease/formula to "waterproof" bearings? i remember something being said about it, but i cant recall what it was
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Mesteezo on February 25, 2020, 11:55:55 AM
whats a good grease/formula to "waterproof" bearings? i remember something being said about it, but i cant recall what it was

White lithium grease. You can get it at an auto part store for like $3 a tube
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: off on February 25, 2020, 06:52:44 PM
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whats a good grease/formula to "waterproof" bearings? i remember something being said about it, but i cant recall what it was
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White lithium grease. You can get it at an auto part store for like $3 a tube
yes exactly that. is wd40 good?
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: satan on February 25, 2020, 07:17:39 PM
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whats a good grease/formula to "waterproof" bearings? i remember something being said about it, but i cant recall what it was
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White lithium grease. You can get it at an auto part store for like $3 a tube
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yes exactly that. is wd40 good?
WD40 is good at removing water. Water Displacer, 40th try..
IIRC, if you look at the Euro SDS its mostly naphtha.
It's not a good lubricant, doesn't really break up rust, but it coats a surface well and keeps moisture away. Prevents rust and corrosion..
I think it's main early use was protecting missiles inside silos. Yeah, nukes..

The penetrating lubricants I listed would work vs water. Just gotta use them regularly.
Did you roll thru a puddle that day? Then do a quick spray and spin at the end of the day..
If it's just humid where you live try every week or two?
This is where I was going with "cheap and easy" but forgot to mention it..


I'm glad twanked said lithium grease.. I'm not so good with greases and would have said silicone grease. Both are waterproof but lithium seems like the better option cuz I sorta under its chemistry, just oil + thickener. You might be able to add a thin oil (Speed Cream, etc) to thin out this kind of grease.
Idk wtf is going on with silicone grease chem but I doubt you could mix a petroleum product into it.
Plumber's grease and some brake lubes are silicone..

Standard grease thickness is NGLI #2. NGLI 1.5, 1, 0, 00, and 000 are all progressively thinner, eventually getting soupy.
Dropping point is another thing to look at. There's the temp the grease turns to liquid. Ideally you want it being liquid at operating temps for max speed.

If you want grease + speed the thing to do is use less grease.
A lil dab inside the retainer and a quick wipe to cover the balls might be enough.
If you don't wanna fully disassemble then just wipe over the balls.
BALLZ!! BALLZ!! BALLZ!! Lol
Might need to push a lil into the grooves? Toothpick might work.
Wear gloves or you'll be washing your hands with dish soap..

http://catalog.ezo-usa.com/Asset/Lubrication.pdf
Info on lubes for 608 bearings
Grease amount (% fill) info at the bottom
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: radcunt on February 25, 2020, 08:41:40 PM
I've not regretted buying Bones Swiss or 6s in the years i've had them.  Do regret not buying them sooner.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: moonordie on February 26, 2020, 02:44:20 AM
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whats a good grease/formula to "waterproof" bearings? i remember something being said about it, but i cant recall what it was
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White lithium grease. You can get it at an auto part store for like $3 a tube
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yes exactly that. is wd40 good?
No, is the worst thing you can do for your bearings. Sure at beginning felt they're awesome but with time they will be screwed in a non reversible way.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: texasplant on February 26, 2020, 09:05:29 PM
Bought Swiss 6 for the first timer ever the other day. Never tried anything 'expensive' aside from Raws, and compared to them they are seriously so much better. First roll at the park really caught me off guard, almost too smooth. Never again will I buy anything else.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: sadnocomply on February 26, 2020, 09:30:13 PM
Bought Swiss 6 for the first timer ever the other day. Never tried anything 'expensive' aside from Raws, and compared to them they are seriously so much better. First roll at the park really caught me off guard, almost too smooth. Never again will I buy anything else.
This was me buying Swiss 6 3 weeks ago for the first time, ran & threw down - rolled for hours with a smile on my face
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: rocklobster on February 26, 2020, 10:54:08 PM
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Bought Swiss 6 for the first timer ever the other day. Never tried anything 'expensive' aside from Raws, and compared to them they are seriously so much better. First roll at the park really caught me off guard, almost too smooth. Never again will I buy anything else.
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This was me buying Swiss 6 3 weeks ago for the first time, ran & threw down - rolled for hours with a smile on my face

Are you still rolling while typing this?
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Ghost Lurker on February 27, 2020, 12:57:10 AM
Same set of Swiss with shields off going 3,4...maybe 5 years strong now.

Slight crud corrosion crust buildup on outer areas of bearing, but they still work pretty good.

I want to try Rawís but I picked up a backup set of new Swiss with a gift card I got for Xmas.

Would try Rawís if I got some for free, or at cost.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Diocletian on February 27, 2020, 07:40:55 AM
Iíve been doing the no shields for a couple years now, decided with the new Bones I installed yesterday Iím gonna keep them on and see if they last any longer. Man I hate new quiet bearings.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: artskool on February 27, 2020, 09:34:39 AM
I don't know why anybody that isn't a penniless child would buy anything other than Swiss. Instant speed boost for $65. It somehow took me decades to realize this.

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Bought Swiss 6 for the first timer ever the other day. Never tried anything 'expensive' aside from Raws, and compared to them they are seriously so much better. First roll at the park really caught me off guard, almost too smooth. Never again will I buy anything else.
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This was me buying Swiss 6 3 weeks ago for the first time, ran & threw down - rolled for hours with a smile on my face
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: texasplant on February 27, 2020, 02:21:09 PM
Iíve been doing the no shields for a couple years now, decided with the new Bones I installed yesterday Iím gonna keep them on and see if they last any longer. Man I hate new quiet bearings.


Iím trying so hard to keep the shields on my Swiss 6 but this is the first time Iíve had ďniceĒ bearings. My board sounds dead though, itís the worst
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: ohnowisee on February 27, 2020, 02:49:40 PM
Got Andales swiss in and I do not like them.  My andale pudwill's worked well so I figured swiss would be better and boy is my face red. Going back to reds.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: helvetetsljus on February 27, 2020, 04:12:51 PM
Running Swiss, Big Balls, Race Reds and NMB's on my setups.

Swiss are Swiss and always what I've defaulted to but I just wanted to give something less expensive a try because corrosion happens fast where I live now (sub-tropical island) and Bones Swiss cost around $85 a set here. The outer races of my Bones bearings start rusting quick here without ever rolling through water so I thought if I could save a few bucks it would be worth it. I've tried the whole wiping a tiny bit of speed cream on them but that just attracts dirt and they still start to corrode just as fast. I'm fine with performing basic maintenance on bearings but as far as spending time doing regular corrosion control on tiny bearing races, not so much.

The Big Balls are disappointing. Noisy, not a good noisy, a cheap noisy and even with spacers they're noticeably slower. Race Reds are fast, really fast and have a great sound to them. I like them a lot but they only work well if the cores in all four wheels are manufactured to spec. One goofed up wheel core and the whole thing goes to hell. Another thing I love about the Race Reds is the Bones Bearing tool actually works as an extractor with them, the little balls lock into the inner race so you can pull them straight out (something you can't do without wiggling if you have individual bearings and spacers). The no washers or spacer chatter is a nice bonus too. At around $48 I'll probably use these on all my precision cored wheels in the future. 

The big surprise here is the $22 ($14.99 in the US) NMB's. I decided to get a set a few months ago (haven't had NMB's since the early 90's) when ordering some new Acid Chemical Co wheels from SOP. They're really fast and really quiet. I've been skating them a lot the past few months and they're holding up well. They're completely sealed on both sides so the "no maintenance" claim seems to be holding true. There's also no visible signs of corrosion yet either like I get within a month or two with Bones. I'll definitely be going with these for my budget bearings over regular Bones Reds. Yes, once one goes bad all you can really do is dispose of it  (unless you're a bearing maintenance wizard) but where I live I can have the metals recycling pick them up just like they do my old cracked or used up trucks. So I don't feel so bad about buying disposable bearings.

Bearings are always a hard topic. Everyone installs them differently, maintains them differently, spacers versus no spacers etc etc. There's so many variables that can change the experience from one person to the next. This is just my experience as an "always spacers/no wheel play" skater.

(https://i.imgur.com/368ccMs.jpg)
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: jay_nev on February 27, 2020, 07:26:07 PM
Nice write up. Where to find NMBís here in the US?
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: helvetetsljus on February 27, 2020, 08:54:19 PM
Thanks! I found them at SOP Distribution here:  https://sopdistribution.com/collections/bearings/products/no-maintenance-bearing-pack-set-of-8 (https://sopdistribution.com/collections/bearings/products/no-maintenance-bearing-pack-set-of-8)
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Nth syd bear on February 28, 2020, 04:19:06 PM
I set up bones big balls and a set of f4 classics last night and it was problems all night
Even stopped midway and put spacers in went back out and still fucckery

This wheel bearing combo not working at all

I saw above old mate above wasn't impressed by big balls either..
Haha

What's the consensus do big balls suck balls?? Or is this a qc issue
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: ILikeToMilkDucks on February 29, 2020, 12:00:26 AM
I set up bones big balls and a set of f4 classics last night and it was problems all night
Even stopped midway and put spacers in went back out and still fucckery

This wheel bearing combo not working at all

I saw above old mate above wasn't impressed by big balls either..
Haha

What's the consensus do big balls suck balls?? Or is this a qc issue

I just ordered a set. Should be here on tuesday, going to use them with 53mm slime balls. Lots of balls going on here.

Usually you can get a general idea of a product, but big balls have the most insanely polarizing opinions. Doesn't take long to find out bronson raw isn't all that great, but then you have people that really love the big balls and others who think they're shittier reds.

Guess I'm going to find out first hand.
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Post by: Nth syd bear on February 29, 2020, 02:14:05 AM
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I set up bones big balls and a set of f4 classics last night and it was problems all night
Even stopped midway and put spacers in went back out and still fucckery

This wheel bearing combo not working at all

I saw above old mate above wasn't impressed by big balls either..
Haha

What's the consensus do big balls suck balls?? Or is this a qc issue
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I just ordered a set. Should be here on tuesday, going to use them with 53mm slime balls. Lots of balls going on here.

Usually you can get a general idea of a product, but big balls have the most insanely polarizing opinions. Doesn't take long to find out bronson raw isn't all that great, but then you have people that really love the big balls and others who think they're shittier reds.

Guess I'm going to find out first hand.

Best of luck to you.    I'm swapping them out for a set of reds I bought at the same

Modus black are very good for a budget bearing
Only had a couple of sets of each but found them smoother and more reliable than reds
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Post by: Sila on February 29, 2020, 05:58:22 AM
Modus Blues at the moment. I prefer them over Reds as a reliable and cheap bearing.
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Post by: honey island on February 29, 2020, 04:01:08 PM
honestly, been running cheapshots, and have no issue with them. ever since i heard a lot of guys on spitfire who don't have a bearing sponsor will run the cheapshots, i've barely thought about my bearings.
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Post by: Davethedavedave on March 01, 2020, 12:15:54 AM
Big balls are more durable than reds in my experience
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Post by: rocklobster on March 01, 2020, 04:27:04 AM
Just got me some Bones Super Reds, the smoothness was throwing me off since my previous bearings were cheap and shitty.
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Post by: Uncle Flea on March 01, 2020, 06:22:26 AM
Just got me some Bones Super Reds, the smoothness was throwing me off since my previous bearings were cheap and shitty.

take care of them they will be smooth 10 years from now.
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Post by: the snake on March 01, 2020, 06:50:32 AM
No problem with my Bigballs/Radials slim F4 with spacers after a good amount of sessions in a month, they're still great and smooth, you guys are crazy lol
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Post by: jay_nev on March 05, 2020, 07:32:51 AM
Legit? Reds for $11?

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F283795420424
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Post by: Smartass on March 05, 2020, 08:36:48 AM
Legit? Reds for $11?

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F283795420424

Honestly speaking since the dude has like no rep on eBay, I'd say good chance these are fakes. I mean realistically though, how much different can be they be from actual reds, especially since most of the time the fakes and the real red are made in the same factory.

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Post by: Alex on March 05, 2020, 08:57:57 AM
https://www.vxb.com/8-Skateboard-608-2rs-Sealed-Ceramic-8x22x7mm-p/608-2rs-8.htm (https://www.vxb.com/8-Skateboard-608-2rs-Sealed-Ceramic-8x22x7mm-p/608-2rs-8.htm)

I've been running a set of these ceramics in my cruiser all winter and they're quick! Had to replace a couple damaged shields, but they've put up with water, salt, and sub freezing temps. 

No word on how they hold up to impact of regular skating yet, but I'll be trying them out in a regular setup this summer
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Post by: Uncle Flea on March 05, 2020, 03:37:17 PM
I was selling rebuilds for
https://www.vxb.com/8-Skateboard-608-2rs-Sealed-Ceramic-8x22x7mm-p/608-2rs-8.htm (https://www.vxb.com/8-Skateboard-608-2rs-Sealed-Ceramic-8x22x7mm-p/608-2rs-8.htm)

I've been running a set of these ceramics in my cruiser all winter and they're quick! Had to replace a couple damaged shields, but they've put up with water, salt, and sub freezing temps. 

No word on how they hold up to impact of regular skating yet, but I'll be trying them out in a regular setup this summer
10

If gnar you if I could. I'm definitely going to try these.
https://www.vxb.com/8-Skateboard-608-2rs-Sealed-Ceramic-8x22x7mm-p/608-2rs-8.htm (https://www.vxb.com/8-Skateboard-608-2rs-Sealed-Ceramic-8x22x7mm-p/608-2rs-8.htm)

I've been running a set of these ceramics in my cruiser all winter and they're quick! Had to replace a couple damaged shields, but they've put up with water, salt, and sub freezing temps. 

No word on how they hold up to impact of regular skating yet, but I'll be trying them out in a regular setup this summer

that's a super red. I know bearings very well. I would gnar you if I could
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Post by: jay_nev on March 05, 2020, 03:53:59 PM
$15.54 to ship those ground geez
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Post by: Alex on March 06, 2020, 05:17:08 AM
$15.54 to ship those ground geez

USPS standard shipping is $3.69 if you select "other carriers"
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Post by: jay_nev on March 06, 2020, 05:19:54 AM
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$15.54 to ship those ground geez
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USPS standard shipping is $3.69 if you select "other carriers"
missed tht first time around I guess. thanks. How did you find these? And what happened with the shields? Was it only bc you used them in shit weather?
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Post by: Alex on March 06, 2020, 05:39:16 AM
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$15.54 to ship those ground geez
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USPS standard shipping is $3.69 if you select "other carriers"
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missed tht first time around I guess. thanks. How did you find these? And what happened with the shields? Was it only bc you used them in shit weather?

I read somewhere, maybe a post on here, that the majority of bearings are made in the same factory so I went looking for a wholesaler. The shields were all fine when I got them but a couple of them started to rub after a couple weeks. Once I replaced them with random shields I had lying around they've needed zero maintenance for the past few months. They don't have any sort of labyrinth / fancy shields or come with any packaging / spacers, but the bearings have been more than worth it for a rain and winter setup.
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Post by: slappy50 on March 06, 2020, 07:39:35 AM
They come in a set of 8, right? or is it just one? 9.95 seems awfully cheap for 8



shalom
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Post by: jay_nev on March 06, 2020, 07:41:58 AM
They come in a set of 8, right? or is it just one? 9.95 seems awfully cheap for 8



shalom
not sure if troll.

Pack of 8 Ball Bearings
608-2RS with Ceramic Balls
(https://www.vxb.com/v/vspfiles/photos/8bearings-2rs-2.jpg)

Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: slappy50 on March 06, 2020, 07:44:03 AM
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They come in a set of 8, right? or is it just one? 9.95 seems awfully cheap for 8

Not troll, just unsure.


shalom
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not sure if troll.

Pack of 8 Ball Bearings
608-2RS with Ceramic Balls
(https://www.vxb.com/v/vspfiles/photos/8bearings-2rs-2.jpg)
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: backinaction on March 06, 2020, 11:50:46 AM

that's a super red. I know bearings very well. I would gnar you if I could

Aren't reds ceramics made of Silicon Nitride balls - which are dark in appearance?  These are Zirconia ones - white balls.

VXB also makes Silicon Nitride ones, but they are closer to $50 for a set.
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Post by: whatsreallygood on March 06, 2020, 05:01:02 PM
Like, a gross mashup of china reds and china ceramics from more than 5 years ago. I just swap out the ceramic when they eventually break. I went through a really weird bearing breaking phase which I assume was just cause the ceramics were all starting to get old after 5 years and a bunch started to blow out, thus the reds added to the mix
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Post by: Ziad on March 07, 2020, 02:12:45 PM
swiss for like 5 years now
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Post by: authentic_creed_bratton on March 07, 2020, 07:35:26 PM
vxb has some silicone nitride ceramic bearings with built in spacers for $35. peaks the shit out of my curiosity


https://www.vxb.com/8-Skateboard-Extended-SI3N4-Ceramic-Built-in-p/kit16855.htm


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Post by: off on March 09, 2020, 10:06:05 PM
swiss 6 are on my shopping list. tired of having to push forever on china reds
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Post by: sneakpeekmeek on March 09, 2020, 10:29:49 PM
swiss 6 are on my shopping list. tired of having to push forever on china reds

Not a huge bargain, but amazon is selling super Swiss 6 for 55 bucks. Theyíre legit if you get them from the seller ďfish bone apparelĒ
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Post by: jay_nev on March 10, 2020, 11:21:04 AM
speed oil? "This is our secret formula. We private label this to a few companies but cannot disclose which ones.."
https://tgmskateboards.com/bearing-speed-oil/

or bones speed cream?
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Post by: Willie on March 10, 2020, 12:12:40 PM
I just cleaned an old ass set of Reds rather than put in a new set of Bronson G2s. Figured the Reds would still be better.


A friend gave me the Bronsons for my birthday over 2 years ago. I feel bad about not using them but my last set was terrible.
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Post by: iwishilivedinfinla on March 10, 2020, 01:29:32 PM
buying anything other than Bones is a future inconvenience
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Post by: rob on March 10, 2020, 01:34:01 PM
Iíve spouted it many times and Iím gonna keep going

MODUS
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Richard Skidder on March 19, 2020, 01:06:07 PM
3n1 oil, Bronson oil, or Bones speedcream for relube?
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Post by: moonordie on March 19, 2020, 01:08:17 PM
3n1 oil, Bronson oil, or Bones speedcream for relube?
Probably they're all the same but I would go for Bones speedcream.
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Post by: Richard Skidder on March 19, 2020, 01:22:04 PM
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3n1 oil, Bronson oil, or Bones speedcream for relube?
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Probably they're all the same but I would go for Bones speedcream.
I guess my real question is do you guys have good experience with 3n1 oil? Is it too thick?
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Post by: somedudefromnj on March 19, 2020, 02:03:42 PM
riding those indy abec 5 and as of right now i love em. Will check back in in a month
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Post by: moonordie on March 19, 2020, 02:42:43 PM
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3n1 oil, Bronson oil, or Bones speedcream for relube?
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Probably they're all the same but I would go for Bones speedcream.
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I guess my real question is do you guys have good experience with 3n1 oil? Is it too thick?
Is ok, back in the day I used for years and never had any problem
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Post by: sneakpeekmeek on March 19, 2020, 03:57:04 PM
3n1 oil, Bronson oil, or Bones speedcream for relube?

https://www.amazon.com/Super-Lube-52004-Lightweight-Translucent/dp/B00175VGUA/ref=sr_1_2?crid=ZQLNN8O2WZXJ&dchild=1&keywords=superlube+synthetic+oil&qid=1584658517&sprefix=superlube+synt%2Caps%2C155&sr=8-2

 (https://www.amazon.com/Super-Lube-52004-Lightweight-Translucent/dp/B00175VGUA/ref=sr_1_2?crid=ZQLNN8O2WZXJ&dchild=1&keywords=superlube+synthetic+oil&qid=1584658517&sprefix=superlube+synt%2Caps%2C155&sr=8-2)

i've been using this for the past year to lube my bearings. cheap, food-grade, and non-toxic.
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Post by: Peepeeboy69 on March 19, 2020, 04:45:58 PM
3n1 oil, Bronson oil, or Bones speedcream for relube?

cheetah cum only
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Post by: authentic_creed_bratton on March 19, 2020, 04:49:04 PM
ime three in one is way too thick. i like tri-flow
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Post by: legion on March 19, 2020, 05:26:17 PM
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3n1 oil, Bronson oil, or Bones speedcream for relube?
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https://www.amazon.com/Super-Lube-52004-Lightweight-Translucent/dp/B00175VGUA/ref=sr_1_2?crid=ZQLNN8O2WZXJ&dchild=1&keywords=superlube+synthetic+oil&qid=1584658517&sprefix=superlube+synt%2Caps%2C155&sr=8-2

 (https://www.amazon.com/Super-Lube-52004-Lightweight-Translucent/dp/B00175VGUA/ref=sr_1_2?crid=ZQLNN8O2WZXJ&dchild=1&keywords=superlube+synthetic+oil&qid=1584658517&sprefix=superlube+synt%2Caps%2C155&sr=8-2)

i've been using this for the past year to lube my bearings. cheap, food-grade, and non-toxic.
ISO 68 is really thick. Super Lube has thinner oils.
Stay away from the 20wt 3in1 and Triflow oils. 3in1 has 2 thinner versions that should work, with and without PTFE.
I'd do Speed Cream or Oust over Bronson.
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Post by: slappy50 on March 19, 2020, 08:54:11 PM
Are super reds / race reds worth it over regular reds? I used to have swiss but I don't have 80 bucks to spend. Big Balls were ok for me, but there seems to be mixed opinions on them now.
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Post by: HaveFunSkateboarding on March 19, 2020, 09:02:54 PM
I've been skating two sets of Bones Swiss, one from around 2002-ish. The other from around 2008-ish. They still spin and roll perfectly.
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Post by: off on March 20, 2020, 04:38:43 AM
I've been skating two sets of Bones Swiss, one from around 2002-ish. The other from around 2008-ish. They still spin and roll perfectly.
whats your maintenance routine? over 10 years of use is insane value
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Post by: Richard Skidder on March 20, 2020, 06:16:33 AM
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cheetah cum only
Do I have to milk the cheetah myself or can I just buy a bottle? Locally sourced non GMO cheetah cum may be my only option though hard to come by.
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Post by: off on March 20, 2020, 06:25:06 AM
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3n1 oil, Bronson oil, or Bones speedcream for relube?
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cheetah cum only
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Do I have to milk the cheetah myself or can I just buy a bottle? Locally sourced non GMO cheetah cum may be my only option though hard to come by.
wring out some old cheetahsheets
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Post by: Jollyoli on March 20, 2020, 09:14:30 AM
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3n1 oil, Bronson oil, or Bones speedcream for relube?
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https://www.amazon.com/Super-Lube-52004-Lightweight-Translucent/dp/B00175VGUA/ref=sr_1_2?crid=ZQLNN8O2WZXJ&dchild=1&keywords=superlube+synthetic+oil&qid=1584658517&sprefix=superlube+synt%2Caps%2C155&sr=8-2

 (https://www.amazon.com/Super-Lube-52004-Lightweight-Translucent/dp/B00175VGUA/ref=sr_1_2?crid=ZQLNN8O2WZXJ&dchild=1&keywords=superlube+synthetic+oil&qid=1584658517&sprefix=superlube+synt%2Caps%2C155&sr=8-2)

i've been using this for the past year to lube my bearings. cheap, food-grade, and non-toxic.
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ISO 68 is really thick. Super Lube has thinner oils.
Stay away from the 20wt 3in1 and Triflow oils. 3in1 has 2 thinner versions that should work, with and without PTFE.
I'd do Speed Cream or Oust over Bronson.

Sewing machine oil from your local haberdashery. Correct viscosity and a third the price of "Speed cream".

Oh and I have run the same Swiss 6 for a couple of years and am trying out some big balls.
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Post by: Richard Skidder on March 21, 2020, 06:21:39 AM
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3n1 oil, Bronson oil, or Bones speedcream for relube?
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https://www.amazon.com/Super-Lube-52004-Lightweight-Translucent/dp/B00175VGUA/ref=sr_1_2?crid=ZQLNN8O2WZXJ&dchild=1&keywords=superlube+synthetic+oil&qid=1584658517&sprefix=superlube+synt%2Caps%2C155&sr=8-2

 (https://www.amazon.com/Super-Lube-52004-Lightweight-
Translucent/dp/B00175VGUA/ref=sr_1_2?crid=ZQLNN8O2WZXJ&dchild=1&keywords=superlube+synthetic+oil&qid=1584658517&sprefix=superlube+synt%2Caps%2C155&sr=8-2)

i've been using this for the past year to lube my bearings. cheap, food-grade, and non-toxic.
Thanks for the link. Iím going to order some today.
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Post by: jay_nev on March 21, 2020, 11:28:44 AM
Link not working?
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Post by: legion on March 21, 2020, 11:36:39 AM
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3n1 oil, Bronson oil, or Bones speedcream for relube?
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https://www.amazon.com/Super-Lube-52004-Lightweight-Translucent/dp/B00175VGUA/ref=sr_1_2?crid=ZQLNN8O2WZXJ&dchild=1&keywords=superlube+synthetic+oil&qid=1584658517&sprefix=superlube+synt%2Caps%2C155&sr=8-2

 (https://www.amazon.com/Super-Lube-52004-Lightweight-Translucent/dp/B00175VGUA/ref=sr_1_2?crid=ZQLNN8O2WZXJ&dchild=1&keywords=superlube+synthetic+oil&qid=1584658517&sprefix=superlube+synt%2Caps%2C155&sr=8-2)

i've been using this for the past year to lube my bearings. cheap, food-grade, and non-toxic.
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ISO 68 is really thick. Super Lube has thinner oils.
Stay away from the 20wt 3in1 and Triflow oils. 3in1 has 2 thinner versions that should work, with and without PTFE.
I'd do Speed Cream or Oust over Bronson.
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Sewing machine oil from your local haberdashery. Correct viscosity and a third the price of "Speed cream".

Oh and I have run the same Swiss 6 for a couple of years and am trying out some big balls.
Sewing machine oil is also on the thicker side. And usually just mineral oil, nothing special.
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Post by: Uncle Flea on March 21, 2020, 08:27:31 PM
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that's a super red. I know bearings very well. I would gnar you if I could
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Aren't reds ceramics made of Silicon Nitride balls - which are dark in appearance?  These are Zirconia ones - white balls.

VXB also makes Silicon Nitride ones, but they are closer to $50 for a set.

engine swap. It the housing I need.
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Post by: sneakpeekmeek on March 22, 2020, 03:23:54 PM
Link not working?

https://www.amazon.com/Super-Lube-52004-Lightweight-Translucent/dp/B00175VGUA/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2YQQSL8E9OCNM&keywords=super%2Blube%2Bsynthetic%2Blightweight%2Boil&qid=1584915776&sprefix=super%2Blube%2Blight%2Caps%2C189&sr=8-1&swrs=402A80CCFB10A27829735CD2D9244A17&th=1 (https://www.amazon.com/Super-Lube-52004-Lightweight-Translucent/dp/B00175VGUA/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2YQQSL8E9OCNM&keywords=super%2Blube%2Bsynthetic%2Blightweight%2Boil&qid=1584915776&sprefix=super%2Blube%2Blight%2Caps%2C189&sr=8-1&swrs=402A80CCFB10A27829735CD2D9244A17&th=1)
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Post by: sketchyrider on March 22, 2020, 08:25:01 PM
feels like i've given a bunch of different options in bones' catalog a try. i liked the big balls at first but they got a little noisy on me after a while, they still roll fine i put em on a cruiser.

i have some regular swiss that are a few years old that have held up well, but they got rusty enough to get stuck in a set of STF's even though they didn't get wet or whatever. i just put reds on a setup and they are fast as hell, i might stick with them from here. unless someone can vouch for super reds.

i have this set of rush ceramics that are several years old, i've cleaned them twice and they still rip. only bearings i've liked other than bones, but they have since changed packaging and kind of market to longboarders now. that's all i got on bearings...
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Post by: Uncle Flea on March 26, 2020, 01:25:56 PM
(https://i.imgflip.com/3u6ivk.jpg) (https://imgflip.com/i/3u6ivk)via Imgflip Meme Generator (https://imgflip.com/memegenerator)

spring cleaning they're going in my main ride.

So this is how you snap  bearings back together if you want to clean them properly I suggest you learn.

You must have a shield or it's a pain but the shield is holding the bearings in then you press and click they're in.

I need new shields the plating is going on these

I wish I had green bones shields.

I wish I had my own brand. Id rebuild and hand assemble ceramics and put my shields on them. Green for recycled. $10
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Post by: legion on March 26, 2020, 03:18:30 PM
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https://www.amazon.com/Super-Lube-52004-Lightweight-Translucent/dp/B00175VGUA/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2YQQSL8E9OCNM&keywords=super%2Blube%2Bsynthetic%2Blightweight%2Boil&qid=1584915776&sprefix=super%2Blube%2Blight%2Caps%2C189&sr=8-1&swrs=402A80CCFB10A27829735CD2D9244A17&th=1 (https://www.amazon.com/Super-Lube-52004-Lightweight-Translucent/dp/B00175VGUA/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2YQQSL8E9OCNM&keywords=super%2Blube%2Bsynthetic%2Blightweight%2Boil&qid=1584915776&sprefix=super%2Blube%2Blight%2Caps%2C189&sr=8-1&swrs=402A80CCFB10A27829735CD2D9244A17&th=1)
ISO 68 is pretty thick. I'll try looking for a comparison..
Edit.. ISO 68 is ~68 cSt @ 40*C, there's a range (65-71?)
https://sharena21.springcm.com/Public/Document/18452/3bd67f54-0d7e-e711-9c10-ac162d889bd3/1281f130-fbbc-e711-9c12-ac162d889bd1 (https://sharena21.springcm.com/Public/Document/18452/3bd67f54-0d7e-e711-9c10-ac162d889bd3/1281f130-fbbc-e711-9c12-ac162d889bd1)
this Valvoline synthetic 10w-30 is 67.2 cSt @ 40*C (KV40)
0w-20 or 5w-20 would be faster

The stuff below is super thin.
https://www.super-lube.com/syncopen-synthetic-penetrant-2 pn 85004
https://www.amazon.com/Super-Lube-85004-Synthetic-Translucent/dp/B07C3PCK4Z/
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Post by: Diocletian on March 27, 2020, 08:37:18 PM
Bearing companies hate this one simple trick...leaving the shields on. Canít believe I kept going along with the no shields trend. Iíve had some super reds for about a month now and usually at least one bearing would crap out by now. These are still pretty quiet but spin longer and no dead pop sound. Keep your shields on, folks.
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Post by: sadnocomply on March 27, 2020, 08:44:43 PM
the one set of cortinas I have would disagree with shields. Hot garbage the first 2 months, ran them through rain one day thinking I would ditch them soon after. Ended up cleaning them with acetone the next morning and popping the shields and they have been running for 6 months raw. Upgraded to swiss and didnít look back. Shields on the Swiss tho ;)
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Post by: off on March 27, 2020, 09:00:52 PM
Bearing companies hate this one simple trick...leaving the shields on. Canít believe I kept going along with the no shields trend. Iíve had some super reds for about a month now and usually at least one bearing would crap out by now. These are still pretty quiet but spin longer and no dead pop sound. Keep your shields on, folks.
i ride shields on till they crap out. pooping them off after a midlife cleaning usually gives reds a second wind for me
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Post by: legion on March 28, 2020, 11:47:18 AM
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Bearing companies hate this one simple trick...leaving the shields on. Canít believe I kept going along with the no shields trend. Iíve had some super reds for about a month now and usually at least one bearing would crap out by now. These are still pretty quiet but spin longer and no dead pop sound. Keep your shields on, folks.
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i ride shields on till they crap out. pooping them off after a midlife cleaning usually gives reds a second wind for me
A quick spray of oil should help prolong their life and your cleaning interval.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: troy on March 28, 2020, 12:13:22 PM
Does anyone have experience with any of the bulk retailers? I was thinking about starting a homie bearing company.
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Post by: imuseless on March 30, 2020, 10:48:24 AM
I've been skating only Reds for years. Now my local shop seems to have Mini-Logo too so I'm gonna give them a try. I just can't convince myself that Swiss would last years and not lock up like Reds.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Noble Experiment on March 30, 2020, 11:40:47 AM
Canít remember if I already posted in here or not but Iím currently riding a mix of Enjoi abec 7s, HKD abec 7s, and shake junt abec 7s; might be a Modus black or a mini logo in there as well, canít remember; all with the shields popped off though. As long as the shields are removable and itís got a cage thatís not metal then Iíll skate whatever really. Bearings are the one thing I probably care about the least; I put them in then forget about them and Iíll skate em and then replace em one by one as they break over time from wear n tear. Used to bother me when I was younger if all my bearings werenít the same brand and didnít match (my gear OCD was a lot worse back then, which is funny because usually it gets worse as you get older, but these days I stopped caring and obsessing over little minute gear details as much), but now I just ride my shit all Frankensteined out.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: weon on April 11, 2020, 05:07:28 PM
tiny truck thread made me stumble onto these:

https://www.roller.riedellskates.com/Catalog/KwiK-Bearings/102291

Set of 16 Swiss bearings for like 80 bucks? 8mm as well so should be all good. whatís yalls take?
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: legion on April 11, 2020, 05:38:58 PM
tiny truck thread made me stumble onto these:

https://www.roller.riedellskates.com/Catalog/KwiK-Bearings/102291

Set of 16 Swiss bearings for like 80 bucks? 8mm as well so should be all good. whatís yalls take?
I thought about it but the delrin retainers put me off cuz I think they'd crack more easily from impacts. Skateboard stuff uses nylon retainers. But I'm not jumping down stuff so they might survive?
Pre-spun sounds interesting, would help with break-in.

Here's a some other interesting roller companies.
https://www.cheezeballs.com/index-1.html lol. Gouda
https://www.roller.riedellskates.com/Catalog/Antik-Skates/Moto-Bearings lil better than kwik?
http://www.catsbearing.com/products/ the prices!
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: skatefresh on April 11, 2020, 09:16:07 PM
The set of swiss I've had for a little over a year has a crack on one of the inner races. I didn't skate all winter and pretty much only skate flat so it's kind of disappointing. The super swiss 6 I had before that did the same with multiple bearings after taking a trip to Utah after a couple years of service. I had one set of swiss last me a good 4 years. Starting to think I'm better off buying reds and throwing them out as I'm tired of hassling with cleaning them.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: JudoOrigami on April 11, 2020, 09:18:25 PM
I have like 8 setups with diff bones bearings and feel the big balls have the best price/performance ratio but I dunno how long they will last
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Post by: authentic_creed_bratton on April 11, 2020, 09:26:58 PM
tiny truck thread made me stumble onto these:

https://www.roller.riedellskates.com/Catalog/KwiK-Bearings/102291

Set of 16 Swiss bearings for like 80 bucks? 8mm as well so should be all good. whatís yalls take?
imo pass on that shit... non-removable shields would suck ass, and i wouldnít think they would put them on bearings worth a shit
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: pica on April 11, 2020, 09:36:06 PM
Swiss ceramics on a cruiser, REDs on the set up.
Shields popped off.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Ok on April 11, 2020, 09:43:19 PM
The set of swiss I've had for a little over a year has a crack on one of the inner races. I didn't skate all winter and pretty much only skate flat so it's kind of disappointing. The super swiss 6 I had before that did the same with multiple bearings after taking a trip to Utah after a couple years of service. I had one set of swiss last me a good 4 years. Starting to think I'm better off buying reds and throwing them out as I'm tired of hassling with cleaning them.

I had some Swiss 6 that were the best. Since then my Swiss have been just ok. Reds are really all over. Sometimes they are sick, sometimes I wish I had just gotten mini logos. I canít call it. I kinda feel like bearings all go similar in speed, but some last longer. I know this isnít accurate. Been awhile since Iíve had some that felt great.
I for sure donít do a good job cleaning stuff. I have taken the shields off, thrown everything in a Gatorade bottle with 91% alcohol, shaken em about....after that tho. As soon as I put speed cream they are back to wack. I always fuck up shields....obviously Iím a real champ mechanically
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: legion on April 11, 2020, 10:19:15 PM
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tiny truck thread made me stumble onto these:

https://www.roller.riedellskates.com/Catalog/KwiK-Bearings/102291

Set of 16 Swiss bearings for like 80 bucks? 8mm as well so should be all good. whatís yalls take?
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imo pass on that shit... non-removable shields would suck ass, and i wouldnít think they would put them on bearings worth a shit
Forgot most roller stuff uses those shields. Could remove em, tough to put em back.
Black Panther had some weird metal shields that were removable, held in with a tiny c-clip.


If you search for Jesa 608 bearings there might be more options. The ones I've found have metal shields too.
https://bont.com/products/608-jesa-black-series-inline-bearing their bearing press looks nice
edit "The shields are easily removed for cleaning."

http://www.wicked-hardware.com/portfolio/wcd-swiss-p5-bearings-by-jesa/


The set of swiss I've had for a little over a year has a crack on one of the inner races. I didn't skate all winter and pretty much only skate flat so it's kind of disappointing. The super swiss 6 I had before that did the same with multiple bearings after taking a trip to Utah after a couple years of service. I had one set of swiss last me a good 4 years. Starting to think I'm better off buying reds and throwing them out as I'm tired of hassling with cleaning them.
The inner race? Or the plastic ring that holds the balls? Inner race would be tough to break. Retainers break and there's replacements, maybe I'd do that for bones swiss.
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Post by: Buttfart Rapedick on April 11, 2020, 10:28:20 PM
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The set of swiss I've had for a little over a year has a crack on one of the inner races. I didn't skate all winter and pretty much only skate flat so it's kind of disappointing. The super swiss 6 I had before that did the same with multiple bearings after taking a trip to Utah after a couple years of service. I had one set of swiss last me a good 4 years. Starting to think I'm better off buying reds and throwing them out as I'm tired of hassling with cleaning them.
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I had some Swiss 6 that were the best. Since then my Swiss have been just ok. Reds are really all over. Sometimes they are sick, sometimes I wish I had just gotten mini logos. I canít call it. I kinda feel like bearings all go similar in speed, but some last longer. I know this isnít accurate. Been awhile since Iíve had some that felt great.
I for sure donít do a good job cleaning stuff. I have taken the shields off, thrown everything in a Gatorade bottle with 91% alcohol, shaken em about....after that tho. As soon as I put speed cream they are back to wack. I always fuck up shields....obviously Iím a real champ mechanically

Bearings are always going to initially run slower with lube, so don't think just because they aren't spinning for a minute from a hand spin after you add the speed cream that it's making them slower. They perform differently under load (ie with your fat ass standing on them) and I've had bearings that would spin for 2 minutes without a load but were slow as hell when you actually skated them. Also, you have to skate them for a while and let it really get evenly distributed and dissipated before they start to "feel" fast again.

Be careful about how much lube you use too... literally just a drop or two is what you want. It might even look like there's not enough in there to cover all the surfaces but once you get rolling and they heat up it'll spread around the bearing evenly. I've seen people literally squirt a stream of the shit in their bearings before a session and then complain it doesn't work.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Sila on April 11, 2020, 11:34:13 PM
Running Modus Blues and just scored Modus Titaniums for cheap. Havn't skated them yet but Blues are my go to budget bearing. They seem more durable than Reds but there are so many variables to consider that I don't really know. All I am sure of is that they actually worth buying.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: TD on April 12, 2020, 12:53:40 AM
I tried Bronsons' when they came out, worst set of bearings. cunts lasted less than 4 months

Since then, random shit - cheapshots, black panthers I got on sale (which also sucked surprisingly), modus etc, avoided reds for a while for whatever reason.

Just bought a set of swiss for less than the price of a set of Sunday's, so we'll see how they go.
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Post by: JudoOrigami on April 12, 2020, 12:57:29 AM
Don't let Made in China stop you from buying something. They are excellent at manufacturing products at reasonable prices
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Post by: JudoOrigami on April 12, 2020, 12:59:12 AM
Hating a communist authoritarian government is all well and good but the Chinese have dominated the factory game for a reason. Their small hands and diligent work ethic make for excellent efficiency. The fact americans can't wrap there head around this is understandable but its whatever to me personally. We are all slave laborers in one way or another
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Heywoodfloyd on April 12, 2020, 01:44:52 AM
It's a long time since i skated regular Reds, i have two sets of Super Reds wich i really like, i'm not shure if they are worth the price hike though.

I also have a set of Reds Big balls, so far they feel a little bit more sluggish, but it might be the wheels i use them with.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: weon on April 12, 2020, 02:42:22 AM
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tiny truck thread made me stumble onto these:

https://www.roller.riedellskates.com/Catalog/KwiK-Bearings/102291

Set of 16 Swiss bearings for like 80 bucks? 8mm as well so should be all good. whatís yalls take?
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imo pass on that shit... non-removable shields would suck ass, and i wouldnít think they would put them on bearings worth a shit

would not have caught that myself, thx homie.
maybe it is time to splurge on some Swiss 6.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Kevve on April 12, 2020, 02:58:34 AM
Running the new Bones 'big balls' right now. The shop only carried Bones so I just picked the bearings One Price tag above reds.

Always rode Indy abec7s and reds before. Cant say anything about THE big balls yet, not mindblown not disapointed. I Guess they Will last a little longer since they got 6 bigger balls compared to a regular 7.

Only thing im bummed about is that theyre not sealed on the inside. Sure it cant be much dirt getting inside the wheels but in the long run a fully sealed bearing would stay clean for longer, right?
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Post by: moonordie on April 12, 2020, 07:54:22 AM
Looking for bearings to have on ice. Not sure if I should get big balls or raws.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: skatefresh on April 12, 2020, 08:04:37 AM
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tiny truck thread made me stumble onto these:

https://www.roller.riedellskates.com/Catalog/KwiK-Bearings/102291

Set of 16 Swiss bearings for like 80 bucks? 8mm as well so should be all good. whatís yalls take?
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imo pass on that shit... non-removable shields would suck ass, and i wouldnít think they would put them on bearings worth a shit
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Forgot most roller stuff uses those shields. Could remove em, tough to put em back.
Black Panther had some weird metal shields that were removable, held in with a tiny c-clip.


If you search for Jesa 608 bearings there might be more options. The ones I've found have metal shields too.
https://bont.com/products/608-jesa-black-series-inline-bearing their bearing press looks nice
http://www.wicked-hardware.com/portfolio/wcd-swiss-p5-bearings-by-jesa/


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The set of swiss I've had for a little over a year has a crack on one of the inner races. I didn't skate all winter and pretty much only skate flat so it's kind of disappointing. The super swiss 6 I had before that did the same with multiple bearings after taking a trip to Utah after a couple years of service. I had one set of swiss last me a good 4 years. Starting to think I'm better off buying reds and throwing them out as I'm tired of hassling with cleaning them.
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The inner race? Or the plastic ring that holds the balls? Inner race would be tough to break. Retainers break and there's replacements, maybe I'd do that for bones swiss.
My bad it's the plastic ring on the non shielded side.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: skatefresh on April 12, 2020, 08:06:26 AM
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The set of swiss I've had for a little over a year has a crack on one of the inner races. I didn't skate all winter and pretty much only skate flat so it's kind of disappointing. The super swiss 6 I had before that did the same with multiple bearings after taking a trip to Utah after a couple years of service. I had one set of swiss last me a good 4 years. Starting to think I'm better off buying reds and throwing them out as I'm tired of hassling with cleaning them.
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I had some Swiss 6 that were the best. Since then my Swiss have been just ok. Reds are really all over. Sometimes they are sick, sometimes I wish I had just gotten mini logos. I canít call it. I kinda feel like bearings all go similar in speed, but some last longer. I know this isnít accurate. Been awhile since Iíve had some that felt great.
I for sure donít do a good job cleaning stuff. I have taken the shields off, thrown everything in a Gatorade bottle with 91% alcohol, shaken em about....after that tho. As soon as I put speed cream they are back to wack. I always fuck up shields....obviously Iím a real champ mechanically
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Bearings are always going to initially run slower with lube, so don't think just because they aren't spinning for a minute from a hand spin after you add the speed cream that it's making them slower. They perform differently under load (ie with your fat ass standing on them) and I've had bearings that would spin for 2 minutes without a load but were slow as hell when you actually skated them. Also, you have to skate them for a while and let it really get evenly distributed and dissipated before they start to "feel" fast again.

Be careful about how much lube you use too... literally just a drop or two is what you want. It might even look like there's not enough in there to cover all the surfaces but once you get rolling and they heat up it'll spread around the bearing evenly. I've seen people literally squirt a stream of the shit in their bearings before a session and then complain it doesn't work.
I used to be bad about this. Now I go with 2 generous drops and spin the bearing and then wipe excess off the backside with a paper towel.
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Post by: Ok on April 12, 2020, 08:12:34 AM
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The set of swiss I've had for a little over a year has a crack on one of the inner races. I didn't skate all winter and pretty much only skate flat so it's kind of disappointing. The super swiss 6 I had before that did the same with multiple bearings after taking a trip to Utah after a couple years of service. I had one set of swiss last me a good 4 years. Starting to think I'm better off buying reds and throwing them out as I'm tired of hassling with cleaning them.
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I had some Swiss 6 that were the best. Since then my Swiss have been just ok. Reds are really all over. Sometimes they are sick, sometimes I wish I had just gotten mini logos. I canít call it. I kinda feel like bearings all go similar in speed, but some last longer. I know this isnít accurate. Been awhile since Iíve had some that felt great.
I for sure donít do a good job cleaning stuff. I have taken the shields off, thrown everything in a Gatorade bottle with 91% alcohol, shaken em about....after that tho. As soon as I put speed cream they are back to wack. I always fuck up shields....obviously Iím a real champ mechanically
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Bearings are always going to initially run slower with lube, so don't think just because they aren't spinning for a minute from a hand spin after you add the speed cream that it's making them slower. They perform differently under load (ie with your fat ass standing on them) and I've had bearings that would spin for 2 minutes without a load but were slow as hell when you actually skated them. Also, you have to skate them for a while and let it really get evenly distributed and dissipated before they start to "feel" fast again.

Be careful about how much lube you use too... literally just a drop or two is what you want. It might even look like there's not enough in there to cover all the surfaces but once you get rolling and they heat up it'll spread around the bearing evenly. I've seen people literally squirt a stream of the shit in their bearings before a session and then complain it doesn't work.
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I used to be bad about this. Now I go with 2 generous drops and spin the bearing and then wipe excess off the backside with a paper towel.

All decent info, thanks.

Yeah I only put a drop or two of speed cream on. I usually ditch the shields, when I clean them, but I donít Ďpop the shieldsí to begin with.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: legion on April 12, 2020, 06:42:15 PM
Yep to just a couple drops. Think that's in the Bones info too.
An extra oil gets flung out in that black sun/star pattern.


https://www.proskatersplace.com/shop/inline-skates/inline-skate-bearings/ilq-x-mr2-16-pk/
Another crazy inline bearing. I don't think it's 608 size but would fit like a 608. That weird cone-shaped piece is a sleeve to bring the bore down to 8mm. Guessing it has 10mm ID.
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Post by: tzhangdox on April 12, 2020, 06:52:45 PM
Those of you that run swiss/swiss 6 or reds for over a year... how the fuck. Do you guys never land primo or powerslide or anything? I've had a set of swiss and swiss 6 and they were both great, swiss 6 noticeably better than cheap bearings at its peak, but even so, they only lasted me about 5 months... cleaned them when they got janky with acetone then lubed with speed cream, they just ended up seizing and not spinning well.

I've skated mini logos, reds, super reds, indy blacks, modus blues, bronson raws just to name a few. Give or take a bit, they're all pretty close to each other in performance with the raws and indy blacks seeming to be a bit faster off the bat and modus blues are greased up thicker initially but break in well, I seem to have the worst luck with reds and super reds... nothing seems to last more than a few months even if I try clean it, they just lock up or stop spinning.

I've just resigned myself to skating mini logos with shields on, popping them when they bend or slow down a bit, and replacing them after two months or so. If anyone has a secret bearing suggestion thats super durable or any tips on how to clean or restore damaged/locked/seized bearings so that I can run swiss 6 for more than a year I'm all ears.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Fred Gerwer Frank Gall on April 12, 2020, 07:00:21 PM
Those of you that run swiss/swiss 6 or reds for over a year... how the fuck. Do you guys never land primo or powerslide or anything?

Swiss 6 have been the only bearing that has survived my tendency to land primo and I love power slides. I get a solid year out of them.

Do you use washers and spacers?
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Post by: rocklobster on April 12, 2020, 07:03:09 PM
Those of you that run swiss/swiss 6 or reds for over a year... how the fuck. Do you guys never land primo or powerslide or anything? I've had a set of swiss and swiss 6 and they were both great, swiss 6 noticeably better than cheap bearings at its peak, but even so, they only lasted me about 5 months... cleaned them when they got janky with acetone then lubed with speed cream, they just ended up seizing and not spinning well.

I've skated mini logos, reds, super reds, indy blacks, modus blues, bronson raws just to name a few. Give or take a bit, they're all pretty close to each other in performance with the raws and indy blacks seeming to be a bit faster off the bat and modus blues are greased up thicker initially but break in well, I seem to have the worst luck with reds and super reds... nothing seems to last more than a few months even if I try clean it, they just lock up or stop spinning.

I've just resigned myself to skating mini logos with shields on, popping them when they bend or slow down a bit, and replacing them after two months or so. If anyone has a secret bearing suggestion thats super durable or any tips on how to clean or restore damaged/locked/seized bearings so that I can run swiss 6 for more than a year I'm all ears.

Same camp, I'm convinced that very little separates the premium $80+ bearings from cheaper $10-20 stuff. I can't be arsed to clean and maintain the fancy stuff and I lack to space in my apartment to keep the cleaning agents. If you chance across a set of the fancy stuff on discount then go for it; if not the regular stuff like Reds are plenty good.
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Post by: tzhangdox on April 12, 2020, 07:13:02 PM
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Those of you that run swiss/swiss 6 or reds for over a year... how the fuck. Do you guys never land primo or powerslide or anything? I've had a set of swiss and swiss 6 and they were both great, swiss 6 noticeably better than cheap bearings at its peak, but even so, they only lasted me about 5 months... cleaned them when they got janky with acetone then lubed with speed cream, they just ended up seizing and not spinning well.

I've skated mini logos, reds, super reds, indy blacks, modus blues, bronson raws just to name a few. Give or take a bit, they're all pretty close to each other in performance with the raws and indy blacks seeming to be a bit faster off the bat and modus blues are greased up thicker initially but break in well, I seem to have the worst luck with reds and super reds... nothing seems to last more than a few months even if I try clean it, they just lock up or stop spinning.

I've just resigned myself to skating mini logos with shields on, popping them when they bend or slow down a bit, and replacing them after two months or so. If anyone has a secret bearing suggestion thats super durable or any tips on how to clean or restore damaged/locked/seized bearings so that I can run swiss 6 for more than a year I'm all ears.
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Same camp, I'm convinced that very little separates the premium $80+ bearings from cheaper $10-20 stuff. I can't be arsed to clean and maintain the fancy stuff and I lack to space in my apartment to keep the cleaning agents. If you chance across a set of the fancy stuff on discount then go for it; if not the regular stuff like Reds are plenty good.

I don't mind the cleaning process at all, can be kinda fun honestly... but cleaning swiss 6s on the regular and having them still last less than a year just feels kinda stupid. If I could make them last over a year with cleaning I'd be 100% with it.

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Those of you that run swiss/swiss 6 or reds for over a year... how the fuck. Do you guys never land primo or powerslide or anything?
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Swiss 6 have been the only bearing that has survived my tendency to land primo and I love power slides. I get a solid year out of them.

Do you use washers and spacers?

Yup, though I don't like having it completely cranked down such that there's no play at all, makes the board sound too waterlogged. But definitely leave very little room and use washers and spacers.  I think it helps a tiny bit as I can see the spacer start to get very slightly deformed after a while.


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Post by: moonordie on April 14, 2020, 07:43:05 AM
Big balls or Raws?
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Post by: thinlizzy on April 14, 2020, 11:40:02 AM
Big balls or Raws?
big balls. I did enjoy the raws though
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Post by: Utopos on April 15, 2020, 01:15:09 PM
Big balls or Raws?

I have said it many many times in person and on here. Bones Ceramics are 100% worth the money. They are better and last way longer than any other bearing that I have had and I rarely clean them if ever.
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Post by: moonordie on April 15, 2020, 03:54:33 PM
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Big balls or Raws?
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I have said it many many times in person and on here. Bones Ceramics are 100% worth the money. They are better and last way longer than any other bearing that I have had and I rarely clean them if ever.
Not spending that much money on an alternative setup. Not moving from swiss 6 on my main one.
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Post by: GBLange on April 18, 2020, 09:57:53 AM
Midnite boredom. Messing around with some of my setups and noticed this on the Bones China Reds..got each set from 2 different skateshops in my country. 1 of them cost half the price than the others. Removed the shields to get a better view of the internals. They looked identical. Only time will tell which ones will last longer.

(https://i.imgur.com/bxI1wfP.jpg)
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Post by: Willie on April 18, 2020, 11:43:25 AM
I got fake Reds off eBay once. They sucked.

The ones Iíve gotten from Skateone have the logo on the left. The fakes I bought had no edge bevel on the inner races.
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Post by: fartface on April 18, 2020, 12:54:31 PM
I ride some Andalť swiss for now.
I usually just ride good ol reds but I thought it was time for something new.
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Post by: GBLange on April 18, 2020, 08:57:28 PM
Midnite boredom. Messing around with some of my setups and noticed this on the Bones China Reds..got each set from 2 different skateshops in my country. 1 of them cost half the price than the others. Removed the shields to get a better view of the internals. They looked identical. Only time will tell which ones will last longer.

(https://i.imgur.com/bxI1wfP.jpg)

Forgot to mention, left ones are the cheap priced Reds & the right ones from the authorised Bones seller
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Post by: fulfillthedream on April 18, 2020, 09:04:35 PM
yeah a ton of fake bones swiss and bones red on ebay. just buy from a skateshops website. i got a set off the big balls of tactics (super cheap and couldn't resist) and ive been using them for two months and the'yre doing so well.

ive owned the swiss six balls and they're probably the fastest bearings ive had..
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Post by: rocklobster on April 20, 2020, 08:04:22 PM
yeah a ton of fake bones swiss and bones red on ebay. just buy from a skateshops website. i got a set off the big balls of tactics (super cheap and couldn't resist) and ive been using them for two months and the'yre doing so well.

ive owned the swiss six balls and they're probably the fastest bearings ive had..

Yeah I've seen a lot of them pop up on Asian e-commerce sites going at 1/2 the regular price too.
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Post by: drunk guy on April 20, 2020, 08:41:55 PM
I skate reds, one time I skated a set of bronsons that were free. It was a nice three days but then they stopped working. Swiss seems worthwhile but I have yet to see a reason to stop skating reds.
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Post by: moonordie on April 21, 2020, 08:51:40 PM
Can you believe these sketchy Brazilian bearings?
(https://i.imgur.com/s54KxTrl.jpg)
"Double ten"
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Post by: slappy50 on April 21, 2020, 09:41:09 PM
To anyone who has ridden Zealous ceramics, how are they? Where are they on the bones scale? Super Reds? Reds? They seem like they'd be pretty good at $40....


shalom pals
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Post by: fulfillthedream on April 21, 2020, 09:52:50 PM
To anyone who has ridden Zealous ceramics, how are they? Where are they on the bones scale? Super Reds? Reds? They seem like they'd be pretty good at $40....


shalom pals

if you're gonna spend more then $30 might as well spend a bit more and get swiss's
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: slappy50 on April 21, 2020, 10:02:52 PM
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To anyone who has ridden Zealous ceramics, how are they? Where are they on the bones scale? Super Reds? Reds? They seem like they'd be pretty good at $40....


shalom pals
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if you're gonna spend more then $30 might as well spend a bit more and get swiss's

I've done the Swiss thing before, but I just want some cheaper, more chuckable bearings I don't need to worry about getting really crusty, swiss are $80 up here in Canada.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Lashes2ashes on April 21, 2020, 11:46:36 PM
Iím skating bones Swiss 6 balls, with shields. Before that I had bones Swiss L2 and I skated the same set for over ten years. To be fair they are still going! I handed them down to a kid at my local park who is a much better skater than me and he has no complaints about them. All though he does not clean them so who knows how long they will last in the Oregon weather.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Buttfart Rapedick on April 22, 2020, 03:40:30 AM
I gave into my curiosity and ordered some of rockin Ron's patented pocket rockets. Got them about a week ago. They're just NMB double shields (no custom shields or anything) and although he claims they're lubricated with some special juice the seals looked factory new to me.

First impression was that they're really fast out of the gate, definitely better than reds. I was hoping they'd get even faster as they broke in but that hasn't happened (at least not yet) and they don't use thick lube or feel stiff to begin with so I'm not sure if it will. After bombing a few hills with both them and some of my favorite bearings (hard luck 6 ball, flip hkd 7, and modus 7) I came to the conclusion that they aren't the absolute best bearings ever and they aren't even the fastest of the ones I own, but they are  pretty damn fast.

Can't speak to the durability since I haven't had them that long but my last set of NMB lasted a few months and only died because I got them wet so I'm going to assume these are similar. I'm pretty comfortable recommending them to anyone who wants a good bearing in the $25 price range. They probably aren't going to outperform a set of Swiss 6 or anything like that but I'd take them over big balls or Andale or most other bearings in the price range.

Anyone down for ordering a case directly from NMB and starting Shockin Sean's bearing company with me?
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Kevve on April 23, 2020, 02:08:43 AM
Bones speedcream vs. Bronsons speed cream? Havent tried Either one
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Uncle Flea on April 23, 2020, 09:30:28 AM
Can you believe these sketchy Brazilian bearings?
(https://i.imgur.com/s54KxTrl.jpg)
"Double ten"

oh my I need one of those so badly

Bones speedcream vs. Bronsons speed cream? Havent tried Either one

sewing machine oil is the move

I saw a link on here while back for bones replacement shields if the op of link could repost that would be nice
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Richard Skidder on April 23, 2020, 01:34:32 PM
Bones speedcream vs. Bronsons speed cream? Havent tried Either one
Downside to the Bronson oil is the bottle, itís harder to control the amount of oil that comes out so itís really easy to get too much. Bones Speed Cream is pretty tried and true so I would pretty much lean that direction. Of course if youíre riding Bronson then you might want to use what the factory used if thatís your thing.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: slappy50 on April 23, 2020, 01:37:46 PM
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Can you believe these sketchy Brazilian bearings?
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"Double ten"
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oh my I need one of those so badly

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Bones speedcream vs. Bronsons speed cream? Havent tried Either one
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sewing machine oil is the move

I saw a link on here while back for bones replacement shields if the op of link could repost that would be nice

Not OP but this is the link for swiss shields from the bones website

https://bonesbearings.com/bones-bearings-swiss-replacement-shields-4pk
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Buttfart Rapedick on April 26, 2020, 09:07:01 PM
Bones speedcream vs. Bronsons speed cream? Havent tried Either one

Tried both, didn't notice much difference between them. Just get whatever is cheaper or sewing machine oil if you want to save a few bucks.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: shawngreg on April 28, 2020, 06:50:16 AM
ok i'm sure this has been beaten to death, but does anyone SWEAR by bearing spacers?  i've been skating for 20+ years and have NEVER used them....figured id give them a try on a new setup.
so i have a new set of bones swiss & og classic spitfires.  i put them in and crank the nut all the way down, and the spin is so fucking minimal its embarrassing...i loosen them up a little & they spin pretty good.  but in comparison to almost any bearings ive ever used WITHOUT spacers, these just seem much slower.  am i doing something wrong or whats the deal here lol
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Utopos on April 28, 2020, 06:55:37 AM
ok i'm sure this has been beaten to death, but does anyone SWEAR by bearing spacers?  i've been skating for 20+ years and have NEVER used them....figured id give them a try on a new setup.
so i have a new set of bones swiss & og classic spitfires.  i put them in and crank the nut all the way down, and the spin is so fucking minimal its embarrassing...i loosen them up a little & they spin pretty good.  but in comparison to almost any bearings ive ever used WITHOUT spacers, these just seem much slower.  am i doing something wrong or whats the deal here lol

Maybe don't crank all the way? You're going to bend something.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Vintagebody on April 28, 2020, 07:03:58 AM
Crank them snug, but not so snug that u can feel the bearings when rotating...
And most likly the wheel tolerance is wonky, so it will never be ideal.
Your skateboard will sound "dead" too, as some hardcore skaters would say  ;D

And... Spin test is not very valuable. Its how they roll on the ground that matters.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: shawngreg on April 28, 2020, 07:06:20 AM
Crank them snug, but not so snug that u can feel the bearings when rotating...
And most likly the wheel tolerance is wonky, so it will never be ideal.
Your skateboard will sound "dead" too, as some hardcore skaters would say  ;D

And... Spin test is not very valuable. Its how they roll on the ground that matters.

ok so they arent supposed to be "tight" just snug.  that makes more sense...and yeah i hate to admit it but i did get the kind of 'dead' sound lol.  i have bronson raws on another setup so these sound SUPER dead in comparison
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Uncle Flea on April 28, 2020, 08:32:45 AM
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Can you believe these sketchy Brazilian bearings?
(https://i.imgur.com/s54KxTrl.jpg)
"Double ten"
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oh my I need one of those so badly

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Bones speedcream vs. Bronsons speed cream? Havent tried Either one
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sewing machine oil is the move

I saw a link on here while back for bones replacement shields if the op of link could repost that would be nice
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Not OP but this is the link for swiss shields from the bones website

https://bonesbearings.com/bones-bearings-swiss-replacement-shields-4pk

Thank you
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: sododgy on May 02, 2020, 12:21:28 AM
To anyone who has ridden Zealous ceramics, how are they? Where are they on the bones scale? Super Reds? Reds? They seem like they'd be pretty good at $40....


shalom pals

I haven't ridden the ceramics, but have the regulars. It's the grease they use that does wonders IMO. I went down a rabbit hole once and figured out that it is, or almost certainly is, this severe duty grease (https://www.archoil.com/products/ar8000-grease) used for everything under the sun including racing and firearms applications. I think I ended up tracking it down through some longboarding engineer or something. Zealous wouldn't ever respond to any of my emails, unsurprisingly. It comes in a half oz syringe for like $20, but that's enough to last forever.

It's super thick, and takes a little bit to break in, but I swear by it for rain boards and cruisers.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: johnes on May 02, 2020, 11:46:54 AM
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Can you believe these sketchy Brazilian bearings?
(https://i.imgur.com/s54KxTrl.jpg)
"Double ten"
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oh my I need one of those so badly

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Bones speedcream vs. Bronsons speed cream? Havent tried Either one
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sewing machine oil is the move


I bought sewing machine oil once and used bones speed cream in some of my bearings and sewing M oil in others.

2 drops in each bearing. The sewing machine oil bearings turned all black from the oil leaking out, very heavy oil leaking out. I would not recommend but then again it could be the brand I bought; it was just some basic brand from target.

I think people should stick with bones speed cream.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: jay_nev on May 02, 2020, 04:49:50 PM
Added spacers and I donít think I like them. Or need them. I think.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Uncle Poseur on May 02, 2020, 05:25:30 PM
Added spacers and I donít think I like them. Or need them. I think.


The only reason you don't like spacers is, they make it a pain in the ass to change wheels.

You don't think you need them is probably because you don't ride $70 bearings. And if that's the case, then no, you probably don't need them. IF you DO ride Swiss, they'll make them last a bit longer by keeping them straight.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: JB77 on May 03, 2020, 08:30:25 AM
Big Balls in one setup, Mini-Logo in the other.  Honestly, the Mini-Logos feel faster to me.  The Big Balls are nice, though.  Got a free set from Skate One when they first came out and theyíre holding up.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Xen on May 03, 2020, 06:42:21 PM
Big Balls in one setup, Mini-Logo in the other.  Honestly, the Mini-Logos feel faster to me.  The Big Balls are nice, though.  Got a free set from Skate One when they first came out and theyíre holding up.

I've decided that Big Balls are useless for their desired market spot (and price point). Having skated Big Balls (both out of box, cleaned and re-lubed, and now dry and shield-less), they aren't even close to Swiss 6/Tekton 6-Ball and feel no faster/smoother compared to regular 8 balls of any reputable brand.

My Bronson G3s (shieldless) feel faster, hell a set of Spitfire Classic (blue shields) are faster than big balls out of the box.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Ol Nick on May 04, 2020, 09:11:18 AM
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Big Balls in one setup, Mini-Logo in the other.  Honestly, the Mini-Logos feel faster to me.  The Big Balls are nice, though.  Got a free set from Skate One when they first came out and theyíre holding up.
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I've decided that Big Balls are useless for their desired market spot (and price point). Having skated Big Balls (both out of box, cleaned and re-lubed, and now dry and shield-less), they aren't even close to Swiss 6/Tekton 6-Ball and feel no faster/smoother compared to regular 8 balls of any reputable brand.

My Bronson G3s (shieldless) feel faster, hell a set of Spitfire Classic (blue shields) are faster than big balls out of the box.

Out of the box, the BigBalls were disappointing to me, particularly when compared to mini logos. That said, a recent clean/lube made them waaay better than they were new.

My urge to buy some Swiss 6 is growing but not currently strong enough to pull the trigger. But now that Iíve typed this, Iím not sure Iíll make it a week.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: off on May 04, 2020, 09:48:54 AM
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Big Balls in one setup, Mini-Logo in the other.  Honestly, the Mini-Logos feel faster to me.  The Big Balls are nice, though.  Got a free set from Skate One when they first came out and theyíre holding up.
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I've decided that Big Balls are useless for their desired market spot (and price point). Having skated Big Balls (both out of box, cleaned and re-lubed, and now dry and shield-less), they aren't even close to Swiss 6/Tekton 6-Ball and feel no faster/smoother compared to regular 8 balls of any reputable brand.

My Bronson G3s (shieldless) feel faster, hell a set of Spitfire Classic (blue shields) are faster than big balls out of the box.
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Out of the box, the BigBalls were disappointing to me, particularly when compared to mini logos. That said, a recent clean/lube made them waaay better than they were new.

My urge to buy some Swiss 6 is growing but not currently strong enough to pull the trigger. But now that Iíve typed this, Iím not sure Iíll make it a week.
i made the switch and wont look back. looking to be a great investment
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: moonordie on May 04, 2020, 10:20:37 AM
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Big Balls in one setup, Mini-Logo in the other.  Honestly, the Mini-Logos feel faster to me.  The Big Balls are nice, though.  Got a free set from Skate One when they first came out and theyíre holding up.
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I've decided that Big Balls are useless for their desired market spot (and price point). Having skated Big Balls (both out of box, cleaned and re-lubed, and now dry and shield-less), they aren't even close to Swiss 6/Tekton 6-Ball and feel no faster/smoother compared to regular 8 balls of any reputable brand.

My Bronson G3s (shieldless) feel faster, hell a set of Spitfire Classic (blue shields) are faster than big balls out of the box.
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Out of the box, the BigBalls were disappointing to me, particularly when compared to mini logos. That said, a recent clean/lube made them waaay better than they were new.

My urge to buy some Swiss 6 is growing but not currently strong enough to pull the trigger. But now that Iíve typed this, Iím not sure Iíll make it a week.
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i made the switch and wont look back. looking to be a great investment
Swiss 6 are the truth.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Buttfart Rapedick on May 06, 2020, 03:31:18 AM
Hard luck 6 balls are cheaper than big balls and in my opinion are as good or maybe even a little better once you get them broken in, which took a surprisingly long time for an oil lubricated bearing.

Speaking of lube - Ive totally switched over to Liberty Oil. It's really lightweight and keeps things spinning fast and smooth. Plus for like $8 you get a much bigger bottle and a long needle tip so you don't even have to take your wheels off to lube the inside bearing. If you're riding without shields you can just poke it into the little gap between the hanger and wheel and squirt a few drops in.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: legion on May 06, 2020, 05:35:45 PM
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To anyone who has ridden Zealous ceramics, how are they? Where are they on the bones scale? Super Reds? Reds? They seem like they'd be pretty good at $40....


shalom pals
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I haven't ridden the ceramics, but have the regulars. It's the grease they use that does wonders IMO. I went down a rabbit hole once and figured out that it is, or almost certainly is, this severe duty grease (https://www.archoil.com/products/ar8000-grease) used for everything under the sun including racing and firearms applications. I think I ended up tracking it down through some longboarding engineer or something. Zealous wouldn't ever respond to any of my emails, unsurprisingly. It comes in a half oz syringe for like $20, but that's enough to last forever.

It's super thick, and takes a little bit to break in, but I swear by it for rain boards and cruisers.
http://www.peterverdone.com/wiki/index.php?title=Lubricating_Skate_Bearings
Is this the longboard engr?
I agree with ISO 13(ish) oil. ISO 5-15 seems good..
But not his choice of grease. I'm almost positive that SFK grease is NGLI 2


I tried Redline wheel bearing grease in the early 90's thinking it'd kick ass cuz synthetic..
Slow as shit! Probably washed it out with WD40 or something cuz I was tired of pushing my ass of.
Wheel bearing grease is pretty thick. NGLI #2. Iirc tapered roller bearings create more load ( and lateral forces too) so they need a better grease. The newer ball bearing stuff is sealed and pre-greased. I've seen ppl regrease them but I wonder if ngli 2 is really necessary. Idk, I'm not a bearing engr..
Wheel bearings also get heated by the brakes so the grease needs to have a higher dropping point.
Neo is the only company I can think of that has NGLI 1.5 wheel bearing grease, and it's maybe used for racing.

There's thinner greases out there. NGLI 1.5, 1, 0, 00, etc..
And dropping point should also be a consideration. That's the temp where the grease goes liquid. Then I think base oil viscosity comes into play..
To me greases are more complicated than oil..

I'd skip the grease and just use (an aerosol) penetrating lube regularly.

If you really want waterproof grease I'd try the bike stuff or even a chain wax.
http://www.finishlineusa.com/products/bicycle-greases/extreme-fluoro-grease
http://www.sandsmachine.com/ac_greas.htm ^finishline sounds like a budget krytox option
http://www.finishlineusa.com/products/bicycle-greases/ceramic-grease-advanced-bearing-lubrication ceramic nanoparticles is a newish trend for oils

http://www.finishlineusa.com/products/chain-lubricants
http://www.finishlineusa.com/products/lube-finder.php wet lube and ceramic wet lube best for water

Thicker engine assembly lubes might be a good option, they'll have EP/AW additives..
Lubriplate 105, CMD #3, Redline..
https://www.lubriplate.com/Products/Grease/Multi-Purpose-Greases/100-Series/NO-105/
NGLI 0, 170*f dropping pt, zinc for antiwear
https://www.cmdlubeoil.com/extreme-pressure-lubricant/
http://www.cmdlubeoil.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/sds-lube-3.pdf 40cst @ 100*c
That's thicker than 60wt engine oil, probably 70wt too! About as thick as 250wt gear oil.
Maybe about the same as a room temp 20wt?
https://www.redlineoil.com/assembly-lube good dose of moly, says 2.5-5% in SDS. And thick, >1000cst @ 100c

I've used Boeshield T9. It was like waxy, soft cosmoline. Wasn't nearly as slow as grease and it's supposed to be water resistant.
https://boeshield.com/products/

https://www.skf.com/in/products/rolling-bearings/principles-of-rolling-bearing-selection/bearing-selection-process/bearing-size/size-selection-based-on-rating-life/lubrication-condition-the-viscosity-ratio-k
If you really wanna geek out on oil viscosity requirements..

I'll dig up some links..
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: shawngreg on May 07, 2020, 05:09:26 AM
are running bones swiss, shieldless a bad idea?  discussion between me and a friend
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: off on May 07, 2020, 05:44:31 AM
are running bones swiss, shieldless a bad idea?  discussion between me and a friend
with reds, the shields always bend after a few cleanings and make unnecessary contact in places that slow the roll. when it get to this point i just pop them off and they speed up.

havent cleaned my swiss 6 yet but if the shields end up doing the same thing, they gotta go
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: johnes on May 07, 2020, 07:16:27 AM
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Big Balls in one setup, Mini-Logo in the other.  Honestly, the Mini-Logos feel faster to me.  The Big Balls are nice, though.  Got a free set from Skate One when they first came out and theyíre holding up.
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I've decided that Big Balls are useless for their desired market spot (and price point). Having skated Big Balls (both out of box, cleaned and re-lubed, and now dry and shield-less), they aren't even close to Swiss 6/Tekton 6-Ball and feel no faster/smoother compared to regular 8 balls of any reputable brand.

My Bronson G3s (shieldless) feel faster, hell a set of Spitfire Classic (blue shields) are faster than big balls out of the box.
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Out of the box, the BigBalls were disappointing to me, particularly when compared to mini logos. That said, a recent clean/lube made them waaay better than they were new.

My urge to buy some Swiss 6 is growing but not currently strong enough to pull the trigger. But now that Iíve typed this, Iím not sure Iíll make it a week.
I have swiss 6 in 1 set up and Minilogos in another.
Swiss 6 are noticeably better to me. As they should be.
Swiss 6 are the best. But in my experience MLs are as good as reds and super reds. Swiss 6 feel better than regular Swiss also for sure imo.

But if you buy a set of Minilogo every 2 months; that might save you money over buying Swiss 6 once a year. I think mine are like a year and a half old and Iíve cleaned them twice in that life span and they are still good.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: jay_nev on May 07, 2020, 07:30:30 AM
don't see a benefit with reds over minilogo right out the box. maybe when it comes time to clean them they'll last longer?
minilogo any issues shieldless with a drop of speed lube once in a while? 
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Richard Skidder on May 07, 2020, 08:09:50 AM
don't see a benefit with reds over minilogo right out the box. maybe when it comes time to clean them they'll last longer?
minilogo any issues shieldless with a drop of speed lube once in a while?
I used to run mini logo bearings all the time with no issue. Fast, smooth, affordable. Even when I was blowing out ďhigher endĒ bearings left and right the mini logo would always last me. I ran them without shields but was always skating indoors.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: moonordie on May 07, 2020, 09:19:13 AM
are running bones swiss, shieldless a bad idea?  discussion between me and a friend
Imo taking shields from any bearing is a dumb thing to do.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: truthislie on May 07, 2020, 10:18:20 AM
Itīs time for me to buy new bearings... My question is are swiss 6 worth it as far as speed goes? Itīs cool they last longer, but I d rather buy mini logos or reds a bit more often if the speed is similar. Sorry I havenīt read the whole thread now, but do you have any inputs on this?
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: sufferthejoy on May 07, 2020, 11:44:10 AM
Hard luck 6 balls are cheaper than big balls and in my opinion are as good or maybe even a little better once you get them broken in, which took a surprisingly long time for an oil lubricated bearing.

+1 for Hard Luck 6 balls, excellent bearings for their price. Fast and quiet right out of the box, didn't take that long to break in for me. Been skating mine for about a year now with no maintenance, they are no longer quiet, but they skate just as fast still.

Didn't have any luck with bones reds. Had reds right before the hardlucks, after 3 months 2 bearings locked up and the other 2-3 were barely rolling. Was a bit disappointed after hearing all the feedback that the reds are the best cheap bearings on the market.

Before reds I usually skated spitfire, indy and shake junt abec 5/7, which are all good cheap bearings in my opinion, but Hard luck are definitely my go to bearings now, even considering buying their six ball ceramics.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: tzhangdox on May 07, 2020, 11:45:32 AM
My swiss 6 were definitely faster than mini logos, reds, super reds or anything I've had along those lines. Lasted longer too. But definitely didn't last nearly as long (even with cleaning) as 6 sets of mini logos which cost about the same as 1 set of swiss 6
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Rem377 on May 07, 2020, 04:47:49 PM
I impulse bought a 100 pack of VXB bearings for $20. They came coated with some thick grease so I cleaned them and replaced with speed cream. I'm not nearly talented enough to feel the difference between most bearings, however these VXB seem just as good as the Reds and Mini Logos I've used in the past. I've been using the same set for about six months with no issues whatsoever. That said, roughly 1 out of every 10 seem to be duds, but that still leaves me with years worth of bearings for the same price as a pack of reds
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: tzhangdox on May 07, 2020, 05:00:43 PM
I impulse bought a 100 pack of VXB bearings for $20. They came coated with some thick grease so I cleaned them and replaced with speed cream. I'm not nearly talented enough to feel the difference between most bearings, however these VXB seem just as good as the Reds and Mini Logos I've used in the past. I've been using the same set for about six months with no issues whatsoever. That said, roughly 1 out of every 10 seem to be duds, but that still leaves me with years worth of bearings for the same price as a pack of reds

link please
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Rem377 on May 07, 2020, 05:55:40 PM
https://www.vxb.com/Pack-of-100-Skate-Skateboard-Open-Bearing-p/kit1083.htm (https://www.vxb.com/Pack-of-100-Skate-Skateboard-Open-Bearing-p/kit1083.htm)


I'm pretty sure they sell on eBay with free shipping. They make ceramics and a few other versions too, just click on 'skate bearings' above the product title in the link
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: tzhangdox on May 07, 2020, 08:27:16 PM
https://www.vxb.com/Pack-of-100-Skate-Skateboard-Open-Bearing-p/kit1083.htm (https://www.vxb.com/Pack-of-100-Skate-Skateboard-Open-Bearing-p/kit1083.htm)


I'm pretty sure they sell on eBay with free shipping. They make ceramics and a few other versions too, just click on 'skate bearings' above the product title in the link

Interesting. Thanks. Wonder what the differences between all the different types are... but theres no real good explanations. Do you think they're skateable with the thick grease? Did you just run them through acetone and then put on some speed cream?
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: truthislie on May 07, 2020, 11:45:56 PM
My swiss 6 were definitely faster than mini logos, reds, super reds or anything I've had along those lines. Lasted longer too. But definitely didn't last nearly as long (even with cleaning) as 6 sets of mini logos which cost about the same as 1 set of swiss 6

Thanks man, I m not super tight on money anymore, so I ll finally pull the trigger I guess :)
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: tzhangdox on May 07, 2020, 11:56:54 PM
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My swiss 6 were definitely faster than mini logos, reds, super reds or anything I've had along those lines. Lasted longer too. But definitely didn't last nearly as long (even with cleaning) as 6 sets of mini logos which cost about the same as 1 set of swiss 6
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Thanks man, I m not super tight on money anymore, so I ll finally pull the trigger I guess :)

I think you'll be happy with your purchase. I definitely don't regret getting them. In my experience, swiss 6 was top tier, then indy blacks and bronson raw (I know people shit on them but I've had 3 sets with pretty good experiences in general), then reds/mini logos etc which are great too.

It seems like bearings last some people forever while other people seem to break cages or have their bearings seize up really easy or whatever. I'm in the latter camp, I guess I land primo sometimes and might be rough on my powerslides? But besides that who knows... was thinking about getting another set of swiss but the mass pack of 100 bearings sounds like much better value for money lol.
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Post by: tzhangdox on May 08, 2020, 12:10:11 AM
Looking on ebay and hmmm

Theres these:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Wholesale-Lot-100-Skate-Nylon-Cage-Open-Deep-Groove-Radial-Steel-Ball-Bearing/360392110520?hash=item53e90b31b8:g:zSkAAOSwrfVZTVBp:sc:USPSPriority!94704!US!-1

and the ones with the green shields that are a bit more expensive:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Lot-100-Premium-Quality-Low-Friction-Street-Luge-Skate-Board-Blades-Ball-Bearing/360402773388?hash=item53e9ade58c:g:ECoAAMXQaBtQ9chY:sc:USPSPriority!94704!US!-1

wonder if theres any major difference between the two.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: johnes on May 08, 2020, 05:30:02 AM
don't see a benefit with reds over minilogo right out the box. maybe when it comes time to clean them they'll last longer?
minilogo any issues shieldless with a drop of speed lube once in a while?
I took off the shields on a new Ml set a couple months back and they ended up drying out within a week, I guess I could have added lube but I just figured riding them without shields was a bad idea.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Rem377 on May 08, 2020, 06:11:24 AM
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https://www.vxb.com/Pack-of-100-Skate-Skateboard-Open-Bearing-p/kit1083.htm (https://www.vxb.com/Pack-of-100-Skate-Skateboard-Open-Bearing-p/kit1083.htm)

I'm pretty sure they sell on eBay with free shipping. They make ceramics and a few other versions too, just click on 'skate bearings' above the product title in the link
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Interesting. Thanks. Wonder what the differences between all the different types are... but theres no real good explanations. Do you think they're skateable with the thick grease? Did you just run them through acetone and then put on some speed cream?


I've read good reviews for the ceramics, but not sure what the difference is between all the steel versions. I think there's different types of cages (nylon, steel, etc)? I'd imagine they'd roll fine with the original grease, probably just take a while to break in. I just ran them through a makeshift bearing cleaner with rubbing alcohol a few times. The next set I do I'll probably use acetone instead.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: jay_nev on May 08, 2020, 06:34:57 AM
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don't see a benefit with reds over minilogo right out the box. maybe when it comes time to clean them they'll last longer?
minilogo any issues shieldless with a drop of speed lube once in a while?
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I took off the shields on a new Ml set a couple months back and they ended up drying out within a week, I guess I could have added lube but I just figured riding them without shields was a bad idea.
yeah could be true. how is it different than any other bearing without shield though?
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: hillbilly shifty on May 08, 2020, 08:26:02 AM
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My swiss 6 were definitely faster than mini logos, reds, super reds or anything I've had along those lines. Lasted longer too. But definitely didn't last nearly as long (even with cleaning) as 6 sets of mini logos which cost about the same as 1 set of swiss 6
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Thanks man, I m not super tight on money anymore, so I ll finally pull the trigger I guess :)
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I think you'll be happy with your purchase. I definitely don't regret getting them. In my experience, swiss 6 was top tier, then indy blacks and bronson raw (I know people shit on them but I've had 3 sets with pretty good experiences in general), then reds/mini logos etc which are great too.

It seems like bearings last some people forever while other people seem to break cages or have their bearings seize up really easy or whatever. I'm in the latter camp, I guess I land primo sometimes and might be rough on my powerslides? But besides that who knows... was thinking about getting another set of swiss but the mass pack of 100 bearings sounds like much better value for money lol.

Swiss 6 are the best. use in my main park set up. nice + fast on the smooth concrete.
give them a clean + re-lube when swapping to new wheels.
i always run shields/speed-rings/spacers in any set up.

Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: tzhangdox on May 08, 2020, 01:32:35 PM
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https://www.vxb.com/Pack-of-100-Skate-Skateboard-Open-Bearing-p/kit1083.htm (https://www.vxb.com/Pack-of-100-Skate-Skateboard-Open-Bearing-p/kit1083.htm)

I'm pretty sure they sell on eBay with free shipping. They make ceramics and a few other versions too, just click on 'skate bearings' above the product title in the link
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Interesting. Thanks. Wonder what the differences between all the different types are... but theres no real good explanations. Do you think they're skateable with the thick grease? Did you just run them through acetone and then put on some speed cream?
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I've read good reviews for the ceramics, but not sure what the difference is between all the steel versions. I think there's different types of cages (nylon, steel, etc)? I'd imagine they'd roll fine with the original grease, probably just take a while to break in. I just ran them through a makeshift bearing cleaner with rubbing alcohol a few times. The next set I do I'll probably use acetone instead.

I emailed them asking about the differences and they said the 100 pack are just a 'standard bearing' whatever that means and recommended these:
https://www.vxb.com/8-High-Precision-Skateboard-ABEC-7-Bearing-p/s608-2rs-ceramic-abec7-skate.htm
https://www.vxb.com/16-High-Precision-Rollerblade-ABEC-7-Bearing-p/16-s608-2rs-ceramic-abec7.htm

uhhh no thanks.

Then they recommended these which must be the ceramics you're talking about:
https://www.vxb.com/16-Skates-608-2rs-Sealed-Ceramic-Bearing-8x22x7mm-p/608-2rs-16.htm

Not sure what differences there are between these and the bulk pack besides the balls being steel or ceramic. They're not particularly helpful either.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: bumpnrun on May 08, 2020, 02:35:46 PM
mini logo bearings have nylon bearing cage like reds?
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Post by: jay_nev on May 08, 2020, 03:10:46 PM
mini logo bearings have nylon bearing cage like reds?
They have a removable rubber shield on one side, a removable metal shield on the other, a high speed molded ball retainer, precision ground and super-finished hardened chromium steel races and balls, and come pre-lubricated with Speed Cream.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: tzhangdox on May 08, 2020, 03:46:07 PM
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They have a removable rubber shield on one side, a removable metal shield on the other, a high speed molded ball retainer, precision ground and super-finished hardened chromium steel races and balls, and come pre-lubricated with Speed Cream.

the new ones have rubber shields on both sides.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: jay_nev on May 08, 2020, 05:43:59 PM
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They have a removable rubber shield on one side, a removable metal shield on the other, a high speed molded ball retainer, precision ground and super-finished hardened chromium steel races and balls, and come pre-lubricated with Speed Cream.
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the new ones have rubber shields on both sides.
Nice! I got that from Tactics. How to tell if it's a new version? (not in had obviously.. but packaging/online? any signs?)

might just pop the shields on mine
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Post by: tzhangdox on May 08, 2020, 08:48:29 PM
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They have a removable rubber shield on one side, a removable metal shield on the other, a high speed molded ball retainer, precision ground and super-finished hardened chromium steel races and balls, and come pre-lubricated with Speed Cream.
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the new ones have rubber shields on both sides.
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Nice! I got that from Tactics. How to tell if it's a new version? (not in had obviously.. but packaging/online? any signs?)

might just pop the shields on mine

not sure, but the past 3 or so sets I've gotten since about the start of the year from my local (510 skateshop) and also online from 35th north have all been double rubber shields so I feel like its unlikely to get the metal ones unless they have some obscure leftover stock.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: tyshoes on May 10, 2020, 02:09:24 PM
YOU WILL NOT BE DISSAPOINTED WITH INDEPENDANT BLACKS IN THE $15 RANGE.

sorry for yelling but these below are discontiunued but are an upgraderd version of Indy 7s. I found these much smoother and faster than reds, super reds and Shake Junt triple OGs. And seem uneffected by dirt, or hard skating  I feel like these dont feel much different from swiss to me (especially after a week of skating) from memory.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Independent-Genuine-Parts-Black-Skateboard-Bearings-msrp-25-00/273213425430?hash=item3f9cca0716:g:xA4AAOSw3pZa-fam

They use a very good lubricant as well on these and I got 6 months on them so far and theyre faster and smoother than all my other bearings (also seem to have a better seal as have not needed to be cleaned from the elemants like reds or SJ trip ogs and feel nice so I grabbed a couple more sets at this price. Some people are buying them and reselling them for $40. Not woth that, but def worth >$15 if looking for a good set.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: juras on May 10, 2020, 02:21:43 PM
Shake Junt
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Post by: Buttfart Rapedick on May 11, 2020, 03:54:51 AM
YOU WILL NOT BE DISSAPOINTED WITH INDEPENDANT BLACKS IN THE $15 RANGE.

sorry for yelling but these below are discontiunued but are an upgraderd version of Indy 7s. I found these much smoother and faster than reds, super reds and Shake Junt triple OGs. And seem uneffected by dirt, or hard skating  I feel like these dont feel much different from swiss to me (especially after a week of skating) from memory.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Independent-Genuine-Parts-Black-Skateboard-Bearings-msrp-25-00/273213425430?hash=item3f9cca0716:g:xA4AAOSw3pZa-fam

They use a very good lubricant as well on these and I got 6 months on them so far and theyre faster and smoother than all my other bearings (also seem to have a better seal as have not needed to be cleaned from the elemants like reds or SJ trip ogs and feel nice so I grabbed a couple more sets at this price. Some people are buying them and reselling them for $40. Not woth that, but def worth >$15 if looking for a good set.

Blacks are hit and miss. I've got one good set and one bad one. The retainer is kind of flimsy so if you get them wet or dirty and have to do a full breakdown then be careful when popping the crowns. I had one break and one bend pretty bad. They're decent enough cheapies and I'll buy them if they're on sale and there's no better option in the $10-15 range (flip hkd 7, mini logo etc) but I don't think they're anything special. I'm no great fan of reds but if I were choosing between the two I'd take reds for sure.

I just picked up a set of Sparrow bearings (https://errandsbrand.com/hardgoods) from the corner store and the initial impressions are good. He was out of the 7's so I had to get the 3's and honestly if the low end bearings are this good I'm very interested in trying the higher end ones. They're smooth, quiet, and reasonably quick. Not blazing "oh shit here comes a hill better foot drag so I don't die" fast or anything but still fast enough to be fun. I'd put them in that cheap but effective class with reds, modus black, indy black spitfire cheapshots etc. Definitely going to give the higher grade ones a chance when they're back in stock.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: bumpnrun on May 11, 2020, 03:53:02 PM
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They have a removable rubber shield on one side, a removable metal shield on the other, a high speed molded ball retainer, precision ground and super-finished hardened chromium steel races and balls, and come pre-lubricated with Speed Cream.
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the new ones have rubber shields on both sides.
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Nice! I got that from Tactics. How to tell if it's a new version? (not in had obviously.. but packaging/online? any signs?)

might just pop the shields on mine
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not sure, but the past 3 or so sets I've gotten since about the start of the year from my local (510 skateshop) and also online from 35th north have all been double rubber shields so I feel like its unlikely to get the metal ones unless they have some obscure leftover stock.

You guys are talking about the shields... I'm asking about the ball retainer/cage. Like reds and swiss come with nylon cages that are removable for cleaning.

Like these

(https://d27hrylgrpd01o.cloudfront.net/assets/bonesbearings/productimage/size/600x600/method/strict/v/332b/BAKWB74.jpg)

I did a search and found this so looks like nylon cage

(https://http2.mlstatic.com/rolamento-mini-logo-miolo-de-nylon-profissional-D_NQ_NP_928203-MLB25940114344_092017-F.jpg)
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: tyshoes on May 11, 2020, 06:44:14 PM
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YOU WILL NOT BE DISSAPOINTED WITH INDEPENDANT BLACKS IN THE $15 RANGE.

sorry for yelling but these below are discontiunued but are an upgraderd version of Indy 7s. I found these much smoother and faster than reds, super reds and Shake Junt triple OGs. And seem uneffected by dirt, or hard skating  I feel like these dont feel much different from swiss to me (especially after a week of skating) from memory.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Independent-Genuine-Parts-Black-Skateboard-Bearings-msrp-25-00/273213425430?hash=item3f9cca0716:g:xA4AAOSw3pZa-fam

They use a very good lubricant as well on these and I got 6 months on them so far and theyre faster and smoother than all my other bearings (also seem to have a better seal as have not needed to be cleaned from the elemants like reds or SJ trip ogs and feel nice so I grabbed a couple more sets at this price. Some people are buying them and reselling them for $40. Not woth that, but def worth >$15 if looking for a good set.
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Blacks are hit and miss. I've got one good set and one bad one. The retainer is kind of flimsy so if you get them wet or dirty and have to do a full breakdown then be careful when popping the crowns. I had one break and one bend pretty bad. They're decent enough cheapies and I'll buy them if they're on sale and there's no better option in the $10-15 range (flip hkd 7, mini logo etc) but I don't think they're anything special. I'm no great fan of reds but if I were choosing between the two I'd take reds for sure.

I just picked up a set of Sparrow bearings (https://errandsbrand.com/hardgoods) from the corner store and the initial impressions are good. He was out of the 7's so I had to get the 3's and honestly if the low end bearings are this good I'm very interested in trying the higher end ones. They're smooth, quiet, and reasonably quick. Not blazing "oh shit here comes a hill better foot drag so I don't die" fast or anything but still fast enough to be fun. I'd put them in that cheap but effective class with reds, modus black, indy black spitfire cheapshots etc. Definitely going to give the higher grade ones a chance when they're back in stock.

I havent had any inconsistancy in my two sets Im using. Sparrows are interesting but in reality, as long as bearings are sealed, not rubbing or dirty, theyre all so similar, I found these indy black best next to swiss 6 as they have a very smooth like swiss feel based on the lubricant I think. For $15, I think theyre an obvious choice and I havent had to clean them yet so Ill cross the bridge when it comes. I wouldnt say mini logos or reds are on the same level. I removed reds to put these in and it was smoother, quieter and faster. So maybe I got two hits
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Post by: Nth syd bear on May 11, 2020, 07:25:35 PM
Andele swiss..
the ones that come in the silver tin are good bearings cleaned them once in the year I've had them no complaints
 and shitty bearings are my go to excuse at being a shitty skateboarder..

Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Diocletian on May 11, 2020, 07:27:37 PM
Iíve been on a set of Super Reds for several months now keeping the shields on and theyíre doing great. Whether I buy Reds or Swiss, popping those shields off make them die in no time. I canít comment on whether Super Reds last longer than Reds. But I like the black shields on the Supers better in terms of looks *shrug*.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: jay_nev on May 12, 2020, 11:57:11 AM
https://www.ebay.com/itm/133408612441

Whatís with these $30 something dollar bones Swiss on eBay?
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Post by: Echelon on May 12, 2020, 12:11:15 PM
https://www.ebay.com/itm/133408612441

Whatís with these $30 something dollar bones Swiss on eBay?

Most probably fake. Chinese fakes and sold as Bones Swiss, there's a lot of them in circulation.
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Post by: BL0B on May 12, 2020, 04:04:50 PM
https://www.ebay.com/itm/133408612441

Whatís with these $30 something dollar bones Swiss on eBay?


if you look at the sellers feedback someone left neutral feedback saying the swiss were fakes but he did refund.
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Post by: bbk on May 13, 2020, 02:04:23 AM
I just set up a set of Josef Scott Jatta signature Pusher bearings.
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Post by: Hyliannightmare on May 13, 2020, 02:13:21 AM
Old reds
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Post by: imuseless on May 13, 2020, 02:15:22 AM
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Whatís with these $30 something dollar bones Swiss on eBay?
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if you look at the sellers feedback someone left neutral feedback saying the swiss were fakes but he did refund.


eBay is full of fake Bones bearings. Buy only from skate shops.

edit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndoSXeyJbk8
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Post by: Buttfart Rapedick on May 13, 2020, 02:35:42 AM
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eBay is full of fake Bones bearings. Buy only from skate shops.

Should be noted that there are some reputable internet shops with ebay accounts - warehouse skateboards and TGM are the two I see most often. Pretty much if it seems too good to be true then it probably is. The cheapest I've ever paid for legit bones Swiss was $45 after discounts from a local place and the owner said he pays close to that wholesale, so if you see $30-40 ones it's almost certainly bullshit. There's people selling "bones Swiss ceramics" which are crazy expensive for like $35 on there.

Honestly I'm surprised bones hasn't done something about it yet. Either switch up the packaging with something that's  hard to fake or something.
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Post by: slappy50 on May 18, 2020, 11:59:12 PM
Just cleaned some old Bones Swiss with paint thinner + speed cream. Decided to try something new, and after I put them back in the wheels, I spun em with an air compressor gun, to aid with the break in process, and they seemed hella fast when I took em for a quick go. hopefully I didnít spin all the lube out, weíll see :/
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Post by: Vintagebody on May 20, 2020, 01:52:18 AM
I've skated the same Bones Swiss bearings for 5 years. I clean them 1-3 times per year.
And bro... you only put metals into acetone baths...

If you use shit the way its intended, it will last. Simple as that.
I used to buy rather cheap bearings, and they dident even last half a year.

So use shields, spacers and clean them occasionally.

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Post by: authentic_creed_bratton on May 20, 2020, 08:40:15 AM
acetone only breaks down acetates, not nylon
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Post by: weon on May 20, 2020, 06:17:24 PM
I know i'll just be preaching to the choir here, but tried Swiss 6 for the first time today and holy moly i didnt think the difference would be THAT noticeable coming from big balls. Coming from reds before that, I couldn't feel a huge difference running Big Balls (in fact they were pretty awful before "breaking them in" which i had never had to do before), but i'd even hazard to say these feel faster than the L2's on my cruiser (9", 169s, Mini Super Juice).

A joy.
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Post by: off on May 20, 2020, 11:01:53 PM
I know i'll just be preaching to the choir here, but tried Swiss 6 for the first time today and holy moly i didnt think the difference would be THAT noticeable coming from big balls. Coming from reds before that, I couldn't feel a huge difference running Big Balls (in fact they were pretty awful before "breaking them in" which i had never had to do before), but i'd even hazard to say these feel faster than the L2's on my cruiser (9", 169s, Mini Super Juice).

A joy.
glad you seen the light
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Post by: sadnocomply on May 23, 2020, 05:30:46 PM
Need some cheapie bearings under $20 for a backup, got modus, spitfire, shake junt as options or just get some reds?

Main has fresh Swiss six but itís about to rain for 8 days here smh. Time to find a nice garage lot.
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Post by: Ok on May 23, 2020, 08:53:08 PM
6 are the best. And I should just get those next.
My last set of regular swiss, from a shop, just ok. Iíve had mini logos that feel faster than reds. I need to remember to not buy reds.
I found remember Ďgermansí nmb from the youth. I heard you can still get them, something something thicker grease something.
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Post by: weon on June 09, 2020, 11:10:22 PM
Man, the cages keep popping off my Swiss 6. Im using a washer at each side and spacers. My wheels make a weird-ass screechy-rattly sound when Iím pushing, then later I pull the bearings and thereís always at least one of them essentially looseballing it. Pop em back in, ride and repeat... dunno if itís the mini vomits or aces or the actual bearings. gonna have to try other combinations. Howís Bones customer service? wouldnít wanna bother my local about a $68 purchase...
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Post by: j....soy..... on June 09, 2020, 11:16:36 PM
Powell's customer service is super good...they respond for sure...

NMB's are Japanese bearings.....Nippon manufacturing?
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Post by: thelonelynow on June 10, 2020, 12:33:46 AM
Powell's customer service is super good...they respond for sure...

NMB's are Japanese bearings.....Nippon manufacturing?

As far as I know Minebea Mitsumi here in Japan still manufactures them but they do so at their Thailand plant. I use them on my "might get caught in a typhoon" setup. Paired with Bones Spacers they perform quite well, so well in fact I've questioned why I usually pay 4 times as much for my Race Reds on my other cruisers. Ironically, they're hard to find in Japan and I've been getting mine from the same site I get Acid Wheels from in the US. SOP Distribution.

(https://i.imgur.com/xuoCVb2.jpg)
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Post by: DarkPools on June 10, 2020, 02:34:08 AM
Boring answer but I always run Bones Reds or Super Reds if I'm feeling spicy (or if they're out of regular Reds).

Tried Bronson, Modus, FKD, Speed Demon, Black Panther, Shake Junt and Lucky. FKD were surprisingly the longest lasting/best performing out of the bunch, but when they went dust.... they were dust and no salvaging was possible. Always come back to Reds for reliability and affordability. One day, I'll try Swiss...
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Post by: jay_nev on June 10, 2020, 05:18:25 AM
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As far as I know Minebea Mitsumi here in Japan still manufactures them but they do so at their Thailand plant. I use them on my "might get caught in a typhoon" setup. Paired with Bones Spacers they perform quite well, so well in fact I've questioned why I usually pay 4 times as much for my Race Reds on my other cruisers. Ironically, they're hard to find in Japan and I've been getting mine from the same site I get Acid Wheels from in the US. SOP Distribution.

(https://i.imgur.com/xuoCVb2.jpg)
spacers even with such a budget priced bearing?
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Post by: JANUS on June 10, 2020, 05:30:23 AM
Bones Swiss 6
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Post by: thelonelynow on June 10, 2020, 05:57:16 AM
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NMB's are Japanese bearings.....Nippon manufacturing?
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As far as I know Minebea Mitsumi here in Japan still manufactures them but they do so at their Thailand plant. I use them on my "might get caught in a typhoon" setup. Paired with Bones Spacers they perform quite well, so well in fact I've questioned why I usually pay 4 times as much for my Race Reds on my other cruisers. Ironically, they're hard to find in Japan and I've been getting mine from the same site I get Acid Wheels from in the US. SOP Distribution.

(https://i.imgur.com/xuoCVb2.jpg)
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spacers even with such a budget priced bearing?

Yes. I use spacers always. I donít leave play in my wheels ever. Thatís just my preference though. I live in a quiet neighborhood full of old people too so keeping my setups as quiet as possible when cruising the streets is necessary. I use Race Reds in most of my setups. Tighten them all the way, no washers, built in spacers and they roll quiet and fast! Most skaters I know here use spacers and donít leave much if any play in their wheels. I know in the US a lot of skaters donít seem to use them. My local shop gives you a set if you purchase bearings and they arenít included in the box which is nice.
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Post by: doctorkickflip on June 10, 2020, 09:11:56 AM
I know i'll just be preaching to the choir here, but tried Swiss 6 for the first time today and holy moly i didnt think the difference would be THAT noticeable coming from big balls. Coming from reds before that, I couldn't feel a huge difference running Big Balls (in fact they were pretty awful before "breaking them in" which i had never had to do before), but i'd even hazard to say these feel faster than the L2's on my cruiser (9", 169s, Mini Super Juice).

A joy.

I've tried the expensive as fuck bones swiss and the 6 swiss that I think was more like $70 and I can say for sure the bones 6 are way better for skateboarding. The larger balls are way more resistant to dust and junk and in my opinion more durable overall. I go through bearings quickly but these are really putting up a fight. Worth it 100%.
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Post by: JK42 on June 10, 2020, 01:07:09 PM
The cheaper Bronsons, thought it was all hype but a mate who works in a skate shop recommended them to me. He was right. They are great.
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Post by: Xen on June 10, 2020, 01:56:32 PM
The cheaper Bronsons, thought it was all hype but a mate who works in a skate shop recommended them to me. He was right. They are great.

Running a pair of Bronson G3s (popped shields) right now - no complaints.

Total bearings in use across cruisers and pops:

Bronson G3s (wide pops)
Swiss Six (skinny pops)
Seismic Tekton 6 Balls with build in spacers (cruiser)
Zealous with build in spacers (shaped/nostalgia setup)
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Post by: Firebert on June 10, 2020, 02:06:00 PM
Rockin Rons Ballistic Missiles for life - Cermaics in the daily driver and regulars in the backups
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: cjt on June 10, 2020, 03:02:20 PM
I just ordered some Bronson G3's with a 9" popsicle complete last night to check the hype. I've just come back after a couple years, and before the break I was rotating a pair of Rockin Rons regular rockets and a 17+ year old pair of Black Panther 7s in different sets of wheels. I use 91% isopropyl to clean and various oils over the years, most recently some stuff called Bionic that the homies shop had.
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Post by: fake nollie.sk8er on June 10, 2020, 03:12:26 PM
Bronsons!
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Post by: Xen on June 10, 2020, 03:32:43 PM
I just ordered some Bronson G3's with a 9" popsicle complete last night to check the hype. I've just come back after a couple years, and before the break I was rotating a pair of Rockin Rons regular rockets and a 17+ year old pair of Black Panther 7s in different sets of wheels. I use 91% isopropyl to clean and various oils over the years, most recently some stuff called Bionic that the homies shop had.

There are some that had some bad experiences with the cages breaking and they got a bad rap on the forums, it was isolated.

They are really fast out of the box.
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Post by: cjt on June 10, 2020, 04:30:49 PM
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I just ordered some Bronson G3's with a 9" popsicle complete last night to check the hype. I've just come back after a couple years, and before the break I was rotating a pair of Rockin Rons regular rockets and a 17+ year old pair of Black Panther 7s in different sets of wheels. I use 91% isopropyl to clean and various oils over the years, most recently some stuff called Bionic that the homies shop had.
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There are some that had some bad experiences with the cages breaking and they got a bad rap on the forums, it was isolated.

They are really fast out of the box.

I'm looking forward to them. They're going in 51mm slim radial F4s.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: heritage on June 10, 2020, 04:55:49 PM
Modus titanium and I love them. Iíve used nothing but Bones Swiss for 30 years but I gave Modus a go for no other reason than the strength of the promo Sylvain Tognelli did for them a few years back. Support the brands that support good skateboarders. Iím glad I did, they are fast, strong bearings that wonít break your wallet. I swear by them. They had a pretty killer team at one point too.
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Post by: jay_nev on June 10, 2020, 05:10:23 PM
I just ordered some Bronson G3's with a 9" popsicle complete last night to check the hype. I've just come back after a couple years, and before the break I was rotating a pair of Rockin Rons regular rockets and a 17+ year old pair of Black Panther 7s in different sets of wheels. I use 91% isopropyl to clean and various oils over the years, most recently some stuff called Bionic that the homies shop had.
definitely have a few 15+ year old black panther bearings in my one set up right now. Still have the case. I was pumped on those as a teenager
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Alright so Bronson are a go now ? Seem to be really popular.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: cjt on June 10, 2020, 07:44:24 PM
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I just ordered some Bronson G3's with a 9" popsicle complete last night to check the hype. I've just come back after a couple years, and before the break I was rotating a pair of Rockin Rons regular rockets and a 17+ year old pair of Black Panther 7s in different sets of wheels. I use 91% isopropyl to clean and various oils over the years, most recently some stuff called Bionic that the homies shop had.
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definitely have a few 15+ year old black panther bearings in my one set up right now. Still have the case. I was pumped on those as a teenager
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Alright so Bronson are a go now ? Seem to be really popular.

I'll never forget the panther 7s being "the" bearing to get at my school! I'll report back about the G3's but the word looks good all around so far.
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Post by: jay_nev on June 10, 2020, 08:00:37 PM
for sure! bearings woo if they compensate for hard wheels on crusty terrain let me be a believer
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Post by: sneakpeekmeek on June 10, 2020, 08:16:55 PM
Right now, Swiss 6's.  They just glide. It's not that they're fast per se, but they hold acceleration for long with less push.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Xen on June 10, 2020, 08:42:30 PM
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I just ordered some Bronson G3's with a 9" popsicle complete last night to check the hype. I've just come back after a couple years, and before the break I was rotating a pair of Rockin Rons regular rockets and a 17+ year old pair of Black Panther 7s in different sets of wheels. I use 91% isopropyl to clean and various oils over the years, most recently some stuff called Bionic that the homies shop had.
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definitely have a few 15+ year old black panther bearings in my one set up right now. Still have the case. I was pumped on those as a teenager
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Alright so Bronson are a go now ? Seem to be really popular.
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I'll never forget the panther 7s being "the" bearing to get at my school! I'll report back about the G3's but the word looks good all around so far.

BP 7s was all I used to run; even the packaging was bad ass.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: shmazz on June 13, 2020, 08:13:08 AM
Running my second set of Cheapshots. They work just fine for the price and I really dig the all-black colorway compared to something like China Reds.

Any recommendations for bearings under $20? Iíve been looking into the Indy 7s for my next purchase
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Post by: jay_nev on June 13, 2020, 09:15:05 AM
One of my reds is making a whirling noise now kind of annoying the inconsistencies
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Post by: Adrian Kohatsu on June 13, 2020, 07:03:51 PM
Some new red bones, have been using bones 10 years now! when i was a kid always thought in the ABEC thing haha.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: TheBoognish on June 13, 2020, 07:22:49 PM
Super Swiss 6. Love Ďem.

They need to be lubed though.
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Post by: rocklobster on June 13, 2020, 11:59:45 PM
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https://www.ebay.com/itm/133408612441

Whatís with these $30 something dollar bones Swiss on eBay?
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if you look at the sellers feedback someone left neutral feedback saying the swiss were fakes but he did refund.

loads of them floating around on Taobao and Aliexpress too
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: GBLange on June 14, 2020, 02:14:45 AM
NMB bearings
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: nonickname on June 17, 2020, 08:39:33 PM
Went to my local today - and their stock levels are all over the place due to Covid; tons of new boards but almost out of grip, and very few bearings...so since no Reds the choice was either Shake Junt, Cortina or the Spitfire Burners I went with. Never skated them before...anyone have experience with em'?
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Diocletian on June 17, 2020, 09:21:42 PM
All four bearings of my two rear wheels and one from a front wheel blew out today at the same time, it was shitty. Popped the shields off and they looked fine not that dirty. They wouldn't move at all, like cemented. Axles don't seem bent. Replaced with ones that spun from the gear graveyard box, but damn never had that many seize up like that before. They were super reds and I even kept all the shields on.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Krooked antihero on June 18, 2020, 04:32:51 AM
All four bearings of my two rear wheels and one from a front wheel blew out today at the same time, it was shitty. Popped the shields off and they looked fine not that dirty. They wouldn't move at all, like cemented. Axles don't seem bent. Replaced with ones that spun from the gear graveyard box, but damn never had that many seize up like that before. They were super reds and I even kept all the shields on.
I had super reds on my cruiser, took my swiss of from regular board for cleaning and put those super reds on as I wanted to skate that day. Forgot those on, after like 4 times I found out that 2 bearings have already started to seize....
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: moonordie on June 18, 2020, 11:52:20 AM
Went to my local today - and their stock levels are all over the place due to Covid; tons of new boards but almost out of grip, and very few bearings...so since no Reds the choice was either Shake Junt, Cortina or the Spitfire Burners I went with. Never skated them before...anyone have experience with em'?
I have tried them all, except Cortina, and Burners work pretty good.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Sila on June 19, 2020, 06:55:53 AM
Been riding Modus Titanium for a few months and they're doing really well. Havn't gotten any louder and are just as smooth as when I first put them in. Will probably get a back up set.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Maccat on June 24, 2020, 06:13:38 PM
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I just ordered some Bronson G3's with a 9" popsicle complete last night to check the hype. I've just come back after a couple years, and before the break I was rotating a pair of Rockin Rons regular rockets and a 17+ year old pair of Black Panther 7s in different sets of wheels. I use 91% isopropyl to clean and various oils over the years, most recently some stuff called Bionic that the homies shop had.
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definitely have a few 15+ year old black panther bearings in my one set up right now. Still have the case. I was pumped on those as a teenager
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Alright so Bronson are a go now ? Seem to be really popular.
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I'll never forget the panther 7s being "the" bearing to get at my school! I'll report back about the G3's but the word looks good all around so far.
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BP 7s was all I used to run; even the packaging was bad ass.

BP has a ceramic that is real nice. My first set up had Panthers, bad ass no doubt.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: nosneb on June 24, 2020, 07:02:00 PM
Iím riding red big balls. And they are ok. Rolls slow but keeps rolling. Maybe cause I ride 40mm wheels lol
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Post by: KushBush on June 25, 2020, 03:10:30 PM
The rolling kind.
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Post by: texasplant on June 25, 2020, 06:21:37 PM
Swiss Six. Didn't think much of them until I popped the shields, now I see why I spent the extra money.
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Post by: Xen on June 25, 2020, 06:39:42 PM
Swiss Six. Didn't think much of them until I popped the shields, now I see why I spent the extra money.

Swissssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss 6 sound [and feel] so good with the shields off.
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Post by: layzieyez on June 25, 2020, 08:38:49 PM
Have any of you mad scientists tried using an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner to clean your bearings? Just wondering.
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Post by: Krooked antihero on June 25, 2020, 11:52:52 PM
Have any of you mad scientists tried using an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner to clean your bearings? Just wondering.
We have this bigger industrial version at work (print house) and Iíve been cleaning mine & homies swiss for ten years now, it truly works. I just cleaned up my friends ceramics that has been cleaned with that bones shakey bottle only, and huge amount of black stuff appeared on the bottom of my cleaning solution so I can confirm it works!
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Post by: Buttfart Rapedick on June 26, 2020, 03:34:06 AM
Skate Warehouse has Flip HKD 7s on clearance for $10. They're my favorite cheap bearing pretty much ever - fast, durable, and I like the full blackout look.

I recommend not popping them unless you're one of those people who can't tighten an axle nut without bending your shields and just let them break in. They come soaked in lube from the factory so it takes a session or two to get it all dispersed but once it does they're better than Reds in my book.

https://www.skatewarehouse.com/Flip_HKD_Bearings_ABEC_7/descpage-FLHKD7BR.html
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: jay_nev on June 26, 2020, 06:32:07 AM
Skate Warehouse has Flip HKD 7s on clearance for $10. They're my favorite cheap bearing pretty much ever - fast, durable, and I like the full blackout look.

I recommend not popping them unless you're one of those people who can't tighten an axle nut without bending your shields and just let them break in. They come soaked in lube from the factory so it takes a session or two to get it all dispersed but once it does they're better than Reds in my book.

https://www.skatewarehouse.com/Flip_HKD_Bearings_ABEC_7/descpage-FLHKD7BR.html

you've spoke highly of those and i have been wanting to try em out. got nothing else i need at SW tho
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Post by: moonordie on June 26, 2020, 06:39:35 AM
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Skate Warehouse has Flip HKD 7s on clearance for $10. They're my favorite cheap bearing pretty much ever - fast, durable, and I like the full blackout look.

I recommend not popping them unless you're one of those people who can't tighten an axle nut without bending your shields and just let them break in. They come soaked in lube from the factory so it takes a session or two to get it all dispersed but once it does they're better than Reds in my book.

https://www.skatewarehouse.com/Flip_HKD_Bearings_ABEC_7/descpage-FLHKD7BR.html

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you've spoke highly of those and i have been wanting to try em out. got nothing else i need at SW tho
Those are the best cheap bearings ever, 5's are also pretty good. Both way better that reds
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Post by: Buttfart Rapedick on June 26, 2020, 07:32:05 AM
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Skate Warehouse has Flip HKD 7s on clearance for $10. They're my favorite cheap bearing pretty much ever - fast, durable, and I like the full blackout look.

I recommend not popping them unless you're one of those people who can't tighten an axle nut without bending your shields and just let them break in. They come soaked in lube from the factory so it takes a session or two to get it all dispersed but once it does they're better than Reds in my book.

https://www.skatewarehouse.com/Flip_HKD_Bearings_ABEC_7/descpage-FLHKD7BR.html

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you've spoke highly of those and i have been wanting to try em out. got nothing else i need at SW tho

I don't want to like hype them up too much and have people think they're better than swiss, they're more of a mini logo alternative than anything. I really won't even buy them if they're full price but when I find them on sale like this I tend to buy 3 or 4 sets and just keep a little stock of them. They don't last forever but if you keep the shields on and don't get them wet you can get a few months of daily use out of them. What really sold me was when I  rusted a set out then broke them down and cleaned them up and despite the races and balls both being scratched to shit they still ran pretty well.

All that being said, they're still a cheap chinese bearing and while the QC is better than most I've still had a couple sets where one or two didn't spin that great. I usually mix and match the best ones and then use the wonky ones for rain boards or grab bag sets.

If you want I'll order enough to get to the free shipping mark and then mail you a set for $10 as long as you're east coast so I don't get killed on the shipping cost. 
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Post by: layzieyez on June 26, 2020, 08:31:44 AM
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Have any of you mad scientists tried using an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner to clean your bearings? Just wondering.
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We have this bigger industrial version at work (print house) and Iíve been cleaning mine & homies swiss for ten years now, it truly works. I just cleaned up my friends ceramics that has been cleaned with that bones shakey bottle only, and huge amount of black stuff appeared on the bottom of my cleaning solution so I can confirm it works!
I knew someone had to have done it. What kind of cleaning solution do you use?
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: TurdyBird on June 26, 2020, 09:17:46 AM
Swiss 6 which is a gross exaggeration for the level of skateboarding I'm doing. They are really good though.
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Post by: Krooked antihero on June 26, 2020, 01:39:16 PM
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Have any of you mad scientists tried using an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner to clean your bearings? Just wondering.
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We have this bigger industrial version at work (print house) and Iíve been cleaning mine & homies swiss for ten years now, it truly works. I just cleaned up my friends ceramics that has been cleaned with that bones shakey bottle only, and huge amount of black stuff appeared on the bottom of my cleaning solution so I can confirm it works!
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I knew someone had to have done it. What kind of cleaning solution do you use?
Citrus-based industrial solvent, and final cleaning with pure iso.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Xen on June 26, 2020, 02:20:27 PM
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We have this bigger industrial version at work (print house) and Iíve been cleaning mine & homies swiss for ten years now, it truly works. I just cleaned up my friends ceramics that has been cleaned with that bones shakey bottle only, and huge amount of black stuff appeared on the bottom of my cleaning solution so I can confirm it works!
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I knew someone had to have done it. What kind of cleaning solution do you use?
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Citrus-based industrial solvent, and final cleaning with pure iso.

I did the citrus on my bones big balls, instantly discolored the metal to a rust-like look (wasn't rusted).
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Post by: off on June 26, 2020, 02:28:53 PM
Swiss 6 which is a gross exaggeration for the level of skateboarding I'm doing. They are really good though.
if you can pay you can play
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Post by: Krooked antihero on June 26, 2020, 02:35:56 PM
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We have this bigger industrial version at work (print house) and Iíve been cleaning mine & homies swiss for ten years now, it truly works. I just cleaned up my friends ceramics that has been cleaned with that bones shakey bottle only, and huge amount of black stuff appeared on the bottom of my cleaning solution so I can confirm it works!
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I knew someone had to have done it. What kind of cleaning solution do you use?
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Citrus-based industrial solvent, and final cleaning with pure iso.
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I did the citrus on my bones big balls, instantly discolored the metal to a rust-like look (wasn't rusted).
Key is to use it mixed it with water, that pure stuff is too strong for almost anything.

e. Thatís why the alcohol also, to remove any moisture left there
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Post by: Diocletian on June 26, 2020, 04:33:45 PM
I decided I'm finally going to stop being lazy and start cleaning my bearings. Bought some Swiss from the local and will try to make them last forever by cleaning them whenever they start seizing up.
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Post by: tyshoes on June 26, 2020, 05:19:24 PM
This thread has convinced me to grab some mini logos to compare to my reds, super reds, Indy Blacks and Shake Junt Triple OGs. Out of these the indy Blacks seem the fastest and the rest seem almost identicle. I think swiss are def the best but this minilogo talk got me interested and those flips too.
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Post by: B0udoir on June 27, 2020, 01:22:28 AM
Swiss 6 which is a gross exaggeration for the level of skateboarding I'm doing. They are really good though.

Bones Swiss 6 are not going to make you skate faster or better, or whatever you imagine. They will just hold all the hits you are going to throw them, and they will still spin after hard crash landing. During my bearings exploration quest, I was destroying sets of Andale, Bronson or Reds in 3 sessions. My Swiss 6 are still pretty good after 1 year and a half. Even the Bones Big Balls broke after 9 months. I was very reluctant to spend so much money on these Swiss bearings, but after doing the maths, yeah, best investment so far... However, I just tried the Swiss 6, I don't know about the other Swiss, like the overpriced ceramics.
I mean, even if you are not a high skilled skateboarder, if you skate regularly Swiss 6 is not luxury but just "industry standard".
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Post by: Uncle Flea on June 27, 2020, 11:23:55 AM
(https://i.ibb.co/JFzs6Pj/P-20200627-141510.jpg) (https://ibb.co/vvJjy84)
(https://i.ibb.co/jbFp4LG/P-20200627-141356.jpg) (https://ibb.co/n6SWkDf)
(https://i.ibb.co/gg94m9W/P-20200627-141530.jpg) (https://ibb.co/cT3Yk38)
(https://i.ibb.co/XtBrRgj/P-20200627-141623.jpg) (https://ibb.co/x6vtT0X)
(https://i.ibb.co/fdg5XYQ/P-20200627-140831.jpg) (https://ibb.co/N2vPF67)
(https://i.ibb.co/HBJymBC/P-20200627-140826.jpg) (https://ibb.co/n6Wyh6B)
(https://i.ibb.co/hHfhCt4/P-20200627-141332.jpg) (https://ibb.co/xGHP3RB)

Switching back to China white ceramic today after I finish this.

I figured I'd show you how to fix your stuff while I'm setting these up for storage till winter.

I'm telling you the race is never this dirty in the ceramics ever. Not after years of use

Go ceramic always

The order is fucked. The important part is putting the shield on first when putting back together the bearings
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Post by: JANUS on June 30, 2020, 08:48:32 AM
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We have this bigger industrial version at work (print house) and Iíve been cleaning mine & homies swiss for ten years now, it truly works. I just cleaned up my friends ceramics that has been cleaned with that bones shakey bottle only, and huge amount of black stuff appeared on the bottom of my cleaning solution so I can confirm it works!
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I knew someone had to have done it. What kind of cleaning solution do you use?
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Citrus-based industrial solvent, and final cleaning with pure iso.
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I did the citrus on my bones big balls, instantly discolored the metal to a rust-like look (wasn't rusted).
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Key is to use it mixed it with water, that pure stuff is too strong for almost anything.

e. Thatís why the alcohol also, to remove any moisture left there

So in theory, this could work with a non-industrial ultrasonic jewelry cleaner and some citrus degreaser from a hardware store? Then rinse the bearings with isopropyl alcohol and dry? Am I understanding correctly?
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Post by: ZachV on June 30, 2020, 10:24:01 AM
Iím currently on Indy Gp-s bearings, theyíre cheaper then reds and work fine. I also like the metal shield lol, reminds me of a Walmart board or something.

EDIT: fixed grammar
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Post by: AsianVegan on June 30, 2020, 08:33:29 PM
About to set up some of the 6-Ball Reds, keen to try them out.
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Post by: layzieyez on June 30, 2020, 08:35:46 PM
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Have any of you mad scientists tried using an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner to clean your bearings? Just wondering.
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We have this bigger industrial version at work (print house) and Iíve been cleaning mine & homies swiss for ten years now, it truly works. I just cleaned up my friends ceramics that has been cleaned with that bones shakey bottle only, and huge amount of black stuff appeared on the bottom of my cleaning solution so I can confirm it works!
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I knew someone had to have done it. What kind of cleaning solution do you use?
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Citrus-based industrial solvent, and final cleaning with pure iso.
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I did the citrus on my bones big balls, instantly discolored the metal to a rust-like look (wasn't rusted).
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Key is to use it mixed it with water, that pure stuff is too strong for almost anything.

e. Thatís why the alcohol also, to remove any moisture left there
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So in theory, this could work with a non-industrial ultrasonic jewelry cleaner and some citrus degreaser from a hardware store? Then rinse the bearings with isopropyl alcohol and dry? Am I understanding correctly?
I know you're scheming. I'm scheming too.

Gotta do something with all this time on my hands in isolation. Might as well figure out the best means of bearing maintenance.
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Post by: Xen on June 30, 2020, 10:02:18 PM
Bones Race redz as of today.
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Post by: Krooked antihero on June 30, 2020, 11:21:03 PM
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Have any of you mad scientists tried using an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner to clean your bearings? Just wondering.
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We have this bigger industrial version at work (print house) and Iíve been cleaning mine & homies swiss for ten years now, it truly works. I just cleaned up my friends ceramics that has been cleaned with that bones shakey bottle only, and huge amount of black stuff appeared on the bottom of my cleaning solution so I can confirm it works!
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I knew someone had to have done it. What kind of cleaning solution do you use?
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Citrus-based industrial solvent, and final cleaning with pure iso.
[close]

I did the citrus on my bones big balls, instantly discolored the metal to a rust-like look (wasn't rusted).
[close]
Key is to use it mixed it with water, that pure stuff is too strong for almost anything.

e. Thatís why the alcohol also, to remove any moisture left there
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So in theory, this could work with a non-industrial ultrasonic jewelry cleaner and some citrus degreaser from a hardware store? Then rinse the bearings with isopropyl alcohol and dry? Am I understanding correctly?
Not just in theory, my friend bought one of those small ones and it works just fine, just needs s bit longer time to clean them but same principles. Just make sure you dilute that citrus stuff to water, as it is too strong pure.
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Post by: JANUS on July 01, 2020, 07:22:03 AM
Sick! Thanks for the input. I am scheming. 100%. (Gotta outrun the Draculas.)
Last question: do you remove the shields and nylon cages before putting the bearings in the cleaner?
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Post by: Uncle Flea on July 02, 2020, 10:47:48 AM
Sick! Thanks for the input. I am scheming. 100%. (Gotta outrun the Draculas.)
Last question: do you remove the shields and nylon cages before putting the bearings in the cleaner?

Yes. Wash those with like blue dish soap and a toothbrush make sure your shield is still flat and everything is dry before putting it back on too
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Post by: JANUS on July 02, 2020, 03:40:51 PM
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Sick! Thanks for the input. I am scheming. 100%. (Gotta outrun the Draculas.)
Last question: do you remove the shields and nylon cages before putting the bearings in the cleaner?
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Yes. Wash those with like blue dish soap and a toothbrush make sure your shield is still flat and everything is dry before putting it back on too

Awesome. Iíve been doing it like that for a while now, but none of my friends have ever been into bearing maintenance so I was never sure if I was doing it right. Thanks!
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Buttfart Rapedick on July 04, 2020, 02:25:22 AM
Last time I ordered something from tactics I picked up a set of Bronson G3 to get to the free shipping threshold. I figured since the raws were good for about a week before they got dirty and slowed down considerably the G3 would be basically the same performance but last longer since they had shields. I was wrong. They aren't that fast and after about a month they seem to be slowing significantly and a few sound pretty rough despite me not even skating them every day. I honestly don't notice any difference between them and the g2 other than packaging, and neither of them are particularly impressive to me. I think this is going to be the last time I buy Bronsons, for the same price I could get 2 sets of better bearings (mini logo, flip 7 etc).

I also picked up some Dirty (brand name, not description) bearings with a deck I ordered a little while back and they're actually decent. Apparently a lot of Seattle skaters ride them since they're cheap, but I think they're one of the better local/shop bearings I've skated. FTC in SF has decent shop bearings too, I think they're called speedy lunatic. I haven't skated them a ton so no idea about durability but they broke in quick and are pretty smooth so far.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: off on July 06, 2020, 11:47:47 PM
pals with bones swiss, how often do you do clean em? need these to last me a few setups to justify the price
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: DA BIG BODY BENZ on July 07, 2020, 12:58:47 AM
pals with bones swiss, how often do you do clean em? need these to last me a few setups to justify the price


Dude ive been running the same set of Swiss (shieldless) for like 7 years and ive cleaned them once. I'm not exaggerating either but at the same time I dont skate stairs or big impact shit so...
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: JANUS on July 07, 2020, 05:19:22 AM
pals with bones swiss, how often do you do clean em? need these to last me a few setups to justify the price

Clean them whenever they get loud or slow. It really depends on how dusty the places you skate are. My Swiss 6 are now on their fourth year of service.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Vintagebody on July 07, 2020, 06:49:34 AM
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pals with bones swiss, how often do you do clean em? need these to last me a few setups to justify the price
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Clean them whenever they get loud or slow. It really depends on how dusty the places you skate are. My Swiss 6 are now on their fourth year of service.

Whats the logic behind this? How about nada...

Clean 2-4 times per year, depending on how much you skate.
If they start to get loud or slow, then its already enough grit in them to have done some damage.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: SteveStuart on July 07, 2020, 11:33:30 AM
Bones Swiss for two reasons:

1. They are the best
2. They are not made in China
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Post by: Matthew_James on July 07, 2020, 06:00:48 PM
Bones Swiss exclusively. Used to be Bones Reds when I was a kid and couldnít afford anything better...
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Post by: Quique on July 07, 2020, 06:10:18 PM
One setup with Bones Swiss, the other one with Mosaic ceramics. I clean both when needed, the Swiss are still pretty much new after a couple of years. Mosaic are hella rusty but still faster than Swiss, very recommended if you can find them.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Buttfart Rapedick on July 07, 2020, 06:12:03 PM

Whats the logic behind this? How about nada...

Clean 2-4 times per year, depending on how much you skate.
If they start to get loud or slow, then its already enough grit in them to have done some damage.

That's not really true, as long as it's good steel then "some damage" doesn't mean the bearing is shot. With good bearings the races can take more of a beating than you might think and you might be surprised how much life you can bring back with a proper full breakdown balls-out cleaning. While I don't think Bones Swiss are the absolute godsend most skaters do, the one area they really do excel in is durability. I've taken seriously nasty sets that I picked up in second-hand wheels and brought them back to damn near new performance with a proper cleaning.

So the logic behind that is that good bearings can have a much longer effective lifespan with proper cleaning and maintenance, aka the exact thing that every bearing manufacturer tells you to do. Not quite "nada". 
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Vintagebody on July 07, 2020, 10:39:59 PM
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Whats the logic behind this? How about nada...

Clean 2-4 times per year, depending on how much you skate.
If they start to get loud or slow, then its already enough grit in them to have done some damage.
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That's not really true, as long as it's good steel then "some damage" doesn't mean the bearing is shot. With good bearings the races can take more of a beating than you might think and you might be surprised how much life you can bring back with a proper full breakdown balls-out cleaning. While I don't think Bones Swiss are the absolute godsend most skaters do, the one area they really do excel in is durability. I've taken seriously nasty sets that I picked up in second-hand wheels and brought them back to damn near new performance with a proper cleaning.

So the logic behind that is that good bearings can have a much longer effective lifespan with proper cleaning and maintenance, aka the exact thing that every bearing manufacturer tells you to do. Not quite "nada".

Some damage here and there will eventually lead to too much play in the bearing tracks/balls. They might feel and even be faster duo to this, but they will fall apart sooner...

Just a tiny bit of dirt spinning around in there under load is bad, no matter if you have good steel


Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Juanjo789 on July 07, 2020, 10:42:47 PM
cheapshots
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: moonordie on July 08, 2020, 05:45:50 AM
pals with bones swiss, how often do you do clean em? need these to last me a few setups to justify the price
Every 6 months +-
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Uncle Flea on July 08, 2020, 06:22:41 AM
My birthday is soon. Should I ask for a set of swiss ceramics or a few sets of China whites?
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Buttfart Rapedick on July 08, 2020, 07:03:19 AM
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Whats the logic behind this? How about nada...

Clean 2-4 times per year, depending on how much you skate.
If they start to get loud or slow, then its already enough grit in them to have done some damage.
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That's not really true, as long as it's good steel then "some damage" doesn't mean the bearing is shot. With good bearings the races can take more of a beating than you might think and you might be surprised how much life you can bring back with a proper full breakdown balls-out cleaning. While I don't think Bones Swiss are the absolute godsend most skaters do, the one area they really do excel in is durability. I've taken seriously nasty sets that I picked up in second-hand wheels and brought them back to damn near new performance with a proper cleaning.

So the logic behind that is that good bearings can have a much longer effective lifespan with proper cleaning and maintenance, aka the exact thing that every bearing manufacturer tells you to do. Not quite "nada".
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Some damage here and there will eventually lead to too much play in the bearing tracks/balls. They might feel and even be faster duo to this, but they will fall apart sooner...

Just a tiny bit of dirt spinning around in there under load is bad, no matter if you have good steel

Again, some damage doesn't mean unusable and that's especially true in the case of Bones Swiss. I'm not saying they're going to be as fast as a brand new set with flawless races, I'm saying that keeping them clean and doing maintenance as needed will give your bearings a longer useful lifespan and better performance.

A lot of people I've skated with just pop the shields and dunk them in rubbing alcohol then put them back together and think "oh cleaning them doesn't really do much" without realizing that you have to pop the balls to properly clean the retainer and races. Also I've seen soooo many people who crush their shields when they tighten their axle nuts and then complain that shields slow the bearing down. Well no shit, it's rubbing against the balls now. Labyrinth shields work well but I saw a set of bearings that had convex shields one time and thought that was a pretty cool idea.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Vintagebody on July 08, 2020, 07:20:30 AM
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Whats the logic behind this? How about nada...

Clean 2-4 times per year, depending on how much you skate.
If they start to get loud or slow, then its already enough grit in them to have done some damage.
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That's not really true, as long as it's good steel then "some damage" doesn't mean the bearing is shot. With good bearings the races can take more of a beating than you might think and you might be surprised how much life you can bring back with a proper full breakdown balls-out cleaning. While I don't think Bones Swiss are the absolute godsend most skaters do, the one area they really do excel in is durability. I've taken seriously nasty sets that I picked up in second-hand wheels and brought them back to damn near new performance with a proper cleaning.

So the logic behind that is that good bearings can have a much longer effective lifespan with proper cleaning and maintenance, aka the exact thing that every bearing manufacturer tells you to do. Not quite "nada".
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Some damage here and there will eventually lead to too much play in the bearing tracks/balls. They might feel and even be faster duo to this, but they will fall apart sooner...

Just a tiny bit of dirt spinning around in there under load is bad, no matter if you have good steel
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Again, some damage doesn't mean unusable and that's especially true in the case of Bones Swiss. I'm not saying they're going to be as fast as a brand new set with flawless races, I'm saying that keeping them clean and doing maintenance as needed will give your bearings a longer useful lifespan and better performance.

A lot of people I've skated with just pop the shields and dunk them in rubbing alcohol then put them back together and think "oh cleaning them doesn't really do much" without realizing that you have to pop the balls to properly clean the retainer and races. Also I've seen soooo many people who crush their shields when they tighten their axle nuts and then complain that shields slow the bearing down. Well no shit, it's rubbing against the balls now. Labyrinth shields work well but I saw a set of bearings that had convex shields one time and thought that was a pretty cool idea.

Yes, and that means cleaning them before they start to make noises or become slow.
I dont see why people cant just have a cleaning routine 2-4 times per year.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Buttfart Rapedick on July 08, 2020, 07:33:32 AM
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Whats the logic behind this? How about nada...

Clean 2-4 times per year, depending on how much you skate.
If they start to get loud or slow, then its already enough grit in them to have done some damage.
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That's not really true, as long as it's good steel then "some damage" doesn't mean the bearing is shot. With good bearings the races can take more of a beating than you might think and you might be surprised how much life you can bring back with a proper full breakdown balls-out cleaning. While I don't think Bones Swiss are the absolute godsend most skaters do, the one area they really do excel in is durability. I've taken seriously nasty sets that I picked up in second-hand wheels and brought them back to damn near new performance with a proper cleaning.

So the logic behind that is that good bearings can have a much longer effective lifespan with proper cleaning and maintenance, aka the exact thing that every bearing manufacturer tells you to do. Not quite "nada".
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Some damage here and there will eventually lead to too much play in the bearing tracks/balls. They might feel and even be faster duo to this, but they will fall apart sooner...

Just a tiny bit of dirt spinning around in there under load is bad, no matter if you have good steel
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Again, some damage doesn't mean unusable and that's especially true in the case of Bones Swiss. I'm not saying they're going to be as fast as a brand new set with flawless races, I'm saying that keeping them clean and doing maintenance as needed will give your bearings a longer useful lifespan and better performance.

A lot of people I've skated with just pop the shields and dunk them in rubbing alcohol then put them back together and think "oh cleaning them doesn't really do much" without realizing that you have to pop the balls to properly clean the retainer and races. Also I've seen soooo many people who crush their shields when they tighten their axle nuts and then complain that shields slow the bearing down. Well no shit, it's rubbing against the balls now. Labyrinth shields work well but I saw a set of bearings that had convex shields one time and thought that was a pretty cool idea.
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Yes, and that means cleaning them before they start to make noises or become slow.
I dont see why people cant just have a cleaning routine 2-4 times per year.

Well you have to remember that not everyone skates the same type of spots for the same length and frequency. If you're skating dusty ass street spots for hours every day then you're going to need to clean them more often than someone who only skates an indoor park on the weekends. In the winter I barely need to touch mine unless they get wet, but right now if I go to the spot around the corner from me thats next to a construction site then there will be dirt stuck to any even slightly wet or recessed spot on my setup within the hour. Every 3-6 months might be a good schedule for you, but if I waited that long right now then my shit would feel like grittier than Nora's upper lip.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Joe Davola on July 27, 2020, 07:14:03 PM
I bought a pair of Swiss from Skatewarehouse and they are not good. Rolled well the first day but got progressively worse. Coming off an injury so itís been nothing but parking lots for a couple of weeks. Did some deep research on cleaning and even made my own cleaning contraption similar to the one sold by bones.
Reached out to customer service and I guess I need to send them in.
For the past 10 years, Iíve always bought Shake Junt abec 7s whenever I buy new wheels. Itís worked well for me and Iíll probably just keep doing that like a dummy.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: moonordie on July 27, 2020, 07:27:50 PM
My birthday is soon. Should I ask for a set of swiss ceramics or a few sets of China whites?
Swiss 6 is the answer you're looking for.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: hillbilly shifty on July 27, 2020, 08:42:08 PM
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Swiss 6 is the answer you're looking for.

yes! swiss 6. smooth + fast
(spacers. speed rings. shields. always)
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: rocklobster on July 27, 2020, 10:42:01 PM
I bought a pair of Swiss from Skatewarehouse and they are not good. Rolled well the first day but got progressively worse. Coming off an injury so itís been nothing but parking lots for a couple of weeks. Did some deep research on cleaning and even made my own cleaning contraption similar to the one sold by bones.
Reached out to customer service and I guess I need to send them in.
For the past 10 years, Iíve always bought Shake Junt abec 7s whenever I buy new wheels. Itís worked well for me and Iíll probably just keep doing that like a dummy.

There have been loads of counterfeit Bones bearings appearing on ebay and Aliexpress. A set of Bones Swiss Ceramic will set you back around $20, Red going for $5. Doubt Skatewarehouse would pull a dick move by selling counterfeits but I feel less inclined to buy high priced bearings seeing how the market is getting flooded with fakes. The less popular brands seem to be doing a better job with price to performance.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: YungJugg on July 27, 2020, 11:27:11 PM
I wonder why Bones hasnít made a Super Swiss 6 Ceramic yet.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Maccat on July 28, 2020, 03:48:00 AM
Black Panthers.

Donít see many of them in the wild, but the ceramic ones are SOLID. Ceramics are as fancy as I get.

Swiss really that good?
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: matty_c on July 28, 2020, 03:49:56 AM
Agreed, I too rate the 6 ball over ceramics
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Post by: Uncle Flea on July 28, 2020, 05:02:30 AM
Really. I always thought that 6 ball was for racing. They take impact well?
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Post by: FrenchFriedClownFingers on July 28, 2020, 06:49:22 AM
son of a bitch..i think im gonna get a set of swiss. i have never owned a set. i have no wife or woman in my life nor do i have a child so i see no issue in hording skate gear like a madman

i really only ride bones. i have only bought reds for reasons mentioned by others in this thread. i am running a set of reds i got through a friend who owns a comic and collectibles shop in town but i picked up a set of super reds awhile back which i have yet to skate.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Skibb on July 28, 2020, 07:10:49 AM
Swiss' are all hype, turns out. Bought a set of SKF explorer 608-2z (SKF being the company that invented ball-bearings) for 20$-ish (Swiss' are like 150$ here), and they roll like nothing else.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WMx9oP3gVk0/UL9BNGBU_DI/AAAAAAAAAYI/r08s8G1zeUA/s1600/skf.jpg)

SKF makes all kinds of bearings for crazy purposes, like aircrafts and boats and shit, so I guess skateboarding is literally childsplay. No marketing budget as well (if the packaging/name didn't reveal that already), but they know their shit.

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Post by: johnes on July 28, 2020, 07:38:55 AM
My birthday is soon. Should I ask for a set of swiss ceramics or a few sets of China whites?
If you mean the white bones red ceramics, I had some and they are super fast but mine dried out extremely quickly, within 3 days most of them locked up. They skated fine after I re lubed them but they still dry out kinda fast
I emailed bones about it when they locked up and they said I needed to clean and relube them even tho I had been skating them for 3 days on perfect non dusty/dirty skate park ground.
Swiss 6 tho, thatís a good one to ask for.
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Post by: l1ll1ll1 on July 28, 2020, 07:51:25 AM
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My birthday is soon. Should I ask for a set of swiss ceramics or a few sets of China whites?
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If you mean the white bones red ceramics, I had some and they are super fast but mine dried out extremely quickly, within 3 days most of them locked up. They skated fine after I re lubed them but they still dry out kinda fast
I emailed bones about it when they locked up and they said I needed to clean and relube them even tho I had been skating them for 3 days on perfect non dusty/dirty skate park ground.
Swiss 6 tho, thatís a good one to ask for.

+1 (or even +10) for the Swiss 6. Super durable, really smooth and fast.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Buttfart Rapedick on July 28, 2020, 08:20:50 AM
I'm skating these FTC shop bearings (https://shop.ftcsf.com/collections/skate-hard-goods/products/shop-bearings) right now and they're pretty good so far. I thought they felt a little dry at first but they've actually been very smooth and quiet without any additional lube and after a month or so I haven't had any issues with them at all. 

Sparrow purple (their cheapest ones) have been really good too. They did take a little while to break in but they're pretty zippy now and are still rolling really smooth for a single shield bearing. I want to try the green ones (the top of the line) but they seem to be sold out everywhere and from the looks of it they're not going to be restocked any time soon.

Anyone tried Olympia? The packaging is fancy but I'm curious if the bearings themselves are anything special or just your run of the mill chinese cheapies.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: rocklobster on July 28, 2020, 08:36:02 AM
I broke my own rules and landed on a pair of Bones Ceramics (the white ones) when I bought a pair of Indys that came together with a set of Ricta Cloud. They seem to spin less freely than the Swiss I have in my setup but are relatively new. Do they need a cleaning & oiling or do they get better the more you ride them?
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Post by: bumpnrun on July 28, 2020, 09:39:11 AM
Swiss' are all hype, turns out. Bought a set of SKF explorer 608-2z (SKF being the company that invented ball-bearings) for 20$-ish (Swiss' are like 150$ here), and they roll like nothing else.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WMx9oP3gVk0/UL9BNGBU_DI/AAAAAAAAAYI/r08s8G1zeUA/s1600/skf.jpg)

SKF makes all kinds of bearings for crazy purposes, like aircrafts and boats and shit, so I guess skateboarding is literally childsplay. No marketing budget as well (if the packaging/name didn't reveal that already), but they know their shit.

SKF sponsored Andrew Reynolds back in the day. Definitely a good bearing company for a million applications.
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Post by: tzhangdox on July 28, 2020, 10:19:45 AM
Swiss' are all hype, turns out. Bought a set of SKF explorer 608-2z (SKF being the company that invented ball-bearings) for 20$-ish (Swiss' are like 150$ here), and they roll like nothing else.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WMx9oP3gVk0/UL9BNGBU_DI/AAAAAAAAAYI/r08s8G1zeUA/s1600/skf.jpg)

SKF makes all kinds of bearings for crazy purposes, like aircrafts and boats and shit, so I guess skateboarding is literally childsplay. No marketing budget as well (if the packaging/name didn't reveal that already), but they know their shit.

Where did you buy them?
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Post by: velvethammer on July 28, 2020, 11:16:09 AM
Swiss' are all hype, turns out. Bought a set of SKF explorer 608-2z (SKF being the company that invented ball-bearings) for 20$-ish (Swiss' are like 150$ here), and they roll like nothing else.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WMx9oP3gVk0/UL9BNGBU_DI/AAAAAAAAAYI/r08s8G1zeUA/s1600/skf.jpg)

SKF makes all kinds of bearings for crazy purposes, like aircrafts and boats and shit, so I guess skateboarding is literally childsplay. No marketing budget as well (if the packaging/name didn't reveal that already), but they know their shit.
I doubt you will find a set SKF bearings in the US for under $40ish. You might get 3 bearings for $20.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: fs1/2cab on July 28, 2020, 11:44:32 AM
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Swiss' are all hype, turns out. Bought a set of SKF explorer 608-2z (SKF being the company that invented ball-bearings) for 20$-ish (Swiss' are like 150$ here), and they roll like nothing else.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WMx9oP3gVk0/UL9BNGBU_DI/AAAAAAAAAYI/r08s8G1zeUA/s1600/skf.jpg)

SKF makes all kinds of bearings for crazy purposes, like aircrafts and boats and shit, so I guess skateboarding is literally childsplay. No marketing budget as well (if the packaging/name didn't reveal that already), but they know their shit.
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I doubt you will find a set SKF bearings in the US for under $40ish. You might get 3 bearings for $20.

Well at least in Europe you can get 8 of these bearings for around 20Ä. But I personally didn't think they are significantly better as reds or modus. Might try again.
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Post by: johnes on July 28, 2020, 01:37:54 PM
I broke my own rules and landed on a pair of Bones Ceramics (the white ones) when I bought a pair of Indys that came together with a set of Ricta Cloud. They seem to spin less freely than the Swiss I have in my setup but are relatively new. Do they need a cleaning & oiling or do they get better the more you ride them?

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If you mean the white bones red ceramics, I had some and they are super fast but mine dried out extremely quickly, within 3 days most of them locked up. They skated fine after I re lubed them but they still dry out kinda fast
I emailed bones about it when they locked up and they said I needed to clean and relube them even tho I had been skating them for 3 days on perfect non dusty/dirty skate park ground.

Swiss 6 tho, thatís a good one to ask for.
just another note to add:
I have 2 white ceramics on my set up and the rest are swiss 6.
Those 2 ceramics are rolling well but the rest need cleaning and lube.
The ceramics dry out a lot faster than swiss 6 in my experience.
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Post by: Buttfart Rapedick on July 28, 2020, 01:53:38 PM

Where did you buy them?

There's a rollerblade bearing company called Wicked that partnered with SKF to produce actual skate bearings, so I'd recommend going that route if you want to try them. A lot of times when you buy bearings that are designed for industrial purposes they'll come with metal shields (ie not replaceable) and the retainer will be a steel cage or ribbon type which is more durable but slower than the nylon/plastic crown style retainers in skate bearings. They also often come packed with grease (remember they're designed to run at loads that are like 10x faster than a skate wheel) rather than oil, which is also slower. That means you have to pop the metal shields which usually can't be replaced, then go through a degreasing and re-lubricating process to get them to run like a skate bearing. It's really kind of a pain in the ass for not a massive performance increase. If you've ever skated the old GMN bearings from back in the day you'll know what I'm talking about.

You can get nylon cages and rubber shields but every manufacturer uses their own codes and the information online is often scarce or incorrect, so tracking them down is also a pain in the ass. I went through the whole ordeal months ago in a quest to find out if German bearings really are vastly superior, and even imported a few sets and ended up mostly disappointed in the end. 
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Post by: Garbagewagon on July 28, 2020, 05:51:38 PM
Reds
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Post by: FrenchFriedClownFingers on July 29, 2020, 02:19:15 AM
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Swiss' are all hype, turns out. Bought a set of SKF explorer 608-2z (SKF being the company that invented ball-bearings) for 20$-ish (Swiss' are like 150$ here), and they roll like nothing else.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WMx9oP3gVk0/UL9BNGBU_DI/AAAAAAAAAYI/r08s8G1zeUA/s1600/skf.jpg)

SKF makes all kinds of bearings for crazy purposes, like aircrafts and boats and shit, so I guess skateboarding is literally childsplay. No marketing budget as well (if the packaging/name didn't reveal that already), but they know their shit.
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I doubt you will find a set SKF bearings in the US for under $40ish. You might get 3 bearings for $20.

it's just under $39 without tax plus free shipping on ebay. so should i get a set of these instead of the swiss? i found a set of swiss for $40
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Post by: johnes on July 29, 2020, 05:00:30 AM
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Swiss' are all hype, turns out. Bought a set of SKF explorer 608-2z (SKF being the company that invented ball-bearings) for 20$-ish (Swiss' are like 150$ here), and they roll like nothing else.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WMx9oP3gVk0/UL9BNGBU_DI/AAAAAAAAAYI/r08s8G1zeUA/s1600/skf.jpg)

SKF makes all kinds of bearings for crazy purposes, like aircrafts and boats and shit, so I guess skateboarding is literally childsplay. No marketing budget as well (if the packaging/name didn't reveal that already), but they know their shit.
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I doubt you will find a set SKF bearings in the US for under $40ish. You might get 3 bearings for $20.
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it's just under $39 without tax plus free shipping on ebay. so should i get a set of these instead of the swiss? i found a set of swiss for $40
Bones swiss for $40 with a discount code from an authorized dealer?
Thereís lots of fakes out there for $25-40 out there. If you choose bones swiss make sure itís an authorized dealer and not some random eBay person.
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Post by: chappers on July 29, 2020, 06:51:06 AM
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Swiss' are all hype, turns out. Bought a set of SKF explorer 608-2z (SKF being the company that invented ball-bearings) for 20$-ish (Swiss' are like 150$ here), and they roll like nothing else.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WMx9oP3gVk0/UL9BNGBU_DI/AAAAAAAAAYI/r08s8G1zeUA/s1600/skf.jpg)

SKF makes all kinds of bearings for crazy purposes, like aircrafts and boats and shit, so I guess skateboarding is literally childsplay. No marketing budget as well (if the packaging/name didn't reveal that already), but they know their shit.
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I doubt you will find a set SKF bearings in the US for under $40ish. You might get 3 bearings for $20.
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it's just under $39 without tax plus free shipping on ebay. so should i get a set of these instead of the swiss? i found a set of swiss for $40
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Bones swiss for $40 with a discount code from an authorized dealer?
Thereís lots of fakes out there for $25-40 out there. If you choose bones swiss make sure itís an authorized dealer and not some random eBay person.

this god damn message board piqued my interest once more. just got 8 of these skf bearings for £16 posted from ebay. literally bought a set of big balls yesterday haha, fuck
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Post by: rocklobster on July 29, 2020, 07:02:01 AM
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Swiss' are all hype, turns out. Bought a set of SKF explorer 608-2z (SKF being the company that invented ball-bearings) for 20$-ish (Swiss' are like 150$ here), and they roll like nothing else.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WMx9oP3gVk0/UL9BNGBU_DI/AAAAAAAAAYI/r08s8G1zeUA/s1600/skf.jpg)

SKF makes all kinds of bearings for crazy purposes, like aircrafts and boats and shit, so I guess skateboarding is literally childsplay. No marketing budget as well (if the packaging/name didn't reveal that already), but they know their shit.
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I doubt you will find a set SKF bearings in the US for under $40ish. You might get 3 bearings for $20.
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it's just under $39 without tax plus free shipping on ebay. so should i get a set of these instead of the swiss? i found a set of swiss for $40
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Bones swiss for $40 with a discount code from an authorized dealer?
Thereís lots of fakes out there for $25-40 out there. If you choose bones swiss make sure itís an authorized dealer and not some random eBay person.

Lot and lots of fakes, I think the genuine ones still have the wording along the top of the bearing:

(https://i.imgur.com/CDFxzshl.jpg)
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Post by: Skibb on July 29, 2020, 07:55:23 AM
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There's a rollerblade bearing company called Wicked that partnered with SKF to produce actual skate bearings, so I'd recommend going that route if you want to try them. A lot of times when you buy bearings that are designed for industrial purposes they'll come with metal shields (ie not replaceable) and the retainer will be a steel cage or ribbon type which is more durable but slower than the nylon/plastic crown style retainers in skate bearings. They also often come packed with grease (remember they're designed to run at loads that are like 10x faster than a skate wheel) rather than oil, which is also slower. That means you have to pop the metal shields which usually can't be replaced, then go through a degreasing and re-lubricating process to get them to run like a skate bearing. It's really kind of a pain in the ass for not a massive performance increase. If you've ever skated the old GMN bearings from back in the day you'll know what I'm talking about.

You can get nylon cages and rubber shields but every manufacturer uses their own codes and the information online is often scarce or incorrect, so tracking them down is also a pain in the ass. I went through the whole ordeal months ago in a quest to find out if German bearings really are vastly superior, and even imported a few sets and ended up mostly disappointed in the end.

You sound like you know what you're talking about - I'm just talking from personal experience though. Had a set of these SKF's for like two years straight a couple of years back. They're meant to be completely maintenance-free, as I understood it.

Why would the bearings be slower with metal shields by the way?
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Post by: GBLange on July 30, 2020, 12:04:29 AM
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Where did you buy them?
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There's a rollerblade bearing company called Wicked that partnered with SKF to produce actual skate bearings, so I'd recommend going that route if you want to try them. A lot of times when you buy bearings that are designed for industrial purposes they'll come with metal shields (ie not replaceable) and the retainer will be a steel cage or ribbon type which is more durable but slower than the nylon/plastic crown style retainers in skate bearings. They also often come packed with grease (remember they're designed to run at loads that are like 10x faster than a skate wheel) rather than oil, which is also slower. That means you have to pop the metal shields which usually can't be replaced, then go through a degreasing and re-lubricating process to get them to run like a skate bearing. It's really kind of a pain in the ass for not a massive performance increase. If you've ever skated the old GMN bearings from back in the day you'll know what I'm talking about.

You can get nylon cages and rubber shields but every manufacturer uses their own codes and the information online is often scarce or incorrect, so tracking them down is also a pain in the ass. I went through the whole ordeal months ago in a quest to find out if German bearings really are vastly superior, and even imported a few sets and ended up mostly disappointed in the end.

damnn..i used to ride GMN & NMB bearings back in the days..and some SKF & NTN bearings cause those are easy to find at the local heavy industry spare parts dealerships.
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Post by: FrenchFriedClownFingers on July 30, 2020, 04:52:08 AM
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Swiss' are all hype, turns out. Bought a set of SKF explorer 608-2z (SKF being the company that invented ball-bearings) for 20$-ish (Swiss' are like 150$ here), and they roll like nothing else.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WMx9oP3gVk0/UL9BNGBU_DI/AAAAAAAAAYI/r08s8G1zeUA/s1600/skf.jpg)

SKF makes all kinds of bearings for crazy purposes, like aircrafts and boats and shit, so I guess skateboarding is literally childsplay. No marketing budget as well (if the packaging/name didn't reveal that already), but they know their shit.
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I doubt you will find a set SKF bearings in the US for under $40ish. You might get 3 bearings for $20.
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it's just under $39 without tax plus free shipping on ebay. so should i get a set of these instead of the swiss? i found a set of swiss for $40
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Bones swiss for $40 with a discount code from an authorized dealer?
Thereís lots of fakes out there for $25-40 out there. If you choose bones swiss make sure itís an authorized dealer and not some random eBay person.

on offerup but they unlike all the ones i see listed have that little sticker on the front that says "skate rated"  which i often do not see on bearings sold second hand. i just got a Reynolds reaper for 64 so i think the bearings will have to wait  ::)
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Post by: Garbagewagon on July 30, 2020, 07:34:41 AM
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Swiss' are all hype, turns out. Bought a set of SKF explorer 608-2z (SKF being the company that invented ball-bearings) for 20$-ish (Swiss' are like 150$ here), and they roll like nothing else.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WMx9oP3gVk0/UL9BNGBU_DI/AAAAAAAAAYI/r08s8G1zeUA/s1600/skf.jpg)

SKF makes all kinds of bearings for crazy purposes, like aircrafts and boats and shit, so I guess skateboarding is literally childsplay. No marketing budget as well (if the packaging/name didn't reveal that already), but they know their shit.
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I doubt you will find a set SKF bearings in the US for under $40ish. You might get 3 bearings for $20.
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it's just under $39 without tax plus free shipping on ebay. so should i get a set of these instead of the swiss? i found a set of swiss for $40
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Bones swiss for $40 with a discount code from an authorized dealer?
Thereís lots of fakes out there for $25-40 out there. If you choose bones swiss make sure itís an authorized dealer and not some random eBay person.
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on offerup but they unlike all the ones i see listed have that little sticker on the front that says "skate rated"  which i often do not see on bearings sold second hand. i just got a Reynolds reaper for 64 so i think the bearings will have to wait  ::)

Prices on those SKF bearings are all over the place. This vendor in the UK seems to be the most reasonable:

https://simplybearings.co.uk/shop/product_info.php?products_id=6750&currency=USD&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI64Ko_pf16gIVyyCtBh1tjQmGEAYYASABEgITdPD_BwE
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Post by: JANUS on July 30, 2020, 08:34:20 AM
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Whats the logic behind this? How about nada...

Clean 2-4 times per year, depending on how much you skate.
If they start to get loud or slow, then its already enough grit in them to have done some damage.
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That's not really true, as long as it's good steel then "some damage" doesn't mean the bearing is shot. With good bearings the races can take more of a beating than you might think and you might be surprised how much life you can bring back with a proper full breakdown balls-out cleaning. While I don't think Bones Swiss are the absolute godsend most skaters do, the one area they really do excel in is durability. I've taken seriously nasty sets that I picked up in second-hand wheels and brought them back to damn near new performance with a proper cleaning.

So the logic behind that is that good bearings can have a much longer effective lifespan with proper cleaning and maintenance, aka the exact thing that every bearing manufacturer tells you to do. Not quite "nada".
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Some damage here and there will eventually lead to too much play in the bearing tracks/balls. They might feel and even be faster duo to this, but they will fall apart sooner...

Just a tiny bit of dirt spinning around in there under load is bad, no matter if you have good steel
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Again, some damage doesn't mean unusable and that's especially true in the case of Bones Swiss. I'm not saying they're going to be as fast as a brand new set with flawless races, I'm saying that keeping them clean and doing maintenance as needed will give your bearings a longer useful lifespan and better performance.

A lot of people I've skated with just pop the shields and dunk them in rubbing alcohol then put them back together and think "oh cleaning them doesn't really do much" without realizing that you have to pop the balls to properly clean the retainer and races. Also I've seen soooo many people who crush their shields when they tighten their axle nuts and then complain that shields slow the bearing down. Well no shit, it's rubbing against the balls now. Labyrinth shields work well but I saw a set of bearings that had convex shields one time and thought that was a pretty cool idea.
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Yes, and that means cleaning them before they start to make noises or become slow.
I dont see why people cant just have a cleaning routine 2-4 times per year.
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Well you have to remember that not everyone skates the same type of spots for the same length and frequency. If you're skating dusty ass street spots for hours every day then you're going to need to clean them more often than someone who only skates an indoor park on the weekends. In the winter I barely need to touch mine unless they get wet, but right now if I go to the spot around the corner from me thats next to a construction site then there will be dirt stuck to any even slightly wet or recessed spot on my setup within the hour. Every 3-6 months might be a good schedule for you, but if I waited that long right now then my shit would feel like grittier than Nora's upper lip.

Yeah, ďclean then when theyíre loud or slowĒ was just the most basic bearing maintenance advice I was given as a youngin. In reality, I clean them regularly, and before they get slow or loud. I live in a super dusty, dirty area so I need to clean my bearings like once a month to keep them running smooth. So I actually agree with both of you. I think I was just trying to encourage people to clean their fucking bearings instead of throwing them out right away.

(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/YcpiY484ZUk/hqdefault.jpg)
Iím glad you guys skipped the class today. Weíre having fun, arenít we?
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Post by: Xen on August 13, 2020, 10:39:01 AM
I'm back on shieldless swiss six after a stint on Race Reds ...good gawd I couldn't stand the solid thunk thunk of those bearing all tight and paired with a PSstix board and 99a wheels...now I'm on a cripsy DSM board, thunders, and 101 F4s/swiss six...all rattly and noisy.
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Post by: maggotspawn on August 13, 2020, 11:24:23 AM
(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61iM17mm30L._AC_SL1001_.jpg)
I usually ride Bones Swiss, but I tried some generic, (probably Chinese), ceramic bearings from Blankdecks.com
and was impressed. They were fast as the Bones. So I thought I would give these a try. Still waiting on them to arrive.
$17 shipped from Amazon. I'll let you guys know how they are when they get here.
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Post by: Joe Davola on August 13, 2020, 06:10:24 PM
I bought some SKFs on eBay. SKF EXPLORER 608-2Z/C3LHT23
$18 for a box of ten and they arenít that great.
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Post by: tzhangdox on August 14, 2020, 07:58:33 PM
I bought some SKFs on eBay. SKF EXPLORER 608-2Z/C3LHT23
$18 for a box of ten and they arenít that great.

I got the same ones, box of ten. Thought they just needed breaking in at first but two sessions in they're still soggy sounding and a lot slower than the mini logos I had. Tripping at the fact that someone said they were on par with swiss above.
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Post by: Szechuan on August 14, 2020, 10:21:57 PM
Swiss for my normal board, and Swiss ceramic competition 6 for my filmer/cruiser setup.
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Post by: 144p on August 14, 2020, 10:55:39 PM
Riding some Olympia ceramic bearings. Retail is $44.95
Only a week or so in but extremely fast, No slowing down yet.
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Post by: Skibb on August 14, 2020, 11:59:09 PM
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$18 for a box of ten and they arenít that great.
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I got the same ones, box of ten. Thought they just needed breaking in at first but two sessions in they're still soggy sounding and a lot slower than the mini logos I had. Tripping at the fact that someone said they were on par with swiss above.

I was JUST about to follow up my purchase - I'm actually super happy with them, haha. Based on subjective experience though, but I'm stoked.
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Post by: jay_nev on August 15, 2020, 04:51:01 AM
Donít have much of a reason to hate the mini logos Iíve had on my keyframes for a while. Better experience than with reds
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Post by: JANUS on August 15, 2020, 08:50:20 AM
Swiss for my normal board, and Swiss ceramic competition 6 for my filmer/cruiser setup.

Thereís a six ball ceramic?
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Post by: Skatebeard on August 15, 2020, 01:55:07 PM
Mini logos at the moment, with regular cleaning and a quick oil they seem to be lasting pretty good, I have bent a couple of the shields though so running a few of them without...not ideal but they seem to be doing ok for a cheap bearing.

I've got some bronson G2 sitting in a set of unused wheels at the moment, and some spitfire cheapshots on my cruiser deck...those are pretty passable for a budget bearing.
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Post by: JANUS on August 27, 2020, 07:51:22 AM
How do you guys remove retainer cages? Iíve been pushing them out with a paper clip, but Iím wondering if thereís a better way.
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Post by: sketchyrider on August 27, 2020, 09:03:42 AM
a while back i posted in here that my new reds seemed pretty solid, well they got beat up after 4 months of 1 or 2 weekly squeaky-clean park sessions. i'm in agreeance with everyone else, mini-logos are a better deal, swiss are the truth if ya got money.

my big balls also got a little crusty eventually, but they endured worse abuse than the reds and also cleaned up better.

not sure if i posted this but the best non-bones bearings i've ridden are from rush.
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Post by: layzieyez on August 27, 2020, 09:13:40 AM
my big balls also got a little crusty eventually, but they endured worse abuse
Sig worthy for someone. I already got mine dialed in, but hey, headsup to anyone who wants it.
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Post by: maggotspawn on August 27, 2020, 09:33:43 AM
(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61iM17mm30L._AC_SL1001_.jpg)

These ceramics showed up. Fast after a quick break in. They have the white balls. These will be my go to, if I'm not running Bones Swiss. Great deals on these off Amazon, $17 shipped.
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Post by: rocklobster on August 27, 2020, 10:27:17 AM
(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61iM17mm30L._AC_SL1001_.jpg)

These ceramics showed up. Fast after a quick break in. They have the white balls. These will be my go to, if I'm not running Bones Swiss. Great deals on these off Amazon, $17 shipped.

Yeah some of those China OEM ones are pretty solid, the big brands source their stuff from there anyway, so it depends if you can find a reputable seller who in turn sources from a warehouse with high QC standards.
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Post by: Joe Davola on September 14, 2020, 07:30:47 PM
So I sent my crappy-ass Swiss off to Bones. I was told theyíre legit but with no manufacturer defects. They cleaned them up, replaced a few shields and shipped them back.
They used the same sandwich bag I sent them in, which made me laugh.
I might set them up soon. Weíll see.
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Post by: flintstagram on September 14, 2020, 08:57:44 PM
Bones Swiss are my number one. I haven't made the jump past regular Swiss to the Swiss six or ceramics.
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Post by: The real veganshawn on September 19, 2020, 06:57:56 PM
broson
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Post by: OldCandy on September 19, 2020, 08:09:01 PM
I took the shields offspeed demon bearing (pressed-in metal) and they use metal cages lmao, fuck speed demons
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Post by: Vintagebody on September 20, 2020, 01:12:42 AM
I just retired my 7-or-so-years old Bones Swiss with Super Reds.
So far so smooth? I dont know... Doesnt seem to roll that much smoother then the well maintained Swisses.
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Post by: baustin on September 22, 2020, 05:58:47 AM
Iíve had piss poor luck with bearings lately. I have never shelled out for Swiss because Iím afraid Iíll spend $60 and they could shit out like any other bearings, even if I try to maintain them meticulously like I have with other cheaper/mid priced bearings.

Other than my stubborn refusal to go Swiss, maybe Iím doing it wrong? Seems like my shields are always bent and I can never get the bearings fully clean, thus I end up in the same place I started or worse by the time I reassemble. Someone help me climb out of this dark place I have found myself in...
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Post by: JANUS on September 22, 2020, 06:17:07 AM
Iíve had piss poor luck with bearings lately. I have never shelled out for Swiss because Iím afraid Iíll spend $60 and they could shit out like any other bearings, even if I try to maintain them meticulously like I have with other cheaper/mid priced bearings.

Other than my stubborn refusal to go Swiss, maybe Iím doing it wrong? Seems like my shields are always bent and I can never get the bearings fully clean, thus I end up in the same place I started or worse by the time I reassemble. Someone help me climb out of this dark place I have found myself in...

Bent shields? Gently remove them from the bearing with a safety pin - place the pin between the inner race and the shield, then pop the shield out by gently using the pin like a lever with the inner race as the fulcrum. The shield should pop right out. If you have a vice or grips or something like that, carefully use it to flatten your shields back out. If you donít have either, stick them between some hardcover books and leave them for a bit.

Bearings dirty after cleaning? What are you cleaning them with? Do you take the cages out?
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Post by: baustin on September 22, 2020, 06:23:18 AM
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Iíve had piss poor luck with bearings lately. I have never shelled out for Swiss because Iím afraid Iíll spend $60 and they could shit out like any other bearings, even if I try to maintain them meticulously like I have with other cheaper/mid priced bearings.

Other than my stubborn refusal to go Swiss, maybe Iím doing it wrong? Seems like my shields are always bent and I can never get the bearings fully clean, thus I end up in the same place I started or worse by the time I reassemble. Someone help me climb out of this dark place I have found myself in...
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Bent shields? Gently remove them from the bearing with a safety pin - place the pin between the inner race and the shield, then pop the shield out by gently using the pin like a lever with the inner race as the fulcrum. The shield should pop right out. If you have a vice or grips or something like that, carefully use it to flatten your shields back out. If you donít have either, stick them between some hardcover books and leave them for a bit.

Bearings dirty after cleaning? What are you cleaning them with? Do you take the cages out?

Safety pin sounds like a good move, I usually use a razor blade. As for cleaning solutions Iíve been using acetone or rubbing alcohol. I have never attempted to remove the cages, is there an instructional out there somewhere on that? Thanks!
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Post by: off on September 22, 2020, 06:26:32 AM
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Iíve had piss poor luck with bearings lately. I have never shelled out for Swiss because Iím afraid Iíll spend $60 and they could shit out like any other bearings, even if I try to maintain them meticulously like I have with other cheaper/mid priced bearings.

Other than my stubborn refusal to go Swiss, maybe Iím doing it wrong? Seems like my shields are always bent and I can never get the bearings fully clean, thus I end up in the same place I started or worse by the time I reassemble. Someone help me climb out of this dark place I have found myself in...
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Bent shields? Gently remove them from the bearing with a safety pin - place the pin between the inner race and the shield, then pop the shield out by gently using the pin like a lever with the inner race as the fulcrum. The shield should pop right out. If you have a vice or grips or something like that, carefully use it to flatten your shields back out. If you donít have either, stick them between some hardcover books and leave them for a bit.

Bearings dirty after cleaning? What are you cleaning them with? Do you take the cages out?
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Safety pin sounds like a good move, I usually use a razor blade. As for cleaning solutions Iíve been using acetone or rubbing alcohol. I have never attempted to remove the cages, is there an instructional out there somewhere on that? Thanks!
dont say youve been cleaning bearings with the cages on....
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Post by: jay_nev on September 22, 2020, 06:34:25 AM
for reference from bones

cages = retainer

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Post by: baustin on September 22, 2020, 06:54:54 AM
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Iíve had piss poor luck with bearings lately. I have never shelled out for Swiss because Iím afraid Iíll spend $60 and they could shit out like any other bearings, even if I try to maintain them meticulously like I have with other cheaper/mid priced bearings.

Other than my stubborn refusal to go Swiss, maybe Iím doing it wrong? Seems like my shields are always bent and I can never get the bearings fully clean, thus I end up in the same place I started or worse by the time I reassemble. Someone help me climb out of this dark place I have found myself in...
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Bent shields? Gently remove them from the bearing with a safety pin - place the pin between the inner race and the shield, then pop the shield out by gently using the pin like a lever with the inner race as the fulcrum. The shield should pop right out. If you have a vice or grips or something like that, carefully use it to flatten your shields back out. If you donít have either, stick them between some hardcover books and leave them for a bit.

Bearings dirty after cleaning? What are you cleaning them with? Do you take the cages out?
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Safety pin sounds like a good move, I usually use a razor blade. As for cleaning solutions Iíve been using acetone or rubbing alcohol. I have never attempted to remove the cages, is there an instructional out there somewhere on that? Thanks!
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dont say youve been cleaning bearings with the cages on....

Guilty... it seems like a lot could go wrong but Iím gonna give it a shot with the bearings I have now as theyíre about 50% functional at best
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Post by: Diocletian on September 22, 2020, 08:00:13 AM
You remove the shields to clean bearings, the cages aren't necessary.
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Post by: Vintagebody on September 22, 2020, 08:02:58 AM
The cage is necessary to remove if you want 100% clean bearing. Which I always recommend. When ur bearings are already out, why not clean them 100%?
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Post by: JANUS on September 22, 2020, 08:11:39 AM
If you want to remove the cages, take something like a flattened paper clip. Place the tip of the paper clip on the cage between the balls and push. If it doesnít budge, try at another spot. The trick is to be gentle yet firm to avoid damaging the cage. In my experience, about half the cage will pop off the balls from the first push, then you use the paper clip to do the same thing to the other side of the cage to remove it entirely. To put it back it, place the bearing over the cage and use the paper clip to arrange to balls. Once the balls are in place, press down evenly over the bearing and the shield should pop back into place. Once again, gentle yet firm, try not to force anything to avoid damaging the cage. Cages and shields can be cleaned with water, soap, and a toothbrush.
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Post by: Diocletian on September 22, 2020, 10:46:42 AM
Too much work :P
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Post by: lovermangenius on September 22, 2020, 10:56:41 AM
Been running Bronson G3s for the past month and a half. Started out fantastic but they locked up pretty badly after about a month. Might pop the shields and try to clean and lube them today but I'm pretty bummed to be doing this for a relatively new set of bearings. Those amazon ceramic bearings look pretty interesting for $17, has anyone else tried them out?
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Post by: Torre on September 22, 2020, 11:57:50 AM
Iím skating Bronson Raws, and I love them because they spin fast and they last a really long time. However I would advise against using any other Bronson bearing (G2 or G3) as they break super quickly and not worth the money. If you canít spend a lot on bearings, I would go with Bones Reds
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Post by: baustin on September 22, 2020, 12:01:15 PM
Too much work :P

Definitely almost too much work when it comes to cheap bearings, but in the covid world where nothing is certain and you never know when hardgoods are going to be in stock itís a good thing to know how to maintain what ya got. Happy to report I resurrected 3 bearings that seemed absolutely shot by following the advice above and popping out the cages then cleaning again. Wasnít as hard as I thought it would be, thanks SLAP
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Post by: Murge on September 22, 2020, 12:10:09 PM
Riding some Olympia ceramic bearings. Retail is $44.95
Only a week or so in but extremely fast, No slowing down yet.

Iíve had mine (the $25 dollar ones that come in a little box.) for a year maybe 2 I canít remember. And they are still just as fast when I got them. I havenít cleaned them but maybe take a q too to the gunk on the outside. I skate dusty diys and streets usually and they havenít slowed down. I canít see me buying another bearing
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Post by: Uncle Flea on September 22, 2020, 02:01:43 PM
I was thinking would not having like 3 black ceramics and 4 metal ball in one bearing be the best.

Would be louder
Would be less likely to deform.
The race would be self polishing
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Post by: jay_nev on September 25, 2020, 08:43:22 AM
The cage is necessary to remove if you want 100% clean bearing. Which I always recommend. When ur bearings are already out, why not clean them 100%?
just tried this to an older pair of reds and disassembled them completely. i don't know if it was the orange cleaner i used/rinse with water and dried but they the balls the center retainers and the housing all had rust spots and wouldn't even spin when assembling them again. Felt like a waste.
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Post by: JANUS on September 25, 2020, 10:51:35 AM
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just tried this to an older pair of reds and disassembled them completely. i don't know if it was the orange cleaner i used/rinse with water and dried but they the balls the center retainers and the housing all had rust spots and wouldn't even spin when assembling them again. Felt like a waste.

Was the rust there to begin with? Did you dilute the citrus cleaner with water?
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Post by: stone cold steve austin on September 26, 2020, 04:05:57 PM
Bam Margera speed metal
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Post by: jay_nev on September 26, 2020, 05:33:59 PM
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The cage is necessary to remove if you want 100% clean bearing. Which I always recommend. When ur bearings are already out, why not clean them 100%?
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just tried this to an older pair of reds and disassembled them completely. i don't know if it was the orange cleaner i used/rinse with water and dried but they the balls the center retainers and the housing all had rust spots and wouldn't even spin when assembling them again. Felt like a waste.
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Was the rust there to begin with? Did you dilute the citrus cleaner with water?
did not dilute. Whoops. And I wouldnít think too much surface rust to start they were maybe a year old tops.
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Post by: JANUS on September 27, 2020, 06:45:50 AM
Weird. I have a few ideas. Apparently, undiluted citrus degreaser can leave an orange-red residue on metals. I wonder if itís that? Conversely, I do remember reading something about the processes used to generate the terpenes in the degreaser can make the solution alkaline, which can corrode some metals. Iíve also heard that degreaser itself is a relatively strong oxidant, so Iím wondering if it oxidized some of the iron in the steel.

Unfortunately, Iím not a material science guy, so I would have to get to googling to find a reliable answer for you. That said, I might have an old set of reds in working order that I can send you if youíre in a tight spot!
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Post by: Kevve on September 30, 2020, 07:20:54 AM
Someone here mentioned that you have to take the whole bearing appart including balls to get the best result. Does this work with regular Bones big balls or is it just for the swiss bearings?

Think I broke a bearing or two as one of my wheels barely rolls anymore. Otherwise im Still really happy with the big balls, seems to hold up longer than reg. Reds.
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Post by: JANUS on September 30, 2020, 07:27:16 AM
Someone here mentioned that you have to take the whole bearing appart including balls to get the best result. Does this work with regular Bones big balls or is it just for the swiss bearings?

Think I broke a bearing or two as one of my wheels barely rolls anymore. Otherwise im Still really happy with the big balls, seems to hold up longer than reg. Reds.

I assume so. I do not own a set of big balls, but you can disassemble reds just like Swiss, so I assume itís the same.
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Post by: jay_nev on September 30, 2020, 08:21:36 AM
Weird. I have a few ideas. Apparently, undiluted citrus degreaser can leave an orange-red residue on metals. I wonder if it’s that? Conversely, I do remember reading something about the processes used to generate the terpenes in the degreaser can make the solution alkaline, which can corrode some metals. I’ve also heard that degreaser itself is a relatively strong oxidant, so I’m wondering if it oxidized some of the iron in the steel.

Unfortunately, I’m not a material science guy, so I would have to get to googling to find a reliable answer for you. That said, I might have an old set of reds in working order that I can send you if you’re in a tight spot!
It may have been residue, yeah. But it didn't come off from wiping. Might've needed to scrub it off with a toothbrush or something.. got the orange cleaner idea from a YT video on cleaning bearings, hence the rinsing after with clean water. After trying my best to clean off the residue (?) and assembling 3-4 bearings only 1 was actually spinning. Think they are beyond repair, and I don't think i'll completely disassemble bearings to clean em again. Especially a $15 set.
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Post by: sketchyrider on September 30, 2020, 08:27:09 AM
Too much work :P

word, i feel nerdy enough cleaning and re-lubing bearings. and i don't wanna chance losing a ball bearing or something.
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Post by: Kevve on September 30, 2020, 09:40:03 AM
After disembeling the bearings I found out that 2 of the cages Holding the balls were broken. Got my old spare bearings out and the balls fell out when I took the cage out.

Is it possible to get the bearings together in One piece again?
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Post by: JANUS on September 30, 2020, 10:41:29 AM
After disembeling the bearings I found out that 2 of the cages Holding the balls were broken. Got my old spare bearings out and the balls fell out when I took the cage out.

Is it possible to get the bearings together in One piece again?

Yeah, place the inner race inside the outer race on a flat surface, then place the balls between them. Use a flattened paper clip or something like that to help you get the balls evenly spaced around the inner race. It should hold itself together well enough at that point to place it over the nylon cage and reassemble. I believe thereís a more thorough discussion about this further up.
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Post by: jay_nev on September 30, 2020, 10:49:28 AM
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After disembeling the bearings I found out that 2 of the cages Holding the balls were broken. Got my old spare bearings out and the balls fell out when I took the cage out.

Is it possible to get the bearings together in One piece again?
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Yeah, place the inner race inside the outer race on a flat surface, then place the balls between them. Use a flattened paper clip or something like that to help you get the balls evenly spaced around the inner race. It should hold itself together well enough at that point to place it over the nylon cage and reassemble. I believe thereís a more thorough discussion about this further up.
i was using this shield-holding-the-balls method @ 2:40
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epLPX7sRQXI&t=185s
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Post by: pops on September 30, 2020, 11:08:07 AM
Someone here mentioned that you have to take the whole bearing appart including balls to get the best result. Does this work with regular Bones big balls or is it just for the swiss bearings?

Think I broke a bearing or two as one of my wheels barely rolls anymore. Otherwise im Still really happy with the big balls, seems to hold up longer than reg. Reds.

I had opposite experience with big balls. four bearings broke in a month of skating flat, lol. I even sent them email with pics but they claimed them not be defect set.
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Post by: ballintoohard on September 30, 2020, 11:11:46 AM
I have Bones Super Swiss 6 and Red. The 6 are marginally faster, maybe, hard to know.
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Post by: JANUS on September 30, 2020, 12:30:40 PM
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After disembeling the bearings I found out that 2 of the cages Holding the balls were broken. Got my old spare bearings out and the balls fell out when I took the cage out.

Is it possible to get the bearings together in One piece again?
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Yeah, place the inner race inside the outer race on a flat surface, then place the balls between them. Use a flattened paper clip or something like that to help you get the balls evenly spaced around the inner race. It should hold itself together well enough at that point to place it over the nylon cage and reassemble. I believe thereís a more thorough discussion about this further up.
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i was using this shield-holding-the-balls method @ 2:40
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epLPX7sRQXI&t=185s

Hahaha yeah that way looks smarter. I had not considered that approach.
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Post by: Edamamesk8 on September 30, 2020, 01:03:41 PM
What bearings are you guys using? I'm a fan of Bones Swiss and I had some blank ceramic bearings that were just as fast.
Looking for suggestions for a new build.
Bones Swiss ceramics
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Post by: FUBAR on September 30, 2020, 01:32:08 PM
Had a brand new set of Black Panthers sitting around, been skating them for the last few months and love em. So Calís shop bearing are the shiz too.
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Post by: mynameisnotjeff on September 30, 2020, 02:39:13 PM
Running different brands on different set-ups.
Running Ńndale Swiss, Bones Super Reds, and Bronson Raws. I ordered some Olympia Gold Grades on the way.

Iíve been skating a small area and havenít been able to really put them to work. That being said the Raws feel better than the Andale.
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Post by: Frank on October 04, 2020, 07:37:43 AM
big balls boieeeeeeeeeeeee

they are pretty fast. would recommend.
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Post by: Uncle Flea on October 06, 2020, 09:56:43 AM
Rush bearings? Anyone ever try them?
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Post by: sketchyrider on October 06, 2020, 10:23:36 AM
Rush bearings? Anyone ever try them?

yes actually, i have a set of all weather ceramics that held up great.
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Post by: Uncle Flea on October 06, 2020, 11:09:39 AM
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yes actually, i have a set of all weather ceramics that held up great.

Thanks. They didn't have the ceramic. They was stainless. I passed.

I'm just going to wait till I can afford the Swiss or grab some more ceramics when I see them.

I scored another traffic deck
A thrasher venture awake hat and some of the wide mob
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Post by: yapple dapple on October 08, 2020, 12:56:20 PM
(https://i.ibb.co/ZBhz2Yy/6-C02-BC3-A-BEC2-431-F-A70-F-86-EFF65796-D4.jpg)
So worth it...
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Post by: jay_nev on October 08, 2020, 12:57:03 PM
Bearings spacers in reds?
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Post by: Beeker on October 08, 2020, 03:08:32 PM
Bearings spacers in reds?

There's no reason to use spacers at all unless you are long boarding or on a cruiser. They aren't doing shit unless you are tightening the axle nut all the way, which no one does because it makes your board feel weird and your wheels won't chirp anymore.
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Post by: Gabagoolslide on October 08, 2020, 05:47:07 PM
(https://i.ibb.co/ZBhz2Yy/6-C02-BC3-A-BEC2-431-F-A70-F-86-EFF65796-D4.jpg)
So worth it...

Kiehlís is the dankest
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Post by: Missled Yutes on October 08, 2020, 05:58:45 PM
I got the Shake Junt abec 7's for some reason. They appear to be working. I never gave too many shits about bearings. I've used Flip "HKD" bearings before and I did many satisfactory maneuvers at sufficient speed with them to my recollection.
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Post by: yapple dapple on October 08, 2020, 07:48:07 PM
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(https://i.ibb.co/ZBhz2Yy/6-C02-BC3-A-BEC2-431-F-A70-F-86-EFF65796-D4.jpg)
So worth it...
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Kiehlís is the dankest
Iíve been using Kiehlís for years. Also in Scott Johnsonís Bob shirt interview he said he use their soap, and we all know how pretty and clean he is.
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Post by: layzieyez on October 09, 2020, 09:41:55 AM
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Have any of you mad scientists tried using an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner to clean your bearings? Just wondering.
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We have this bigger industrial version at work (print house) and Iíve been cleaning mine & homies swiss for ten years now, it truly works. I just cleaned up my friends ceramics that has been cleaned with that bones shakey bottle only, and huge amount of black stuff appeared on the bottom of my cleaning solution so I can confirm it works!
Just following up after getting the gear. I don't even know why I didn't try this sooner. It totally works.

I managed to clean three sets yesterday (removed shields, shake/rinse in 97% alcohol to get the big stuff off, rinse with water, 1 pint water and 1 capful biodegradable jewelry cleaner solution, 3 minute cycle one side, spin each bearing with fingers, flip over, 3 minutes the other side, rinse with water, dried with blower).

Speed rings and shields get ran one cycle also rinsed in water and dried.

So easy. So clean. Thanks Krooked antihero.
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Post by: rocklobster on October 09, 2020, 09:46:42 AM
Im running some random Speedmaster Ceramic bearings I pulled from a setup. One of them is starting to squeak but other than that really fast.
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Post by: JANUS on October 09, 2020, 03:08:13 PM
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Have any of you mad scientists tried using an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner to clean your bearings? Just wondering.
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We have this bigger industrial version at work (print house) and Iíve been cleaning mine & homies swiss for ten years now, it truly works. I just cleaned up my friends ceramics that has been cleaned with that bones shakey bottle only, and huge amount of black stuff appeared on the bottom of my cleaning solution so I can confirm it works!
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Just following up after getting the gear. I don't even know why I didn't try this sooner. It totally works.

I managed to clean three sets yesterday (removed shields, shake/rinse in 97% alcohol to get the big stuff off, rinse with water, 1 pint water and 1 capful biodegradable jewelry cleaner solution, 3 minute cycle one side, spin each bearing with fingers, flip over, 3 minutes the other side, rinse with water, dried with blower).

Speed rings and shields get ran one cycle also rinsed in water and dried.

So easy. So clean. Thanks Krooked antihero.

Hahahaha I did it, too.
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Post by: CrimsonGhost on October 10, 2020, 06:26:14 PM
Just picked up these mud burners to complete my shit box of a complete!

(https://i.imgur.com/6wX9Nr3.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/4oEydlZ.jpg)

I picked these up at a yard sale today for $5, said their son bought them for Christmas and never got a board. So the bearings just sat in a draw for 15 years. Fucking wild.
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Post by: Gary Bucket on October 12, 2020, 05:46:49 PM
I honestly have no clue what kind of bearings I have. Pretty sure I said ďgive me whatevers cheapestĒ at the shop because the pickings were so slim. Had my first suspicions today that theyíre slowing down.

Should I clean my cheapos and see if they donít get faster for longer or buy new quality ones and reassess later?
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Post by: Mesteezo on October 12, 2020, 06:06:55 PM
I've been running the same set of regular bones swiss for over 4 years now. I haven't noticed any reduction of speed and I clean them around 3 times a year. Today I just cleaned and relubed and they're feeling mighty fine :) Probably will squeeze out another year before I buy a new set, probably swiss 6.
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Post by: jay_nev on October 12, 2020, 06:20:17 PM
Got a set of reds waiting to set up for a few months now but have heard quality been shit since like 2017. Wasnít pleased on my last set from dec 2019, a few crapped out real quick.
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Post by: Peepeeboy69 on October 12, 2020, 06:38:20 PM
my friend gave me a set of pretty much brand new swiss but within a week the bearings on the rear wheels stopped spinning good. I put off cleaning them and just swapped on some brand new reds I had and within a week the bearings on the rear wheels stopped as well. Any idea why this happen?
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Post by: passtheish on October 12, 2020, 06:47:17 PM
Just picked up these mud burners to complete my shit box of a complete!

(https://i.imgur.com/6wX9Nr3.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/4oEydlZ.jpg)

I picked these up at a yard sale today for $5, said their son bought them for Christmas and never got a board. So the bearings just sat in a draw for 15 years. Fucking wild.

holy shit those were my first set of bearings wow the nostalgia
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Post by: Mesteezo on October 12, 2020, 06:51:54 PM
my friend gave me a set of pretty much brand new swiss but within a week the bearings on the rear wheels stopped spinning good. I put off cleaning them and just swapped on some brand new reds I had and within a week the bearings on the rear wheels stopped as well. Any idea why this happen?

Maybe the shields are bent and rubbing against the bearing balls? pop the shields off of the slow bearings and see if that's the cause. Otherwise, clean them and see if that fixes it.
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Post by: numagik on October 12, 2020, 07:13:40 PM
I'm still using a 10 year old set of bones swiss. 3 of them are missing a ball. Am I riding a time bomb?
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Post by: BoxStuffer on October 12, 2020, 07:14:17 PM
Should I clean my cheapos and see if they donít get faster for longer or buy new quality ones and reassess later?

I definitely think it's worth trying to clean them if you've got the time.
If they end up sucking you can still get new bearings. 

Answer to this thread is still:
Swiss if you're flush, Reds if you're not. 


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Post by: NORTHBYMIDWEST on October 13, 2020, 03:07:02 AM
Bones Swiss 6 Ball. I've been riding these exclusively since around 2012 and they are fan-fucking-tastic. I've never cleaned any of them and they are all still rolling to this day.
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Post by: fulfillthedream on October 13, 2020, 03:50:33 AM
i keep saying the same shit in this thread... bones swiss or bones 6 balls... I had a sad of swiss for about 5 years and a set of the swiss 6 going onto 2... the setup with the bones swiss got stolen and the one with swiss 6 i had to leave in an airport so im on this superstition if i get swiss or swiss 6 my dumbass will loose it again


any ways ive been riding the bones super reds and they're great.
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Post by: the snake on October 13, 2020, 04:06:07 AM
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yes actually, i have a set of all weather ceramics that held up great.
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Thanks. They didn't have the ceramic. They was stainless. I passed.

I'm just going to wait till I can afford the Swiss or grab some more ceramics when I see them.

I scored another traffic deck
A thrasher venture awake hat and some of the wide mob
Got the titanium coated rush abec 7, the retainers are made of weak thin plastic, they all fell apart in like 2-3 months, now on reds big balls, they're holding fine
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Post by: spacial_profiling on October 13, 2020, 06:30:48 AM
Indy 7's, G3's, Raw's, Bones Swiss
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Post by: Eggie Vedder on October 13, 2020, 07:09:45 AM
I used to just get reds or whatever cheap bearings but then splurged and got Swiss ceramics about 7 years ago and they are still amazing. Itís an expensive purchase but it is super worth it. If you clean them every so often they last forever and just feel so much better.
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Post by: tyshoes on October 14, 2020, 12:33:33 PM
Month 6 on Indy Blacks and still smooth. But if $ no option, swiss 6
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Post by: Mbrimson88 on October 15, 2020, 03:19:40 AM
Bones bearings for the win, original swiss the most common and long lasting, always with my shields ON.

But I know so many people ride without shields which might sound louder but don't seem to last and run slower.

Any other takers on the shields ON / OFF debate???

(And yes I did read the other twenty pages of this thread)



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Post by: radcunt on October 15, 2020, 05:02:26 AM
Bones Swiss & Super 6. Give em a service and they last forever.
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Post by: layzieyez on October 15, 2020, 06:50:47 PM
I've had some swiss 6 for so long the shields wore out. Otherwise, I keep shields on.
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Post by: fulfillthedream on October 15, 2020, 07:26:35 PM
Bones bearings for the win, original swiss the most common and long lasting, always with my shields ON.

But I know so many people ride without shields which might sound louder but don't seem to last and run slower.

Any other takers on the shields ON / OFF debate???

(And yes I did read the other twenty pages of this thread)

i used to many bearings without shields and they'd eventually break... i began to keep shields on about 7-8 years ago and had bearings last me a  long time
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Post by: baustin on October 16, 2020, 07:11:53 AM
Back on a set of Bronson G3 because, despite popular SLAP opinion, I have had only positive experiences with them.

Bones low to mid priced bearings have failed me repeatedly in recent times, and seems like the whole REDS lineup is hot garbage compared to how they used to be. Itís a bummer because OG REDS used to be such a reliable budget bearing. If anyone have any insight or theory as to why quality seems to has taken a dip Iíd be interested to know.
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Post by: Vintagebody on October 16, 2020, 07:22:38 AM
I recently bought Super Reds for fun (I have swiss 6's thats 7 years old or so), and they were oiled so much from factory that after day one, they got super dirty (on the outside ofc). The shield also came off one of the bearings while skating.
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Post by: Donkey Lips on October 16, 2020, 07:45:40 AM
Reds big balls here because that's all that's in stock at the shop. They're fine.
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Post by: BALARGUE on October 22, 2020, 06:38:37 AM
Does the shields shrinking phenomenon happen on every bearings ?
Are there models that don't suffer from this disease ?
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Post by: BMCsteve on October 22, 2020, 06:46:37 AM
Just an observation - I have Super Reds on one board and Swiss 6 on the other.  Both were setup at the same time and have roughly the same amount of skating on them.

The Super Reds are slightly faster and WAY smoother than the Swiss 6
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Post by: TastyBurrito on October 22, 2020, 11:11:17 AM
Got drunk and bought Bones Swiss.

Now I'm trying to break em in by just pushing around everywhere.
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Post by: lovermangenius on October 22, 2020, 12:18:14 PM
Gave up on Bronson G3s about 2 months after picking them up. The shields all bent within a month, I skated them shieldless  after that. They felt smooth but slow if that makes sense. Tried cleaning and lubing with speed cream but they basically felt the same.

I've been skating Reds Big Balls for the past two weeks now and they feel great. They feel fast and loud, better than I remember the G3s feeling. Its been a while since I've skated regular reds so take this with a grain of salt but I feel like the big balls are a lot better.
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Post by: Bumpovertrash on October 22, 2020, 03:48:13 PM
Reds
Bought swisses once when got a new complete and was stolen next day out of my car. Lesson learned get reds
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Post by: Gabagoolslide on October 22, 2020, 05:40:59 PM
Month 6 on Indy Blacks and still smooth. But if $ no option, swiss 6

Iím on some Indy Blacks that I got in early 2017. I got a set of rush abec 9(looked exactly like indys)for 10$ to replace them but the indys keep going strong.
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Post by: Uncle Flea on October 22, 2020, 07:04:05 PM
Bearings spacers in reds?

I always use spacers if I got them.

Winter salts coming soon. If both bearings are working together they have a better chance of crushing and spinning out debris.
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Post by: IpathCats on October 23, 2020, 09:22:30 AM
Bones, if you're an adult, you should know this by now. How TF is this thread so long lol.
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Post by: off on October 23, 2020, 10:26:56 AM
anyone switch from swiss to swiss ceramic? what are the noticable differences outside of the hole in your wallet
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Post by: Spunkchild on October 23, 2020, 10:35:13 AM
Finally caved and bought swiss after years of wanting them but not wanting to pay.


Not worth the hype, just get the middle level bearings.
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Post by: Surf The Earth on October 23, 2020, 10:36:14 AM
OG bones reds, no shields. Board goes fast, no problems. I have always just got reds took the shields off, no maintenance and they last a long time.
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Post by: JANUS on October 23, 2020, 11:04:14 AM
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I always use spacers if I got them.

Winter salts coming soon. If both bearings are working together they have a better chance of crushing and spinning out debris.

I use spacers in my soft cruising wheels, but of the last sets of spitfires Iíve had, one or two wheels out of each set would have a core that was too wide to fit the spacer properly, so I havenít used them in my hard wheels in ages. But despite having no evidence, I believe they make my cruising wheels way more efficient.
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Post by: slappy50 on October 23, 2020, 10:44:02 PM
are bones ceramic reds or swiss 6 better? one one hand swiss 6 have bigger balls and are built better, and ceramic reds are a different material altogether.

anyone got an opinion/buying advice?

*bearing madness insues*
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Post by: commander jameson on October 24, 2020, 05:05:14 AM
anyone switch from swiss to swiss ceramic? what are the noticable differences outside of the hole in your wallet

I went from couple years old Swiss 6 to Swiss ceramics and difference was noticeable. Not sure how much of difference there would be if both sets were brand new. Swiss ceramics while being awesome bearings might be overkill for typical street skater speed wise. If you do occasional maintenance on your bearings (if you use more expensive bearings you should) Swiss ceramics will outlast all others and be faster most of the time, for me this is biggest plus of ceramics.
You can't go wrong with Bones Swiss or Bones Swiss 6, if you are able to get discount on Swiss ceramics or have means to get them go for it.
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Post by: layzieyez on October 24, 2020, 06:38:44 AM
I've never had swiss ceramics, but I did switch from regular to ceramic ron's rockets when I was skating Upland's full pipe. I noticed it on first drop in and never pumped hard unless I wanted to die. I still have the same set in a bowl board, but I've gotten used to the speed and can better control it.
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Post by: Gary Bucket on November 12, 2020, 04:39:43 PM
Had a theory that if I kept up with a couple beater sets of bearings (cleaning and lubing) Iíd have 8 winners long enough to justify the short money. Not the case at all. Board feels thuddy and my best spinning wheel leaves much to be desired. I am giving my theory 1 last crack with actual brand name Indy GP-Bs. If it doesnít work out Iíll give Santa some money to bring me Swiss
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Post by: bbk on November 12, 2020, 05:34:41 PM
Had a theory that if I kept up with a couple beater sets of bearings (cleaning and lubing) Iíd have 8 winners long enough to justify the short money. Not the case at all. Board feels thuddy and my best spinning wheel leaves much to be desired. I am giving my theory 1 last crack with actual brand name Indy GP-Bs. If it doesnít work out Iíll give Santa some money to bring me Swiss
Basing your view of namebrand bearings off of the cheapest indy bearing might not be the best idea?
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Post by: Uncle Flea on November 12, 2020, 09:19:36 PM
are bones ceramic reds or swiss 6 better? one one hand swiss 6 have bigger balls and are built better, and ceramic reds are a different material altogether.

anyone got an opinion/buying advice?

*bearing madness insues*

Ceramic reds are the best bearings for the money
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Post by: slappy50 on November 12, 2020, 10:59:22 PM
anyone try dry-lubing their bearings before? iíve had somewhat success and have swiss 6 coming my way. i donít know how long they will have been sitting on a shelf, so i am considering cleaning and re living with either speed cream or dry lube. iíve heard the benefits of dry lube (less dirt accumulation, freer spin and faster break-in) for reference i would be using wd-40 specialist dry lube.

https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/wd-40-specialist-dirt-dust-resistant-dry-lube-ptfe-spray-283-g-0388090p.html

anyone got thoughts or opinions?
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Post by: Gary Bucket on November 13, 2020, 08:31:12 AM
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Had a theory that if I kept up with a couple beater sets of bearings (cleaning and lubing) Iíd have 8 winners long enough to justify the short money. Not the case at all. Board feels thuddy and my best spinning wheel leaves much to be desired. I am giving my theory 1 last crack with actual brand name Indy GP-Bs. If it doesnít work out Iíll give Santa some money to bring me Swiss
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Basing your view of namebrand bearings off of the cheapest indy bearing might not be the best idea?

Not looking to judge all namebrands. I just wanted to see how far a serviced bearing could take me. Tried no names with no luck. The GP-B is actually the most expensive Indy bearing and the max I think one should spend on a bearing you should have to take care of regularly. I picked those as my middle road brand name bearing because they are designed to be serviced
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Post by: dallou on November 13, 2020, 08:59:16 AM
mini logo for ever. Because I am cheap and poor
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Post by: Uncle Flea on November 14, 2020, 01:37:16 PM
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So I did the can the kid keep up with swiss bearings test?

Barely. We did about 2.5 miles. I'm so happy the kid can mash across town with minimal instructions.

I just got to get him on a bigger bike somehow. He can't bomb big hills in a straight line.

He is the best wing man of all times though. Math machine always has been. It's good to be the uncle &#128514;

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Post by: Uncle Flea on December 05, 2020, 08:24:53 AM
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Pulled these from a freestyle page on Facebook.

Stamp reads handmade by Rodney Mullen lol
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Post by: Mbrimson88 on December 05, 2020, 04:52:14 PM
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Pulled these from a freestyle page on Facebook.

Stamp reads handmade by Rodney Mullen lol

Some people will do anything to make a sale!!!

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Post by: Uncle Flea on December 05, 2020, 06:35:08 PM
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Pulled these from a freestyle page on Facebook.

Stamp reads handmade by Rodney Mullen lol
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Some people will do anything to make a sale!!!

It's from a decomposed complete.

Think about mullen in the Bones Swiss sweatshop in china putting together bearings. Def a easter egg
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Post by: Uh Oh on December 05, 2020, 06:42:18 PM
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Pulled these from a freestyle page on Facebook.

Stamp reads handmade by Rodney Mullen lol
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Some people will do anything to make a sale!!!
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It's from a decomposed complete.

Think about mullen in the Bones Swiss sweatshop in china putting together bearings. Def a easter egg

An Eastern egg.
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Post by: Mbrimson88 on December 05, 2020, 09:06:49 PM
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Pulled these from a freestyle page on Facebook.

Stamp reads handmade by Rodney Mullen lol
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Some people will do anything to make a sale!!!
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It's from a decomposed complete.

Think about mullen in the Bones Swiss sweatshop in china putting together bearings. Def a easter egg

The only way some pros would work for their pay, assembling their signature product to sell to fans at super hiked up prices.

Not bearing related, but I recall seeing a few things over the years, Lance Mountain always doing something by hand in super limited runs, and Mike V doing custom grip jobs on those signature street axe shapes among others.

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Post by: Mbrimson88 on December 05, 2020, 09:09:03 PM
Back to bearings now though.

I am seeing so many fake Bones Swiss out there now too, even having all the stickers "Skate Rated" and updated look but often just little things, along with the fact they are being sold by random dudes and not in skate shops or authorised accounts.

Anyone else seeing or noticing this?

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Post by: Orangepulp1000 on December 06, 2020, 05:35:59 AM
5 bones Swiss, 2 bones reds and 1 shake junt
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Post by: Cordyceps on December 06, 2020, 07:15:28 AM
5 bones Swiss, 2 bones reds and 1 shake junt
That's a helluva combo you've got going there but whatever it takes to get to eight!
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Post by: burm on December 06, 2020, 11:32:53 AM
I had a set of Bones Swiss that had gotten really gummed up due to putting totally wrong kind of lubricant in them and leaving them outdoors. They are maybe 12 years old and not been used at all for a few years.

I figured I might as well try to salvage them, so I disassembled them completely and soaked them in mineral spirits. Didnít work. Soaked them in acetone, came out perfectly clean. While putting them back together I was thinking about what it is that makes these special, I mean most bearings are metal balls in metal grooves, but I know the tolerances can be different, maybe the metal used is different as well? The cages shouldnít affect much I assume. So I was thinking maybe whatever was special about the Swiss when new must have worn out over the years, but who knows. Any way, I put them back together, lubed them up with some pretty fluid stuff that came with some electric clippers and damn, they are really fast again. Noticeable difference to the Bones Reds I had.

Swiss are something else.
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Post by: Mesteezo on December 06, 2020, 11:41:12 AM
Decided to retire my 5 year old set of Swiss, and just ordered a set of Swiss 6's. Pretty stoked to try them out and see how they compare to the regular Swiss.
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Post by: lovermangenius on December 06, 2020, 07:35:18 PM
Anyone who works at a shop gotten ahold of the new Bronson Ceramics? I've seen one or two shops online have them. They look like they're going to be pretty pricey and I'm not in any hurry try try another Bronson but who knows.
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Post by: backinaction on December 07, 2020, 08:34:59 AM
Decided to retire my 5 year old set of Swiss, and just ordered a set of Swiss 6's. Pretty stoked to try them out and see how they compare to the regular Swiss.

My Swiss 6 needed breaking in.  Give them some time.  When I put them in I was disappointed - but then after a week or so they really came around.
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Post by: rawbertson. on December 07, 2020, 01:16:39 PM
I had those blue Swiss last year they were really good, the 6 ball. I went back to the normal swiss ceramics now I dont really notice any difference. gotta ride 56mm wheels to get dat full effect
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Post by: codymacfan on December 07, 2020, 01:22:28 PM
I got Bronson G2s around March this year pretty much cause they were orange and I thought they were cool. They were great then slowed down b/c of dirt pretty quick. Cleaned and lubed once, now most of them slowed down again and I ended up putting in my previous set of Mini-Logo bearings cause they still spin. I'm convinced Los Angeles is just too dirty to have bearings last long.

I'll probably clean them again just cause I have the supplies.
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Post by: jay_nev on December 11, 2020, 07:46:45 PM
https://www.instagram.com/p/CInhdMpgNcX/?igshid=188o4i59hdbxa

New bronson ceramics? With cleaning case
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Post by: TumKayo on December 11, 2020, 07:50:38 PM
https://www.instagram.com/p/CInhdMpgNcX/?igshid=188o4i59hdbxa

New bronson ceramics? With cleaning case

What bearings do you normally run?
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Post by: jay_nev on December 11, 2020, 08:36:37 PM
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New bronson ceramics? With cleaning case
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What bearings do you normally run?
minu logo I’ve found to last, but just put in a set of reds. Second time giving them a chance, if they don’t work well im moving on
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Post by: TumKayo on December 11, 2020, 09:01:24 PM
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minu logo I’ve found to last, but just put in a set of reds. Second time giving them a chance, if they don’t work well im moving on

Nice, I wanna try mini logos next. I hear great things for the price.

One thing I notice about Reds is how smoothe they are compared to my other cheaper bearings. They may not be the fastest among the under $20 group, but they feel put together so well. It’s weird with them, they like get better with time, grime and dirt. Whereas those cheapshots seem to start out super fast, but then get worse with time, as expected. A few weeks in an I want to clean the spits to get that like new feel, but with reds I never think that till a year in. Cheapshots are half the price though, I need to compare apples to apples with spitfires $20ish bearing. Reds arent as fast as the cheapshots, but much smoother and “tighter feeling”.
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Post by: Fat Tire on December 12, 2020, 09:57:34 AM
Lost the top washer for my set of bones bushings a while ago so I never set them up.

Anyone know the exact size of the flat washers they come with? Otherwise I'm gonna have to spend some time walking around the hardware store this weekend.

Thanks.
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Post by: anon on December 12, 2020, 10:53:28 AM
Lost the top washer for my set of bones bushings a while ago so I never set them up.

Anyone know the exact size of the flat washers they come with? Otherwise I'm gonna have to spend some time walking around the hardware store this weekend.

Thanks.
3/8" ID, 3/4" OD
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Post by: Mesteezo on December 12, 2020, 10:56:16 AM
Lost the top washer for my set of bones bushings a while ago so I never set them up.

Anyone know the exact size of the flat washers they come with? Otherwise I'm gonna have to spend some time walking around the hardware store this weekend.

Thanks.

You can run the bones bushings without the washers, the plastic on top pretty much acts as one. When I was running them I was leaving out the top washer and it feels better imo
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Post by: Fat Tire on December 12, 2020, 11:47:38 AM
Thanks guys, also mb wrong thread lol
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Post by: slutonparade on December 12, 2020, 12:07:59 PM
After 20+ years of skating, I finally bought bones swiss.  I have no idea what took me so long.  Hopping on these bad boys after a lackluster bronson g3 experience (only bearings Kingswell had at the time) has me very happy
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Post by: ibuproficient on December 12, 2020, 12:44:56 PM
Bones swiss with main set up. reds with cruisers

Thatís it!

Had my Swiss for almost 18 years now. Cleaned a half-dozen times. Blow-out / Speed Cream them when changing wheels. 
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Post by: slappy50 on December 13, 2020, 12:18:06 AM
anyone tried dry lube for their bearings? is it better than speed cream of should i just stick to speed cream? this is the stuff iíd be using, for reference

https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/wd-40-specialist-dirt-dust-resistant-dry-lube-ptfe-spray-283-g-0388090p.html

thanks pals and shalom
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Post by: Mbrimson88 on December 13, 2020, 02:01:14 AM
anyone tried dry lube for their bearings? is it better than speed cream of should i just stick to speed cream? this is the stuff iíd be using, for reference

https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/wd-40-specialist-dirt-dust-resistant-dry-lube-ptfe-spray-283-g-0388090p.html

thanks pals and shalom

Definitely curious if anyone else has used this, or any brand of PTFE lubricant.

Most of the time, anything with shields works well with various brands of bearing lube, eg Bones speed cream or any version of light machine oil.  Running bearings without shields usually means they will not perform or last as long, but wet lube will just make them attract all kinds of mess, so something dry like graphite powder has been the go to for a lot of skaters.  Seems like it would work well for open bearings without shields.

I do recall someone using silicone based lubrication which made the bearings feel a bit sluggish, but I don't know if they were clean or running smoothly beforehand.

If they are clean and dry to start with, either should work, as well as PTFE lubricants, so if the bearings are not super expensive, you could try it and let everyone else know how you go with it.

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Post by: Frank on December 16, 2020, 07:24:40 AM
i was thinking about this. i was also thinking about using locknut for hardware and stuff, so it keeps tight. but not sure if it would be a hassle to get off afterwards with a simple skate tool.
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Post by: Mesteezo on December 16, 2020, 11:08:42 AM
Iím pretty bummed. My set of Swiss 6 arrived and one of the bearings is a dud. Itíll immediately stop after 2 rotations and you can feel something getting caught when it stops. Maybe one of the balls is deformed or the races. Had to replace the 1 bearing with 1 of my old normal Swiss. All is good, now off to the park I go.
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Post by: Mbrimson88 on December 16, 2020, 04:53:26 PM
Iím pretty bummed. My set of Swiss 6 arrived and one of the bearings is a dud. Itíll immediately stop after 2 rotations and you can feel something getting caught when it stops. Maybe one of the balls is deformed or the races. Had to replace the 1 bearing with 1 of my old normal Swiss. All is good, now off to the park I go.

Did you pop the shield and have a look in there?

You could even remove the race and see if something got in there.

Also not to assume there was something majorly wrong, but were they from a reputable source?  A lot of fakes getting around.

Bones and Skate One in general take that sort of stuff pretty seriously, so if you send them an email with purchase info, they usually help with anything you need (might even send you a new set).

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Post by: Mesteezo on December 16, 2020, 06:19:43 PM
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Iím pretty bummed. My set of Swiss 6 arrived and one of the bearings is a dud. Itíll immediately stop after 2 rotations and you can feel something getting caught when it stops. Maybe one of the balls is deformed or the races. Had to replace the 1 bearing with 1 of my old normal Swiss. All is good, now off to the park I go.
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Did you pop the shield and have a look in there?

You could even remove the race and see if something got in there.

Also not to assume there was something majorly wrong, but were they from a reputable source?  A lot of fakes getting around.

Bones and Skate One in general take that sort of stuff pretty seriously, so if you send them an email with purchase info, they usually help with anything you need (might even send you a new set).

Yeah I took off the shield and that did nothing, and neither did taking off the plastic race and putting it back in. I got them from old skull skates so I know that theyíre good, plus the rest of the set is plenty fast. I emailed skate one to send me a single replacement bearing and they sent in a warranty claims for me so all should be good.
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Post by: Mbrimson88 on December 16, 2020, 06:47:43 PM
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Iím pretty bummed. My set of Swiss 6 arrived and one of the bearings is a dud. Itíll immediately stop after 2 rotations and you can feel something getting caught when it stops. Maybe one of the balls is deformed or the races. Had to replace the 1 bearing with 1 of my old normal Swiss. All is good, now off to the park I go.
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Did you pop the shield and have a look in there?

You could even remove the race and see if something got in there.

Also not to assume there was something majorly wrong, but were they from a reputable source?  A lot of fakes getting around.

Bones and Skate One in general take that sort of stuff pretty seriously, so if you send them an email with purchase info, they usually help with anything you need (might even send you a new set).
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Yeah I took off the shield and that did nothing, and neither did taking off the plastic race and putting it back in. I got them from old skull skates so I know that theyíre good, plus the rest of the set is plenty fast. I emailed skate one to send me a single replacement bearing and they sent in a warranty claims for me so all should be good.

Sounds like you have it sorted which is great - spending decent coin on product that doesn't work always sucks.

It reminded me of a set of regular swiss a guy set up and skated and were making weird noises / rolling funny right out of the box still in the shop, so swapped them straight over for another set which worked fine so he was happy.  I cleaned and set the weird bearings up on one of my boards and oddly enough they came good after a couple of skates.  I still have them on a board and working fine, so I really don't know what was going on, but I guess something could happen.

They were on new trucks too, so it is not like old axle / wheel nut metal shavings fell into the bearings or anything like that, which will put an end to nice new bearings very quickly.

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Post by: Brad Breath on December 17, 2020, 04:38:10 PM
https://www.instagram.com/p/CInhdMpgNcX/?igshid=188o4i59hdbxa

New bronson ceramics? With cleaning case

$80 is too much
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Post by: moonordie on December 18, 2020, 03:58:34 AM
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For Bronson 5 bucks is too much.
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Post by: The real veganshawn on December 19, 2020, 06:52:46 PM
Bronson raws
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Post by: gringo_viejo on January 19, 2021, 10:00:00 AM
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YOU WILL NOT BE DISSAPOINTED WITH INDEPENDANT BLACKS IN THE $15 RANGE.

sorry for yelling but these below are discontiunued but are an upgraderd version of Indy 7s. I found these much smoother and faster than reds, super reds and Shake Junt triple OGs. And seem uneffected by dirt, or hard skating  I feel like these dont feel much different from swiss to me (especially after a week of skating) from memory.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Independent-Genuine-Parts-Black-Skateboard-Bearings-msrp-25-00/273213425430?hash=item3f9cca0716:g:xA4AAOSw3pZa-fam

They use a very good lubricant as well on these and I got 6 months on them so far and theyre faster and smoother than all my other bearings (also seem to have a better seal as have not needed to be cleaned from the elemants like reds or SJ trip ogs and feel nice so I grabbed a couple more sets at this price. Some people are buying them and reselling them for $40. Not woth that, but def worth >$15 if looking for a good set.
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Blacks are hit and miss. I've got one good set and one bad one. The retainer is kind of flimsy so if you get them wet or dirty and have to do a full breakdown then be careful when popping the crowns. I had one break and one bend pretty bad. They're decent enough cheapies and I'll buy them if they're on sale and there's no better option in the $10-15 range (flip hkd 7, mini logo etc) but I don't think they're anything special. I'm no great fan of reds but if I were choosing between the two I'd take reds for sure.

I just picked up a set of Sparrow bearings (https://errandsbrand.com/hardgoods) from the corner store and the initial impressions are good. He was out of the 7's so I had to get the 3's and honestly if the low end bearings are this good I'm very interested in trying the higher end ones. They're smooth, quiet, and reasonably quick. Not blazing "oh shit here comes a hill better foot drag so I don't die" fast or anything but still fast enough to be fun. I'd put them in that cheap but effective class with reds, modus black, indy black spitfire cheapshots etc. Definitely going to give the higher grade ones a chance when they're back in stock.

I was happy with indy blacks as well. Rode them all summer, then all winter, then cleaned them and put them on a cruiser board... and they are still rolling more than a year later (though a bit slower than they were out of the box). Seemed comparable to Reds... wouldn't pay $20 but at $14 they were nice.

The sparrow bearings look interesting! At $20 for the abec 3's and $25 for the high-end "falcons" I'd be tempted to try the falcons, since I've heard good things about bearings made in Japan. Anybody rolling on Japanese-made bearings?
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Post by: gringo_viejo on January 19, 2021, 10:10:40 AM
Got sick of cleaning my bearings every time my board ended up in a snowbank. Ordered some titanium coated yellowjacket venoms to try out. What have you got on your winter/rain setup? Ceramic? Stainless steel?

For most of us it's probably an old cheapie set (that's what I've done in the past)... but they rust and seize so fast...
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Post by: sketchyrider on January 19, 2021, 11:04:59 AM
reds i had made it about 6 to 9 months of park skating before running rough enough to warrant replacement, which isn't bad. cleaned em once. big balls seem to have held up a bit better.

back on some old swiss for now. i kinda want a bearing press, its difficult to get bearings seated perfectly in hard wheels.
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Post by: Mbrimson88 on January 19, 2021, 06:53:30 PM
reds i had made it about 6 to 9 months of park skating before running rough enough to warrant replacement, which isn't bad. cleaned em once. big balls seem to have held up a bit better.

back on some old swiss for now. i kinda want a bearing press, its difficult to get bearings seated perfectly in hard wheels.

If you put a bit of lube or something on the inside of the bearing seat in the wheel, or a drop on your finger and run it round the bearing edge, they slip straight in without any issues.

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Post by: stets on January 19, 2021, 07:04:02 PM
Got sick of cleaning my bearings every time my board ended up in a snowbank. Ordered some titanium coated yellowjacket venoms to try out. What have you got on your winter/rain setup? Ceramic? Stainless steel?

For most of us it's probably an old cheapie set (that's what I've done in the past)... but they rust and seize so fast...

I bought some cheap-ish Hard Luck stainless steel bearings for my rust-proof rain cruiser (on a board with Theeve titanium axle and kingpin and stainless nuts, as well as stainless mounting hardware) and they are running stong after 3 or 4 rainy winters.

i kinda want a bearing press, its difficult to get bearings seated perfectly in hard wheels.

A bearing press is a worthwhile investment if you have more expensive tight tolerance bearings! The press seats it great and avoids any damage to the shields. Also, using the bearing pull function of it helps keep bearings in good shape, by avoiding the torsional stress that happens from prying them out on a truck axle. You can find unbranded presses for $25 shipped and they last for awhile... I've had mine for a decade and it's going strong.
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Post by: sketchyrider on January 20, 2021, 06:52:35 AM
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reds i had made it about 6 to 9 months of park skating before running rough enough to warrant replacement, which isn't bad. cleaned em once. big balls seem to have held up a bit better.

back on some old swiss for now. i kinda want a bearing press, its difficult to get bearings seated perfectly in hard wheels.
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If you put a bit of lube or something on the inside of the bearing seat in the wheel, or a drop on your finger and run it round the bearing edge, they slip straight in without any issues.

i'll remember that. i wonder if that makes it easier for them to slip out, but i don't see why they would if it's all cranked down and held together with the nut on. here's to hoping they get perfectly seated after some proper heck riding.
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Post by: hiljentaa on January 20, 2021, 06:58:08 AM
Running a set of 6-ball Reds right now, been really happy with them for ~$25.

Planning on getting Swiss 6 with my next set of wheels and will toss the 6-ball Reds on my second setup.
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Post by: Firebert on January 20, 2021, 07:03:09 AM
makes it easier for them to slip out, but i don't see why they would if it's all cranked down and held together with the nut on. here's to hoping they get perfectly seated after some proper heck riding.
It does make it easier to unseat the bearing and it does happen if you powerslide a lot. This just happened to my f4 og classics, but never to my conical fulls (fulls have a larger seat.)
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Post by: Mbrimson88 on January 20, 2021, 07:40:18 AM
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reds i had made it about 6 to 9 months of park skating before running rough enough to warrant replacement, which isn't bad. cleaned em once. big balls seem to have held up a bit better.

back on some old swiss for now. i kinda want a bearing press, its difficult to get bearings seated perfectly in hard wheels.
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If you put a bit of lube or something on the inside of the bearing seat in the wheel, or a drop on your finger and run it round the bearing edge, they slip straight in without any issues.
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i'll remember that. i wonder if that makes it easier for them to slip out, but i don't see why they would if it's all cranked down and held together with the nut on. here's to hoping they get perfectly seated after some proper heck riding.

I would think if they were hard enough you couldn't easily push them in, just the smallest bit of something round the rim (not soaked or overdosed) and that should do the trick nicely, so they go in but they are not loose in there.
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Post by: Mbrimson88 on January 20, 2021, 07:50:07 AM
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makes it easier for them to slip out, but i don't see why they would if it's all cranked down and held together with the nut on. here's to hoping they get perfectly seated after some proper heck riding.
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It does make it easier to unseat the bearing and it does happen if you powerslide a lot. This just happened to my f4 og classics, but never to my conical fulls (fulls have a larger seat.)

It's a funny thing hey, some wheels seem to have a decent bearing seat, some way too tight, which often results in the wheel splitting if it didn't bond well either, or as you had and I have seen too, some wheels just do not hold the bearings in place well at all.

I had a board that I thought had axle slip, then thought a bearing was seizing up, but it turned out the wheels didn't hold the bearings well, so every time I did something where the wheel would be pushed on an angle on my mini ramp, feeble and smith grinds especially, the inside bearing in the wheel would move and the wheel would jam up. I didn't want to get rid of them, but that was more annoying than I wanted to deal with, so no matter which bearings or whatever I did, they wouldn't hold.  Have a run, then press the wheel back down on the bearing, have another run, press again, etc.

That was the only time that those extra inner spacer type bearings like Bones Race Reds worked to solve the problem, as they didn't move out of place with the wheel nut done up tight, but they found a new home anyway.
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Post by: rosemaryBB on January 20, 2021, 01:13:34 PM
Weird and random question but I just found some Speed Demons abec 7 bearings in a set of old ass wheels i got in a big parts haul - did this company ever make decent product or is this basically useless? Was thinking of throwing them into a extra set-up but if they're bunk I'll just shell out $20 for reds and kick the Speed Demons down to a little kid or something
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: off on January 20, 2021, 02:32:43 PM
swiss 6 with spacers and cant tell the difference with or without em
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Post by: Mbrimson88 on January 20, 2021, 04:11:55 PM
Weird and random question but I just found some Speed Demons abec 7 bearings in a set of old ass wheels i got in a big parts haul - did this company ever make decent product or is this basically useless? Was thinking of throwing them into a extra set-up but if they're bunk I'll just shell out $20 for reds and kick the Speed Demons down to a little kid or something

It was price point product from Dwindle Distribution, but it was still the same product as their other pro brands, so chances are if they roll fine, give them a go (as they are free - you already have them) but then if they don't feel that good, you can always go buy some other bearings afterwards.

I am a bit biased, because I like rubber shields I can easily remove to clean, but I am guessing those ones are full metal all the way.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Schinken on January 21, 2021, 09:49:24 AM
Does anyone have experience with standard machine bearings? Recently I have bought 56 standard 608 2rs bearings for 30cent per bearing from a bearing shop.
When rolling around in the garage they don't feel that bad. I'm curious how long they will last.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Mbrimson88 on January 21, 2021, 05:35:02 PM
Does anyone have experience with standard machine bearings? Recently I have bought 56 standard 608 2rs bearings for 30cent per bearing from a bearing shop.
When rolling around in the garage they don't feel that bad. I'm curious how long they will last.

Seven sets of bearings, at $2.40 a set is a good deal.

608 is the specific bearing size and make that we all use in skateboards.

RS - rubber shields, so 2 rubber shields on each bearing.

Pop the shields and have a look at the insides, could be all metal as per the older style of bearing, or could be nylon ball retainer as per newer style and most skate brand bearings nowdays, eg same as Bones, Modus, etc.

Also give them a bit of a shake / hold the inner ring inbetween two fingers of one hand and move the outer ring side to side with the other to see how much play there is - too much play and they might not last as long, but if they are reasonably tight in there, you might have some decent bearings.

Some generic bearings are so thickly lubed up they might hardly move at first, others almost not lubed at all, both will make some difference to how they skate right away, but should be about normal within a week of decent use.

I am interested to hear more once you have skated them a bit too.


Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: PAWL on January 21, 2021, 06:21:23 PM
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Does anyone have experience with standard machine bearings? Recently I have bought 56 standard 608 2rs bearings for 30cent per bearing from a bearing shop.
When rolling around in the garage they don't feel that bad. I'm curious how long they will last.
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Seven sets of bearings, at $2.40 a set is a good deal.

608 is the specific bearing size and make that we all use in skateboards.

RS - rubber shields, so 2 rubber shields on each bearing.

Pop the shields and have a look at the insides, could be all metal as per the older style of bearing, or could be nylon ball retainer as per newer style and most skate brand bearings nowdays, eg same as Bones, Modus, etc.

Also give them a bit of a shake / hold the inner ring inbetween two fingers of one hand and move the outer ring side to side with the other to see how much play there is - too much play and they might not last as long, but if they are reasonably tight in there, you might have some decent bearings.

Some generic bearings are so thickly lubed up they might hardly move at first, others almost not lubed at all, both will make some difference to how they skate right away, but should be about normal within a week of decent use.

I am interested to hear more once you have skated them a bit too.

where does one purchase such cheap bearings.

I just ordered some independent blacks from the sale thread. will report back when i get them
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: DirtyHairHalo on January 21, 2021, 06:22:35 PM
Reds, Super Reds, Big Balls, Swiss and of course, Rockin' Rons.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Mbrimson88 on January 21, 2021, 06:29:53 PM

where does one purchase such cheap bearings.

I just ordered some independent blacks from the sale thread. will report back when i get them

Does anyone have experience with standard machine bearings? Recently I have bought 56 standard 608 2rs bearings for 30cent per bearing

from a bearing shop.

There are lots of places to get 608 bearings, some are good quality, most are not as good as skateboard brand bearings.

The issue is you don't know until they arrive, so you can take a chance at any random bearings from any number of places if you search, eg from ebay, a generic bearing shop, some other less known source.

Same as the "Watch out for fake Bones Swiss" commentary, there are lots more people selling anything and everything including bearings via any means possible, but that doesn't mean they will be good.

Not trying to be a dick or not give you answers, but just a friendly helpful reminder that known quality from a reputable source is far better than a cheap product that may or may not last, in the long run.

Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Easy Slider on January 26, 2021, 04:40:08 AM
My bearings got stuck after I tried grinding a ledge with snow and ice on it on Saturday  ::) I cleaned them with cleaning petrol and now they work again. I read somewhere that sowing machine oil was a good lube so my wife got me some. Before I apply it I would like to ask you dudes if that's a good idea. It's really liquid oil specifically for sowing machines. Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: NYRAD on January 26, 2021, 06:14:22 AM
Im Skating Bronson G3 with Shields on and Spacers, i was a Bones REDS Guy but i love my Some Bronsons now, Really would Love to Try the Bronson CERAMICS but the Price of them when we eventually Get them in South Africa is going to be a Killer lol
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Buttfart Rapedick on January 26, 2021, 07:08:46 AM
 :'(
swiss 6 with spacers and cant tell the difference with or without em

You probably won't notice a difference in speed unless you're using really shitty spacers that rub the axle, but thats not what they're for. They're to keep everything aligned so that the forces are distributed evenly, so they essentially make them stronger rather than faster.

I'm in the midst of bearing ruining season here in Pittsburgh so I've been skating cheap ceramics a lot. The twolions ones from Amazon have been good so far. Vxb are acceptable but pretty slow.

Haven't had a chance to really put them through their paces yet but I picked up a set of olympia silvers on sale and they seem pretty solid. Not much play in them and they're pretty quick straight out of the box... Or i guess out of the folded piece of cardboard with a wax seal. Anyone tried the olympia bronze or ceramics?
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Firebert on January 26, 2021, 07:14:37 AM
Bones Swiss Ceramics - worth it
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Post by: Murge on January 26, 2021, 07:20:27 AM
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You probably won't notice a difference in speed unless you're using really shitty spacers that rub the axle, but thats not what they're for. They're to keep everything aligned so that the forces are distributed evenly, so they essentially make them stronger rather than faster.

I'm in the midst of bearing ruining season here in Pittsburgh so I've been skating cheap ceramics a lot. The twolions ones from Amazon have been good so far. Vxb are acceptable but pretty slow.

Haven't had a chance to really put them through their paces yet but I picked up a set of olympia silvers on sale and they seem pretty solid. Not much play in them and they're pretty quick straight out of the box... Or i guess out of the folded piece of cardboard with a wax seal. Anyone tried the olympia bronze or ceramics?

Where was they on sell? I currently have had the silvers for over a year. Never cleaned them and skate a dusty ass diy often and they have held up great. I just had 2 in the sane wheel start to lock up. Probably just need cleaned. But also debating on grabbing some more.
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Post by: Mbrimson88 on January 26, 2021, 04:27:40 PM
My bearings got stuck after I tried grinding a ledge with snow and ice on it on Saturday  ::) I cleaned them with cleaning petrol and now they work again. I read somewhere that sowing machine oil was a good lube so my wife got me some. Before I apply it I would like to ask you dudes if that's a good idea. It's really liquid oil specifically for sowing machines. Thanks in advance.

Sewing machine oil or any other light machine oil is what is in most skate brand lubricants so yes it will work.

We used to nic the sewing machine oil from the sewing room quite often as kids, most likely not the only ones, I would imagine.

Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Croquet temper on January 26, 2021, 04:42:35 PM
Don't use cum for bearing lube. It cost me my career. As an accountant. Long story.

But anyways, I have Bones Swiss, sans non-functional spacers. Shit's good now, but further developments when snow melts, goddammmit.
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Post by: Easy Slider on January 27, 2021, 12:03:25 AM
Thanks guys I shall heed your advice.
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Post by: off on January 27, 2021, 12:09:29 AM
Don't use cum for bearing lube. It cost me my career. As an accountant. Long story.

But anyways, I have Bones Swiss, sans non-functional spacers. Shit's good now, but further developments when snow melts, goddammmit.
your bravery curbed my curiousity thus saving my career.

thank you for your service
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Post by: Ziad on January 27, 2021, 02:28:28 AM
bones swiss same set since 2015
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Post by: johnes on January 27, 2021, 05:28:43 AM
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Don't use cum for bearing lube. It cost me my career. As an accountant. Long story.

But anyways, I have Bones Swiss, sans non-functional spacers. Shit's good now, but further developments when snow melts, goddammmit.
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your bravery curbed my curiousity thus saving my career.

thank you for your service
I spit in my bearings if one seems to be getting a little locked up while Iím skating.
It works well enough until I can pop the shield and add some speed cream.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Bigwheelbite on February 14, 2021, 09:17:31 AM
Are Bones Swiss Ceramics really worth that hefty extra sum of money?

Can someone please provide a valid reason other than them being manufactured in Switzerland and have slightly more expensive components etc.

Funny how there are zero videos that cover this.

Don't get how you go from 20/30 dollar/euro bearings to 130 just like that with no evidence...
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: j....soy..... on February 14, 2021, 09:23:51 AM
Bearings are graded and I do think the Swiss made ones are a better quality, like the bearings in a vacuum cleaner are different than a helicopter. 

That said, I think how we set up boards ie. With tiny hard wheels and how we use them, ie. throwing them down staircases.....none of it may matter....
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: maggotspawn on February 14, 2021, 09:51:20 AM
Are Bones Swiss Ceramics really worth that hefty extra sum of money?

Can someone please provide a valid reason other than them being manufactured in Switzerland and have slightly more expensive components etc.

Funny how there are zero videos that cover this.

Don't get how you go from 20/30 dollar/euro bearings to 130 just like that with no evidence...
I bought some for the hell of it. Not faster then the Amazon $20 ceramics I've been using.
So not worth it IMHO.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Croquet temper on February 14, 2021, 09:53:26 AM
I do wonder if itís just the luck of the draw whether you get a good batch of bearings. Like, you might randomly get a set of Reds that are as good as Swiss.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Sundaynuggets on February 14, 2021, 10:02:04 AM
Got a set of these a couple weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised. Feel faster than the mini logo bearings I usually use. I havenít really paid attention to the quality of different types of bearings aside from having shitty ones that donít maintain speed well and then having Mini logo or Reds which keep speed much better.

https://www.olympia.supply/shop/bronze-grade-bearings
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Lou Strux on February 14, 2021, 03:00:51 PM
Just picked up a set of RocknRonís standard Rockets. Not even sure when Iíll get around to running Ďem, as Iíve presently got a few sets of Bones Swiss in rotation, and god knows THOSE things last a while.
Only $25 for what has been alleged to be Swiss like quality, so I thought, ď...maybe, why not give they a try?Ē
Aaand there they were, at my door.
(https://i.ibb.co/mCcqKxk/Rocket-bearings.jpg) (https://ibb.co/BVCZJ1b)

Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Mbrimson88 on February 14, 2021, 06:09:22 PM
Are Bones Swiss Ceramics really worth that hefty extra sum of money?

Can someone please provide a valid reason other than them being manufactured in Switzerland and have slightly more expensive components etc.

Funny how there are zero videos that cover this.

Don't get how you go from 20/30 dollar/euro bearings to 130 just like that with no evidence...

For most people, the answer is NO.

Even for normal Bones Swiss, if I didn't have heavily discounted / wholesale access, I most likely would not have been riding the twenty or so sets I have on boards, but I keep the shields on and keep them clean, so they last for a long time - never had any blow out, some going 20+ years.

There are a lot of decent bearings on the market now, some from no name brands for dirt cheap that work almost as well as big name brands at a fraction of the price, but the bottom line is if you don't look after them, you may as well be riding the cheapest you can get and just replace them whenever you have issues.

Lots of people just do the new wheels, new bearings thing, which in general is a good way to do things, as new wheels with old slow bearings just sucks on any level.  If you are going through wheels every couple of months, at least decent bearings like swiss will carry on, but if you work out how much you are spending, sometimes it is just easier to get something simple like reds with new wheels every time, especially if you don't clean them or you like to pop the shields on them.


The one set of Bones ceramic bearings I have were faster than the normal swiss, but they are currently sitting in the box they came in, mainly because I like having the same feel and performance and definitely was not going to spend that much on setting up a lot of boards with ceramics.

Not to be a dick, but people with too much money and longboarders are about the only ones I know who only ever ride and swear by Bones Swiss ceramics.  I will never have them in any shop I run, but that is just me.

Post covid, bearings have gone up like everything else, so how's this for prices:

Reds  $30 - 40 (AU dollars)
Super reds $50 - 60
Swiss $90 - 120
Swiss ceramics $199 - 270



Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Mbrimson88 on February 14, 2021, 06:15:01 PM
Got a set of these a couple weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised. Feel faster than the mini logo bearings I usually use. I havenít really paid attention to the quality of different types of bearings aside from having shitty ones that donít maintain speed well and then having Mini logo or Reds which keep speed much better.

https://www.olympia.supply/shop/bronze-grade-bearings

Do they really have eight balls in their bearings, or is it eight bearings as in a full set?

Info from the page:

FORGED FOR SKATEBOARDING
EIGHT PRECISION BALL BEARINGS
HIGH-SPEED NYLON RETAINER
INK STAMPED & HAND ROLLED PACKAGING
SINGLE REMOVABLE BLACK RUBBER SEALS FOR EASY CLEANING
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Post by: Sundaynuggets on February 14, 2021, 06:25:49 PM
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Got a set of these a couple weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised. Feel faster than the mini logo bearings I usually use. I havenít really paid attention to the quality of different types of bearings aside from having shitty ones that donít maintain speed well and then having Mini logo or Reds which keep speed much better.

https://www.olympia.supply/shop/bronze-grade-bearings
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Do they really have eight balls in their bearings, or is it eight bearings as in a full set?

Info from the page:

FORGED FOR SKATEBOARDING
EIGHT PRECISION BALL BEARINGS
HIGH-SPEED NYLON RETAINER
INK STAMPED & HAND ROLLED PACKAGING
SINGLE REMOVABLE BLACK RUBBER SEALS FOR EASY CLEANING

Hmm, I havenít checked but I can take a look tomorrow!
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Post by: Mbrimson88 on February 14, 2021, 06:38:16 PM
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Got a set of these a couple weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised. Feel faster than the mini logo bearings I usually use. I havenít really paid attention to the quality of different types of bearings aside from having shitty ones that donít maintain speed well and then having Mini logo or Reds which keep speed much better.

https://www.olympia.supply/shop/bronze-grade-bearings
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Do they really have eight balls in their bearings, or is it eight bearings as in a full set?

Info from the page:

FORGED FOR SKATEBOARDING
EIGHT PRECISION BALL BEARINGS
HIGH-SPEED NYLON RETAINER
INK STAMPED & HAND ROLLED PACKAGING
SINGLE REMOVABLE BLACK RUBBER SEALS FOR EASY CLEANING
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Hmm, I havenít checked but I can take a look tomorrow!

The more I think about it, the more I think it is meaning a set of eight and not eight balls per bearings.  Seven balls have been standard for so long and I couldn't see a company like that changing it up that much.

A lot are doing the six ball lately, but that makes more sense than eight balls.
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Post by: Sundaynuggets on February 14, 2021, 06:52:26 PM
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Got a set of these a couple weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised. Feel faster than the mini logo bearings I usually use. I havenít really paid attention to the quality of different types of bearings aside from having shitty ones that donít maintain speed well and then having Mini logo or Reds which keep speed much better.

https://www.olympia.supply/shop/bronze-grade-bearings
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Do they really have eight balls in their bearings, or is it eight bearings as in a full set?

Info from the page:

FORGED FOR SKATEBOARDING
EIGHT PRECISION BALL BEARINGS
HIGH-SPEED NYLON RETAINER
INK STAMPED & HAND ROLLED PACKAGING
SINGLE REMOVABLE BLACK RUBBER SEALS FOR EASY CLEANING
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Hmm, I havenít checked but I can take a look tomorrow!
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The more I think about it, the more I think it is meaning a set of eight and not eight balls per bearings.  Seven balls have been standard for so long and I couldn't see a company like that changing it up that much.

A lot are doing the six ball lately, but that makes more sense than eight balls.

That makes sense. This and hardware are the two areas of  gear madness Iíve yet to be seized by, so I know next to nothing haha
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: gaunting on February 14, 2021, 08:46:41 PM
I just set up a fresh set of bones super reds. best bearings Iíve had in a long time.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: johnes on February 15, 2021, 10:45:46 AM
Iím currently skating Reds Big Balls since Christmas. I have been needing to clean my set of Swiss 6 for a few months but havenít got around to it.

Big balls are def better than the last couple sets of reds that I had from what I can remember.
But itís been years since Iíve had normal reds/super reds.
Iím very happy with the Big balls. Not as good as Swiss or Swiss 6. But the BBs are fast and smooth.

I usually skate mini logo bearings or Swiss 6.
I typically have the MLs and on my extra set up.

And I firmly believe (from experience) that ML bearings are as good as any other bearing on the market under $20.
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Post by: tzhangdox on February 15, 2021, 11:00:52 AM
And I firmly believe (from experience) that ML bearings are as good as any other bearing on the market under $20.

tru. theyre even better now with the rubber instead of metal shields.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Sundaynuggets on February 15, 2021, 11:10:09 AM
Iím currently skating Reds Big Balls since Christmas. I have been needing to clean my set of Swiss 6 for a few months but havenít got around to it.

Big balls are def better than the last couple sets of reds that I had from what I can remember.
But itís been years since Iíve had normal reds/super reds.
Iím very happy with the Big balls. Not as good as Swiss or Swiss 6. But the BBs are fast and smooth.

I usually skate mini logo bearings or Swiss 6.
I typically have the MLs and on my extra set up.

And I firmly believe (from experience) that ML bearings are as good as any other bearing on the market under $20.

For sure, Iíve had six or seven sets on different set ups and they always perform really well. They were $10 but I havenít checked if the price has gone up since last time I got a set
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: fs1/2cab on February 15, 2021, 11:40:00 AM
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Got a set of these a couple weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised. Feel faster than the mini logo bearings I usually use. I havenít really paid attention to the quality of different types of bearings aside from having shitty ones that donít maintain speed well and then having Mini logo or Reds which keep speed much better.

https://www.olympia.supply/shop/bronze-grade-bearings
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Do they really have eight balls in their bearings, or is it eight bearings as in a full set?

Info from the page:

FORGED FOR SKATEBOARDING
EIGHT PRECISION BALL BEARINGS
HIGH-SPEED NYLON RETAINER
INK STAMPED & HAND ROLLED PACKAGING
SINGLE REMOVABLE BLACK RUBBER SEALS FOR EASY CLEANING
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Hmm, I havenít checked but I can take a look tomorrow!
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The more I think about it, the more I think it is meaning a set of eight and not eight balls per bearings.  Seven balls have been standard for so long and I couldn't see a company like that changing it up that much.

A lot are doing the six ball lately, but that makes more sense than eight balls.
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That makes sense. This and hardware are the two areas of  gear madness Iíve yet to be seized by, so I know next to nothing haha

I think 8 balls would fit in a bearing but I can't see a redesign of the retainer in the foreseeable future. I also think 8 balls wouldn't provide more momentum as say, 6 or 7 balls, but I am not sure. Any engineer wanna chime in?

I ran bones reds for 15 years, but around 4 years ago I always had bad luck with reds. Currently on Modus and Blurs Bearings which I find both really good and reliable.
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Post by: Bigwheelbite on February 15, 2021, 11:48:06 AM
'Blurs bearings' are pretty decent (especially for anyone in Europe) and they've done a couple of cool artist collabs.
Good reasonable pricing as well.

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Post by: moonordie on February 15, 2021, 03:21:35 PM
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Got a set of these a couple weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised. Feel faster than the mini logo bearings I usually use. I havenít really paid attention to the quality of different types of bearings aside from having shitty ones that donít maintain speed well and then having Mini logo or Reds which keep speed much better.

https://www.olympia.supply/shop/bronze-grade-bearings
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Do they really have eight balls in their bearings, or is it eight bearings as in a full set?

Info from the page:

FORGED FOR SKATEBOARDING
EIGHT PRECISION BALL BEARINGS
HIGH-SPEED NYLON RETAINER
INK STAMPED & HAND ROLLED PACKAGING
SINGLE REMOVABLE BLACK RUBBER SEALS FOR EASY CLEANING
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Hmm, I havenít checked but I can take a look tomorrow!
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The more I think about it, the more I think it is meaning a set of eight and not eight balls per bearings.  Seven balls have been standard for so long and I couldn't see a company like that changing it up that much.

A lot are doing the six ball lately, but that makes more sense than eight balls.
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That makes sense. This and hardware are the two areas of  gear madness Iíve yet to be seized by, so I know next to nothing haha
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I think 8 balls would fit in a bearing but I can't see a redesign of the retainer in the foreseeable future. I also think 8 balls wouldn't provide more momentum as say, 6 or 7 balls, but I am not sure. Any engineer wanna chime in?

I ran bones reds for 15 years, but around 4 years ago I always had bad luck with reds. Currently on Modus and Blurs Bearings which I find both really good and reliable.
Behold the double 10.
(Swipe at your own risk)
https://www.instagram.com/p/CJXIQ6pgut0/?igshid=bkbtavdmwx1i
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Lou Strux on February 15, 2021, 03:37:24 PM
Behold the double 10.
(Swipe at your own risk)
https://www.instagram.com/p/CJXIQ6pgut0/?igshid=bkbtavdmwx1i
These are the standard 608 size?!?
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: moonordie on February 15, 2021, 06:02:13 PM
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Behold the double 10.
(Swipe at your own risk)
https://www.instagram.com/p/CJXIQ6pgut0/?igshid=bkbtavdmwx1i
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These are the standard 608 size?!?
Yes sir
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Mbrimson88 on February 15, 2021, 06:10:31 PM
Stop it!!!

You are scaring me!!!!!


Ha, but funny they look like the "super team" of the bearing world.

I tried looking but for AU, the Honda bearing site would not come up, but their instagram has all manner of various sorts, 6 balls, race bearings, etc.

What do they cost, in relation to other main bearings?
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Land of the Faust on February 22, 2021, 12:05:11 PM
I've recently started using Indy bearings. I went to get some bones, but they didn't have any, so I went with the Indys. They're pretty good all things considered.

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Post by: camel filters on February 22, 2021, 01:42:35 PM
All I buy are reds but it feels like a crapshoot whether they will be good or not. Lately, I've pooled together old bearings and just selected the 8 that feel the smoothest. I bet a lot of you guys have old bearings lying around that aren't all bad. THis is a good solution for those who aren't trying to buy new bearings but want a more consistent roll.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Mbrimson88 on February 22, 2021, 02:41:54 PM
All I buy are reds but it feels like a crapshoot whether they will be good or not. Lately, I've pooled together old bearings and just selected the 8 that feel the smoothest. I bet a lot of you guys have old bearings lying around that aren't all bad. THis is a good solution for those who aren't trying to buy new bearings but want a more consistent roll.

Funny to think when I worked at an indoor skatepark and these pro dudes came by, one took out his "seized up old bearings" I think he called them and put in a new set.  As I was on the shop / counter I said just leave anything there and I will clean it up, but they ended up in the counter bin anyway.  When I went to do rubbish that night, there was not much else in the bin, just paper and dry things and I saw a bearing, so grabbed it out, realised they were ceramic and went fishing for the other seven, so as it turned out, they were fine, just a bit of a clean and now they run so perfectly on a cruiser, all because old mate the pro didn't want to bother to clean them out and just put in a new set.

As to your post, yes you can easily check, clean and use a decent set from spares or old bearings laying around.  I have resurrected many a set, or even parts of sets that people have taken off and left for dead.  It usually doesn't even take that much to get them going again either.



Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: hiljentaa on March 05, 2021, 05:41:36 PM
Found out three of my Big Balls had cracked ball-retainers. Two were cracked in two spots!

I just cleaned them a couple of weeks ago and have mostly only skated flat and a mini ramp since then.

Only thing I can think is the cold? It's been ~34-42įF on those sessions.

Going to try some Super Reds next. Should have just bought Swiss 6.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Trollin4Tuna on March 05, 2021, 06:32:01 PM
Just picked up a set of RocknRonís standard Rockets. Not even sure when Iíll get around to running Ďem, as Iíve presently got a few sets of Bones Swiss in rotation, and god knows THOSE things last a while.
Only $25 for what has been alleged to be Swiss like quality, so I thought, ď...maybe, why not give they a try?Ē
Aaand there they were, at my door.
(https://i.ibb.co/mCcqKxk/Rocket-bearings.jpg) (https://ibb.co/BVCZJ1b)

Tried to order some of those a few weeks ago but dude never shipped them. Never responded to my emails about the shipment either. I wouldnít waste your time or money on Rockin Ron. Iíd rather pay full price for Swiss and not have to wait a month.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: manysnakes on March 05, 2021, 06:41:06 PM
So I got a set of used Bones Swiss in a bag of skate parts I bought for $25. Popped the shields, lubed them with the Speed Cream, and two weeks later, I don't know why I ever fucked with anything else. Bones Swiss forever
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: superleftswipebby on March 07, 2021, 08:06:40 AM
Iím currently skating Reds Big Balls since Christmas. I have been needing to clean my set of Swiss 6 for a few months but havenít got around to it.

Big balls are def better than the last couple sets of reds that I had from what I can remember.
But itís been years since Iíve had normal reds/super reds.
Iím very happy with the Big balls. Not as good as Swiss or Swiss 6. But the BBs are fast and smooth.

I usually skate mini logo bearings or Swiss 6.
I typically have the MLs and on my extra set up.

And I firmly believe (from experience) that ML bearings are as good as any other bearing on the market under $20.

big balls are real nice. iíd suggest to check on the cages regularly. they break pretty easily
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: superleftswipebby on March 07, 2021, 08:08:57 AM
http://www.a51.ca/skateshop/product/bones-reds-bulk-8-pack/

these too good to be true?
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Post by: j....soy..... on March 07, 2021, 08:12:09 AM
You save like $3.....

Unimaginable......
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Post by: jay_nev on March 07, 2021, 09:06:33 AM
Think Iíll jump to Swiss come spring. Looking for one consistent set up, probably with 97a. Only been riding with reds and mini logo for the past 2 years
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Mbrimson88 on March 07, 2021, 05:20:01 PM
http://www.a51.ca/skateshop/product/bones-reds-bulk-8-pack/

these too good to be true?

Not quite as bad as "opened for display purposes" when there are ten of each set from a random ebay seller, which would almost totally be fake bearings.


I would say they are an authorised Bones account, so yes it is worth getting them if that is what you are after, even if it is only a few dollars off / saved.

Back in the day, most bearings came in boxes like that, loose or rolls wrapped in oiled paper, not the very specific individual packaging that you get everything in nowdays. 

How times have changed.

Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Fooj on March 08, 2021, 09:45:58 PM
Has anyone tried andale swiss? Seeing videos of paul and Ribiero both mention them in the same day must have triggered the shopping chemical in my brain.  The price tag seems friendly if theyre a top end-ish bearing
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Frank and Fred on March 09, 2021, 08:13:13 AM
I've been pleasantly surprised with the Chinese 6Ball, Big Ball Bones.

I have a set I lost to a water fountain a few months ago, but I rushed home and cleaned them properly and re-lubed and they have been amazing since. These will be my new budget bearing. ie. when I don't want to pay top dollar for Swiss made 6balls.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Stlfromca on March 09, 2021, 12:14:57 PM
Ive had the same set of swiss since 2007. Yes seriously. I rode multiple other sets of cheaper bearings throughout this time but always maintaned them. Finnaly, one of yhe cages broke the other day. I don't have much confidence in the remaining bearings I think all of the plastic cages are so brittle and old they will break shortly as well. I've been writing a set of Bronson bras ever since they first came out and have been pleasantly surprised with them. I'm debating trying a set of Bones big balls or buying another set of Swiss but opting for the six balls this time. Any advice?
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Frank and Fred on March 10, 2021, 01:37:28 PM
I have good luck with 6 ball,s both the Chinese and Swiss versions. If you have the money go Swiss 6. They just seem more durable to me.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: vicious cycle on March 21, 2021, 06:50:28 AM
Has anyone of you ever tryed to lube your bearings with drylube ? I got a can of Ballistol Teflon Spray. It says you can lube bearings with it. I wonder if this could be an alternative to oil.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Nth syd bear on March 21, 2021, 12:46:03 PM
Has anyone tried andale swiss? Seeing videos of paul and Ribiero both mention them in the same day must have triggered the shopping chemical in my brain.  The price tag seems friendly if theyre a top end-ish bearing

Yes I was given a set and I liked them enough to buy another
The ones I have come in the silver tin.

Good bearings

Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Urtripping on March 21, 2021, 01:07:05 PM
Frankenstein set of refurbished Reds that I got rolling again by soaking in isopropyl, carefully lubing, replacing cages... I have a little baggy full of em from as far back as 2012 that I cycle through. It was a fun little project at first but the maintenance is becoming a chore, and many are beyond repair. Gonna pony up for ceramics soon.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Rubbrick on March 21, 2021, 04:42:05 PM
Swiss on the main setup
10+ year old swiss in the dirt/monster truck board
Bronson G3 on the curb setup
Bronson G2 on the filmer/cruiser/dog board

Not sure why so much hate for Bronsonís. Both sets Iíve used have been fast and I havenít had any issues with them. Iíve heard people complaining about them slowing down and seizing up, but that happens with every set of bearings eventually. Just pop the shields, clean and lube and youíre good to go. Iíve been running the set of G3ís for about a year and half without cleaning or lubing, and it seems like theyíre getting faster and faster. Unpopular opinion:  Iíd pick up a set of g2ís over Reds, any day. 


Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: baustin on March 21, 2021, 07:37:25 PM
Swiss on the main setup
10+ year old swiss in the dirt/monster truck board
Bronson G3 on the curb setup
Bronson G2 on the filmer/cruiser/dog board

Not sure why so much hate for Bronsonís. Both sets Iíve used have been fast and I havenít had any issues with them. Iíve heard people complaining about them slowing down and seizing up, but that happens with every set of bearings eventually. Just pop the shields, clean and lube and youíre good to go. Iíve been running the set of G3ís for about a year and half without cleaning or lubing, and it seems like theyíre getting faster and faster. Unpopular opinion:  Iíd pick up a set of g2ís over Reds, any day.

Iím with you on not understanding the Bronson hate. Maybe they sucked when they first came out? Iíve had a few sets of G3ís and all have lasted me exponentially longer than any Reds product Iíve had
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Stlfromca on March 21, 2021, 08:35:47 PM
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Swiss on the main setup
10+ year old swiss in the dirt/monster truck board
Bronson G3 on the curb setup
Bronson G2 on the filmer/cruiser/dog board

Not sure why so much hate for Bronsonís. Both sets Iíve used have been fast and I havenít had any issues with them. Iíve heard people complaining about them slowing down and seizing up, but that happens with every set of bearings eventually. Just pop the shields, clean and lube and youíre good to go. Iíve been running the set of G3ís for about a year and half without cleaning or lubing, and it seems like theyíre getting faster and faster. Unpopular opinion:  Iíd pick up a set of g2ís over Reds, any day.
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Iím with you on not understanding the Bronson hate. Maybe they sucked when they first came out? Iíve had a few sets of G3ís and all have lasted me exponentially longer than any Reds product Iíve had

I too so not understand the bronson hate. I bought my first set of bronson RAW over two years ago and they are still flawless. Ive cleaned them maybe three times. Im used to swiss bearings if that gives you an idea of the quality.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: woodinbrine on March 22, 2021, 04:48:24 AM
(https://i.ibb.co/Ss8y0kV/Skjermbilde-2021-03-22-kl-10-55-45.png)
This popped up in my ads, what do you make of these? Even copied the Bones font  :P
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: backinaction on March 22, 2021, 07:52:41 AM
(https://i.ibb.co/Ss8y0kV/Skjermbilde-2021-03-22-kl-10-55-45.png)
This popped up in my ads, what do you make of these? Even copied the Bones font  :P

Rollerbones are made by SkateOne and are their cheaper than Reds bearings that come in a 16 pack. They make all their other bearings in 16 packs for roller skaters as well.

https://rollerbones.com/bearings
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Post by: lovermangenius on March 22, 2021, 07:54:08 AM
(https://i.ibb.co/Ss8y0kV/Skjermbilde-2021-03-22-kl-10-55-45.png)
This popped up in my ads, what do you make of these? Even copied the Bones font  :P

This is part of Bonesí roller skating line, saw these online as well and looked into it. From their distributor site:

ďRoll One Distribution is a sub division of Skate One corporation, manufacturers of the world's finest skateboard and roller-skate products.

Roll One was unveiled in 2000 as the roller product distributor of the manufactured roller goods produced by Skate One. This distribution entity has sales reps specific to everything roller with decades upon decades of experience not only as sales reps but as world class athletes for their skating discipline.

Roll One distributes brands such as RollerBones wheels, Eulogy Wheels, Bones bearings. We have plans on increasing product available in those brands as well as obtaining other quality brands to represent.Ē
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: goodatmeth on March 22, 2021, 10:04:00 AM
I wanted to buy more expensive bearings, but the local shop guy didn't stop talking about "Nothing Special". He convinced me to try them and they're actually amazing. Got the basic black ones.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Schinken on March 23, 2021, 05:12:07 AM
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Does anyone have experience with standard machine bearings? Recently I have bought 56 standard 608 2rs bearings for 30cent per bearing from a bearing shop.
When rolling around in the garage they don't feel that bad. I'm curious how long they will last.
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Seven sets of bearings, at $2.40 a set is a good deal.

608 is the specific bearing size and make that we all use in skateboards.

RS - rubber shields, so 2 rubber shields on each bearing.

Pop the shields and have a look at the insides, could be all metal as per the older style of bearing, or could be nylon ball retainer as per newer style and most skate brand bearings nowdays, eg same as Bones, Modus, etc.

Also give them a bit of a shake / hold the inner ring inbetween two fingers of one hand and move the outer ring side to side with the other to see how much play there is - too much play and they might not last as long, but if they are reasonably tight in there, you might have some decent bearings.

Some generic bearings are so thickly lubed up they might hardly move at first, others almost not lubed at all, both will make some difference to how they skate right away, but should be about normal within a week of decent use.

I am interested to hear more once you have skated them a bit too.

I've been able to ride these cheap bearings for a couple of times now.
They have a metal cage and are lubed with grease. Smooth and quiet, but need a lot of time to break in. On the first run it feels like they don't want to go faster than 20. It gets better every session but it's still there. It's the same as my other greased bearings which needed around 70km before getting faster. When cruising around I don't feel much difference between these and my reds.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: bigdave on March 23, 2021, 06:27:04 AM
Bronson G3s across......four or five setups between my son and I. I dont fuck with anything else. Would do the ceramics at some point potentially.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: maggotspawn on March 23, 2021, 10:00:34 AM
(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61iM17mm30L._AC_SL1001_.jpg)
https://www.amazon.com/KVENI-Ceramic-Skateboard-Bearings-Premium/dp/B08T5ZHQ66 (https://www.amazon.com/KVENI-Ceramic-Skateboard-Bearings-Premium/dp/B08T5ZHQ66)

I'm really digging these Kveni ceramics. Fast and smooth.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: GoldenGateHeights on March 23, 2021, 11:24:25 AM
Think Iíll jump to Swiss come spring. Looking for one consistent set up, probably with 97a. Only been riding with reds and mini logo for the past 2 years

Current setup has Bones Swiss + some Formula Four 54mm 97a's - love it as my regular setup. Highly recommended.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Rubbrick on March 23, 2021, 04:32:54 PM
(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61iM17mm30L._AC_SL1001_.jpg)
https://www.amazon.com/KVENI-Ceramic-Skateboard-Bearings-Premium/dp/B08T5ZHQ66 (https://www.amazon.com/KVENI-Ceramic-Skateboard-Bearings-Premium/dp/B08T5ZHQ66)

I'm really digging these Kveni ceramics. Fast and smooth.

Iíve actually been looking at trying a set of those, Iím glad that someone on here approves of them. How long have you had them and what would you compare them to in terms of speed? Any other feedback is appreciated.

I also saw that they have a new version that is $5~ more.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Mbrimson88 on March 23, 2021, 05:23:49 PM
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Does anyone have experience with standard machine bearings? Recently I have bought 56 standard 608 2rs bearings for 30cent per bearing from a bearing shop.
When rolling around in the garage they don't feel that bad. I'm curious how long they will last.
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Seven sets of bearings, at $2.40 a set is a good deal.

608 is the specific bearing size and make that we all use in skateboards.

RS - rubber shields, so 2 rubber shields on each bearing.

Pop the shields and have a look at the insides, could be all metal as per the older style of bearing, or could be nylon ball retainer as per newer style and most skate brand bearings nowdays, eg same as Bones, Modus, etc.

Also give them a bit of a shake / hold the inner ring inbetween two fingers of one hand and move the outer ring side to side with the other to see how much play there is - too much play and they might not last as long, but if they are reasonably tight in there, you might have some decent bearings.

Some generic bearings are so thickly lubed up they might hardly move at first, others almost not lubed at all, both will make some difference to how they skate right away, but should be about normal within a week of decent use.

I am interested to hear more once you have skated them a bit too.
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I've been able to ride these cheap bearings for a couple of times now.
They have a metal cage and are lubed with grease. Smooth and quiet, but need a lot of time to break in. On the first run it feels like they don't want to go faster than 20. It gets better every session but it's still there. It's the same as my other greased bearings which needed around 70km before getting faster. When cruising around I don't feel much difference between these and my reds.

Sounds like a good deal then!  :)
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: boi-cuzudo on April 06, 2021, 08:41:53 AM
I ride whatever comes in the used skatebort I bought from OfferUp. Shields off always.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: ish_wav on April 06, 2021, 08:56:07 AM
I picked up a set of those Quantum Science bearings because I was curious. After two weeks of rocking them, I can genuinely say they hold up very well. I canít tell a difference between my bones Swiss and these.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: jay_nev on April 06, 2021, 09:24:41 AM
I picked up a set of those Quantum Science bearings because I was curious. After two weeks of rocking them, I can genuinely say they hold up very well. I canít tell a difference between my bones Swiss and these.
which model?
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: TwisT on April 06, 2021, 09:53:03 AM
also currently riding quantum atoms. I was on the fence after the first 2 weeks, but now they go pretty good. Would agree that they are at least on par with bones swiss.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: ballintoohard on April 06, 2021, 10:09:02 AM
I bought the Isotopes but wish I got the Atoms. Not as fast as my Swiss 6, but good enough to where I donít care given the price.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Quantum_Bearing_Science on April 06, 2021, 10:12:21 AM
Glad everyone is pleased.  Weíve been getting some really good reviews/feedback.

Weíve also been sending these out to shops.  Tell your shops to hit us up.  Weíve got shop pricing in place for them.

Thanks for all the support!  Keep it coming!
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: fulfillthedream on April 06, 2021, 09:46:09 PM
i always had good luck with bones bearings; swiss og, swiss 6, big balls, reds, super reds - i got some super reds a few months a go and they spun very good, but i cleaned em using the kid with acetone and then relubed em, and they've been sluggish since..

i used some old reds i had lying around and world of a difference on pushing around
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: L33Tg33k on April 06, 2021, 10:36:26 PM
I get Bronsons for free.99, just like everyone else that skates Bronsons. They roll so they're fine.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: moonordie on April 12, 2021, 03:00:41 PM
Long shot but maybe somebody in here remembers.
I'm looking for a bearing co that the packaging was on paper, like suelen clean and nice.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: iw0 on April 12, 2021, 07:26:05 PM
Long shot but maybe somebody in here remembers.
I'm looking for a bearing co that the packaging was on paper, like suelen clean and nice.

you thinking of olympia supply? their bearings come in little cardboard boxes or paper coin sleeve type packaging

(https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/589a7d93b3db2bcc7ad377f3/1486528055634-BAJ5UXY3S0UNH83GDVK8/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kAHWeGNrnTNuaaRsQC5iQLWLPZHY9930KFuik00L7GzBKdq8kyNB6kzmmlKIayPDyP2t63aHWkMIQdtLKKvU3kzXpPDBXeB2C1aoJXa6Jv2bCjLISwBs8eEdxAxTptZAUg/prod2.jpg?format=1000w)
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Post by: moonordie on April 12, 2021, 07:59:08 PM
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Long shot but maybe somebody in here remembers.
I'm looking for a bearing co that the packaging was on paper, like suelen clean and nice.
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you thinking of olympia supply? their bearings come in little cardboard boxes or paper coin sleeve type packaging

(https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/589a7d93b3db2bcc7ad377f3/1486528055634-BAJ5UXY3S0UNH83GDVK8/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kAHWeGNrnTNuaaRsQC5iQLWLPZHY9930KFuik00L7GzBKdq8kyNB6kzmmlKIayPDyP2t63aHWkMIQdtLKKvU3kzXpPDBXeB2C1aoJXa6Jv2bCjLISwBs8eEdxAxTptZAUg/prod2.jpg?format=1000w)
I'm afraid not, they came like a little square (think about cheapshots) in some kind of really nice paper with a easy open thingy that you had to pull to open.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: bigdave on April 12, 2021, 08:03:02 PM
All bronson, all the time. G3s, raws, and I have a set of ceramics Im yet to get going.
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Post by: HumBoogie on April 12, 2021, 08:46:56 PM
All bronson, all the time. G3s, raws, and I have a set of ceramics Im yet to get going.
G3 with the shields popped are fire. I've had the same pair for 2 years and have only cleaned them once and they're faster than ever.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: iw0 on April 12, 2021, 10:00:54 PM
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Long shot but maybe somebody in here remembers.
I'm looking for a bearing co that the packaging was on paper, like suelen clean and nice.
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I'm afraid now, they came like a little square (think about cheapshots) in some kind of really nice paper with a easy open thingy that you had to pull to open.
ah bummer, i know this is an olympia package again, but was it similar to this? i'm curious who else has been putting stuff out like this now & i'm a sadist masochist when it comes to tracking things down online
(https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1411/1124/products/prod_800x.jpg)
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: beandemon on April 13, 2021, 02:23:45 PM
The reds in my daily driver are done. Theyíve been cleaned, lubed and left in the dust by brand new spitfire cheapshots in my nieceís new cruiser. Iíve got some Rocking Ronaldís coming and a couple sets of Zealous waiting in my P.O. Box. Iíve usually had good luck with reds; I think I let these go too long, or the spacers should have been tossed. Zealous have treated me well in the past. Theyíre a ďlongboardĒ bearing with built in spacers. Kook city, but theyíre cheap and hold up well to my fairly low impact needs. Iíve got a couple sets of older Independent ď5sĒ or something that are really good, too.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Olympia on April 13, 2021, 03:22:49 PM
Long shot but maybe somebody in here remembers.
I'm looking for a bearing co that the packaging was on paper, like suelen clean and nice.

We do a ceramic bearing that comes in an embossed navy carstock with wax seal also if that's you're thinking of
And just did a special set for Earth Day that's on a biodegradable seed paper so you can plant the packaging for flowers after you open it up.




Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: moonordie on April 13, 2021, 04:18:13 PM
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Long shot but maybe somebody in here remembers.
I'm looking for a bearing co that the packaging was on paper, like suelen clean and nice.
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I'm afraid now, they came like a little square (think about cheapshots) in some kind of really nice paper with a easy open thingy that you had to pull to open.
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ah bummer, i know this is an olympia package again, but was it similar to this? i'm curious who else has been putting stuff out like this now & i'm a sadist masochist when it comes to tracking things down online
(https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1411/1124/products/prod_800x.jpg)
Is really similar to that but not the ones I'm talking about.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: moonordie on June 27, 2021, 05:56:16 PM
Anybody tried Cortina? Wonder how those "presto" ones are.
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Post by: The real veganshawn on June 27, 2021, 10:24:28 PM
Currently the Leo Baker broson
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Tony on August 14, 2021, 07:39:50 AM
Iíve seen a couple people mention the SKF 608-2Z, was wondering if anyone had any luck with the 608-2RSH, which is basically the same but with a rubber shield, my mother works for a parts company and is sourcing them for me at her buyers price, was curious if anyone else had tried them out?
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: fs1/2cab on August 15, 2021, 09:04:46 AM
Iíve seen a couple people mention the SKF 608-2Z, was wondering if anyone had any luck with the 608-2RSH, which is basically the same but with a rubber shield, my mother works for a parts company and is sourcing them for me at her buyers price, was curious if anyone else had tried them out?

Yeah, I saw these bearings at the car workshop and tried them. They feel a bit better as bones reds to me and it was nice that they are cleanable. If you get them under 20 bucks, go for it. So far, I had the best experiences with indy blacks and modus blues.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: manysnakes on August 15, 2021, 09:07:51 AM
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Think Iíll jump to Swiss come spring. Looking for one consistent set up, probably with 97a. Only been riding with reds and mini logo for the past 2 years
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Current setup has Bones Swiss + some Formula Four 54mm 97a's - love it as my regular setup. Highly recommended.

Same. Been skating this combo for a few months now, and I like it enough that I took apart my other completes and put everything into storage.
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Post by: boi-cuzudo on August 15, 2021, 11:38:43 AM
i'm rocking the Shimano SM-BB52
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Post by: manysnakes on August 15, 2021, 12:16:14 PM
i'm rocking the Shimano SM-BB52

Youíre a fool to not upgrade to XT. $10 more and the seals are vastly better.
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Post by: gsosa on August 15, 2021, 03:35:56 PM
Rocking the Shake Junt Night Trains, they are pretty good. Ive always liked Shake Junts skate rat vibe. Would not rock the grip unless  I got is as a gift but the bearings have always been good to me.
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Post by: boi-cuzudo on August 15, 2021, 04:30:49 PM
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i'm rocking the Shimano SM-BB52
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Youíre a fool to not upgrade to XT. $10 more and the seals are vastly better.

 :'( :'( :'(
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Post by: Xen on August 15, 2021, 08:12:39 PM
Bronson Ceramics, fully broken in, super fast and super smooth, sound great (still have shields on).
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Post by: 90sDamiano on August 17, 2021, 11:47:18 PM
Bronson Raws  ;)
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Post by: MysticalTypeExperience on August 25, 2021, 09:44:32 AM
Has anyone tried Fireball Dragon bearings? Or is that just pure sacrilege because it's "longboard shit"? I like the fact that they give exact specifications for their products and claim they are manufactured within +/-0.02mm tolerances. They also claim to have improved seals and heavier grease on the Endure version for longevity.
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Post by: Srt32srt on August 25, 2021, 10:08:50 AM
Are Swiss really that much better? I'm riding Super Reds right now and they seem pretty great. Every time I happen to need new bearings I'm broke but I'm debating splurging on some.

yes they are better and last longer but if you keep your reds cleaned and lubed at least once a month your reds will last pretty long. the swiss have tighter tolerances and less space for dirt to get between the race and the balls. quantum bearings make a good ceramic bearing for a great price, love how bronsons come with double shields and i just picked up a set of g3s to try. ive had andale swiss which feel like a bones super reds, im really liking the bones super six and the bones big balls. Shake Junt bearings Suck!  keeping your bearings clean and lubed is key to a long lasting bearing. and if you must pop your shields make sure to soak them in acetone before you skate them without sheilds to get the oil out so dirt wont stick to the inside of the bearings. its best to keep the sheilds on and lubed.
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Post by: Vintagebody on August 28, 2021, 10:18:18 AM
Couple of months on Bones Super Reds. Imo, they are shite. They have this lagging sensation. Probably weak tolerances. I used to skate Bones Swiss six balls, and had done so for many many years without this terrible sensation.

Anyone tried SKF or NTN 608-2RS? Proper bearings by big bearing companies who make stuff for aero etc.
They cost about around $70 tho
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Post by: Tony on August 28, 2021, 12:59:01 PM
Couple of months on Bones Super Reds. Imo, they are shite. They have this lagging sensation. Probably weak tolerances. I used to skate Bones Swiss six balls, and had done so for many many years without this terrible sensation.

Anyone tried SKF or NTN 608-2RS? Proper bearings by big bearing companies who make stuff for aero etc.
They cost about around $70 tho


Working on sourcing some, skf makes a skate bearing endorsed by oski find them online
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Post by: Easy Slider on August 28, 2021, 01:44:41 PM
Swiss. I had them for six months now and realised today one wheel was stuck so I took them out and cleaned them in acetone. Four of them run smooth but the other four don't and I can't remove the bearing cage retainers no matter how I try so I put them back on but I have a feeling I will have to replace them eventually unless I can clean them properly.
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Post by: Vintagebody on August 28, 2021, 02:04:04 PM
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Couple of months on Bones Super Reds. Imo, they are shite. They have this lagging sensation. Probably weak tolerances. I used to skate Bones Swiss six balls, and had done so for many many years without this terrible sensation.

Anyone tried SKF or NTN 608-2RS? Proper bearings by big bearing companies who make stuff for aero etc.
They cost about around $70 tho
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Working on sourcing some, skf makes a skate bearing endorsed by oski find them online

Those Oski SKF bearings are so cheap, like $30. I doubt they have the same tolerances.
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Post by: Tony on August 28, 2021, 06:35:43 PM
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Couple of months on Bones Super Reds. Imo, they are shite. They have this lagging sensation. Probably weak tolerances. I used to skate Bones Swiss six balls, and had done so for many many years without this terrible sensation.

Anyone tried SKF or NTN 608-2RS? Proper bearings by big bearing companies who make stuff for aero etc.
They cost about around $70 tho
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Working on sourcing some, skf makes a skate bearing endorsed by oski find them online
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Those Oski SKF bearings are so cheap, like $30. I doubt they have the same tolerances.

Yea most likely not, itís tough to find industrial bearings with nylon cages, most have stainless
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Post by: rocklobster on August 29, 2021, 09:15:13 AM
Has anyone tried Fireball Dragon bearings? Or is that just pure sacrilege because it's "longboard shit"? I like the fact that they give exact specifications for their products and claim they are manufactured within +/-0.02mm tolerances. They also claim to have improved seals and heavier grease on the Endure version for longevity.

Decent for $10 but don't expect much, go Reds or Mini Logo.
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Post by: Loki700 on August 29, 2021, 09:41:26 AM
Has anyone tried Fireball Dragon bearings? Or is that just pure sacrilege because it's "longboard shit"? I like the fact that they give exact specifications for their products and claim they are manufactured within +/-0.02mm tolerances. They also claim to have improved seals and heavier grease on the Endure version for longevity.
@MysticalTypeExperience, for what itís worth, saying that they are manufactured within +/-0.02 mm tolerance is largely meaningless, not just because they do t specify which parts are maintained to that tolerance.  ABEC-1 bearings are +/-0.008 mm for reference, and ABEC rating has nothing to do with surface finish, roundness of the balls, or material selection.  They also have nothing to do with how ďfastĒ the bearing is, just how precise it is, and thus the maximum speed capability.  ABEC-1 bearings more than exceed the speeds that are seen in skateboarding.

Unfortunately what is important to skateboard bearings doesnít actually have any standards, so thereís not really any way to accurately compare bearings.  Essentially more expensive is generally better, but choosing which expensive ones are the best is at most an educated guess.

Grease will make them last longer, but they will be ďslowerĒ due to the higher viscosity compared to oil.
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Post by: Mbrimson88 on August 29, 2021, 08:29:20 PM
Swiss. I had them for six months now and realised today one wheel was stuck so I took them out and cleaned them in acetone. Four of them run smooth but the other four don't and I can't remove the bearing cage retainers no matter how I try so I put them back on but I have a feeling I will have to replace them eventually unless I can clean them properly.

Anything that feels jammed up can usually be spun between your fingers to help get the muck out as well, so give them a bit of a soak, then spin them a bit, give them another shake or two, spin them again, repeat until they spin freely.

This usually works to get almost everything out of them. 

Note:  You don't need to have them zinging, just slowly turn the bearings between your fingers a bit, back and forward and that way you can get even moderately rusted up or totally seized up bearings running fairly freely again.

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Post by: Easy Slider on August 30, 2021, 12:43:45 AM
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Swiss. I had them for six months now and realised today one wheel was stuck so I took them out and cleaned them in acetone. Four of them run smooth but the other four don't and I can't remove the bearing cage retainers no matter how I try so I put them back on but I have a feeling I will have to replace them eventually unless I can clean them properly.
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Anything that feels jammed up can usually be spun between your fingers to help get the muck out as well, so give them a bit of a soak, then spin them a bit, give them another shake or two, spin them again, repeat until they spin freely.

This usually works to get almost everything out of them. 

Note:  You don't need to have them zinging, just slowly turn the bearings between your fingers a bit, back and forward and that way you can get even moderately rusted up or totally seized up bearings running fairly freely again.

Thanks I shall do that the next time they clog up.
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Post by: streetmeat on October 18, 2021, 07:34:54 AM
Reds. Team Shieldless and Dry. Forever.
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Post by: Peepeeboy69 on October 30, 2021, 07:33:46 AM
I have exploded 3 bones swiss bearings in bones stf v3s in the past month. Super bummed, they are only 1yo bearings.

I remember for some reason the 'bearing hole' seemed super tight i couldn't get them to fully seat just pushing onto the truck, I had to use a socket that was the same size as outer ring and a hammer to knock them into place. The f4's i had never needed this much force. Could this have anything to do with all of my bearings just exploding out of the blue?
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Post by: Frank and Fred on October 30, 2021, 06:51:07 PM
From now on I'm on Big Ballz (Chinese  Bones 6 balls) for budget bearings and Quantums for fancy.
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Post by: Xen on October 30, 2021, 07:13:22 PM
From now on I'm on Big Ballz (Chinese  Bones 6 balls) for budget bearings and Quantums for fancy.

I just cleaned my swiss 6 and big balls with 99% iso, both sets are bone dry right now.

Swiss 6: Hissing and smooth like a motherfucker - I've had this set for years, going to run them dry and into the ground

Big Balls: crusty and slow just doing the finger spin (index and thumb), just like they were before cleaning. I re-lubed them and they're still fucked somehow. There is one that is 'ok' but they're toast. Never again.

Sticking with Swiss 6 and Bronson Ceramics (these things are so fast right now, with shields), do want to try Quantum tho, probably my next new set.
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Post by: Frank and Fred on October 30, 2021, 07:17:27 PM
Swiss  6 are the best but so spendy these days. Quantum are a better bang for the buck IMO.

I cleaned my Big Ballz with gasoline (big no no I know) but they have been great since.
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Post by: Xen on October 30, 2021, 07:41:34 PM
Swiss  6 are the best but so spendy these days. Quantum are a better bang for the buck IMO.

I cleaned my Big Ballz with gasoline (big no no I know) but they have been great since.

The first cleaning I used a citrus cleaner (cleaned the same set of Swiss 6 at the same time, too) and they've been fucked ever since (swiss 6 held up fine after the citrus cleaner). It's kind of a good thing tho, as I popped the shields at first cleaning and can't tell them apart from my swiss 6 other than they've been fucked since then (I keep them separated).
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Post by: Mbrimson88 on October 30, 2021, 08:24:36 PM
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Swiss  6 are the best but so spendy these days. Quantum are a better bang for the buck IMO.

I cleaned my Big Ballz with gasoline (big no no I know) but they have been great since.
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The first cleaning I used and citrus cleaner (cleaned the same set of S6 at the same time, too) they've been fucked ever since. It's kind of a good thing tho, I popped the shields at first cleaning and can't tell them apart from my swiss 6 other than they've been fucked since then (I keep them separated).

Did the swiss 6 have black / dark bearing cages but the Reds 6 have clear bearing cages?

That was how I could always tell them apart when fixing them, given they were all Bones bearings.  Modus and some other brands also have the dark bearing cages too, but they have a different shape to them.


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Post by: Mbrimson88 on October 30, 2021, 08:28:47 PM
I have exploded 3 bones swiss bearings in bones stf v3s in the past month. Super bummed, they are only 1yo bearings.

I remember for some reason the 'bearing hole' seemed super tight i couldn't get them to fully seat just pushing onto the truck, I had to use a socket that was the same size as outer ring and a hammer to knock them into place. The f4's i had never needed this much force. Could this have anything to do with all of my bearings just exploding out of the blue?

I couldn't say for sure, but there could be something in it - wheels not holding bearings easily could cause other issues.

Other factors include how lubed or dry they were, what was happening to them (how you were skating) and how old they were.

Given I have seen some swiss last twenty years and others seemingly not last a month, it is a funny situation sometimes.

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Post by: Xen on October 30, 2021, 08:58:24 PM
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Swiss  6 are the best but so spendy these days. Quantum are a better bang for the buck IMO.

I cleaned my Big Ballz with gasoline (big no no I know) but they have been great since.
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The first cleaning I used and citrus cleaner (cleaned the same set of S6 at the same time, too) they've been fucked ever since. It's kind of a good thing tho, I popped the shields at first cleaning and can't tell them apart from my swiss 6 other than they've been fucked since then (I keep them separated).
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Did the swiss 6 have black / dark bearing cages but the Reds 6 have clear bearing cages?

That was how I could always tell them apart when fixing them, given they were all Bones bearings.  Modus and some other brands also have the dark bearing cages too, but they have a different shape to them.




Yessir! The Big Balls were white/clear...but that's when they were new, after getting them filthy, they are just as grey/dark as the swiss six now.

In hindsight I should have marked the races or something to not mix them up with the swiss...but hte isopropyl method clearly defines which is which.
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Post by: Mbrimson88 on October 30, 2021, 09:08:49 PM
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Swiss  6 are the best but so spendy these days. Quantum are a better bang for the buck IMO.

I cleaned my Big Ballz with gasoline (big no no I know) but they have been great since.
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The first cleaning I used and citrus cleaner (cleaned the same set of S6 at the same time, too) they've been fucked ever since. It's kind of a good thing tho, I popped the shields at first cleaning and can't tell them apart from my swiss 6 other than they've been fucked since then (I keep them separated).
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Did the swiss 6 have black / dark bearing cages but the Reds 6 have clear bearing cages?

That was how I could always tell them apart when fixing them, given they were all Bones bearings.  Modus and some other brands also have the dark bearing cages too, but they have a different shape to them.



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Yessir! The Big Balls were white/clear...but that's when they were new, after getting them filthy, they are just as grey/dark as the swiss six now.

In hindsight I should have marked the races or something to not mix them up with the swiss...but hte isopropyl method clearly defines which is which.

Ha yeah when they are dirty they are harder to tell apart, but when I wiped a little off the back, I can usually see they are clear under all the muck, even if it is the tiny smallest bit of clear...

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Post by: Sonny Paluso on November 03, 2021, 04:02:49 PM
Had these Swiss for a good amount of time. Retainer was broken for a while, but finally exploded today. Glad I wasn't going fast.
(https://i.ibb.co/y82wqSv/20211103-142707.jpg) (https://ibb.co/y82wqSv)
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Post by: MysticalTypeExperience on December 14, 2021, 01:43:25 PM
Popped the shields on my Big Balls Reds for the first time to give it a try. Yeah it looks/sounds pretty tight but one of the wheels is already spinning slow as fuck after like three 1 hour sessions. Pretty sure it got a bunch of wax in it.

Edit: looks like the bearings freed up again after just riding some more. Still not sure I'd pop the shields in the future though. The double shielded bearings like Bronson's seem to last the longest for me
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Post by: Mbrimson88 on December 14, 2021, 04:54:40 PM
Had these Swiss for a good amount of time. Retainer was broken for a while, but finally exploded today. Glad I wasn't going fast.
(https://i.ibb.co/y82wqSv/20211103-142707.jpg) (https://ibb.co/y82wqSv)


I recently fixed a couple of old bearings from friends who had them go down like this.

One in particular who had Swiss kept all the balls and I just rebuilt it with an odd ball retainer and they still go like the others.

Probably a bit late now, or often just impossible to get all the balls / bits back in some situations, but it does work and I do like to have full sets of things, even though I know I have spares of everything from Reds, Swiss, Ceramic Swiss and many other miscellaneous brands too.

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Post by: DaveFuck on December 15, 2021, 07:51:10 AM
swiss for a few years now, clean them once a year and they buttahhhhhhhhhhh
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Post by: tzhangdox on December 20, 2021, 04:06:12 PM
Had a set of swiss for a few months, cleaned them one time. Recently a few seemed to seize up or not spin properly so I just cleaned them again pretty thoroughly (standard procedure, 99% isopropyl a few times, let em dry then lube).

But two or three of them are still kinda jammed up and won't spin properly. Probably won't notice if I set them up and ride them but any ideas on how to get stubborn ones to spin freely in hand? Clearly shaking them in isopropyl isn't cutting it. I'd try take the cages n balls out but last time I tried that on some bearings I couldn't put it back together so not tryna go through that again.
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Post by: babywantsbluevelvet on December 20, 2021, 05:01:08 PM
Try letting them sit in the isopropyl alcohol (shields off of course) for a few hours before spinning them out. I did this with a couple stubborn bearings and it eventually worked into the deep set gunk and got them spinning great. Not sure if it damages any of the components in the long term, but Iíd have tossed them anyway. Hope this helps.
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Post by: big_kev_215 on December 20, 2021, 06:37:15 PM
I never bought into the quality bearing hype in all my years of skating but one of my friends whoís a big Swiss advocate finally convinced me to give them a shot over the summer.  Honestly theyíre great.  Been skating them shieldless for like six months without taking care of them and theyíre faster and smoother than ever. 
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Post by: Frank and Fred on December 20, 2021, 07:14:16 PM
Had a set of swiss for a few months, cleaned them one time. Recently a few seemed to seize up or not spin properly so I just cleaned them again pretty thoroughly (standard procedure, 99% isopropyl a few times, let em dry then lube).

But two or three of them are still kinda jammed up and won't spin properly. Probably won't notice if I set them up and ride them but any ideas on how to get stubborn ones to spin freely in hand? Clearly shaking them in isopropyl isn't cutting it. I'd try take the cages n balls out but last time I tried that on some bearings I couldn't put it back together so not tryna go through that again.

Man chasing those precious balls around the kitchen is no fun... been there... but re-assembly is possible. You just have to make sure the balls are evenly spread before trying to click the cage back in... It sometimes takes a few attempts but can be done. Also once a bearing is completely disassembled like this, cleaning seems to work even better.
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Post by: GBLange on December 21, 2021, 03:05:49 AM
got some generic "abec9" bearings that cost RM15 (around USD4) for 10pcs..

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Had a set of swiss for a few months, cleaned them one time. Recently a few seemed to seize up or not spin properly so I just cleaned them again pretty thoroughly (standard procedure, 99% isopropyl a few times, let em dry then lube).

But two or three of them are still kinda jammed up and won't spin properly. Probably won't notice if I set them up and ride them but any ideas on how to get stubborn ones to spin freely in hand? Clearly shaking them in isopropyl isn't cutting it. I'd try take the cages n balls out but last time I tried that on some bearings I couldn't put it back together so not tryna go through that again



Try Skanunu bearing cleaner and lube. I have resurrected seized and rusted bearings on my rain board with it like you wouldnít believe! There are 2 different ones they make  make sure it is the orange formula and not the clear one. They have a website and there are a few online vendors that have it. Itís worked miracles for me
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Post by: astro on December 22, 2021, 11:40:40 AM
i picked up a set of super swiss 6s along with a new set of conical fulls and genuinely don't feel a difference between them and the reds i was running before :/ pretty bummed about it.
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Post by: GliderSkateboards on December 22, 2021, 12:21:32 PM
Got the quantum bearings on my spitfire 52 classics
https://www.quantumbearing.science/shop/p/metallics

So far, i love em! I mainly do flatground + curb type of skating so I keep it mellow, but my favorite bearings ive ridden so far
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Post by: jcsk8 on December 22, 2021, 04:34:46 PM
Bronsons G3. Fast and durable. And cheaper than Bones swiss.
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Post by: IrritableBowel2 on December 22, 2021, 04:39:43 PM
I've been riding the same Bronson Raws for two years with spacers (never used spacers before this set) and I haven't done one thing to them and they're still just as fast. With speedrings and spacers I can crank the wheel nuts down all the way tight and they still free spin, and that's on 2-3 different sets of trucks and at least 3 sets of wheels. I hear a lot of people saying Bronsons suck, but these have been really good with spacers.
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Post by: kenjiro on December 22, 2021, 04:47:18 PM
Quantums. as a transition skater speed is the most important thing. I donít trust any other bearing. These things are so fucking fast.
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Post by: Quantum_Bearing_Science on December 22, 2021, 06:13:11 PM
Quantums. as a transition skater speed is the most important thing. I donít trust any other bearing. These things are so fucking fast.

Got the quantum bearings on my spitfire 52 classics
https://www.quantumbearing.science/shop/p/metallics

So far, i love em! I mainly do flatground + curb type of skating so I keep it mellow, but my favorite bearings ive ridden so far


Thank you both so much! 
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Post by: Mbrimson88 on December 22, 2021, 07:34:46 PM
i picked up a set of super swiss 6s along with a new set of conical fulls and genuinely don't feel a difference between them and the reds i was running before :/ pretty bummed about it.


I want to say, wait and get back to me in a year, or even in a few years, or if you are lucky, even ten years, but that is all down to how you skate, what you do with them and how long they last.

Most people find they outlast other options like Reds many times over, but then again, I do know some people who are more keen to just get as many sets of cheaper bearings, not look after them at all and swap in a fresh set whenever they need them or get new wheels.

The choice is yours, but I get what you are saying right now about those bearings.  I think even just wearing them in nicely after a few sessions or so should help them feel good, but a lot of people are put off by the silent newness of them as well.

One set I have on a board could be older than some of the kids I help and skate with for their school sport and when they all jump on that board, they can't believe how fast it is, but that is just one case and these bearings haven't been through half the ins and outs of use that others would put them through.

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Post by: backinaction on December 22, 2021, 08:51:13 PM
i picked up a set of super swiss 6s along with a new set of conical fulls and genuinely don't feel a difference between them and the reds i was running before :/ pretty bummed about it.

How long have you been riding them?  My Swiss 6 needed a couple weeks to break in and have been stellar since.
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Post by: Vintagebody on December 23, 2021, 11:51:27 AM
I've been riding swiss 6's for 8 years. I dont skate big stuff, mostly park.
They are still solid and super smooth. For fun I bought some reds, and after 1 season they are shit. They roll super uneven (when u roll with your fingers). Either mine are fake, or they have terrible tolerance.

And yes, I clean my bearings 2 times per year. Aceton bath, with cage out etc.
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Post by: peterpenis on December 29, 2021, 08:38:24 AM
Looking for new bearings. Reading through this thread the answer should be easy, just get bones swiss.
But of course I am willing to completely overthink this.
I live in a coastal city in northern europe. I guess the weather is similar to Seattle. So for 6 months per year my set up is either getting wet or I am not skating. With bones swiss can I clean them after they start locking up or are they ruined at that point? I dont want to spend 100 euro (wtf???) on bearings and then be paranoid after every second session in winter.

And of course I'm curios about quantum bearings, but my skateshop does not carry them, any other way to get them in europe?
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Post by: Richard Skidder on December 29, 2021, 12:56:46 PM
Looking for new bearings. Reading through this thread the answer should be easy, just get bones swiss.
But of course I am willing to completely overthink this.
I live in a coastal city in northern europe. I guess the weather is similar to Seattle. So for 6 months per year my set up is either getting wet or I am not skating. With bones swiss can I clean them after they start locking up or are they ruined at that point? I dont want to spend 100 euro (wtf???) on bearings and then be paranoid after every second session in winter.

And of course I'm curios about quantum bearings, but my skateshop does not carry them, any other way to get them in europe?

DM Quantum on Instagram. They should be able to get you sorted out.
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Post by: manysnakes on December 29, 2021, 07:23:18 PM
Quantums. as a transition skater speed is the most important thing. I donít trust any other bearing. These things are so fucking fast.

Honestly my Quantums Ceramics really shine the best in the bowl and pool
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Post by: nekro on February 20, 2022, 03:59:51 PM
Does anyone notice the difference between quantum atoms/isotopes and bones swiss?
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Post by: LebowskisRug on March 15, 2022, 07:47:18 AM
Does anyone notice the difference between quantum atoms/isotopes and bones swiss?

I have both and itís mostly the sound. Quantum are quieter. The Quantumís are faster if I spin the wheels by hand, but I donít skate parks or anything so Iím not sure I notice much otherwise. I have noticed that the Quantum bearings never jam up if I land super fucked and primo.
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Post by: IpathCats on March 15, 2022, 09:37:20 AM
Have been on the quantum isotopes for a while now. And I can say for sure that if you're in the market for anything other than cheap bargain bearings, you're absolutely fucking up if you dont get these. Best price to performance, hands down. And I get to support an east coast skater owned business? No brainer.
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Post by: IusedToSkateMore on March 15, 2022, 10:21:39 AM
well, homeboy from quantum sent me a set of complimentary/replacement isotope bearings with the new retainers. I've got a new set of trucks on the way and will set these up at that point. Will report back after skating them for a month. I hope they're as bitchin as I'd hoped they would be the first go round ;)
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Post by: Ziaon on March 15, 2022, 10:28:29 AM
Usually bulk Indy's or Cheapshots.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Quantum_Bearing_Science on March 15, 2022, 05:49:17 PM
Have been on the quantum isotopes for a while now. And I can say for sure that if you're in the market for anything other than cheap bargain bearings, you're absolutely fucking up if you dont get these. Best price to performance, hands down. And I get to support an east coast skater owned business? No brainer.

Wow!  This is the type of review that keeps us pushing on.

Appreciate all the love from the Slap board. 

Today marks one year that our brandís been live.  And you guys have been huge.

Thanks so much! &#128591;⚛️
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Vintagebody on March 16, 2022, 12:45:54 AM
What are the tolerances on Quantum bearings, and why is there no bearing spacers included?
Are they not designed to rotate around the inner race?
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: fs1/2cab on March 16, 2022, 05:19:11 AM
I like to assemble and reassemble bearings. It's kinda relaxing for me.

I usually just put the metal parts of bearings (balls, spacer, ring) in a jar filled with a gasoline and let them dry afterwards. Cleaned the retainer cages with water.

Gasoline is always around but now I want to try something else. Been thinking about soap dish, what's ya opinion of that?
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Frank on March 16, 2022, 06:07:37 AM
I like to assemble and reassemble bearings. It's kinda relaxing for me.

I usually just put the metal parts of bearings (balls, spacer, ring) in a jar filled with a gasoline and let them dry afterwards. Cleaned the retainer cages with water.

Gasoline is always around but now I want to try something else. Been thinking about soap dish, what's ya opinion of that?

i'd get degreaser for bike parts, like chain degreaser. dish soap is just amped up regular soap that's able to dissolve more oil into it, but with very dirty bearings, that mix of dirt and industrial grease can still be hard or impossible to dissolve.

that is if you want to try something besides alcohol/gasoline/terpentine.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: manysnakes on March 16, 2022, 07:40:17 AM
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I like to assemble and reassemble bearings. It's kinda relaxing for me.

I usually just put the metal parts of bearings (balls, spacer, ring) in a jar filled with a gasoline and let them dry afterwards. Cleaned the retainer cages with water.

Gasoline is always around but now I want to try something else. Been thinking about soap dish, what's ya opinion of that?
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i'd get degreaser for bike parts, like chain degreaser. dish soap is just amped up regular soap that's able to dissolve more oil into it, but with very dirty bearings, that mix of dirt and industrial grease can still be hard or impossible to dissolve.

that is if you want to try something besides alcohol/gasoline/terpentine.

Here's a bicycle industry semi-secret - "chain degreaser" is usually just automotive brake part cleaner in a different can. In fact, almost all solvents and lubricants marketed towards bikes can be purchased for a fraction of the price at the auto parts store.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: fs1/2cab on March 16, 2022, 10:38:46 AM
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I like to assemble and reassemble bearings. It's kinda relaxing for me.

I usually just put the metal parts of bearings (balls, spacer, ring) in a jar filled with a gasoline and let them dry afterwards. Cleaned the retainer cages with water.

Gasoline is always around but now I want to try something else. Been thinking about soap dish, what's ya opinion of that?
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i'd get degreaser for bike parts, like chain degreaser. dish soap is just amped up regular soap that's able to dissolve more oil into it, but with very dirty bearings, that mix of dirt and industrial grease can still be hard or impossible to dissolve.

that is if you want to try something besides alcohol/gasoline/terpentine.
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Here's a bicycle industry semi-secret - "chain degreaser" is usually just automotive brake part cleaner in a different can. In fact, almost all solvents and lubricants marketed towards bikes can be purchased for a fraction of the price at the auto parts store.

Wait, what. Really? Alright, then I can use brake cleaner from my car instead. ^^
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Frank on March 16, 2022, 11:03:54 AM
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I like to assemble and reassemble bearings. It's kinda relaxing for me.

I usually just put the metal parts of bearings (balls, spacer, ring) in a jar filled with a gasoline and let them dry afterwards. Cleaned the retainer cages with water.

Gasoline is always around but now I want to try something else. Been thinking about soap dish, what's ya opinion of that?
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i'd get degreaser for bike parts, like chain degreaser. dish soap is just amped up regular soap that's able to dissolve more oil into it, but with very dirty bearings, that mix of dirt and industrial grease can still be hard or impossible to dissolve.

that is if you want to try something besides alcohol/gasoline/terpentine.
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Here's a bicycle industry semi-secret - "chain degreaser" is usually just automotive brake part cleaner in a different can. In fact, almost all solvents and lubricants marketed towards bikes can be purchased for a fraction of the price at the auto parts store.

manysnakes coming through with the pro tips :D thanks yo. i usually buy whatever i can from the hardware or auto parts store anyway, haha.

but! does the car stuff also smell as good as the bike stuff? it's not important maybe, but for me it is.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: PuffinMuffin on March 16, 2022, 12:18:48 PM
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I like to assemble and reassemble bearings. It's kinda relaxing for me.

I usually just put the metal parts of bearings (balls, spacer, ring) in a jar filled with a gasoline and let them dry afterwards. Cleaned the retainer cages with water.

Gasoline is always around but now I want to try something else. Been thinking about soap dish, what's ya opinion of that?
[close]

i'd get degreaser for bike parts, like chain degreaser. dish soap is just amped up regular soap that's able to dissolve more oil into it, but with very dirty bearings, that mix of dirt and industrial grease can still be hard or impossible to dissolve.

that is if you want to try something besides alcohol/gasoline/terpentine.
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Here's a bicycle industry semi-secret - "chain degreaser" is usually just automotive brake part cleaner in a different can. In fact, almost all solvents and lubricants marketed towards bikes can be purchased for a fraction of the price at the auto parts store.
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manysnakes coming through with the pro tips :D thanks yo. i usually buy whatever i can from the hardware or auto parts store anyway, haha.

but! does the car stuff also smell as good as the bike stuff? it's not important maybe, but for me it is.

Yeah, it still hits like the more expensive solvents when you inhalant it. Like wine, you're mostly paying for the label.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Solex on March 16, 2022, 12:39:49 PM
Like wine, you're mostly paying for the label.
It's often true.

And, I'm French...

@manysnakes thanks for the tips!
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Paul_Glider Skateboards on March 16, 2022, 01:36:01 PM
Just ordered a pair of these:

https://www.quantumbearing.science/shop/p/isotopes?utm_medium=email&utm_source=customer_notification

Excited to try on my F4 52mms
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: BartHarleyJarvis on March 16, 2022, 06:54:35 PM
Just ordered a pair of these:

https://www.quantumbearing.science/shop/p/isotopes?utm_medium=email&utm_source=customer_notification

Excited to try on my F4 52mms

My exact setup with some conicals. Donít think Iíll go back to any other bearings, Iíll run quantumís as long as they make Ďem.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: rocklobster on March 16, 2022, 07:12:28 PM
Same with Speed Cream, sewing machine oil does the same job for way less. I'll use cheap ass lube for my cheap ass bearings, no need to caviar up my Big Mac.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Rattus Localis on March 16, 2022, 07:17:21 PM
Lately I've just been running Mini Logos. As well as being cheaper, I've found they last longer than Reds, which I'm convinced are the most overrated bearings ever.

Had so many sets of Reds over the years and they always seize up on me really quick. This is from someone who never skates through puddles or sand, doesn't do "high impact" tricks, and rarely hits super grimey spots.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: manysnakes on March 16, 2022, 07:33:07 PM
Same with Speed Cream, sewing machine oil does the same job for way less. I'll use cheap ass lube for my cheap ass bearings, no need to caviar up my Big Mac.

Oh yeah, sewing machine oil for bearings is all you need. Although I did use my included Quantum lube when I cleaned those guys up.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Frank and Fred on March 16, 2022, 07:46:32 PM
Using up my last set of Rockin Rons and then its strictly Quantums and Bones Swiss 6. Quantum are seriously they best bang for your buck.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: CullTheKarens on March 17, 2022, 05:18:14 AM
Just stuffed a set of bones swiss into some slimeballs last night. First set of bearings that aren't reds. I'm done buying communist made shit whenever possible.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: manysnakes on March 17, 2022, 05:19:52 AM
Just stuffed a set of bones swiss into some slimeballs last night. First set of bearings that aren't reds. I'm done buying communist made shit whenever possible.

Lol
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Solex on March 17, 2022, 05:56:44 AM
Break cleaner
Sewing machine oil

Noted.

On a side note, this remind me one day my  brother told me that shoe goo looked like windshield glue...
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: manysnakes on March 17, 2022, 06:39:19 AM
Break cleaner
Sewing machine oil

Noted.

On a side note, this reminded me one day my  brother told me that shoe goo looked like windshield glue...

Shoe Goo is the same shit as E6000 automotive and industrial adhesive. It was suggested to me at an auto part store to adhere some loose trim in my car, and when I got it home I realized that theyíre made by the same company, come in the same tube with the same warning labels and specifications. Same shit, just marketed to different customers.

They also cost basically the same amount so thereís no advantage buying E6000, unless youíre already at the auto store.

(https://frinkiac.com/img/S04E16/353702.jpg)
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: rocklobster on March 17, 2022, 09:10:28 AM
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Break cleaner
Sewing machine oil

Noted.

On a side note, this reminded me one day my  brother told me that shoe goo looked like windshield glue...
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Shoe Goo is the same shit as E6000 automotive and industrial adhesive. It was suggested to me at an auto part store to adhere some loose trim in my car, and when I got it home I realized that theyíre made by the same company, come in the same tube with the same warning labels and specifications. Same shit, just marketed to different customers.

They also cost basically the same amount so thereís no advantage buying E6000, unless youíre already at the auto store.

(https://frinkiac.com/img/S04E16/353702.jpg)

Big if true, E6000 is 1/2 the price of Shoe Goo in my country, definitely testing this out over the weekend.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Solex on March 17, 2022, 10:20:50 AM
Big if true, E6000 is 1/2 the price of Shoe Goo in my country, definitely testing this out over the weekend.
E6000 and shoe goo are the same price in France...never mind.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Quantum_Bearing_Science on March 17, 2022, 10:47:21 AM
Again, appreciate all the love on this thread!

Tell your local shops!  Thatís whatís going to keep the lights on in the lab.

Thereíre still some shops sleeping.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Solex on March 17, 2022, 12:27:39 PM
Again, appreciate all the love on this thread!

Tell your local shops!  Thatís whatís going to keep the lights on in the lab.

Thereíre still some shops sleeping.
Hi!

Do you have any plan for a european distribution?
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Quantum_Bearing_Science on March 17, 2022, 03:58:40 PM
DMíd you
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Kneesles on March 17, 2022, 05:06:44 PM
E6k and shoe goo are not the same. Shoe goo is thicker and is harder once it cures while E6k is thinner and flexible once its cured, even in cold weather.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: manysnakes on March 17, 2022, 05:25:40 PM
E6k and shoe goo are not the same. Shoe goo is thicker and is harder once it cures while E6k is thinner and flexible once its cured, even in cold weather.

Interesting. After I noticed the similarities, I used E6000 as Shoe Goo and it worked just as well.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: rocklobster on March 17, 2022, 06:14:24 PM
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E6k and shoe goo are not the same. Shoe goo is thicker and is harder once it cures while E6k is thinner and flexible once its cured, even in cold weather.
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Interesting. After I noticed the similarities, I used E6000 as Shoe Goo and it worked just as well.

Ordered a small tube to test it out. If it does 80% of the job for 1/2 the price I'm sticking to it.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: maggot cunt on April 26, 2022, 12:08:38 PM
the Ďnewí skf bearings are hitting uk shops now, anyone happen to have tried em yet? fairly decent price point (£30, same as super reds here), made in italy and apparently same Ďspecificationí as swiss. tempting as i could do with fresh bearings
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: TurdyBird on April 29, 2022, 03:41:18 PM
I spread the Quantum gospel to my homie who recently ordered some. He got em today and was tripping how fast they are. He loves em. Gonna pick up some soon, all my bearings are turning into trash.

From certain things I noticed watching my homie skate today, they seem to definitely be just as good or better than swiss. Especially at the price.

Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: LebowskisRug on April 30, 2022, 06:59:10 AM
My most recent Quantum Atoms are still going strong. Then slowed down for a bit but a quick clean and theyíre good to go. A few of the shields wonít stay on but they sent new ones so weíre all good! Theyíre quieter than my Swiss but I guess I donít care since they donít make the board sound weird like an over lubed bearing.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: SaySo on April 30, 2022, 07:03:46 AM
Again, appreciate all the love on this thread!

Tell your local shops!  Thatís whatís going to keep the lights on in the lab.

Thereíre still some shops sleeping.

Not sure if you've already answered this question, but are y'all planning on shipping to Japan or getting distributed out here?
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: FrankRizzo on May 01, 2022, 03:26:58 AM
I prefer bearings with spacer and washers milled in like Race Reds.

I use Bear Space Balls.

I lube with a small amount of moly grease which creates some grease drag (wheels only free spin for about four seconds max). Bearings stay the same no matter how much dirt/sand they are exposed to. Everyone who has ridden my setup never complains about speed.

I dislike loosing speed due to dirty bearings and find cleaning a pain in the ass so i went searching for a solution.

I use a baby oral syringe to apply. No need to thin grease as done in the video below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsXhSao7EEw
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Carter on May 01, 2022, 06:21:42 AM
I skate bones Swiss ceramics. (they were gifted to me I didn't spend the 140-160)

ive had the same bearings for about 13 years now. I regularly clean them usually when I get new wheels or its a boring rainy day. I've only had to buy bearing shields from bones twice because the sheilds would get bent or seat to peel from removing them so much and I rebuilt 2 of them because the retainer plastic started to fall apart probably due to cleaning. so I think I've spent 15 bucks in 13 years on these bearings.

been cleaning with acetone with the bones bearing cleaning kit and now the quantum ceramic lube
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Snappyfingers on May 11, 2022, 01:56:22 PM
I just picked up some Quantum Isotopes and will be trying them out at the local DIY this afternoon. Stoked because Iíve heard so many good things and also because itís a company kinda in my local area (made in Charlotte and Iím in Columbia).
Shout out Bluetile for hooking it up!
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: wrinkletusk on May 12, 2022, 09:54:26 AM
the Ďnewí skf bearings are hitting uk shops now, anyone happen to have tried em yet? fairly decent price point (£30, same as super reds here), made in italy and apparently same Ďspecificationí as swiss. tempting as i could do with fresh bearings

Got a set through the door this week.  Haven't skated them yet (it's wet and windy up here just now) but I'm stoked on 'em.  Slow spin on them out of the box but I hope they'll break in quickly.  All 8 were silky smooth btw.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Tony on May 14, 2022, 09:18:27 AM
the Ďnewí skf bearings are hitting uk shops now, anyone happen to have tried em yet? fairly decent price point (£30, same as super reds here), made in italy and apparently same Ďspecificationí as swiss. tempting as i could do with fresh bearings

I got a set, been using them for the past couple weeks, they are packed with grease and have metal shields on the backside. They seem to be per god so far, pretty smooth. I kept the shield on them, they seem to have a longer break in period than most bearings. No spacers, or washers so that sucks but yea they alright
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: MysticalTypeExperience on May 15, 2022, 08:29:47 AM
I just picked up some Quantum Isotopes and will be trying them out at the local DIY this afternoon. Stoked because Iíve heard so many good things and also because itís a company kinda in my local area (made in Charlotte and Iím in Columbia).
Shout out Bluetile for hooking it up!

Aren't they based in USA but made in China
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: white guy in a durag on May 15, 2022, 10:20:42 AM
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I just picked up some Quantum Isotopes and will be trying them out at the local DIY this afternoon. Stoked because Iíve heard so many good things and also because itís a company kinda in my local area (made in Charlotte and Iím in Columbia).
Shout out Bluetile for hooking it up!
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Aren't they based in USA but made in China
I think they get raw bearings form china, but the magic sauce is done in house.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: palach303 on May 21, 2022, 07:50:57 AM
Im using Swiss 6 balls, but one of my wheels is a little too wobbly and it sounded kinda dead and didnt spin as well as the others. Tried putting in spacers and that was even worse so I put some spare mini logo bearings in the one problematic wheel and it still wobbles but spins and sounds perfect. I dont know whats going on but whatever, maybe I'll make it my superstitious madness shtick, different bearings in one wheel, kinda like the 3 graphics in 1 graphic out lol
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: fs1/2cab on May 22, 2022, 01:14:59 PM
Im using Swiss 6 balls, but one of my wheels is a little too wobbly and it sounded kinda dead and didnt spin as well as the others. Tried putting in spacers and that was even worse so I put some spare mini logo bearings in the one problematic wheel and it still wobbles but spins and sounds perfect. I dont know whats going on but whatever, maybe I'll make it my superstitious madness shtick, different bearings in one wheel, kinda like the 3 graphics in 1 graphic out lol

I had that same problem a few years ago and since them I don't use spacers anymore. But I use the inside ring of old disassembled bearings as a mini spacer. A bit more stability as without spacers ya know.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Carter on May 22, 2022, 04:40:09 PM
DMíd you

saw your nj colab with the rainbow shields ! may buy a whole new complete a size up and rock those. my best friend is scooping a set cause I told him about your story and slap. cheers! nj a superior place !
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: beandemon on May 22, 2022, 04:52:13 PM
Popped some lightly used Zealous in some highly worn spitfires. Was super surprised how much better they skated, especially considering theyíre 6mm or so smaller than what Iíve been riding. Feel pretty stupid considering Iíve got three unused sets of bearings but Iím putting along on a few clapped out mismatched sets.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: fulfillthedream on May 23, 2022, 06:32:08 AM
im running some used bronson G2 on my set up but im not feelin em.. just ordered  bones big balls. bones bearings are the best and have so many options price and quality wise ive had the bones swiss, super swiss 6. super reds. og reds and the big ball red 6. all good quality
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Quantum_Bearing_Science on May 23, 2022, 03:23:37 PM

saw your nj colab with the rainbow shields ! may buy a whole new complete a size up and rock those. my best friend is scooping a set cause I told him about your story and slap. cheers! nj a superior place !

Appreciate it!  That was a fun one.  We love the NJ crew.  Hopefully get to do a bunch more collabs with shops.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: DISTANT RUMOURS on May 24, 2022, 12:57:06 AM
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the Ďnewí skf bearings are hitting uk shops now, anyone happen to have tried em yet? fairly decent price point (£30, same as super reds here), made in italy and apparently same Ďspecificationí as swiss. tempting as i could do with fresh bearings
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Got a set through the door this week.  Haven't skated them yet (it's wet and windy up here just now) but I'm stoked on 'em.  Slow spin on them out of the box but I hope they'll break in quickly.  All 8 were silky smooth btw.

Running them now and I'm very impressed to be honest.

slow spin out of the box, but that doesn't say anything about quality. They don't spin fast when you just spin your wheel either. But they run reeeeaaaaaaaaaally smooth when you apply "pressure" on the deck and just ride it.

I can't explain it, but it's almost like you can tell they're very durable, they feel "tight".
No surprise they are used in heavy machinery.

PS: they're very quiet, so if you want noise you're going to have to pop the shields
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: SaySo on June 08, 2022, 12:42:12 AM
A heads up, according to my shop owning friend, the wholesale prices of all Bones bearings are going up.

Caveat: This may only affect prices in Japan or in Asia.

Thought y'all might want to know.

It is possible that the ripple effect will hit more than just the Asia/Pacific region, but maybe not.

As an example, Bones Swiss, from what he said once current stocks are gone, the prices are going up to roughly 10,500 yen retail from a current retail of about 8,000. A lot of local shops have already raised prices.

Is it time to stockpile/put on ice? That's up for debate.

But just food for thought.

To paraphrase Ralph Waldo Emerson, prices once raised by new variables, never return to their original levels.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: cucktard on June 08, 2022, 04:42:07 AM
A heads up, according to my shop owning friend, the wholesale prices of all Bones bearings are going up.

Caveat: This may only affect prices in Japan or in Asia.

Thought y'all might want to know.

It is possible that the ripple effect will hit more than just the Asia/Pacific region, but maybe not.

As an example, Bones Swiss, from what he said once current stocks are gone, the prices are going up to roughly 10,500 yen retail from a current retail of about 8,000. A lot of local shops have already raised prices.

Is it time to stockpile/put on ice? That's up for debate.

But just food for thought.

To paraphrase Ralph Waldo Emerson, prices once raised by new variables, never return to their original levels.

I just checked, and some shops (here in Japan) are already jacking prices, so o grabbed a couple sets for posterity at the current price.

Thanks for the heads up!
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: SaySo on June 08, 2022, 05:22:48 AM
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A heads up, according to my shop owning friend, the wholesale prices of all Bones bearings are going up.

Caveat: This may only affect prices in Japan or in Asia.

Thought y'all might want to know.

It is possible that the ripple effect will hit more than just the Asia/Pacific region, but maybe not.

As an example, Bones Swiss, from what he said once current stocks are gone, the prices are going up to roughly 10,500 yen retail from a current retail of about 8,000. A lot of local shops have already raised prices.

Is it time to stockpile/put on ice? That's up for debate.

But just food for thought.

To paraphrase Ralph Waldo Emerson, prices once raised by new variables, never return to their original levels.
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I just checked, and some shops (here in Japan) are already jacking prices, so o grabbed a couple sets for posterity at the current price.

Thanks for the heads up!

Fosho! If you are in the Kanto area, my homie's shop still has sets for around 8,000.

https://riverbirchskateshop.com/collections/bearing/products/bones-bearings-swiss/

EDIT: That's sans shipping.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: cucktard on June 08, 2022, 06:09:27 AM
Found a pair online of Swiss 6 for about the same price. Iíll grab another set if one of my locals is in the ballpark. Iím in Nagano.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: SaySo on June 08, 2022, 06:44:39 AM
Found a pair online of Swiss 6 for about the same price. Iíll grab another set if one of my locals is in the ballpark. Iím in Nagano.

Good stuff. Glad you were able to cop a set or two.

I haven't been to Nagano in a hot minute. My friend used to live near the "highest train station in Japan." Forget the name of it at the moment though. Visited some insect museum near there when I went to visit.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: bombsaway86 on June 08, 2022, 03:25:46 PM
Wondering if anybody has found a bearing as fast as Swiss 6. Iíve been riding them for nearly 20 years, but each new set that I get seems to be less durable than the last. My first set lasted for over 10 year, next set lasted 2 years, now Iím lucky if I get a year out of each set.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: palach303 on June 09, 2022, 02:45:52 PM
Wondering if anybody has found a bearing as fast as Swiss 6. Iíve been riding them for nearly 20 years, but each new set that I get seems to be less durable than the last. My first set lasted for over 10 year, next set lasted 2 years, now Iím lucky if I get a year out of each set.
I cant really comment on how they were 20 years ago or their longevity nowadays, but Ive been riding Swiss 6 balls for like 2 months and all wheels have that nice crunchy broken in sound except one, which sounds kinda dead quiet and has a weird vibrating hum to it and doesnt spin nearly as long as the others. I thought it was because they werent seated properly or because the wheel is wobbly but no, its the bearings for sure. Its probably not a big deal but its pissing me off...
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Mbrimson88 on June 09, 2022, 04:35:03 PM
Wondering if anybody has found a bearing as fast as Swiss 6. Iíve been riding them for nearly 20 years, but each new set that I get seems to be less durable than the last. My first set lasted for over 10 year, next set lasted 2 years, now Iím lucky if I get a year out of each set.


Other people have wondered the same thing, more so with regular Bones Swiss, but as they didn't get them from me, I don't know if they got genuine product or counterfeit bearings.  Never seen any counterfeit Swiss six, but the other thing I am wondering is if the gnar factor of your skating has increased, causing more wearing on your setup, bearings included.

I know I have gone way down in 20 years, but I am closer to 50 so more so just enjoying still rolling some days, but I know others I skate with tend to blow out any and all bearings a lot faster with the higher impact stuff they are doing.

Just a thought anyway.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Frank and Fred on June 09, 2022, 05:27:53 PM
Wondering if anybody has found a bearing as fast as Swiss 6. Iíve been riding them for nearly 20 years, but each new set that I get seems to be less durable than the last. My first set lasted for over 10 year, next set lasted 2 years, now Iím lucky if I get a year out of each set.

Funny you mention that. 6Ball used to last me a good few years. And then I had a set or two that were noticeably less durable. Happy to report that my current set are going on over a  year with zero maintenance and doing great. But I will most being purchasing @Quantum Bearing Science from now on. Hard to beat the value with the those. Isotopes seem to be the most durable for me.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Ok on June 09, 2022, 05:58:53 PM
Well shit. Swiss 6 had been my best bearing experience. Havenít had any for a long time, because the shop I most often go to doesnít carry the 6, just regular Swiss. My last set of regular SwissÖmeh. Several sets of reds, not rad. Several sets of the cheapest option in the shop, not good, but cheap so not mad. Just got quantumís that I havenít set up because I wanted to put them in new wheels, and I donít get new wheels very often, so the new wheels means new trucks, and Ö
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: tzhangdox on June 21, 2022, 12:21:58 PM
Torn between swiss 6 and quantums (probably isotopes) for the same price.

Bearings don't last me super long, even with regular maintenance I'll often have one or two just seize up and go to shit. Don't skate anything super gnarly but somehow am still pretty harsh on my gear so durability is as important as speed
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Gnarfunkell on June 21, 2022, 12:30:56 PM
Bones reds and I never do anything to maintain them except maybe a drop of lube every year or two. I ride through a lot of dirt and grass too bc it's fun. A set usually lasts me at least a few years while spinning plenty smooth and fast.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: LebowskisRug on June 21, 2022, 12:35:19 PM
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Wondering if anybody has found a bearing as fast as Swiss 6. Iíve been riding them for nearly 20 years, but each new set that I get seems to be less durable than the last. My first set lasted for over 10 year, next set lasted 2 years, now Iím lucky if I get a year out of each set.
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Funny you mention that. 6Ball used to last me a good few years. And then I had a set or two that were noticeably less durable. Happy to report that my current set are going on over a  year with zero maintenance and doing great. But I will most being purchasing @Quantum Bearing Science from now on. Hard to beat the value with the those. Isotopes seem to be the most durable for me.

I wasn't blown away by Swiss 6. They lasted a while bjt 2 of them often felt slow and they required more can than I enjoyed. By hand tests my Quantum Atoms spin twice as long and I skate them through dirt constantly and have put 1 drop of lube in 2 of them in 6 months. For me it's no contest considering the cost and my experience, but they're both really good and you can't lose.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: BartHarleyJarvis on June 21, 2022, 12:54:00 PM
Torn between swiss 6 and quantums (probably isotopes) for the same price.

Bearings don't last me super long, even with regular maintenance I'll often have one or two just seize up and go to shit. Don't skate anything super gnarly but somehow am still pretty harsh on my gear so durability is as important as speed

I just don't think you can beat quantums for the price. Literally my only complaint is that I wish the isotopes came with black/dark shields instead of the off white ones (which is the smallest possible nit to pick). I've got sets of metallics, atoms, and isotopes all running right now and they're great. Plus the @Quantum_Bearing_Science guys are really friendly and cool.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: one80 on June 21, 2022, 12:57:41 PM
2 years deep on bronson RAWS w/ spacers, never had any issues. seem to go faster more broken in they get
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: tzhangdox on June 21, 2022, 01:02:25 PM
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Torn between swiss 6 and quantums (probably isotopes) for the same price.

Bearings don't last me super long, even with regular maintenance I'll often have one or two just seize up and go to shit. Don't skate anything super gnarly but somehow am still pretty harsh on my gear so durability is as important as speed
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I just don't think you can beat quantums for the price. Literally my only complaint is that I wish the isotopes came with black/dark shields instead of the off white ones (which is the smallest possible nit to pick). I've got sets of metallics, atoms, and isotopes all running right now and they're great. Plus the @Quantum_Bearing_Science guys are really friendly and cool.

But if they were the same price?

Also small nit but I do slightly prefer the metal cage blue shield combo of the swiss
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: BartHarleyJarvis on June 21, 2022, 01:28:30 PM
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Torn between swiss 6 and quantums (probably isotopes) for the same price.

Bearings don't last me super long, even with regular maintenance I'll often have one or two just seize up and go to shit. Don't skate anything super gnarly but somehow am still pretty harsh on my gear so durability is as important as speed
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I just don't think you can beat quantums for the price. Literally my only complaint is that I wish the isotopes came with black/dark shields instead of the off white ones (which is the smallest possible nit to pick). I've got sets of metallics, atoms, and isotopes all running right now and they're great. Plus the @Quantum_Bearing_Science guys are really friendly and cool.
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But if they were the same price?

Also small nit but I do slightly prefer the metal cage blue shield combo of the swiss

I've never bought swiss BECAUSE of the price (plus never had the money to do so until the past couple of years). I've primarily ridden reds and most recently a set of Bones Big Balls.

That being said, Swiss is the standard for a reason, I'm sure I'd be more than happy with the performance. I'm definitely not anti-swiss. If the prices were the same, I think I'd still lean towards quantum because it's cool to support a small company.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: newspaperparty on June 21, 2022, 01:45:08 PM
cheapshots riders quarterly check-in
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: manysnakes on June 22, 2022, 05:33:42 AM
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Torn between swiss 6 and quantums (probably isotopes) for the same price.

Bearings don't last me super long, even with regular maintenance I'll often have one or two just seize up and go to shit. Don't skate anything super gnarly but somehow am still pretty harsh on my gear so durability is as important as speed
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I just don't think you can beat quantums for the price. Literally my only complaint is that I wish the isotopes came with black/dark shields instead of the off white ones (which is the smallest possible nit to pick). I've got sets of metallics, atoms, and isotopes all running right now and they're great. Plus the @Quantum_Bearing_Science guys are really friendly and cool.
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But if they were the same price?

Also small nit but I do slightly prefer the metal cage blue shield combo of the swiss

I have the Quantum bearings and the Swiss 6, and the Swiss have proven more durable and need less maintenance than the Quantum have. The Quantum are good bearings for sure, they probably spin faster, but I donít really care about that - I want them to last a long time with little maintenance, and they seemed to get jacked up in particular with the act of bashing them into a curb at a right angle (slappys).

My Quantum bearings are still good but when I was stocking up on some parts earlier this year I bought another set of Swiss 6 for future use.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: BartHarleyJarvis on June 22, 2022, 07:09:49 AM
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Torn between swiss 6 and quantums (probably isotopes) for the same price.

Bearings don't last me super long, even with regular maintenance I'll often have one or two just seize up and go to shit. Don't skate anything super gnarly but somehow am still pretty harsh on my gear so durability is as important as speed
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I just don't think you can beat quantums for the price. Literally my only complaint is that I wish the isotopes came with black/dark shields instead of the off white ones (which is the smallest possible nit to pick). I've got sets of metallics, atoms, and isotopes all running right now and they're great. Plus the @Quantum_Bearing_Science guys are really friendly and cool.
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But if they were the same price?

Also small nit but I do slightly prefer the metal cage blue shield combo of the swiss
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I have the Quantum bearings and the Swiss 6, and the Swiss have proven more durable and need less maintenance than the Quantum have. The Quantum are good bearings for sure, they probably spin faster, but I donít really care about that - I want them to last a long time with little maintenance, and they seemed to get jacked up in particular with the act of bashing them into a curb at a right angle (slappys).

My Quantum bearings are still good but when I was stocking up on some parts earlier this year I bought another set of Swiss 6 for future use.

Yeah fair enough. So far Iíve gotten lucky and I only had one bearing go wonky on me, but after a clean and lube it was back to new. I donít really set aside time to service my bearings but if Iím swapping something then Iíll maybe give my bearings some love. The little quantum bearing puller is a neat little tool too, fun one for the skate bag.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Quantum_Bearing_Science on June 22, 2022, 07:26:06 AM

I have the Quantum bearings and the Swiss 6, and the Swiss have proven more durable and need less maintenance than the Quantum have. The Quantum are good bearings for sure, they probably spin faster, but I donít really care about that - I want them to last a long time with little maintenance, and they seemed to get jacked up in particular with the act of bashing them into a curb at a right angle (slappys).

My Quantum bearings are still good but when I was stocking up on some parts earlier this year I bought another set of Swiss 6 for future use.

Iíve seen you post this a couple of  times and have been meaning to come back to it.

Youíre riding the Atoms, correct?

Those are designed for speed and responsiveness.  Transition skating/downhill/cruising.  SpeedÖ basically.

The Isotopes or Metallics would be better for bashing into things.

Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: manysnakes on June 22, 2022, 07:39:41 AM
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I have the Quantum bearings and the Swiss 6, and the Swiss have proven more durable and need less maintenance than the Quantum have. The Quantum are good bearings for sure, they probably spin faster, but I donít really care about that - I want them to last a long time with little maintenance, and they seemed to get jacked up in particular with the act of bashing them into a curb at a right angle (slappys).

My Quantum bearings are still good but when I was stocking up on some parts earlier this year I bought another set of Swiss 6 for future use.
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Iíve seen you post this a couple of  times and have been meaning to come back to it.

Youíre riding the Atoms, correct?

Those are designed for speed and responsiveness.  Transition skating/downhill/cruising.  SpeedÖ basically.

The Isotopes or Metallics would be better for bashing into things.

Yes, I understand this. I still love my Atoms and skate them regularly, but all things being equal I found that Swiss offered similar performance and increased durability. I still occasionally do a slappy or two on the Atoms, but after knocking them out of shape twice, I am now much more careful. If I had to do it again, Iíd buy one of your hybrid or metallic offerings.
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Post by: Quantum_Bearing_Science on June 22, 2022, 08:01:26 AM
Right on.  Glad youíre still digging them.

Treat yourself to some Fusions when they come out.   

They have a diamond hard (*DMx) coating with lubricant engineered right into the coating.  Maximum durability and close to zero friction.

* yeah, X goní give it to ya
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Post by: aiden on September 02, 2022, 11:39:27 AM
cheapshots, they work just as good as the G3's i was using and cost 1/3 the price.
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Post by: LebowskisRug on September 02, 2022, 12:05:31 PM
I've gotta say I have the complete opposite experience with Quantum Atoms vs. Swiss 6. I have lubed my Atoms once in over a year and I live in an area with really sandy dust and dirt. My Quantums also jam less when I primo and are faster spinning by hand and just riding on the board. I do a lot of slappies too and still no issues there.
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Post by: sacking rails on September 02, 2022, 12:13:03 PM
cheapshots riders quarterly check-in

imagine paying more than $12 for bearings
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Captain No Cab on September 05, 2022, 10:09:14 PM
Been running the Cortina T-Funk bearings for close to 6 months and have to say that they are slept on. Best bearings ive used in a long while with a reasonabl-ish price point, plus you get some dope replacement nuts and washers.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Orangepulp1000 on September 06, 2022, 12:02:47 AM
been running bones big balls for about 10months no complaints, nice and broken in spinning freely without any maintenance.
I usually blow through reds quite quickly for some reason.
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Post by: Le Flaute on September 06, 2022, 07:56:49 AM
For sure, if we talk about bearings, the best way is Bones bearings…
Personally got a set of reds to street/transition and got a set of Swiss on my 8’deck

A brand i would like to try is SKF
Its a brand specialiced on bearing and top tier on it, landing on the skate market.

High end quality for sure. Standards should be fine but they also got their own produced ceramics
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: manysnakes on September 06, 2022, 08:01:25 AM
Been running the Cortina T-Funk bearings for close to 6 months and have to say that they are slept on. Best bearings ive used in a long while with a reasonabl-ish price point, plus you get some dope replacement nuts and washers.

Yeah, I bought some Cortina bearings on eBay because they were like $10 shipped and they lasted longer than any set of Reds Iíve owned.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: Musicaldeath107 on September 06, 2022, 09:40:19 AM
Here to give the Quantum guys more love.

I have 3 sets, 2 sets of Atoms and 1 set of Isotopes.

I have had all of them at least a year at this point, and they are all still excellent.  The one set of Atoms is a year and half old and still amazing.

I will never use any other bearings given the choice.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: doublesteveburger on September 06, 2022, 10:38:49 AM
thoroughly surprised at how long a set of reds have lasted me considering all the stupid shit i do skating grass and dirt hills

i haven't switched out a pair since summer 2020
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: tzhangdox on September 06, 2022, 11:44:08 AM
I've been on my quantum atoms for about 2 months now.

I somehow make all my bearings seize somewhat frequently, even swiss, and have to clean them to try make them free up. Probably from slappies, landing primo and being about 200 pounds.

These quantums are quite a bit better than most of the swiss I've had in terms of being resistant to seizing, though still not quite invincible.

They roll very nice and are very fast. The free spin isn't silent, but the hiss is very quiet and 'fine' sounding, tolerances are good, gives me a higher quality feel than swiss. I definitely would pick these up over swiss again.
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Post by: logjammin on September 06, 2022, 12:31:42 PM
Same story here pretty much with swiss and swiss 6 balls, they'd probably never seize on me if i didn't slappy but since I do a lot of them and I'm heavier, I frequently need to pop them out and clean with rubbing alcohol and re-lube em to get them spinning again. I'd probably try those quantums finally if they solved that problem.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: LebowskisRug on September 06, 2022, 01:22:48 PM
I legit slappy every single session and my Atoms have never jammed. My Fusions haven't either. I also land primo a lot, still no jams. I think the issue, whatever it was, is long solved. Everyone that I have recommended Quantum to is beyond stoked.
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Post by: tzhangdox on September 06, 2022, 01:25:25 PM
Yeah I'm definitely very very happy about the recommendation. If I had the $$ would definitely buy them for my cruisers and stuff too. I still have managed to jam my atoms, but much much less and they unjam much easier and also are easier to clean out. So by every metric vs any swiss variant I've tried, I definitely prefer the quantums so far
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Post by: logjammin on September 06, 2022, 02:30:17 PM
Do they make your board sound dead and waterlogged at first? I hate that aspect of fresh bearings or ones that are overlubed, and the silent roll :(
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Post by: tzhangdox on September 06, 2022, 02:32:17 PM
Nope, there was sound out the gate for me but itís like a very fine, quiet hiss. Definitely not super loud but not over lubed vibes at all
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Post by: logjammin on September 06, 2022, 02:55:19 PM
Hell yeah, ordering these on payday then. Thanks!
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Post by: alraunen on September 06, 2022, 03:07:10 PM
I never had a good experience with Reds (Reds, Super reds, Race). After a good run with Indy bearings I bought a set of Bronson's G3 and they're great.

Been using them for more than 1 year and sometimes I have to push less because im going "too fast".
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Post by: BartHarleyJarvis on September 06, 2022, 04:00:29 PM
I love my quantums, I have 4 sets
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Post by: Le Flaute on September 07, 2022, 08:13:36 AM
SKF deserve a try
And that quantum bearings seems like they worth it
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Post by: Gene_Harrogate on September 07, 2022, 08:21:36 AM
I love my quantums, I have 4 sets
Which models do you have?  Been feeling sluggish on my board lately so looking to make an upgrade.
Title: Re: Which Bearings Are You Guys Running?
Post by: BartHarleyJarvis on September 07, 2022, 09:27:21 AM
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I love my quantums, I have 4 sets
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Which models do you have?  Been feeling sluggish on my board lately so looking to make an upgrade.

I've got two sets of isotopes, one set of atoms, and one set of metallics. They're all good, haven't had any issues. I think i did clean and re-lube my atoms once because one of the bearings was feeling a little rough, but otherwise I haven't touched them.
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Post by: Quantum_Bearing_Science on September 08, 2022, 10:18:17 AM
Thanks, pals!

Much love for Slap!
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Post by: The.Skate.Father on September 21, 2022, 12:43:24 AM
Had some big balls but the cages blew out. Was disappointed cos they were pretty good till then. Replaced them with some modus blacks which are surprisingly good for cheap bearings, will deff be keen to try other modus bearings after this experience. Not sure where to get quantums here in Australia but would like to try them too.
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Post by: goodatmeth on September 21, 2022, 06:35:42 AM
I basically skate nothing but mini logo bearings.
Tried big balls once and they were worse and died after a month.

I'm down to experiment again, are bronson G3 worth it? Could get a set 40% off, so basically the same price as bones reds.
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Post by: PisstickleTypeExperience on September 21, 2022, 07:56:22 AM
I basically skate nothing but mini logo bearings.
Tried big balls once and they were worse and died after a month.

I'm down to experiment again, are bronson G3 worth it? Could get a set 40% off, so basically the same price as bones reds.

Same, Minilogos are the grail for dirt cheap bearings IMO. I also have a set of G3's on a cruiser but I don't skate it much. They seem nice. I'm a fan of double-shielded bearings in general.

My short list to try is:
SKF - $35
Zealous Ceramic built-ins - $35
Fireball Endure - $15
Fireball built-ins - $16
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Post by: Quantum_Bearing_Science on September 21, 2022, 09:18:47 AM
Not sure where to get quantums here in Australia but would like to try them too.

We ship worldwide for free if your order is $70 or more in our webstore.

And to all those, who like an all metal bearing, I highly suggest trying our ĎMetallicsí.
Theyíll hang with other brands $60-$65 metal bearings.  And half the price.
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Post by: The.Skate.Father on September 21, 2022, 10:17:31 PM
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Not sure where to get quantums here in Australia but would like to try them too.
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We ship worldwide for free if your order is $70 or more in our webstore.

And to all those, who like an all metal bearing, I highly suggest trying our ĎMetallicsí.
Theyíll hang with other brands $60-$65 metal bearings.  And half the price.


Sick. Order list created. Will fwd to the boss lady.
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Post by: Steely Daniel on September 22, 2022, 01:43:33 AM
A hodgepodge of whatever reds and mini logo bearings that aren't seized beyond repair. Can't believe I even wasted time trying to acetone the shit ones because it did nothing for 75% of them. Sucks cause now I can't swap wheels straight up but I'll likely just buy another set of reds or minis...

Considering just shelling out for swiss but should I get the OG or the Swiss 6? The bones races also caught my eye but maybe just some gimmicky shit. I do like cranking my nut down and am even using 4 washers on each wheel lol. (3 inside 1 outside) Clearing I am an engineering genius and did not steal that idea from someone else and added one extra on the outside for no reason if only to make my nut completely flush.
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Post by: backinaction on September 22, 2022, 09:35:03 AM
Considering just shelling out for swiss but should I get the OG or the Swiss 6? The bones races also caught my eye but maybe just some gimmicky shit. I do like cranking my nut down and am even using 4 washers on each wheel lol. (3 inside 1 outside) Clearing I am an engineering genius and did not steal that idea from someone else and added one extra on the outside for no reason if only to make my nut completely flush.

Swiss 6.  I have both and the 6 run faster after break in.  For the first week or so they did seem slow, and once broke in they came around nicely.   Mine are a few years old and sound a bit dirty - even with regular cleanings - but are still run the fastest of the bearings I have.

Current bearings in rotation:
Bones Swiss 6
Bones Swiss
Bones Big Balls
Bones Reds
Quantum Atoms
Daddies Ceramic built-ins
VXB Ceramic
Zealous Built Ins
Indy GP-B
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Post by: Whicker on September 22, 2022, 09:37:48 PM
I have Bronson G3s and bones swiss 6. Both are only a few weeks old, so fairly new. The Bronson's are okay and seem to be getting a bit better the more I use them, the Swiss 6 are faster and roll substantially longer between pushing. They are probably so fast that I wouldn't recommend them to beginners. They took me a while to get used to, zooming after 2 pushes.

I am probably good with these for a while as I intend to clean and take care of them. Should either of them crap out *cough*Bronson*cough* I really want to try some quantum isotopes!
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Post by: dunc on September 22, 2022, 10:05:22 PM
Spitty cheapshots.  Never had an issue . Always spin, roll well and cheap .
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Post by: gaunting on September 22, 2022, 11:22:35 PM
Iíve been pretty much only skating bones reds the past 10 years. but I swear, my fav bearings of all time were the gold shield speed demons that were like $12 a pack. lasted forever.
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Post by: FrankRizzo on September 23, 2022, 05:35:44 AM
I dislike cleaning my bearings.

I dislike having clean bearings quickly pickup dirt the first time rolling off the edge of something.

I stopped oiling my bearings over a year and will never oil again.

I pack all my bearings with moly grease. They are a little slow for a few weeks but once broken in they ride fast and stay clean skating every day until the wheel wears down.

I also grease the wheel bearing seat with white lithium grease before inserting bearings to ensure they seat fully. I use spacers and cinch the wheel tight to keep bearings fully seated.

Moly is waterproof and resists spin out, lithium works well on plastics/rubbers. Both greases plug the areas dirt would normally get in.

A blunt syringe is a good applicator.


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Post by: goodatmeth on September 23, 2022, 06:09:03 AM
Iíve been pretty much only skating bones reds the past 10 years. but I swear, my fav bearings of all time were the gold shield speed demons that were like $12 a pack. lasted forever.

I recently met a dude that said he still skates the bearings from his first ever complete from 7 years ago. They're some purple speed demons and still spin ok. Never cleaned. Insane
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Post by: moonordie on September 23, 2022, 06:23:25 AM
Idk why, besides price, people not only ride swiss 6. Best investment ever, on the long run you save a lot of money.
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Post by: Vintagebody on September 23, 2022, 11:31:03 AM
Idk why people dont skate SKF, FAG or NTN bearings. Huge corps who manufacture bearings for industry that require genuine quality. They are not that cheap tho. Around 50-70$, but atleast u can vouch for their machining. They even provide specsheets with actual tolerances etc
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Post by: Bob Loblaw on September 23, 2022, 11:57:29 AM
Idk why people dont skate SKF, FAG or NTN bearings. Huge corps who manufacture bearings for industry that require genuine quality. They are not that cheap tho. Around 50-70$, but atleast u can vouch for their machining. They even provide specsheets with actual tolerances etc

Damn - where do you buy these?
I've broken so many fucking bearings. Am having luck with the all-metal Independent bearings.
Will probably try the Quantum Metallics based on what everyone is saying here
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Post by: LebowskisRug on September 23, 2022, 02:12:40 PM
Idk why people dont skate SKF, FAG or NTN bearings. Huge corps who manufacture bearings for industry that require genuine quality. They are not that cheap tho. Around 50-70$, but atleast u can vouch for their machining. They even provide specsheets with actual tolerances etc

The people I know that have bought SKF bearings find them slow and don't like them. Probably since they're filled with grease. I guess you could clean that out and put a thin lube in there, but what's the point when there are bearings that come fast for cheaper.