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Re: Cheap vs Expensive bearings
« Reply #30 on: November 09, 2022, 09:17:40 AM »
Every bearing I've tried, the damn cages break.
Reds, Bronson g2, Shake Junt, Independent, Mini Logo...none lasted more than 6-8 months. I just got a set of Swiss 6, hoping for better durability...but judging by the comments above, they're no tougher.
I don't even skate anything bigger than a 3 stair or 12" ledge... though I guess at 210lb I'm heavier than most.
So... Big Bois sound off.... Do any bearings hold up to heavy loads or big stair sets?

Bones makes replacement cages.   $2 for four cages.

 https://www.skateone.com/skateboard-accessories/bearing-parts/retainers?soc_brand_name=Bones%20Bearings

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Re: Cheap vs Expensive bearings
« Reply #31 on: November 09, 2022, 06:48:27 PM »
Well I'll be...I shoulda known, but never would have guessed! That is going to save me some $$$.

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Re: Cheap vs Expensive bearings
« Reply #32 on: November 12, 2022, 08:06:51 PM »
i never buy bearings cheaper than 10 dollars

almost every experience has been bad

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Re: Cheap vs Expensive bearings
« Reply #33 on: November 14, 2022, 06:36:36 AM »
I've been rolling on Bronson Raw's for what....a few weeks now? These bearings fucking go, I've never experienced a bearing that can maintain speed for so long after a push. And I skate swiss/swiss 6 balls.

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Re: Cheap vs Expensive bearings
« Reply #34 on: November 14, 2022, 10:21:10 AM »
I've been rolling on Bronson Raw's for what....a few weeks now? These bearings fucking go, I've never experienced a bearing that can maintain speed for so long after a push. And I skate swiss/swiss 6 balls.

I've been curious, but skate where my board ends up flying into moon-dust a couple times a session and I'm concerned about the lack of seals keeping them remotely fast after a few tunes.   Have you been skating them anywhere dirty?

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Re: Cheap vs Expensive bearings
« Reply #35 on: November 14, 2022, 10:49:06 AM »
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I've been rolling on Bronson Raw's for what....a few weeks now? These bearings fucking go, I've never experienced a bearing that can maintain speed for so long after a push. And I skate swiss/swiss 6 balls.
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I've been curious, but skate where my board ends up flying into moon-dust a couple times a session and I'm concerned about the lack of seals keeping them remotely fast after a few tunes.   Have you been skating them anywhere dirty?

I had a pair which lasted me about a week before dust ruined them.
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Re: Cheap vs Expensive bearings
« Reply #36 on: November 14, 2022, 11:01:52 AM »
Also had a two sets of bronson raws, years ago though. Fantastic out the box and first few days. Slows down super quick after

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Re: Cheap vs Expensive bearings
« Reply #37 on: November 14, 2022, 12:10:58 PM »
I had a pair which lasted me about a week before dust ruined them.

That was my guess.   

The best sealed bearings I have used are the steel Zealous, but they aren't that fast because they use a thicker grease in them.  I have never cleaned them and they have never gotten dirt in them.   

I recently purchased the Zealous Ceramics and they are faster than the steel ones - partially because they are ceramic, but also because they use a thinner lube in them. I don't have that many days on them yet because I ended up putting them in wheels I only use occasionally, and there has been snow on the ground for a couple weeks.

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Re: Cheap vs Expensive bearings
« Reply #38 on: November 15, 2022, 06:23:19 AM »
I rode my Bronson Raws at a dusty indoor and they're still good. Verdict is still out as it hasn't been that long. We'll see how they do skating a winter of more dusty indoors.

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Re: Cheap vs Expensive bearings
« Reply #39 on: November 16, 2022, 10:06:40 AM »
I've had the same set of Swiss 6 for almost 4 years now and they're still as good as ever. I bought a 16 pk of them and they've really been lasting. I think if you have the funds to buy expensive bearings, as long as you clean them a few times a year, they'll last you long enough to justify it. It's like playing the long game instead of buying a set of REDS 4 times a year.

But if you're in a pinch, just get Mini Logos, pretty much same exact bearing as REDS but much cheaper.

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Re: Cheap vs Expensive bearings
« Reply #40 on: November 20, 2022, 03:30:15 PM »
When I skated everyday and got a shop discount Bones Swiss where all I would ride.

Now, Bones Reds do the trick.

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