Your skateboard needs bearings in order to make headway! Good bearings are just as important for high speeds as for smooth rides. At skatedeluxe you can find bearings from top brands like Bones or Bronson as well as tips and information about skateboard bearings.
[Learn more about skate bearings]
Bearings are indispensable for skating. They are responsible for your wheels turning properly. Without bearings, you would have difficulty getting from A to B and would have to push constantly. In the skatedeluxe skate shop you will only find high quality skateboard ball bearings of the best brands. All bearings in our assortment are standardied and fit all types of skateboard wheels. To make your decision a little easier, we have collected some useful information about skateboard bearings.
Frequently asked questions about skateboard bearings:
Without bearings, the wheels on your skateboard would be very difficult to turn. The movement of the bearings keeps your wheels in motion. The balls inside the bearings rotate when you put them in motion, which makes the whole wheel rotate. Bearings make you go faster and ensure that you don't get out of breath after 50 metres.
As already mentioned, you don't have to pay attention to the size when choosing the bearings for your skateboard. They are standardized and therefore fit in every wheel. Skateboard bearings, which you can buy in the skatedeluxe skate shop, also fit in all conventional longboard wheels.
Construction of skateboard bearings
The bearings are located in the wheels. One wheel is fitted with two bearings and the whole thing is then mounted on the axle. Skateboard bearings roughly consist of two rings. Between the inner and outer ring of the bearings there are six or seven balls, depending on the bearing. The balls are held in position by a bearing cage, the so-called ball cage.
On the sides of the bearings are usually the shields. Depending on the bearings, they are located on both sides, only on the outside or they are left out completely. The shields are to protect your skateboard bearings from dirt.
Some skaters remove the shields, which means that the bearings are much louder. At this point the argument is often made that the dirt, which could now get into the bearings more easily, also goes out more easily. Of course it is up to you whether your bearings run with or without shields. Skateboard bearings are delivered pregreased and are ready for use after assembly!
The importance of ABEC for skateboard bearings
The abbreviation ABEC stands for "Annular Bearing Engineers Committee" and is a standard for how finely the rolling elements (this is what the balls in the bearing are called) are machined. The higher the ABEC rating, the lower the fault tolerance in the manufacture of these components.
Since comparatively low speeds of the bearings are achieved during skating, the ABEC rating can be neglected. The full potential of the ABEC rating is not nearly exhausted when skating. ABEC 7 or 9 bearings only develop their actual power at 20,000 - 30,000 revolutions per minute. With a 54 mm wheel this would correspond to a speed of over 200 km/h.
As the ABEC rating for skateboard bearings is of no real significance, manufacturers are increasingly moving away from the ABEC designation. Bearings developed for skateboarding are now increasingly marked as "Skate-Rated".
Made for skating: Skate-Rated, ceramic and Swiss bearings
"Skate-Rated Bearings" or "Skate-Tested Bearings" are characterised by the fact that they have been specially developed for skateboarding. Skateboard bearings have to meet high demands, such as the impact of tricks or lateral forces during steering. In short, skate bearings must be very resistant and durable.
Absolutely high-end bearings are Swiss-Bearings such as those from Bones. These skateboard bearings are characterised by first-class materials and precise workmanship. Swiss Bearings a