Best Longboard Bearings
Bones Super Red
Super REDS™ are designed from the ground up to be the best bearing on
the market at this price point. What Super REDS™ are not, is a REDS™
bearing with just better super finishing (surface polishing). Super
REDS™ are a superior quality bearing, using higher quality steel races,
better quality and grade balls, and a superior surface finish. The
result is a bearing that is as fast as REDS™, but quieter, smoother,
and longer lasting. Super REDS™ use a black shield and laser engraving
to differentiate themselves from original REDS™.
- Higher quality steel races, better quality and grade balls, and a superior surface finish.
- Single, non-contact, removable rubber shield for easy cleaning and less friction.
- Pre-lubricated with Speed Cream™ racing lubricant.
- High speed Nylon™ ball retainer for greater strength and speed.
- Skate Rated™ clearances, tolerances, materials and lubricant provide the best performance and durability possible.
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ABEC vs. Skate Rated - Learn something while your here. (excerpt from bonesbearings.com)
We are often asked, “What ABEC rating are your bearings?” The answer is that “Bones Bearings are Skate Rated™ not ABEC rated.”
Bones Bearings are the skate industry leader and favorite choice of
professional skaters, and have been since their development in 1983.
During the past 25 years, Bones Swiss have become legendary because of
their superior speed quality, and longevity. Even though Bones Swiss
are the top rated bearing in skating, we don’t give them an ABEC
rating. There is a good reason for this... thank you for asking.
The ABEC rating system has been around for the last 35 years. The purpose of the ABEC
committee (Annular Bearing Engineers Committee) is not to test every
manufacturer’s bearings and proclaim them good or bad, but to establish
dimensions, tolerances, geometry, and noise standards for bearings in
an attempt to aid industrial bearing manufacturers and users in the
production, comparison and selection of bearings for general
applications. However, since every bearing is used in a different
manner and environment, bearings should be redesigned or “customized”
for special uses (like skating). The ABEC rating system is not
intended to be the only criteria used for selecting bearings for use in
specialized applications like skating. It is only one of the tools a bearing designer can use if it is appropriate for the application.
The ABEC rating system includes grades 1,3,5,7, and 9. The higher the
ABEC rating, the tighter the tolerances are, making the bearing a more
precision part. High precision and small tolerances are required for
bearings to function at very high RPM, in products like high speed
routers that must spin at 20 to 30,000 RPM. In an application like
this, an ABEC - 7 or 9 bearing rating may be appropriate. However, a
skateboard with 54mm wheels turning 20,000 RPM will be traveling about
127 MPH! Since virtually all skating is done under 30 MPH, the
realistic maximum RPM your skate bearings will see is about 4700 RPM
and probably 90% of skating occurs under 2000 RPM. Thus, very high
precision is not required at skating speeds.
The dimensions and tolerances controlled by the ABEC
standards include the diameters and widths of the raceways, their
shapes to some extent and the smoothness of the running surfaces. The
ABEC rating system ignores
side loading, impact resistance, materials selection and grade,
appropriateness of lubrication, ball retainer type, grade of ball, the
clearance between the balls and the races, installation requirements,
and the need for maintenance and cleaning. All these bearing design
requirements are very important to the performance of your skate
bearing, even though the ABEC rating says nothing about them.
From our testing of bearings and our 25 years of experience designing bearings for skating, we know that there can be a HUGE
difference between the performance of two bearings that both have the
same ABEC rating. Indeed, we have found that in many cases, bearings
with high ABEC ratings don’t perform as well as others with lower ABEC
ratings in a skate wheel. Thus, reliance on ABEC ratings alone can lead
skaters and dealers to choose a bad bearing for skating over a good
bearing for skating. That is why we don’t use the ABEC rating system at
all. In essence, the ABEC rating is irrelevant to the performance of a
skate bearing when it is used as the sole criteria for selection.
To explain this another way, choosing an ABEC-7 or 9
bearing for skating would be like choosing an Indy car to race in the
“Baja 500” because Indy cars can go fast and are of high precision. It
isn’t that the Indy car isn’t a good piece of equipment, just that it
is not designed for off road use and so it would quickly fail when its
suspension breaks and its engine clogs with dirt.
Bones Bearings out perform all other bearings because we went to the trouble to skate rate
Bones Swiss™ and Bones REDS™, not just select an ABEC rated industrial
bearing and put a customized plastic shield on it. Bones have been
completely redesigned for skating from the ground up and are built to
Bones specifications that include Skate Rated components, lubricants, tolerances and clearances.
Bones Bearings component parts are engineered and tested to withstand
the high impacts of hard landings, the high side loads of turning, and
(to the extent possible) the dirt of skate environments. As a result,
Bones roll faster and last longer than other bearings. To merely give
Bones an ABEC rating would be to ignore all the improvements we have
engineered into Bones and the resulting difference between Bones and
standard ABEC rated bearings. Since there is no appropriate ABEC rating
that will reflect the superior quality of Bones Bearings, we have given
them their own rating, Skate Rating, to let you know that Bones Bearings are special and made just for skaters like you, not for electric motors.