Skateboard bearings play a pivotal role in the functional performance of your skateboard and are as important and essential as any other component on your board that you can buy. Bearings can be steel, ceramic, titanium or a combination of materials in an assortment of colors and are mounted inside of the wheels and onto the truck axle.
There are many common misconceptions when it comes to skateboard bearings and the most common is that the higher the ABEC rating (1, 3, 5, 7 , 9) you buy, the faster your bearings will spin and the longer they will last. Unfortunately, this is not correct because the ABEC rating is merely a tolerance rating, and a higher ABEC rating does not necessarily guarantee a faster spinning or longer lasting bearing. For this reason, some companies like Bones have opted to not include the ABEC rating of their bearings to avoid further confusion, focusing solely on providing riders with quality craftsmanship at an affordable price.
The best way to guarantee a long lasting, fast spinning bearing is to properly maintain and lubricate your bearings with either a grease or oil based lubricant and to clean your bearings on a regular basis to keep them free of all the gnarly dirt and grime that tends to clog them up resulting in loss of speed and sticking. Properly and consistently maintaining and cleaning your bearings will keep your bearings spinning fast while increasing the longevity of their life so you will end up spending less time replacing your bearings due to wear and tear or slow speeds. Some premium and well known bearing companies include Bones' line of Reds and Swiss ceramic bearings, Lucky Junt, Diamond Supply, Rush Downhill Speed Bombers, Lucky, and Spitfire bearings, all of which are carried in a wide variety of colors, materials and ABEC ratings for those who prefer to know the ABEC rating of their bearings.
Zumiez offers a huge assortment of bearings to buy in a wide range of colors, brands, and materials including Bones Swiss, Bones Reds, Rush Ceramic, Rush Titanium, and Hubba Hummer Skateboard bearings among many others. Check out the wide variety of bearings and different price levels for you to buy and get your board rolling smooth today.