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Bearings - Bones Swiss Ceramics

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User Rating 5 Star Rating (6 Reviews)

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Bones Ceramics skateboarding Bearings

The Bottom Line

Bones Swiss Ceramic bearings are simply the best skate bearings out there today. If you are looking for high performance skateboarding bearings that will be strong, fast, smooth and durable, then check out Bones Swiss Ceramics. Professional skaters use them, and there's a reason - they're the best. If you are just starting out, these aren't the bearings for you - check out Bones Reds instead. However, if you are a serious skater who wants the best, then Bones Ceramics are for you.

Pros

  • Ceramic balls make these the fastest, strongest, and lightest bearings available
  • Easy to clean
  • Simply the best out there, in every way. They're what the pros use.

Cons

  • Quality like this isn't free

Description

  • 100% High Purity Silicon Nitride Ceramic Balls
  • Removable High Speed Nylon Ball Cage
  • Removable Non-Contact, Frictionless Rubber Shield
  • Lubricated with Low Viscosity Bones Speed Cream
  • Fastest Speed and Acceleration
  • Lowest Friction, Longest Roll
  • Lightest Weight
  • Bones Skate Rated™ Design & Quality

Guide Review - Bearings - Bones Swiss Ceramics

These bearings are the best. Bones has been making bearings since the 80s, and Bones Swiss Ceramics are the crowning creation of years of development.

So what does that mean for you, skating on the streets, parks and ramps? Bones Swiss Ceramics have ceramic balls inside, instead of polished steel like everyone else. The Ceramic balls are lighter than steel, stronger, and roll with less friction. This means you'll get going fast quicker, you'll have a higher top speed, and you won't need to replace your bearings as often.

Ceramics are also easier to clean - they come lubricated with Bones Speed Cream and are easy to pop open and clean. The bearings come with instructions on how to care for them, and the Bones web site has help as well.

The one draw back to Bones Ceramics is the price. It would be great if bearings like this were handed out for free, but Communism failed, so we're forced to actually pay for stuff. These bearings will run you over a hundred dollars in the states. So, if you are a new skater, you might want to buy cheaper bearings at first, unless you just happen to be a new skater with loads of cash. These are serious competition skateboard bearings, and they are the best.

So, if you are a pro, an am, or someone who skates a lot and wants the best, pick up a set of Bones Swiss Ceramics.

User Reviews

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 5 out of 5
Ceramic Bearings and Maintenance, Member Ainchent

I have used Bones Ceramic Bearings for almost three years. I highly recommend them...if you can afford them. Although expensive, I bought them because of their useful long life and low maintenance. Maintenance is less than other bearings, but still necessary. I have found that artificial hair can get past the shields and into the bearings where it gets caught up in the retainer. Trying to pull the artificial fibers out is frustrating. The fibers are strong but they do break. Especially if the fibers are wrapped around several sockets in the retainer. Removing the retainer is the only way to get all the pieces. I use an ultra sonic cleaner (Haier jewelry cleaner with a stainless steel container) and acetone in a well ventilated work room. Removing the retainer, I have found, is the best way to inspect and clean my bearings. The nylon retainers do wear. Replacing them is easy and very inexpensive ($2 for 4). For a quick cleaning to get me through, I made my own cleaner kit; an old olive jar with a long enough stainless steel bolt to hold 8 bearings and nylon spacers attached to the jars lid (a s.s. lock nut at the lid and the bottom of the bolt holds every thing in place). There is about a 2 inch space between the last bearing and the bottom of the jar to catch all the debris after a good shake and not have the bearings soaking in contaminated cleaner fluid. A quick cleaning takes less that 15 minutes for 8 bearings from start to finish. A thorough cleaning of 16 bearings in my work room takes an hour (for my quad skates). In addition to the above items, I recommend a good supply of lock nuts. With frequent cleaning and adjustments, they wear out faster than anything on the truck (that nylon insert). The Bearings shown in the images are not ceramics. The clear glass jar is a concern but I'm careful...it has lasted a couple of years now.

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