What can I say? These bearings are some of the hottest out right now, and for good reasons Iâll get into in a second. Bones Bearings is a skateboard company that has been crafting bearings for longer than pretty much any other vendorâ since 1983! Â Throughout the years, they have developed some of the best bearings in skateboarding history. Â Bones Bearings are so superiorly crafted, looking at anything else (except for possibly Luckyâs), is just a complete waste of time and money.
First let me start off by saying these bearings are ridiculously fast! I remember the first time I was pleasured with listening to these bearings spin. My friend had just put together a $300 longboard, and these were relatively new at the time and I think he paid about $70 for them (you can get them much much cheaper these days, donât worry!). He gave these babies a kick with his shoes and they spun and spun for â¦ well about 3 minutes which may not seem like a long time but in reality it is.
I can sense itâ youâre an Abec-3 fan boy. Â Well letâs see your Abec-3âs spin for three minutes!
Speaking of Abec, these bearings do not boast any Abec rating.
This is related to abec being a machinery rating and not being a true indicator of the quality of skateboard bearings. Â If they did have an Abec rating in a traditional sense, itâd be a +9 for speed and +3 as far as durability goes (lower Abec is better for durability). Â Therefore it is like a hybrid skateboard bearing.
So whatâs so special about these bearings? Â They have 6 balls inside them (as the name suggests). Â Normal bearings have 7 balls in them. Â What does this mean for you? Â Nothing, unless youâre like everybody else who hates busting your balls after ollying off a landing dock. Â And by balls I mean the ones in your skateboard bearings, dummy!
You see, normal bearingsâ balls are tiny. Â You like having big balls donât you? Â Man, I really need to cut out the psuedonyms in this review and get to the point. Â The point is, bigger balls means they donât break as easily, since they can absorb a lot more impact and distribute the energy within its mass. Â Itâs simple physics people, and physics are an important part of your skateboard tricks.
Now letâs talk about cleanability.
You cannot ask for an easier bearing to clean. Â Period. Â Everything opens up, allowing you to clean out every little bit of dirt that gets in. Â But does dirt get in? Â Not with these bad boys! Â That is, as long as you clean your balls and lube them up once a month or so, they will take care of you. Â I think that goes without saying for most things in life.
Of course, Bones reccomends Bones Speed Cream Skate Bearing Lubricant to clean your bearings. Â I am gonna go out on a limb and say you donât necessarily need a certain type of lube, but that using the same brand canât hurt. Â These bearings come with a guide that tell you how to properly care for them, and it really isnât difficult stuff people! Â These bearings are expertly crafted, precision grade, professional level and extremely durable and versatile. Â And for the price, you canât ask for better bearings for your skateboard.