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What the Experts Say About ABEC Rated Bearings
Should you pay a lot of money for bearings with
the highest possible ABEC rating? Here's what the experts say:
"Does ABEC affect speed? NO! If we're going to talk
about tolerances, the fit of your wheels and axles
have a much greater effect on performance. Wheels
and axles have extremely loose fits."
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"Several factors which greatly influence bearing performance
in skating use are not directly measured by the ABEC system:
ball size and uniformity, lubrication, shield construction,
and material composition. The ABEC system does, however,
include an indirect measure of those factors."
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From Miniature Bearings of Australia
"You will end up with less money in your wallet and the people
that sold you the bearings will be eating out at restaurants at
your expense for a few days. Under certain (impossible)
conditions, you may notice an improved performance."
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"By-pass the ABEC stuff...learn about the manufacturer!
The key is really how well the raceways are super-finished,
quality of balls, oil used, type of retainer and seal design."
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Southeastern Skate Supply
"Does ABEC affect the speed of your skates? No. Not unless
you are skating at 330 mph."
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Tony Chen Skate FAQ
"Whether ABEC-5 bearings will let you skate faster than
ABEC-1 bearings is still largely debatable."
[More from SkateFAQ.com]
Tony Chen Article
"Bearing manufacturer and quality are more important than
ABEC number, and more likely to result in a faster,
[More from Tony's Article]
"Bearing manufacturer and quality are more important
than ABEC number, and more likely to result in a faster,
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