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It's not easy to build your own custom pro scooter. There are as many parts that do not fit together, and a wrong assembly can easily destroy parts. This guide helps with tips and trick...
Every wheel needs 2x bearings and 1x spacer to function. Wheels are made of different materials, dimensions, hardness, profiles and different cores. The illustration tells you what is what. ...
A spacer is mounted between 2 bearings in a wheel. The idea of a spacer is to avoid too much pressure on the bearings when tightening the axle/bolts. In other words using a spacer enables yo...
In this guide you will learn how to, without the use of any special tool, instal and remove bearings in wheels with a metal core – primarily used for scooters. If you have tried installing b...
To ensure optimal performance for your bearings, it's a very good idea to clean and lubricate the bearings on a regular basis. This will preserve the durability and lifetime of your bea...
What to look for when buying stunt scooter bearings
A worn out set of stunt scooter bearings can take every drop of joy out of any ride. The crunching sound, combined with a large amount of wasted power due to resistance from the bearings is not a thing that anyone want to aim for.
When buying new bearings for scooters, there are few things that should be taken into consideration.
Sealed bearings vs. opened bearings
If you’re riding your stunt scooter bearings outside you should get sealed bearings. Sealed bearings have better dirt and dust resistance and require a minimum of maintenance. For sealed bearings, we recommend using grease as a lubricant.
Opened bearings, on the other hand, are a decent choice for indoor park riders. Opened bearings rotate faster, meaning you won’t have to push as many time with your foot. They require some more maintenance, but they are easy to clean. For opened bearings, we recommend using oil as a lubricant.
Build quality of wheel bearings
Bearings for scooters come in various materials. The material is crucial for its durability and quality. Cheap wheel bearings are made out of residual metal or hardened carbon steel. SkatePro doesn't recommend using these materials because they don’t last long before a replacement is necessary.
Good scooter bearings are made of Chrome, Titanium or Swiss steel while speeding bearings are made of stainless ceramic which has the highest durability of all the different bearings.
Annular Bearing Engineering Committee (ABEC) is a scale that tells how well the bearings convert energy into speed. The precision goes from ABEC 1 to ABEC 9 - the higher the ABEC number, the higher precision, effectiveness, and possibility for speed the bearings provide.
Regardless what kind of bearings you ride, you should always stay away from sand and water in order to make your bearings last longer.
Want to learn more about bearings? See our detailed review of bearings and their function.