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Old January 10th, 2008, 07:59 AM   #1
Wendy Hammond
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Question Wheel bearings

Can anyone explain the numbering on bearings?
The ones we have say 3abec on them, I have been given some that say 5abec on them - does this make any difference?
What does anyone else use?
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Old January 10th, 2008, 12:40 PM   #2
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Read this: http://web.skatefaq.com:81/articles/abec-hype.html
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Old January 10th, 2008, 04:44 PM   #3
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It doesn't make a difference for a few reasons.
#1. It is only a rating as Kennedy posts. It doesn't mean it will be better or faster.

#2 In the order of things, to be faster, the boot and the wheels make up 99% of reasons to be faster or not. So why waste your energy on the bearings.

#3 If you are into speed, you would use a better swiss type of bearing anyway, and not use either abec3 or 5.

#4 If you skate outdoors and have to clean them, again you wouldn't waste your energy on either one, as they are misery to open.

Blah Blah Blah. Use them and enjoy. If they don't spin well or make noises, put some "3 in 1" oil in them. If that doesn't work, throw them away.

Thats my speech.
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Old January 11th, 2008, 10:31 AM   #4
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Many thanks for the replies - I will give no more thought to worrying about bearings!!!!
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