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Ask DocSk8 (Expert Indoor Skate Building Advice) This forum is different then the other SkateLog forums in that it is not a discussion forum, but rather a place you can ask skate building expert Fred "DocSk8" Benjamin about building and repairing indoor speed, derby, and jamskate quad roller skates. Please start a new thread for each new question.

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Old November 8th, 2016, 01:07 AM   #1
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Default Qube 8-Ball Ceramic- What The Dilly Yo?

Sir- I just now stumbled across these…

Qube 8-Ball Ceramic:

-Patterned after the world famous "Fafnir" bearings from the late 70s, the QUBE 8-Ball has been re-engineered using patented 3D modeling technology and manufacturing techniques.

-The QUBE Ceramic bearings have 8 ball bearings instead of the traditional 7. The additional ball bearing helps spread load evenly over the entire bearing instead of just one or two points.

-The 8 ball bearings help ensure greater lateral load capabilities while turning.

-The deeper groove inside the Qube Ceramic bearings reduces the chance of a 'blow-out' in highspeed sharp turns.

-Ceramic material can take more heat than conventional steel making them last longer and perform better under harsh conditions.

I about shat myself and definitely floated a pudge... I have either not seen a review on SLF yet, or overlooked one. Watcha think Bossman? Is this the perfect combination? Is this the best thing since sliced bread? Is this a “game changer”? I am overexcited at the moment and wanted to get your endorsement before I impulsively empty another fbenjamin from my wallet. Do I make the move or are my standard Qube 8’s more than sufficient (of course they are?

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Old November 8th, 2016, 06:03 PM   #2
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Default OK....

Basically, your steel Qube 8 balls w/ Si3N4 (the good ones) balls. So, what do you get?? Well the balls sure don't wear out from normal use. The races, well that is a different story. Since the balls are too hard to get pitted etc from dirt, the races take full abuse from it. That said, I have a couple of sets of the prototypes. They were actually built in the Juice races. They have been rolled hard and put away wet. After a lot of abuse, they are noisy as hell but still roll better than a lot of cheap new bearings I have. Why is that?? Well, close as I can tell the balls are still round and smooth. Nicked up balls and races would appear to roll less well than just nicked up races.

I have a couple of production sets in my sk8s as well.. Seem to be just fine, but then again almost all of my bearings seem to be fine. I have more issues with hub to bearing fit than plain bad bearings.

Are the ceramic 8 balls worth the money?? I would say depends on what you pay for them. Many of the ladies on the local derby league run the plain 8 balls and get more than one season out of them. Again depending on pricing, you could get 3 sets of the steel 8 balls for one set of the ceramics.

Since I see so much variability in care and use of bearings from sk8r to sk8r, I cannot really say if the bang for the buck is there in your case.

One other thing. Somewhere in my big hoard of quads, I have a set of the very first Bones Swiss ceramics I got in Y2K. A couple of them are a bit noisy after all these years. How do the new Qubes compare to my old Swiss?? Can't really tell any difference.

Let me be honest here. Very seldom do I ditch a set of bearings for failure to roll. I find wheels are much more influential in the roll fast and easy equation.
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