ABEC 7 Skateboard Bearings Ratings
Skateboard bearings keep your skateboard wheels moving smoothly and freely. The design and structure of these skateboard bearings enabling the wheels to attain stability and move without complications. They provide a unique combination of high performance and precision. Through several tests and trials, the bearings have been proved to produce positive results for users. The first skateboard I owned thanks to a birthday present from Grandma Roble, was in the late 1970’s and it had the bearings inside the wheels which was brand new, cutting edge technology back them. This was the first board on the market with impacted bearings. Now we have ABEC. Knowing the ABEC rating makes it easier to purchase the skateboard and features you want the most.
Skateboard Bearing Ratings
ABEC is an acronym for “Annular Bearing Engineers Committee” and is standard established to measure the efficiency of the elements. ABEC is a rating that measures the quality of the bearings in terms of quality and precision. When the rating is higher, it implies that the tolerance for error is low. This means that bearings with a higher rating are more efficient compared to others. There are four rating levels given under the ABEC — 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9. The bearing’s quality and precision increase with the rating number, making ABEC 7 among the best skateboard bearings to own. Therefore, you can always choose the quality you like based on the rating.
ABEC 1 bearings are the cheapest, and the most expensive are the ABEC 9 bearings. ABEC 7 bearings are designed from high-quality metal, offering high precision and durability. Level 7 has been proved to provide real value for money. It is one of the best skateboards bearing in the market today.
Composition and Parts
Perhaps, you have been wondering what components to expect in a complete skateboard bearing. Several parts make up the full set of skateboard bearings. The first component found in the bearing is a relatively large outer ring and a smaller inner ring. Small steel balls are fitted between these rings. The balls assist the skateboard wheels to turn smoothly.
Another critical component that comes with the bearings is a pair of covers, called shields, on either side of steel balls. The shields fitted have numerous advantages, such as preventing steel balls from falling and getting dirty. This ensures that the performance of bearing is optimum.
Cleaning Skateboard Bearings
It is essential to understand each component’s role and how it aids the performance of your skateboard. Another important thing that you must note is ensuring that all these parts are cleaned. This enhances the functionality by reducing friction and keeping the wheels revolving optimally.
Cleaning the baring with water causes rust, which reduces efficiency. Therefore, you must always protect the bearings from water. Another vital consideration is oiling only after cleaning the bearings. The cleaning can be done using fluids such as brake cleaners.
ABEC 7 skateboard bearings are among the best bearings in the market. For optimum performance, always follow the tips we have outlined here.
Sports Techie, please always wear a helmet when doing any kind of skateboarding.
My high school friend from Bellevue, Lee Dansie, is an accomplished downhill skateboarder and former X Games medalist. In this sport, the goal to ride a skateboard downhill as fast as possible in a non-competitive ride. I searched the Sports Techie YouTube channel and found the Coast Longboard Legend doing his thing on the Maryhill Raw Run in 2017.
My educated guess is downhill skateboarding requires a specific ABEC rating of 7 or 9 for the best, fastest and safest results.
I added one of my blogs on skateboarding below: 5 Things to Look for in an Electric Skateboard for those interested in eBoards.
My son is 8-years old, on the autism spectrum, and he also loves skateboarding, or at least sitting down on the board rather than standing up, and moving along at his own speed. Maybe one day he will want an ABEC 7 rating eBoard.
I sure hope so!
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