Do bearings really make a difference?
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09-24-2012, 07:41 PM
Join Date: Oct 2009
There should be an ABEC rating on the shields of the old bearings. A long time ago when I played inline as a teenager, ABEC-5 was the top rating. Now they're up to 9 as a commonly-available rating. A couple years ago I had a new set of RBK 6Ks which came with ABEC-7s and I couldn't tell much of a difference over the 5s. Now I skate on RBK 8Ks with ABEC-9s and I still notice no difference over the previous. There may be, but I can't tell. It's not a difference comparable to ABEC-1 vs. ABEC-5, anyway.
Whatever the case, you can't go wrong with a brand new set of bearings so enjoy 'em
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