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It's not easy to build your own custom trick 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 tri...
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 wheel 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 ena...
When It’s Time for New Scooter Bearings
A good set of scooter bearings is necessary to keep your pro scooter wheels running as smoothly as possible. The front wheel and the back wheel contain 2 bearings each, and they are easily replaceable when that time comes. The time to replace the scooter bearings is when they start to make a crunching sound, or they aren’t spinning freely. This makes it harder to gain speed and requires more effort from the rider.
Check out this simple guide and video on How to install bearings in a scooter wheel.
Are All Pro Scooter Bearings the Same Size?
The scooter wheel bearings size for almost all scooters on the market is size 608. This is made to fit an axle with a diameter of 8 mm, which is the standard axle size of pro scooter wheels. This is the same bearing size and type that is used on many other urban sports equipment, such as skateboards and roller skates.
The Differences in Ball Bearings
Bearings for scooters come in various materials that vary in durability and quality. Within each bearing, there are 7 or 8 pre-lubricated balls that are commonly made from steel or ceramic. Steel bearings are strong and the most cost-effective, while ceramic bearings are high quality and run even smoother than steel models.
The ABEC scale is used to measure the tolerance and precision of the bearings, using only odd numbers from 1 to 9. The higher the ABEC number, the higher the precision and tighter the tolerance. Not all bearing brands use the ABEC scale, but that does not necessarily mean that they are of poor quality.
The best scooter bearings for you might be different from other scooter riders. If you want to find out even more useful information about scooter bearings, then check out Buying Bearings.