What is the highest abec berrings you can get?
I heard it was 9.
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
ABEC 9 is the highest. And don't waste your money. There are so many myths around bearings that its baffling to me. Let me explain.
The ABEC rating has to do with how smoothly the bearing will operate under certain conditions - and the ABEC standards are really meant to accomodate INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY. The ratings, from lowest to highest, are 1-3-5-7-9.
ABEC 1 bearings will get a maximum of 38,000 revolutions per minute. This is a ridiculous number that you'll NEVER get as a skater, if that's your purpose for asking. And those are ABEC 1 bearings!
To recive the benefit from the "smoothness" that higher ABEC ratings offer, you would have to have bearings shielded from all shock, something thats impossible for most conditions.
The higher ABEC ratings will NOT make you go faster and will give you no noticable benefits in terms of smoothness.Source(s): The poster specializes in inline hocky skate repair for a major hockey retailer.
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ABEC ratings do not indicate speed, only the precision which the components are made. They do not indicate if the bearing is suitable for skateboarding, as the ABEC rating does not take into side loading, a factor important in skate bearings. Swiss bearings are faster than most of the other bearings. They are specifically made for skateboards, not high speed machinery. If you are looking for an economical alternative to Swiss, many skaters like Bones Reds. I have used some of the first Independent ABEC 7 bearings and they perform nearly as good as some of my swiss ones, but they take about a month to break in.