Anonymous asked in SportsOther - Sports · 9 years ago

Are abec 9s good for skateboards?

I just wanna know are they good cause I just ordered some ;)

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  • 9 years ago
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    Isn't it kind of too late to ask AFTER you order things?

    ABEC numbers are meaningless for skates or boards. It is a vibration standard for industrial equipment that is equivalent to speeds over 200 mph on your board. It might matter if you were going that fast.

    ABEC 9 is a specification, not a brand. One brand could make ABEC 9 bearings that are great and another brand could make ones that are garbage for boarding.

    ABEC is an easy way to make a bearing sound good and most companies hype the number because it sounds important to most people.

    Some of the better companies (Zero Drag, Bones, Twin Cam) have designed their better bearings to be better for skates and boards by violating the ABEC specs. They will usually have a high number as part of their name but they won't say that they are ABEC rated.

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