2 - Skate - Hobby

Skate Bearings - Question 2

Is there a lower grade than ABEC 1?

There is no grade lower than ABEC 1, but that doesn’t mean that a manufacturer has to meet ABEC standards. There are many small bearing manufacturers that do not publish any data on their manufacturing standards. Be aware that skate manufacturers are not usually bearing manufacturers. Skate manufacturers often purchase bearings in bulk lots with the skate brand name (or whatever name the purchaser requests) stamped on the bearing. If a bearing is not stamped with a bearing manufacturer’s brand it could have come from anywhere. That is not to say that all unbranded bearings, or those branded for the skate manufacturers are of low quality. Buy your bearings on the reputation of the bearing manufacturer rather than that of the skate manufacturer. Stick to bearings from well known bearing manufacturers.

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