It is important to choose the best skateboard bearings because no matter whether you are a seasoned shredder or beginner skateboarder, they play a big role in how you ride. Skateboarder’s want speed and you can’t achieve this without bearings… and I mean good bearings!

There are a lot of bearings on the market from various skate companies but no matter how many different bearings get made, there will always be only one company that reigns supreme in the game and that is Bones Bearings.

Bones was started by George Powell who in the early 1980’s wanted to find a bearing manufacturer who could make high quality bearings for skateboarder’s at an affordable price. Since then, Bones has stayed at the top of their game and Bones Swiss Ceramic are the best skateboarding bearings money can buy. Even Bones lower end bearings are super high quality.

Bronson Speed Co and Andale Bearings are also making some solid bearings but you still can’t beat Bones Bearings for quality.

Let’s Talk ABEC Or Not?

When you’re shopping for new skateboard bearings you might notice that most are rated ABEC except for Bones Bearings. Let me explain why Bones bearings are not ABEC rated.

ABEC stands for Annular Bearing Engineers Committee and comes in grades 1,3,5,7 and 9. The higher the rating the tighter the tolerances are which make the bearing a more precision part.

High precision and small tolerances are required for bearings that run at an extremely high RPM such as in certain tools that spin at 30,000 RPM. An ABEC bearing rating of 7 or 9 is more appropriate for tools that have a high RPM. A skateboard wheel will rarely spin at 4700 RPM and ninety percent of the time it spins less than 2000 RPM. This means a high precision bearing rating of 7 or 9 for a skateboard bearing is not required.

So it’s best to forget about an ABEC rating when it comes to skateboard bearings. Bones Bearings developed there own rating “skate rated” which focuses on impact resistance, ball retainer type, grade of ball, materials selection and grade, appropriate lubrication and the clearance between the balls and the races.

The Best Skateboard Bearings To Buy In 2021

Bones Swiss Ceramic

The Best Skateboard Bearings In 2020 - Bones Swiss Ceramic

Bones Swiss Ceramics are literally the best of the best when it comes to skateboard bearings! If you are looking for the highest quality and performance then these bearings are for you. The bad news is they come with a hefty price tag.

So what makes these the best skateboard bearings? Well, Bones Swiss Ceramic bearings are made with ceramic balls that are much lighter, harder, and stronger than steel balls meaning they will last a lot longer than other bearings in the game. As you can tell by their name, they are made in Switzerland and not China like many other bearings.

Features of Bones Swiss Ceramic Skateboard Bearings

  • Accelerate faster.
  • Roll faster and further.
  • Resists dirt and moisture better.
  • Help to repair injuries to your races caused by dirt.
  • 1 non-contact, removable rubber shields allow easy cleaning.
  • High speed nylon ball retainer for greater strength and speed.
  • Skate Rated clearances, tolerances, materials and lubricant provide the best performance and durability possible.

Bones Ceramic Super Reds

The Best Skateboard Bearings In 2020 - Bones Ceramic Super Reds

Bones Ceramic Super Reds are also made with ceramic balls which helps to create less friction resulting in less heat and therefore a longer life span. These ceramic balls will never rust and when you get dirt inside them, the ceramic balls will actually help re-polish the steel racers!

The difference between these bearings and the Swiss Ceramics is the quality of the steel racers. But don’t let that deter you from purchasing these bearings. The Ceramic Super Reds are still top of the line.

Features of Bones Ceramic Super Reds

  • Features grade 5, silicone nitride, ceramic balls.
  • Higher quality steel races and a superior surface finish.
  • Single non-contact removable rubber shield for easy cleaning and less friction.
  • High speed nylon ball retainer for greater strength and speed.
  • Pre-lubricated with Speed Cream racing lubricant.
  • Skate Rated clearances, tolerances, materials and lubricant provide the best performance and durability possible.

Bones Swiss

The Best Skateboard Bearings In 2020 - Bones Swiss

Bones Swiss are the most popular Swiss bearings in the Bones range for many pro-skaters due to their high quality but more affordable price tag. Bones Swiss are fast, smooth, and last a long time. They also use the same high performance components that are used in Bones Swiss Ceramics but with polished chromium steel balls instead of ceramic.

Features of Bones Swiss Bearing

  • Single, removable, non-contact rubber shield allows easy cleaning and low friction.
  • High speed nylon ball retainer provides added strength and speed.
  • Pre-lubricated with Speed Cream racing lubricant
  • Skate Rated; clearances, tolerances, materials and lubricant provide the best performance and durability possible.
  • Best selling high end skate bearing in the U.S.A.

Bronson Speed Co RAW

The Best Skateboard Bearings In 2020 - Bronson Speed Co RAW

Bronson Speed Co RAW bearings are the first of their kind coming straight out of the package with no shield. Most skateboarders pop off their shields after a month or so of skating due to the shields holing dirt inside the bearing or the shield getting damaged. Shield-less bearings also have a unique sound to them, much louder than bearings with shields. The racers in the RAW’s (the metal rings) have a micro-thin tungsten lubricant coating keeping the bearings rolling smoother for longer.

Features of Bronson Speed Co RAW

  • Deep Groove Raceways
  • Micro-Groove Raceway Surfaces
  • Max Impact Cage Design
  • Hand Inspected for Quality
  • Tungsten Coated Races

Andale P-Rod Swiss

The Best Skateboard Bearings In 2020 - PRod Swiss Andale Bearings

The Andale Swiss skateboard bearings are no match compared to the Bones Swiss but they are still a solid bearing that will last you a good amount of time. Plus they are reasonably priced.

These bearings are tested and approved by Paul Rodriquez himself so you know they must be okay! The racers are made of quality steel and the shields are removable to allow for cleaning. See the features listed below.

Features of Andale Prod Swiss

  • Rated By P-Rod
  • Durable steel racers
  • Removable shields
  • $32.95 on Tactics

Bones Super Reds

The Best Skateboard Bearings In 2020 - Bones Super Reds

Bones Super Reds are the perfect go to bearings for all skateboarders. The Super Reds are made with high quality steel racers and balls making them smoother and quieter than the regular Reds bearings. It is worth paying the few extra bucks for these as they will last a lot longer if you keep them clean.

Features of Bones Super Reds Skateboard Bearings

  • Pre-lubed with Speed Cream
  • $29.95 on Tactics

Bronson Speed Co Zion G3’s

The Best Skateboard Bearings In 2020 - Zion G3 Bronson Speed Co

Bronson Speed Co G3’s are becoming a popular bearing because professional skateboarders’ Zion Right and Milton Matinez both have G3 pro-models. These bearings must be tough if these guys are using them and you will understand why I say this if you have ever seen them skate.

Bronson Speed Co are focused on reinventing the skateboard bearing and have spent more than two years developing the G3.

Features of Bronson Speed Co Skateboard Bearings

  • Deep Groove Raceways
  • Straight Edge Frictionless Shields
  • Micro-Groove Raceway Surfaces
  • Max Impact Cage Design
  • High Speed Ceramic Oil
  • $26.95 on Tactics

Bones Big Balls Reds

The Best Skateboard Bearings In 2020 - Bones Big Ball Reds

Bones Big Balls are the newest addition to the Bones Bearings line up. These skateboard bearings have 6 balls rather than 7 balls, unlike the other bearings listed above. The balls are also 17% larger than the 7 ball bearings. Having the larger balls allows for a higher top end speed. Give them a try.

Features of Bones Big Balls Skateboard Bearings

  • Six Bigger Ball Bearings
  • Higher Top End Speed
  • Greater Strength
  • Longer Lasting
  • $24.95 on Tactics

Bones Reds

The Best Skateboard Bearings In 2020 - Bones Reds Bearings

Although Bones Reds are the cheapest bearings on this list, they are more than likely the most popular with skateboarders. Most skaters have had a set of Reds at some point in their life and there is a good reason for that. Bones Reds are proven to to be tough and long lasting with their super finished chromium steel balls and races. All I can say is you can’t go wrong with Bones Reds.

Features of Bones Reds Skateboard Bearings

  • Strong, Fast, Longer Lasting Construction
  • Pre-Lubricated with Speed Cream
  • Easy Cleaning and Relubricating
  • Removable High Speed Nylon Ball Cage
  • Non-contact Removable Rubber Shield
  • $17.95 on Tactics


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