Skate Bearings Las Cruces NM

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Las Cruces Country Club-Pro Shop
(575) 526-9723
2700 N Main St
Las Cruces, NM
 
Hibbett Sports
(575) 532-0466
700 S Telshor Blvd Ste 1546
Las Cruces, NM
 
Ride On Sports
(575) 521-1686
525 S Telshor Blvd
Las Cruces, NM
 
Custom Cartridge Company
(575) 523-7900
3225 S Main St
Las Cruces, NM
 
Plainsman Sporting Goods
(575) 461-3087
115 W Center St
Tucumcari, NM
 
Archery Hut Supply & Repairs
(575) 522-7468
1400 E Idaho Ave
Las Cruces, NM
 
Big 5 Sporting Goods
(575) 522-0555
3060 E Lohman Ave
Las Cruces, NM
 
Dive Quest Scuba
(575) 525-3483
2005 Del Mar Ave
Las Cruces, NM
 
A Better Billiards Service
(575) 527-4714
5225 Bataan Memorial W
Las Cruces, NM
 
Knotts Sportsman Supply
(575) 374-8361
1015 S 1st St
Clayton, NM
 

Bearings for Inline Skaters

July 2, 2009

Bearing Down on Skate Bearings

QHello, Bill! Have you heard of FAG bearings? Are they used for inline skating? Thanks! - Janis Hofmanis, Latvia

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Hi, Janis: Yes, I've heard of FAG bearings. In fact, I used them many years ago. They were a quality alternative at a time when SKF was our preferred bearing. But I haven't heard anything about them for years and don't know if they are still being made, although it's possible they are being sold under another name.

If you're in the market for bearings, there's a lot to consider. These days, everybody makes a big deal about ABEC rating and wants ABEC 7s or better. But as far as I'm concerned, one of the most important things to consider is where the bearings are made. Bearings are a precision product, which need to be made with great attention to detail. That's why I prefer bearings made in Switzerland or Germany, countries with reputations for precision manufacturing.

Years ago, the bearing of choice was the pricey NMB ABEC 7. Then all of a sudden, they started seizing up on us. We couldn't understand what was going on until we heard that the company had shifted production to Singapore.

And don't think bearings don't make a difference in your skating. I remember back in 1989 when Stephan Whyte lined up at the World Championships on $1, bottom-of-the-line NSK bearings. When I heard about it, I made sure he got some quality bearings, and he went on to win both the 500 and 10,000 points races on the banked track.

Something I've noticed is that bearings are made differently than they used to be. Today's bearings are roomier inside. They have some play side to side and, as a result, are ready to roll right out of the box.

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