The bearings are the most vital part of a skateboard. Bearings are inserted between the wheel and axle. It is because of this anti-friction device that the skateboard wheels move around freely and give us scope to speed up. With modern technology manufacturers have started using ceramic skateboarding bearings for their skateboards. Ceramic skateboarding bearings are lighter than other conventional bearings and can operate much faster than them.
Ceramic skateboarding bearings are a combination wherein the outer and inner rings are made of steel or chrome and the rolling balls are made out of ceramic material. The ceramic substance used for the balls is silicon nitride. The advantage of the ceramic skateboarding bearings is that they are lighter in weight and reduce skidding or slipping of the rolling balls. Ceramic bearings are preferred over steel bearings because they are capable of enhancing speed and acceleration. Experienced professionals always prefer such ceramic bearings because they do not heat up fast and also reduce the vibration levels.
If one compares between steel and ceramic skateboarding bearings we can see that the ceramic bearings weigh less than the steel ones and also reduce centrifugal loading hence roll much faster than traditional steel bearings. The ceramic bearings use less energy to increase speed. Ceramic skateboarding bearings are truly ‘anti-friction’ by nature and do not get heated up like the steel ones. Reduced amount of friction results in less lubrication and reduced sound level. The smooth quality of thee bearings cause reduction of the friction between the ball and the bearing races giving you an overall smooth ride. The ceramic bearings are harder than the steel bearings and can withstand increased amount of wear and tear on roads. Ceramic material has more resistance to corrosion and requires a minimum amount of lubricant. All these advantages make a ceramic bearings last much longer than steel ball bearings.
For beginners ceramic skateboarding bearings could prove to be an expensive buy. However if you are a professional conducting tougher tricks you will not want to compromise on a skateboard without ceramic skateboard bearings. Beginners can start with normal bearings and can turn to ceramic bearings after they have mastered the basic flips and tricks and require a skateboard which provides higher speed and help to improve their performances. Many riders opt for such bearings not only because of a smoother ride, but also because they are easier to clean. Bearings made out of ceramic keep dirt out and can be cleaned very easily. Riders who did not have knowledge about these ceramic bearings can easily switch to them or modify their bearings by changing their steel balls to ceramic ones. Nowadays all branded companies are making such ceramic bearings and any skateboarder can easily avail them through any local sports shops or can log on to the Internet and search skateboarding websites for them. If you are lucky you could pick up a set of amazing ceramic bearings in a much less price through holiday offers and discounts. Wish you a smooth skating ride!