Bearings and Maintenance

In this article we are going to talk about bearing maintenance and the different type of bearings that rideworks use our products.

Bearing Types

All our products use Enduro bearings and mainly we fit 2 different types:

Radial

These are the standard deep groove bearings you see in many products standard inner and outer races with a groove that accepts steel balls.

Angular Contact (AC)

AC bearings are similar to radial however, angular contact ball bearings have inner and outer ring raceways that are displaced relative to each other in the direction of the bearing axis.

This means that these bearings are designed to accommodate combined loads, for example simultaneously acting radial and axial loads.

Bearing Maintenance

Most bearings and bottom brackets for example come with seals of some kind, however no seal can provide full sealing and some dirt, water or contamination of some kind  will get in at some point.

To extend the life of your bearings regular maintenance is essential especially in the bottom bracket area, trapped water can wreak havoc on bearings – on bottom brackets we recommend:

  • Flush bearings completely use Finish Line speed degreaser as it doesn’t leave residue
  • Clean and repack grease every 800 miles or every six months to a year depending on the ground condition and weather riding in
  • Inspect regularly