When the new park opened I decided it was time for a new setup giving me a chance to finally try out the Bronson Speed Co bearings. Anyone who has been keeping up with skate news has bound to have heard of them and i’ll be surprised if you’re not at least a little interested. For years now Bones have been a solid choice for bearings (Namely the Bones Reds) but if these are as good as they claim to be, I doubt you’ll ever use a set of Reds again.
The Bronson Speed Co G3 Bearings claim to be the perfect skateboarding with a range of crazy technologies going into them.
- Deep Groove Raceways – The balls roll deep in raceway channels which reduces side impact damage & breakage.
- Straight Edge Frictionless Shields – These shields are pop off resistant and hold oil in while keeping dirt and moisture out making them easy to clean.
- Micro Groove Raceway Surfaces – Linear micro-groove surfaces improve bearing lubrication, speed and spin.
- Max Impact Cage Design – Non-distortion custom cage keeps the balls precision spaced & oil circulating.
- Balls Out Technology – Eliminates shield and cage contact on impact for a go fast, stay fast bearing.
- High Speed Ceramic Oil – Nano-ceramic compounds for wear protection – moisture, rust, corrosion resistant.
- Factory Fresh Quality – Nitrogen filled shrink wrap, reduces metal & oil oxidation until ready to be ridden. Means that you can leave these bearings in storage for years and they will still be factory fresh when you finally open them.
If that bulleted list doesn’t make you tingle you obviously have something wrong with you. It takes a special bearing to last a few years without seizing or popping and by the sounds of it these bearings should tick every box.
They come in an amazing metal presentation tin with a slide off lid. Inside of that you have the 8 bearings as you can expect. Then Bronson are kind enough to supply you with a full set of 4 spacers for inside the wheels and 8 washers as you’ve probably already lost these before. The bearings themselves have bright orange shields, one with a black stripe on it to indicate which way around it goes in the wheel.
I’ve been skating them for a few weeks now and they’re definitely the best bearings I’ve skated. Before these I was skating Flip HKD Abec 5’s and I loved those too, much nicer than Bones Reds (in my opinion) and a little cheaper too. Straight out the tin they roll forever and are super smooth and quiet. Even now they are still silent when rolling around at the park, making a nice change from the usual racket put out from broken in bearings.
The park at the moment is surrounded by mud as they were trying to grow some grass, meaning the board has landed in there plenty of times. Even then, the shields have managed to keep all of the dirt out so they are still running as smooth as ever.
For the £29.99 price tag I can definitely recommend them. You may be paying twice as much as you would for a set of Bones Reds but the quality jump is much more. I’m sure they could easily outlast them too making them a very worthy investment.