In many ways Ceramic Bearings represent the ultimate wheel upgrade. Ceramics are slightly lighter, slightly rounder, and provide slightly less friction than steel bearings.
This all adds up to a faster/lighter set of wheels! Right?
IT'S NOT THAT SIMPLE!
We offer 2 grades of ceramic bearing upgrade and the price you pay includes the bearings and also the cost of fully rebuilding the hubs on your new Kinetic-One wheels with Ceramics. We also offer a 3rd option (CeramicSpeed bearings) ... but that’s just to make your jaw drop really. And to be honest the CeramicSpeeds are the only bearings worth bothering with in our very long experience!
PLEASE NOTE WE CAN OFFER THIS CERAMIC BEARING UPGRADE ON DTSWISS / BITEX / MICHE/AMBROSIO/FORMULA HUBS.
Not everyone needs or will gain from Ceramics ... and they are not cheap!
- As for weight saving compared to steel balls. It is tiny!
-As to better heat dissipation from Ceramics. Certainly relevant at 10000rpm in motor sport. But seriously ... in cycling. Have you ever found overheating (or any heating!) of your hubs to be an issue!
- in order to realise reduced friction - Ceramic bearings use what are called Low-Contact or even 'non-contact' seals. These are fantastic at reducing drag but as the name suggests they offer less protection from the elements than standard high-contact seals. For this reason we supply a syringe of Ceramic Speed bearing grease with all wheelsets which have a ceramic bearing upgrade.
THE MESSAGE IS: CERAMICS ARE FAST - BUT THEY DO NEED REGULAR GREASING TO KEEP THEM FAST. IF THEY ARE YOUR RACE DAY WHEELS THEY WILL NEED LITTLE EXTRA MAINTENANCE. BUT IF YOU INTEND TO RIDE IN INCLEMENT WEATHER AND ARE NOT INCLINED TO GET THEM REGREASED EVERY 6 MONTHS (OR LESS IF YOU USE THEM IN WINTER!) THEN WE WOULD SAY - ‘STICK WITH STANDARD BEARINGS’.
THIS LEVEL OF CARE IS REQUIRED OF ALL CERAMIC BEARINGS EXCEPT ‘HIGH CONTACT’ TYPE BEARINGS - WHICH ARE SO DRAGGY THAT YOU’D BE BETTER OFF WITH STANDARD STEEL BEARINGS IN OUR VIEW AND SAVING £100 OR MORE!! THAT’S WHY WE DON’T SELL THEM OF COURSE! SORRY, THATS A LOT OF CAPITALS!!
Just our opinion!!