Why ABEC Rating?
The term "ABEC" came from The Annular Bearing Engineering Committee, an organization founded during WWII in order to ensure the right quality bearing for the right application, such as machinery, warplanes and even spaceships. The term has evolved along with skateboarding right into the modern skate bearing factory, being re-appropriated to fit skateboarding, not spaceships. While critics and naysayers claim "ABEC" means nothing to skateboarding, that is just not true. I'll tell you a secret though, take any ABEC rated skateboard bearing you can find on the market to the Annular Bearing Engineering Committee for testing, and you will find, that on their scale, (designed for aircraft and machinery reaching ridiculously high rpm) you will probably get an abec 1. Thats like going to a doctor and asking how many tons you weigh, where the answer will surely be < 1. Well then its all marketing, you ask? Well, kind of, but the same testing technologies that ABEC (the association) uses are applied in our factories to our bearings and rated as such, but on a smaller scale, more tuned into the speeds of skateboarding / longboarding. The higher the "ABEC" rating, is indeed the tighter the precision rating, meaning the faster the bearing will spin and the longer it will hold up under high speeds and stress. Please note that ABEC rating is all about manufacturing tolerances and has nothing to do with corrosion, which has to do with chemistry. We will touch in that in our next article.