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ENDURO ABEC 3
What Does ABEC 3 Mean? ABEC ratings are standards which require each bearing to pass many tests in order to meet the scheduled requirements.
This includes noise testing at high RPM, extremely tight tolerances for the internal diameter, outer diameter, roundness of
ball, trueness of races, and surface finish of all of the above. The ABEC 3 rating is a good rating for use in bicycles.
The ABEC standards increase as the number goes up. In other words, ABEC 5 is a higher standard than ABEC 3, even
though only differing by 2 digits in rating.
THE BALLS are made from chromium steel. These high precision Grade 10 balls are 10/1,000,000”
from exactly round in sphericity. For comparison, Shimano and Campagnolo use grade 25 balls in their top-level components. When
talking ball grade, the smaller the number, the "rounder" the ball.
THE RACES are vacuum de-gassed 52100 high carbon chromium alloy steel, hardened to Rockwell C-62.
THE RETAINERS are riveted steel for superior strength.
THE SEALS will be LLU or LLB: 2RS literally means Two Rubber Seals. Many bearing manufacturers use the "2RS" designation to indicate that their
seal is made from rubber and has one sealing lip rubbing on any flat part of the inner race. For us, 2RS means a proper rubber
seal on each side of the bearing. On the ABEC 3 series, the seals are either LLB (well suited for hubs) or LLU (better
for suspension pivots).
LLU: A full contact, dual lip seal
riding in a groove on the inner race. With more sealing pressure, these are ideal for pivots or headsets that continually
come in contact with dirt, sweat, and dust. The increased seal pressure and 2 lips help retain the 90% grease fill we use
on these bearings to better displace any moisture and continually lubricate the balls and races.
LLB: Enduro's most popular seal type,
this is a Nitrile material rubber with a steel insert. Rather than the standard 2RS type seal, this design goes a step further
by machining a groove into the inner race where the seal can rotate with better efficiency and less rolling resistance. Rather
than one thick seal lip rubbing on a blunt surface, LLB type utilizes two razor thin sealing lips riding in the groove
with light contact. The outside lip keeps the water and contaminates out, while the inner seal retains the grease for smooth
function and long intervals between servicing.