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Posted: Thu Sep 05, 2002 10:08 pm
by George Gould
a lot of people have written this and that about bearings. without an involved discussion there are 3-5 bearings (or brands) that seem do do really well racing. i can say that i weigh over 200 lbs and have ridden a set of PT abec 7 sealed bearings for a month. no problems, the more i ride them, the better they feel. perhaps there are faster bearings. however for the price i can afford to practice on PT's and race or save very expensive sets of others. i ride in a very dusty environment, everything in the west is dusty with lower humidity, i choose PT's sealed for that reason. skate safe George.

Posted: Wed Sep 18, 2002 8:02 pm
by Ricky Byrd
I can't stress enough how pleased Josh and I have been with Pleasure Tool Bearings. Thanks for your support to the slalom community Ed!

Posted: Wed Sep 18, 2002 8:50 pm
by Vlad Popov
Those bearings are a pleasure for my tool!
I use them for practice and racing. ABEC 3&5. The service is fantastic. But the value is even more fanasticer!
However, unlike Ricky here, I use them on the right side of the course (that can actually be left)
Vlad, the Pleasure Tool user.

Posted: Thu Sep 19, 2002 7:43 pm
by Joachim Leonhardt
I have done a little bearing comparison.
Not all manufactures were represented, because Germany is nearly an equipment dessert.
This test represents my personal subjective opinion.

I tested the bearings during a 50 cones tight slalom course (6ft). (...hope that the link works well)
My testing equipment was:
Borads, trucks: Roe Hester TS both RT-X trucks wedged froward; Turner needlenose medflex, front wedged RT-X, rear G*truck 100 not wedged and Calypso mid stiff, NOS Midtracks with original grey Tracker pads not wedged,
Wheels: ABEC 11 Stingers and Turner LaCosta, different ones.

<a href=" ... ">Location: Essen, Kunstwerkerstrasse</a>

The results are reflecting my subjective impression, because no time system was improved.
I have set Pleasure Tools ABEC 7 sealed bearings as a standard.
PT ABEC 7 ceramic shield: faster,
Swiss Bones black: nearly the same,
Turner ABEC 5: slower, but faster than the red China Bones,
China Bones red: slower and,
different German bearings without producer name on them: from very slow to faster (the fasted was named: High speed ABEC 5)

Sorry, did not test higher ABEC Turner-bearings, OUST, ... .
They could be faster (concerning to my personal defined standard) or not, I do not know yet --
Please let me know your experiences, also with respect to the life time of different bearings.

Joachim Leonhardt

Posted: Wed Sep 25, 2002 2:09 am
by Curt Kimbel
I have been riding PT bearings for several months. They are fast, smooth, long lasting and easy to maintain.

I prefere the shielded bearings vice sealed, but I don't mind cleaning them from time to time.

Ed Lynn and his wife Stephanie are always quick to fill an order or respond to any questions.

Good bearings, good people, good value, great company.


Posted: Wed Sep 25, 2002 4:47 am
by Adam Trahan
I use PT's and they work well. As has been written, they spin up better as the hours build on them. I use PT bearings here in Arizona and we have the most dusty climate you can imagine...

True work horse bearing with the best value.

Posted: Fri Sep 27, 2002 4:59 pm
by George Gould
one other thing, regardless of the bearing, clean them. even new bearing seem to benefit from cleaning. i cleaned some new sealed PT's with maybe one ride on them, they spool up faster. also with the sealed, which is all i ride, i removed the inner sheild. maybe more frequent cleaning will be needed, but in the quest for less hundredths of seconds it appears to be working.

Posted: Sun Sep 29, 2002 4:24 am
by Claude Regnier
Just wanted to add my 2 cents worth. No matter what level racer or user of a 608 bearing, there is no denying PT's are the best bang for the buck.

It's been almost a year since i received my first couple of sets and I have no week bearings. There is no give in any of them. They are still solid.

I have a very agressive skating style and puts lots of torsional presure (side load) on my bearings. I weigh just under 195lbs. most of the time. I also do a lot of Handstand Kickflips (Freestlye) on multiple stacks of boards. Sometimes as many as five and sometimes I still even land 'em.

If the bearings in my Freestyle set-up can take that then they should be able to handle most of what we can throw at them.

before you spend your hard earned $$$$$$$$$ be sure.

Thanks ED.

George as far as removing shields your right on both counts. It is faster and does require cleaning more often. That is the only way I raced throughout the 80's. I think I'll fix myself up a set before Morro Bay. Thanks for reminding me.

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Posted: Sat Dec 21, 2002 4:22 am
by Mark McCree
You guys are the coolest. My maid even stole my only "t" shirt.

People sometimes mistake your company with the adult toy business- I just tell them I was a model and thats how I got the shirt!!

I will stick to getting my name on the shirts so my maid won't steel anymore.


Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2003 6:47 pm
by Gary Holl
I justed started riding Pleasure Tools and they feel perfect...smooth and fast!

If you have timne to clean bearings Vs. buying new ones then the folks at PT make the coolest cleaning kit....check it out at

Posted: Tue Dec 16, 2003 6:24 pm
by Gary Holl
After riding PT's for a few months now I can clearly see why people love and easy to clean! I use them on my park/vert board and my street board too.