The quality of a skateboard bearing depends on three things: the tolerance levels of a factory, the bearing’s design, and the quality of its raw materials.
All skateboard bearing companies source bearings from a distributor or a factory. They do not possess factories because a factory cannot survive by solely manufacturing skateboard bearings. Therefore, factories that supply bearings for other applications manufacture all skateboard bearings. Setting up a factory’s production line to produce a custom skateboard bearing takes a lot of time and money. Hence, factories only agree to provide custom bearings for skateboard brands that will place large orders that are financially viable.
The Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ) set by factories forces most skateboard bearings companies into sourcing predesigned bearings from a distributor. Distributors can offer companies custom options such as colored seals and laser printing on the bearing’s inner or outer rings. However, the bearings are designed to have a short life span, which lowers production costs and increases sales.
There are a couple of skateboard bearing companies that do deal directly with a factory. Still, their factories are not able to offer the same precision and tolerance levels as the factory with which we have formed a friendship. We are proud to be working with a factory in China that can meet a standard for medical manufacturing tolerance levels, which we have adapted to skateboarding. The factory’s ultra-high medical-grade precision machining is so good that it influenced our branding and marketing.
Over two years, the factory helped us develop a custom bearing that meets the most demanding specifications for skateboarding. Rx Bearings withstand enormously high impacts, high speeds, heat, and weathering; while minimizing vibrations, which gives our bearings longer service life.
In the end, creating a superior skateboard bearing comes down to whom you know. Rx works with one of the world’s top metallurgists and bearings expert and has formed a close relationship with a high-end factory. These relationships position us to provide a quality bearing that is unmatched by any other leading skateboard bearing brand. Rx high-speed bearings are the solution to skateboarders’ needs. Our complex close tolerance medical machined bearings ensure highly reliable and accurate bearings.