Originally Posted by dutret
If you are worried about it replace the cartridges with something nicer and possibly unsealed.
All cartridge bearings are essentially sealed. You could pop the plate off the front if you wanted, but I doubt you'd reduce much drag that way. You're right though, it's not something worth worrying about. The pro peloton is full of cartridge-bearing wheels (granted, they're ceramic), and those guys get by just fine.
The stock Formula bearings definitely don't spin like a well-packed loose-ball hub, but I imagine that, like anything else, they get better as they break in and the bearings can be upgraded cheaply and with ease.
Last edited by bonechilling; 03-01-09 at 11:13 PM.