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Best Replacement Sealed Bearings

Old 12-07-20, 09:45 PM
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Best Replacement Sealed Bearings

Anybody have recommendations for a good set of sealed bearings for a track hub? I was playing around with my rear wheel yesterday and I noticed the bearings have gone a bit crunchy. I'd like something that is fairly durable in wet and potentially dirty conditions if possible. I'd be willing to spend more for peak reliability and longevity.

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When the stock bearings in my Surly “New” Track hub conclusively failed a couple of years ago I bought Phil Wood sealed bearings built by NTN and had the LBS install them. They are soooooo much better it is astounding. I think I paid around $30 for the pair and it was well worth it!
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Originally Posted by rustystrings61 View Post
When the stock bearings in my Surly “New” Track hub conclusively failed a couple of years ago I bought Phil Wood sealed bearings built by NTN and had the LBS install them. They are soooooo much better it is astounding. I think I paid around $30 for the pair and it was well worth it!
Jeez cant argue with $30! How are the seals on them? Do you ride them on trails or salty winter roads at all?
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Old 12-08-20, 08:47 AM
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when my bearings blew out, i switched to ceramic bearings.
All sealed bearings would have to changed in about a 1000 miles.
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Originally Posted by PeopleAreIdiots View Post
Jeez cant argue with $30! How are the seals on them? Do you ride them on trails or salty winter roads at all?
I went back and looked at my records and realized I replaced those bearings in October 2019, and have less than 1k miles on them. FWIW I chose them because other cyclists on this and other forums had good results, especially with this particular hub and these particular bearings. Another factor is that the stock bearings Surly used c. 2002 had durability issues. I chose NOT to go with ceramic after my ride buddy who has the same rear hub got a set installed and they lasted less than a year.

I ride over dirt, gravel and paved roads including chipseal, neglected tarmacadam and occasionally concrete, and so far so good.
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Phil Wood is a good choice, Enduro, SKF, NTN also make fine bearings.
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Thanks for the info guys. I might check out the phil woods and see how they do!
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Rwc/

maybe time to be acquainted with RWC aka real world cycling.https://www.enduroforkseals.com/
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