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DAVE BRADY

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Wheel bearings
« on: 20 October, 2020, 14:35:17 »
Good afternoon,

Wheel bearings, the good and the bad.  I suppose that you pay your money and get what you pay for. So a cheap wheel bearing is just that and the quality reflects the price, ditto a more expensive bearing. Is this the case?
A set of three bearings for an A65 QD rear wheel can be as cheap as about 15 yet one named bearing can cost almost 20.  Are the cheap ones any good bearing (pun) in mind that the manufacturer does not brand these bearings.

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Re: Wheel bearings
« Reply #1 on: 20 October, 2020, 14:45:04 »
Hi Dave,
             I always research and buy in the middle price range, you really get what you pay for in bearings.

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Re: Wheel bearings
« Reply #2 on: 20 October, 2020, 14:55:51 »
Hi Bess,

I agree and I always try to fit good branded bearings.  I wonder how many bikes are out there with sub-standard bearings and other parts for that matter.  Mileage is usually the great test so if little mileage is covered then cheapness will tempt some but failure of sub-standard parts will only serve to perpetuate the myth believed by some, that British bikes are unreliable.  A 'ha'p'orth of tar' is always worth applying.

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Re: Wheel bearings
« Reply #3 on: 20 October, 2020, 16:12:57 »
normally  fit SKF or RHP, never had a problem, for odd beaings especially needle Timken or Koyo, the latter being OEM for Japanese superbikes now. Ive mentioned before, a renowned Ariel specialist supplied Chinese bearings for a square 4 rebuild. when we went to fit them, they fell outas o/dia not to tolerance.
there are a plethora of suppliers on the web from Whych to 123 all with multiple options look for decent ones and you can find good prices, if you order from ebay might be cheaper but when they arrive make sure they are what they say they should be.

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Re: Wheel bearings
« Reply #4 on: 20 October, 2020, 16:21:53 »
As and Engineering Buyer of many years, I have bought many bearings.  If you were a main user of bearings, the price you would pay was list less 85% - yes 85%.
I assume the market is similar so you could pay a high price or a medium price for the same make and size of bearing. It's always worth shopping around.
 

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Re: Wheel bearings
« Reply #5 on: 21 October, 2020, 09:07:13 »
 I always use the same supplier for bearings here in the North East of England I use Rapid Engineering based on the Team Valley Gateshead. As an example some 8 years ago I was restoring the gearbox on my A65 and was quoted 75 + from various dealers for the 2 mainshaft bearings and the layshaft needle roller bearings, I took the bearings down to them they took the bearings away came back a few minutes later and said they could get the bearings the next day fo 34 the reason that they do not keep these type of bearings in stock is because they are imperial sizes but they say theyt can get any imperial size bearing. I have used them a number of times for bearigsand oil seals for various bikes and for my small lathe without any problems.

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Re: Wheel bearings
« Reply #6 on: 21 October, 2020, 18:36:51 »
For me it's always the local bearing shop. Has most sizes in stock and is very helpful. Not always the cheapest but as never sold me owt dodgy yet....   Griff
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Re: Wheel bearings
« Reply #7 on: 22 October, 2020, 07:29:24 »
just ordered some needle roller bearings from Henderson Bearings, cheapest around inc vat and there was an option on delivery for free post, thanks very much

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Re: Wheel bearings
« Reply #8 on: 11 November, 2020, 13:17:25 »
I bought some bearing a while ago for my B31 wheels. They were advertised as EU quality, which I took to mean European Union or similar. When they arrived they looked distinctly dodgy and when I asked the supplier they confirmed that EU did not have anything to do with european manufacture and they were not suitable for a safety critical application such as wheels on a motorbike! (chinese if I remember correctly)
Always best to buy a brand you know has a reputation for quality.