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    30 S La Patera Lane
    Santa Barbara, California
    United States

    Phone: (805) 964-1330



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    "In the early 1980s, skateboarding was at a low ebb and it was difficult to find top quality bearings. American bearing companies like Fafnir had vacated the bearing market because the Japanese produced vast quantities of lower cost bearings and U.S. companies could not compete at the price Japanese bearings were selling for. The Japanese bearings were of good quality but were not very fast. German bearings were better, but many skaters wanted an even faster bearing to help them go higher on vert ramps or to roll farther with each push.

    Seeing this need, I set out to find the best bearing I could that would still be affordable to skaters. I looked in America and in Europe. My search ended at a small, custom bearing manufacturer in Switzerland. Their bearings were faster than any we had ever tested before and, at the time, only a little more expensive than German bearings.

    I worked with the Swiss manufacturer to optimize a bearing for skating. I changed from a standard stamped metal ball retainer to a high speed precision molded plastic one that could be removed by skaters to allow better cleaning of the bearing. We left one shield off so skaters could get to the inside of the bearing without any tools to clean and re-lubricate it. Next, we adjusted the tolerances and clearances to allow the bearing to take the combination side and vertical loads imposed by skating better than normal bearings do (which are mostly designed for electric motors). Finally, we replaced the usual lubricant with a special one we developed ourselves called Bones Speed Cream™.

    Re-engineering this fine bearing for skating produced the fastest, most sought after, most competition successful bearing in the history of our sport. In fact, it is still the fastest bearing you can buy for skating even after all these years and after many other companies have packaged and hyped you to buy their ABEC-1, 3, 5, 7 or 9 “super bearings” with cartoon characters, racy names or whatever.

    We test all these bearings with custom equipment we have made to compare the important qualities of bearings like drag and vibration at high speeds and extended roll at low and medium speeds. Then we have our team ride the bearings until the bearings “die” to see how long they will last and how they perform in actual skating environments. Some of the bearings you will see advertised or sold in shops are junk and some are pretty good, but no bearing we have ever tested has equalled the performance of Bones Swiss.
    Affordable Bearings

    The only thing negative we can say about Bones Bearings is today’s price. it is high because the Swiss have to charge this much to make money, and we have to pass our increased cost long to you. I know this puts Bones Swiss out of reach for many skaters and so I have been searching for a bearing that approaches the performance of our legendary Swiss at a lower price.

    When I considered where I might find such a bearing, I thought of China because I have visited this rapidly developing country a number of times to help introduce skateboarding to the Chinese. While there, I discovered that parts of China are highly developed, possess good manufacturing equipment, and are capable of producing high quality items at low cost. So I started a search in China for a bearing manufacturer capable of producing a great skate bearing with a little help from us.

    Two years and many tests later, we have come amazingly close to the performance of our own Bones Swiss for about half the price using a Chinese bearing manufacturer to our design specifications. We call this product Bones REDS.

    I know that most Chinese bearings offered to skaters today were selected for their low cost, not their quality and performance. This has resulted in a number of nicely packaged, poor quality Chinese bearings being successfully promoted with big ads in skate mags. These companies don’t want you to know that their bearings are just the cheapest bearings they could buy placed in a pretty box and they don’t even tell you where they are made.

    I mention this because Bones REDS are not a low quality bearing in a pretty package, but could be mistaken for this before you ride them just because they are made in China. What we are doing with Bones REDS is similar in concept to our affordable MiniLogo decks and wheels many of you have enjoyed this past year—great product at a rock bottom price.

    Bones REDS have very low friction, are made from the same fine materials as our Bones Swiss, are designed to the same specifications, have similar high speed ball retainers, have a single shield for easy cleaning and come pre-lubed with Speed Cream™ to make them fast and long lasting.

    We are proud of Bones REDS and so we are not afraid to say our affordable bearings are made in China... the homeland of Chin. Bones REDS should be available in your local shop. I know you will be pleased with the price and the performance of Bones REDS." - George A. Powell

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    Posted by davidbranomjr August 30, 2012 11:04am PDTReply | Report Abuse

    I am a comp vert skater that is looking for some help with shoes. I am open to all levels of help including discounts. My 2012 Summer contests were top 10 open men to 30 at Venice Beach Polar Bear Bowl Jam, 3rd 11-15 at North Fontana, 3rd open men to 30 at Oceanside (Shawn Hildago Memorial), 3rd South Fontana, 11-15 flow and cradle, Montclair 1st (11-15). Many other contests that I placed. I skate for Little Villian Skateboards and Grombomb Healthy Hydration Drink just looking for some help with bearings and shirts. I know things don't come for free, I rep proudly with a good image the brands I rep. Austin showed me that. He is a great example of your image. Thanks for the consideration. Check out my profile and google me online or facebook.

    b0n35_5k8 0r d13_

    Posted by b0n35_5k8 0r d13_ April 3, 2012 10:12pm PDTReply | Report Abuse

    would i have a chance of getting sponsored, i street skate but im more of a freestyler, so message me


    Posted by cristiant113 March 29, 2010 08:57pm PDTReply | Report Abuse

    hey im 14 and i was wondering how good do i have to be to get sponsered by you guys and what is some of the stuff that i would have to be able to do and your bearing are the best that there is in the whole world plaese email me at cristiantrujillo@live.com


    Posted by chicosk8tr123 February 7, 2010 01:53pm PSTReply | Report Abuse

    your bearings are incredibly fast


    Posted by hscwabtown February 5, 2010 06:45pm PSTReply | Report Abuse

    i have a video on my profile but truthfuly its not that good at all but really could you sponsor me.


    Posted by shredboard1220 December 29, 2009 10:04am PSTReply | Report Abuse

    holy snap once I put these bearings on I went flying down the road.

    jordan richardson

    Posted by jordan richardson April 27, 2009 06:09pm PDTReply | Report Abuse

    Become a friend on my account.


    Posted by kaytlynfreeborn April 18, 2009 07:43pm PDTReply | Report Abuse

    I skate REDS! They are so fast! I love Bones for bearings!


    Posted by sketchmaster_rockie February 12, 2009 04:34pm PSTReply | Report Abuse

    ahhh i love the spfs bro, would you sponsor me? i got part of a video that im making, on my profile so check it out and let me know what you think, thanks
    -rockie(sketch master) garza


    Posted by sk8er24 December 3, 2008 10:38am PSTReply | Report Abuse

    hey i skate reds and i am working on a video to send to you for a sponsor please let me know if your interested

    fallen skater

    Posted by fallen skater August 21, 2008 07:57am PDTReply | Report Abuse

    reds ae the best sponser me!!! please

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