The open side faces the inside of the WHEEL not the inside of the SKATE. See what I mean? On each wheel, when you hold it in your hands, you will only see the shields.sk8indy wrote:Sorry if I am missing something but I just looked at my skates and sure enough the open side is pointing out since I rotated the wheels not long ago. Can anyone help me understand this?
Mikeyb wrote:Wish I felt the same as all of you about these bearings. I recently bought a K2 Rad Pro as a back up boot for my speed skates. They come equipped w ILQ9 Pro bearings. Admittedly I use my speed boot 90% of the time and probably have put less than 25 miles on the K2's. However, the bearings simply feel sluggish. They're also noisy. Keep in mind my speed skates have BSB Swiss bearings.
You could argue these need to be broken in but I've repeatedly heard that the Pros are fast out of the box. Both my skates have 2x110/2x100 frames so it's not a geometry difference. Maybe when these break in they free up a bit. For right now they are undeniably sluggish and clearly slower....alot slower!
DROID wrote:A little clarification is needed.
In Francisco's review he mentioned a rubber shiled,..... not a nylon shiled,.....
in the photo of the ILQ-9 bearings,.... let me ask about the BLUE bearing shiled (BCB)
...... is the BLUE shiled NYLON or RUBBER ???
...... Does the Blue shield face the inside of the wheel???
......With the BCB's (blue shield) is there a removable rubber shield on the inside???.......("inside" = faces the inside of the wheel ???)
I am very interested in these wheels, and I want to understand how they work and how I can maintain them.
I raced in the St. Gallen 111 Km race this past summer in ILQ- classics and after 10 miles in the rain they started squeeking and squeeling and my race was basically over at that point because it was as though I was dragging a cement brick ......... and I suffered like a big dog for a long time as rec skaters breezed past me.Needless to say,.... I can NEVER afford to have a repeat of that experience,.......
DROID wrote:I wish I would have known that before going ALL the way to Switzerland and screwing up a cool race that I really trained hard for...
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