Ceramic bearings: Do you need them for your bike?

Ceramic bearings
(Image credit: Getty Images / CeramicSpeed)

When it comes to upgrading components that make you go faster on your bike, many riders' first concerns are about reducing weight or improving aerodynamics, but an often overlooked area of potential improvement is friction. A whole host of products have been launched over recent years that claim to reduce friction and save watts, and ceramic bearings are present in many of them. 

Reducing friction has the potential to unlock many gains. Present in your derailleur pulleys, bottom bracket, hubs, pedals and more, superior bearings can ensure that fewer of the watts you expend are wasted in overcoming friction, and more of them end up creating forward momentum.

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Lance Branquinho is a Namibian born media professional, with 15-years of experience in technology and engineering journalism covering anything with wheels. Being from Namibia, he knows a good gravel road when he sees one, and he has raced some of Africa’s best-known mountain bike stage races, such as Wines2Wales and Berg&Bush.