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Bearing Technology Overview and Information

Are you still wasting money on ceramic bearings? Hawk Racing, an award-winning leader in non-ceramic bearing technology, offers the smoothest and lightest bottom brackets and derailleur pulleys in the industry. Friction-facts.com has demonstrated that Hawk Racing bearings perform as good as or better than ceramic bearings for half the price—don’t waste your money on ceramic bearings.

In 2009 Hawk Racing introduced a new and innovative bearing technology (Folmer Technology) to the cycling and triathlon industry. Two years later Hawk Racing won the Innovation Product of the Year award from Cross Bike Review and was also named in several magazines as Editor Picks (i.e. Triathlon Magazine Buyers Guide).

Recently, an independent company out of Boulder Colorado created a testing station to learn more about bearing friction. They compared leading brands, including Hawk Racing bearings, and the results speak for themselves! Now, there is indisputable proof that Hawk Racing bearings are the only non-ceramic bearings that perform as good as or better than ceramic, but without the frequent maintenance intervals and high cost associated with ceramic.

In 2011 Hawk Racing introduced a standard sized bearing in full stainless steel and by 2012 60% of all bottom brackets were being made in-house in sunny Florida. The goal is to produce 100% of all future products in the United States. We continue to create new bottom brackets that work for different bicycles. By the end of 2013 we were approved by Cervelo to produce the BBRight bottom bracket (another product that is made in-house).

So what makes our bearings spin so smooth?

Our goal in the beginning was to create a low friction, maintenance free bearing weapon for Road and Triathlon, but with more demand in MTB, BMX and Cycle Cross we had to create new versions of our bearings to withstand the harsh environment that our clients ride in. The result was the full stainless steel version of the Hawk Racing bearing for MTB and then the Cycle Cross version which offers additional protection from the elements due to a new and improved seal (CX Seal).

How do you pick the right version for your bicycle?

You will use standard bearings for road bikes in dry/no salt environments. These bearing have the lowest friction ratings. The Full Stainless Steel Bearings are used for extreme distance riding (>200miles/week), BMX, MTN, and other varying conditions. For the most protection the Full Stainless Steel Bearings with CX Seals are for riding conditions where water, dust, and debris can get into the bearing and degrade it prematurely. Use for MTN, BMX, Cycle Cross, or other wet and dirty conditions. NOTE: This is not for timed road biking as the extra seal slightly increases wattage.

Test Results Explained

Now, let’s discuss what 0.32 watts on the bottom bracket and 0.064 watts on the derailleur pulley means and how it was tested by Friction Facts.

All bearings from all manufacturers were tested under load, so you are actually riding at 95 RPM pushing 250 watts. Our bottom bracket will “use” 0.32 watts just to spin. A Shimano Dura Ace bottom bracket would use 1.48 watts. So when you add this all up, you can save a lot of watts simply by using Hawk Racing products (including our wheels, which uses the same technology). So, basically, you are purchasing yourself some additional proven speed without having to train any harder. Now compare this to ceramic products, which will need frequent servicing and will also typically cost twice as much as our products. Note, Hawk Racing outperforms many of the leading ceramic bearings. Thanks to the research of Friction Facts we are finally able to demonstrate, without question, that ceramic bearings in the cycling industry are just not worth the extra money. For a full list of all products tested, please visit www.friction-facts.com.

We welcome you to Hawk Racing and thank you for your support. Please share our story and our great products with your friends. Please don’t hesitate to contact us as we encourage you to share your ideas, suggestions and comments. At the end of the day, we all share the same passion, we love riding our bicycle.