Fireball Dragon Precision Bearings Review
Fireball says the Dragon Precision bearings are exactly what you want. They say they have tight-tolerances, a high-quality finish and are designed to last a long time. But are they actually any good?
To answer that question I’m going to break down these bearings in today’s article.
I’ll be talking about whether they perform as advertised, what disciplines they are good for and how fast they are.
After reading it, you’ll know if they are the right bearings for you.
- Dual Labyrinth Shields (rubber shields)
- Nylon retainer
- Stainless steel balls, ring, and race
- Comes with spacers
- Premium lubricant
- Fits 8mm axles
Are these bearings fast?
When picking these bearings you have the choice between two options. The first is the bearing set with the ‘Endure’ lubricant, and the other is a set with the ‘Race’ lubricant. Your speed will depend on the lubricant that you choose.
The Endure is best for longevity
The Endure lubricant is thick. It’s great if you simply want to to put on your bearings and forget about them for a while.
It’s made from heavy grease and is thicker than most lube used in skate bearings. This thickness means the lube will protect your bearings better from water and dirt. They will stay in them for a longer time than the average skate lube.
However, it’s not the best choice for speed. The thickness of the lube will slow you down a little bit. This isn’t ideal if you’re trying to squeeze out as much acceleration out of your bearings.
But the above said and done, the Endure bearings are the best choice for everyday riding. They last long and protect your bearings pretty well.
The Race is the right choice for speed
On the other hand, the Race lubricant performs as advertised and allows the bearings to maximize their speed.
This is because the lube is lighter, thinner, and has a pretty a low-viscosity. This means it will let the bearing roll really fast but will keep friction and heat to a minimum.
And as it absorbs all that heat, it’s viscosity increases and it lets the bearing roll even more! Pretty crazy if you ask me.
But that said, the thinner lubricant won’t protect the bearings all too well. You’ll have to replace it often – after every 15th session, or once you feel the bearings getting rougher and slower. Not ideal if too much maintenance bugs you.
Will these bearings last a long time?
Yes. These bearings are made from stainless steel. It is a strong material that is super resistant to rusting. Unless you purposefully leave water in your bearings, they are unlikely to rust and seize up.
If you choose to pair these bearings with the Endure lube. You’ll get bearings that will last long, won’t need much maintenance and will have consistent performance over time. A pretty nice combo ( but at the sacrifice of speed).
The above said gunk and mud will still get into your bearings and clog them up. So, unfortunately, you will still have to clean your bearings from time to time. Though the process is straightforward and made easy by the bearing shields.
The rubber shields allow for easy maintenance
The rubber shields are a godsend. They are removable and allow you to take them out so you can access the balls and nylon retainer for deeper cleaning.
This is a nice feature. It makes the difference when you are trying to get the gunk out from between the balls after a heavy session of skating in the rain and dirt.
A lot of bearings don’t have this feature and you can never truly get them to be clean. Meaning they’ll be slow and feel rough no matter how much you clean them.
Finally, they also mean you can put the bearing lube directly on the balls. Usually, you have to squeeze the lube on top of the shield and hope some of it falls in. Removing the shields lets you put in the appropriate amount and call it a day.
The stock lube is pretty good
Most bearings come with pretty bad stock lube, even those as high-quality as Bones.
Because of this, most people find their bearings perform really well after the first maintenance.
However, the Dragon bearings come with pretty decent stock lube, so they perform great from the get-go.
They are a bit pricey …
These bearings are premium priced. However, when you consider that they are high-quality, come with great stock lube, and will last you a long time. You can start to see the reasoning for the price.
They also come with spacers too, so that’s another reason why the price may be set that way.
Which set is right for me?
If you are looking for a bearing that has a really smooth ride, and that can handle your everyday commute, the Endure bearings are the one for you.
On the other hand, if you are a speed demon and are looking to maximize your acceleration everywhere you go, the Race bearings are exactly what you are looking for.