I rate ZPI #1
Boca Mil Abec9 hybrids #2
TG Rockets hybrid Abec7 #3
Boca OS hybrid Abec7 #4
Boca Abec5 full ceramic & TG Rockets Abec5 full ceramics #5
All bearings including full ceramics are shieldless if they came with shields I removed them for ease of cleaning and keeping them lubed (Hedgehog Air are open on one side).
I know it’s all subjective and I have adjusted my thoughts on this a few times over the years but this is where I stand on the subject at the present. I also have a few different high cost bearing oils like, ZPI zero friction, Hedgehog Alchemy, ReelX. Xtreme reel +. Oust, Quantum Hot sauce, TSI 301, Diaw red & blue and Shimano.
Currently I like Alchemy the best with ZPI zero friction a close second, Xtreme reel + 3rd & Oust 4th.
I do have to reapply every other trip but it only takes about a minute or two to reapply so it’s no big deal. I don’t use TSI on hybrid or ceramics, only on full metal bearings (mostly stock bearings) and it lasts the longest. I have thought about purchasing their lubricant which is safe for use with plastics TSI 341 I think it’s called, just never got around to it yet. TSI 301 is really good and lasts the longest if it was safe for plastics it might be the best IMO.
I apologize for going
In response to your question if you don’t mind the noise and losing a little in total distance and your reel isn’t finicky on bearing tolerances they might be the last bearings you’ll ever need to buy for that reel. Full ceramics come with shields on both sides from Boca & TG Rockets so removing them is something you’ll need to do if you want to go shieldless. Removing shields is easy IMO but it’s something you should know.
http://www.bocabearings.com/explorers/r ... lorer.htmlJBcrankaddict wrote:Great info on the full ceramics.Whick type did you purchase from Boca? Im interested in buying some for my 50e but unsure which kind to get.I see them going for $49, $63, and $70 a piece,was thinking of getting the $63 but not sure its worth it, dont really see a diff. in specs,maybe just in tolerances.Also are they seals like the orange seals or shields with a retainer? Thanks
The seals are not like the OS, they are a kind of plastic (single piece per side). You have to be careful when removing them because they will easily come apart. A couple pairs did on me and I had to return them to get replacements and since they are made out of country (UK I think) they had to be ordered which took more time. I bought mine when they were on sale so I don’t remember the cost per pair except they were just under $100.