Are you looking to improve your inline hockey skills? Do you want to skate faster? Do you want to perform better on the rink? An upgrade in hockey bearings or wheels could be just what you need.
Inline Hockey Bearings
Hockey bearings are metal rings placed inside your wheels which allow for smooth and free spinning. The quality of your bearings will allow for different levels of performance. Inline bearings are rated in the ABEC scale, ranging from 1-9 in odd numbers. ABEC 5 bearings are standard in most entry-level inline hockey skates. ABEC 9 bearings are generally worn by more experienced players looking to get the most out of their game.
The picture to the right also contains spacers, seen in blue. Most wheel/bearing combinations require these spacers to fit between each set of bearings. Without spacers the bearings would not properly fit on the skate…and that’s not a good thing.
Inline Hockey Wheels
Today most wheels are made from a durable plastic called polyurethane. Wheels are designed to provide players with differing amounts of speed and grip depending on the skater’s preference. When purchasing inline hockey wheels there are two things to keep in mind: hardness and size. Inline hockey wheels range in hardness from 74A – 84A. The larger the number, the harder the wheel. Harder wheels are designed for outdoor use, while softer wheels are mainly used on indoor surfaces. Lighter skaters will also gain more benefit from using softer wheels.
The size of the wheel also has some influence on the performance of your skates. Different skate manufacturers design their skates to fit certain “set-ups”. For example, Mission Inline Skates feature a “Hi-Lo” setup that looks like this:
This means that your front two wheels on each skate will be 76mm, while your back wheels are 80mm. Such a set-up is designed for increased stability, especially when skating backwards. Different skate manufacturers use different set-ups. When purchasing wheels and bearings it is important to keep this in mind.

Inline Hockey Bearings and Wheels