Longboard Buying Guide: Freeride

Freeride longboarding as we know it is a relatively new discipline in the world of skateboarding.

Choosing Your Freeride BearingsSection 4 of 5

Covered in this Section (in order of importance)
  1. 1 Choosing an inexpensive bearing - Bones Reds are inexpensive and proven to be awesome. (Add spacers!)
  2. 2 Choosing a durable bearing - Bearings with integrated spacers (Tektons and Biltins) are extra sturdy.

1 Choosing an Inexpensive Bearing

Spending your precious time choosing bearings for your longboard won’t give you a better ride compared to choosing good freeride wheels with high quality urethane or a proper deck meant for freeriding. You can spend $100 on some fancy ceramics if you want, but you really don’t have to. We've come across many different bearings in our experiences, and here are some of our favorites.


If you want to prolong the life of your bearings it’s important to install some spacers with your bearings. The bearing spacers fit between the bearings and help reduce the damaging effects that come from sliding them sideways.

2 Choosing a Durable Bearing

There’s another bearing that’s practical and really tough. If you feel that you are going to put your bearings through the ringer on a daily basis, you may consider purchasing a bearing with an integrated spacer. These bearings require the least amount of parts and will last you a long time.