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F1 Ceramic Bearing Maintenance

We have posted several videos showing you how to grease your F1 Ceramic Bearings in order to get the best performance and longevity from your bearings.

The biggest enemy to a bearing is contamination. Therefore a long lifespan is directly related to proper care and maintenance. Your F1 Ceramic bearings are high performance parts and should be taken care of as such.

Your F1 Ceramic Bearings are pre-greased with F1 Grease (either Turbo Grease or Rocket Sauce) . You will need to purchase our F1 Grease to grease our bearings. It is the only grease we recommend as compatible with our bearings.

Do not continue to use bearings that won't spin freely. If you continue to ride dirty or poorly lubricated bearings, you can permanently damage the bearings. Contaminants in your bearings can cause the pitting of your races, increasing friction, causing heat buildup, and can eventually cause the bearing to stop turning.

Normal riding conditions:

- Wheel Bearings and Pulleys should be greased at least once per year.  Full ceramic pulleys should never be greased, they do not require any lubrication.
- BBs should be greased several times a year to ensure a long lifespan (if you can, do it at least quarterly)
Bonus Tip:  Often times road grit works it's way behind the dustcaps of bottom brackets.  Instead of doing a full greasing, as shown in the videos below, you can simply remove the dustcap, wipe away the grease and grit from the bearing and back of the dustcap, reapply a bead of grease to the bearing seal and then re-install the dustcap.  This will often solve any gritty and/or rough feel found on bottom brackets.  If not, follow the video below for a full greasing.

Greasing more often is better than not often enough, particularly with BBs which are subject to the most contamination and are also the easiest to maintain.

Rain riding: There is much concern among riders about riding their BB in the rain. It is fine to ride in the rain but we recommend doing the below maintenance soon after riding. We power wash our team's cross bikes virtually every weekend and also maintain the BB at the same time to be safe. We have several years of use on the BBs and they are smooth as silk. But the key is maintenance.

You should keep your bearings clean (no dirt or moisture) and well lubricated. Water can rust the races and dirt can destroy the race finish if left for too long. Poorly maintained bearings are not covered under warranty.
If the bearing needs maintenance, the below videos will help show how to perform the task. It is really very easy to do.

If you have neglected maintenance on your bearings, fear not, you can send them to us for a factory cleaning and we'll get them back feeling slippery fast again! Our factory cleaning is a very advanced and in depth process that cleans and greases much better than any shop or at home servicing.

How to grease your F1 Ceramic Bearings

How to Service your Shimano or SRAM Bottom Bracket (threaded or conversion) (2016+ Versions, with silver inner races)
If you can't see the video below, click here to watch it on You Tube.

How to Service your Shimano Bottom Bracket (2003 - 2015 Versions, with black plastic dustcaps)
If you can't see the video below, click here to watch it on You Tube.

How to Service your SRAM Bottom Bracket and remove the Two-Piece Shim (2012 - 2015 Versions, with black outer NON DRIVE shim)
If you can't see the video below, click here to watch it on You Tube.

How to Grease your PF30, BB30, BB386, etc. Bottom Bracket

For all other bottom brackets (PF30, BB30, BB386), the method is the same as shown in the videos above. Remove the outer dustcover (they come off easily) for these versions, remove rubber seal and grease the bearings.

How to Service your Wheel Bearings
If you can't see the video below, click here to watch it on You Tube.

Riding in adverse weather conditions (rain, snow, dusty, etc.) will speed up the maintenance interval. If you regularly ride in these conditions we do recommend inspecting the bearings more often.

We strongly recommend a qualified bicycle mechanic perform all maintenance.