Zealous Ceramic Bearings review: Game Changer

Zealous longboards released their long awaited hybrid bearings, at a killer price.

I've been a fan of the Biltin bearing design since 2008, one issue I always had was durability.
The metal shield left a gap between itself and the inner race, so that they'd always get dirty too fast.

My solution was to remove all the shields and replace them with rubber seals, it helped a lot and I carried this on for years.

Then Zealous bearings hit the market, at nearly half the price of Biltins.

Instead of wasting my time and money with Biltin upgrades, I jumped onto the Zealous bandwagon full time.
I found that after a good skate in the wet they'd normally be ok, sometimes I might have to toss out 2-4, but I'd still have the rest to pool from for my other setups.

Here's what our customer had to say about Zealous
Monkey ~ "So quick to change...... Never drop your spacers or speed rings in the dirt or grass again (that always wound me up haha) The seals on them are very tight, and they seem to keep dirt and water out better than usual...one set lasted me through winter."

Fin ~ "With built in spacers and speed ring there no more messing about. just put them in wheels and bolt them on and skate."
Read all the reviews here.

Now fast forward to 2015 and Zealous have released their first hybrid bearing.
I write hybrid, because they feature ceramic balls, housed within a steel outer and inner race, so that the balls are impossible to rust, meaning you can skate rain and shine.IMG_4012[1]

Another benefit of ceramic balls is that they're extremely hard, so that they crush dirt that would otherwise damage softer steel balls.

Instead of the usual grease found in the normal Zealous offering, the Hybrid's feature a ridiculously smooth lubricant, so that you can push and roll even easier than before.

I thought I'd put them to test and rode them for the 13 mile #BristolBoardMeeting distance skate, straight out of the packet they offered no resistance and I was tearing away ahead of the pack with a silent ride, while others were left with their rattling bearings eating some dust ;)

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The integrated washer and spacer design make them ideal for pumping and sliding, so that they don't wear out from heavy sideloads.

So now I start the slow process of replacing my steel sets of Zealous with ceramic ones in my setups, no rush for now, at least they're finally out.

Click here for a smoother ride: Zealous Ceramic Bearings
Click here to save your wallet: Zealous Steel Bearings

What setup would you use them on and why? Write below.

~Alex@NS

22 thoughts on “Zealous Ceramic Bearings review: Game Changer”

  • Rich Repper
    Rich Repper 18/10/2015 at 14:14

    I should definitely get a set of these bearings. I'd put them in some wheels and attach them to a skateboard of some kind. Skateboards are cool. So are wheels. Did you know the wheel dates back to the Aceramic Neolithic period in about 8,500 BC? I bet their bearings fucking sucked back then. Roads must also have been gnarly as fuck in Jericho ten and a half thousand years ago. Roads are cool. When I drive my car I frequently choose to do so on roads, especially if I'm in a hurry because there's generally way less shit in the way, except for other cars. Cars are cool, except when they're broken. Mine is nearly broken. The DMF is gonna die which sucks. I'll be fine though, I'll just skate everywhere instead. I'll need some bearings though.

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  • Stefan Ku

    I'd put them onto my S9 bomber and Skoa Vapor with my Harfang Rad wheel's to get the perfect rain setup instead of ripping download my normal Zealous bearings.

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  • James Gunn
    James Gunn 18/10/2015 at 19:12

    These will go on my Madrid Trapstar with 50/20 PNL trucks and RADvantages. i would use these bearings over others because im 99% sure that they will make me more aero so i can win every event. They will probably make me stronger as-well so i can beat up that kid Jimmy for stealing my lunch money at school. I will also use these magnificent bearings to destroy the patriarchy and end global warming at the same time.

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    • sean parry

      i would use zealous bearings on my micro scooter which i am currently using to break the world land speed record,my current abec 3s can only get me up to 3000mph but with zealous i reckon i could hit 3009mph,i think the current land speed record is around 3500mph set by a american guy in a car made from bamboo but i may be wrong as i have done little to no research on the matter,im now thinking i may need a bigger hill for my record attempt and have heard that there is a hill in the lake district that is so steep that you can see down the bloses of australian chicks

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  • sean parry

    i would use zealous bearings on my micro scooter which i am currently using to break the world land speed record,my current abec 3s can only get me up to 3000mph but with zealous i reckon i could hit 3009mph,i think the current land speed record is around 3500mph set by a american guy in a car made from bamboo but i may be wrong as i have done little to no research on the matter,im now thinking i may need a bigger hill for my record attempt and have heard that there is a hill in the lake district that is so steep that you can see down the bloses of australian chicks

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  • Shaun

    Ceramic Zealous!!! Oh hell yes, just in time for winter..these would go straight onto my precisions and Moonshine... Normal zealous have been my go to bearing for no worries wet skating so these should be even better

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  • Pearse D'Arcy
    Pearse D'Arcy 18/10/2015 at 19:36

    I'd put them on my Bustin EQ36, Aera K4's and Cult Raptures. I'd like them because its about to start raining for 6 months straight over here in Ireland and I'm gonna be running through bearings faster than the hulk runs through walls.

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  • James irvine
    James irvine 18/10/2015 at 19:37

    I'd put these on my slide perfect supremacy's on sabre precision's on my formica Madrid kraken

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  • Dan Gibbs

    I'm currently attaching a drill to my wheels and running them backwards after a long skate to undo all the wear and tear. These bearings however sound tough as nails, ceramic nails. So I'd use them instead to save time and save my shed window from smashing every time my board slips off the drill jig.

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  • Luke

    Id put the on my 5 mile pied piper with my RAD advantage and paris trucks so i go extra fast

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  • Conor Hayes
    Conor Hayes 18/10/2015 at 19:57

    Use on Evo with Cronin (50/27) for Downhill with Monster Hawgs 84a. These bearings would replace my Bones "Super" reds and would use em to stop popping the reds.

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  • Frazer Luxford
    Frazer Luxford 18/10/2015 at 20:03

    It'd help for rain skates for sure, I try not to skate in suckish weather but I love long distance, they would help a lot for when your out and the weather takes a turn for the worst. It'd also be RAD (Note the pun!) if THESE (Again, the pun!) bearings we're on my IBACH Custom w/ 42* - 36* Navigator Precisions + K-Rimes because its such a versatile setup, I've gone many miles on it and taken it to quite some speed! With Ceramics it'd just be that bit more versatile and a bit less vulnerable to our British weather! :'D

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  • Vincent Hyde
    Vincent Hyde 18/10/2015 at 20:13

    i'd buy an Arbiter KT and put them on there so I can actually go downhill without dying!

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  • Daniel

    I'd ask what grade steel the inner and outer race are made from.
    Ceramic balls grind dirt and soft steel equally easily therefore inadequate steel will eventually fail just as easily as regularly maintained skate bearings.although technically they'll still work, they'll just be sloppy as shit.

    All in all, until I have the specifics I'd shove em up kamis arse on the nice biltin bolt you get with some skanu bearing lube for ease.

    Seriously though I'm a team rider give me them.

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  • Alan Bajalan
    Alan Bajalan 18/10/2015 at 21:06

    I would use these on my omen spawn, skoa m specs and kegels. They would be great as its going to start raining alot very soon and seeing as i skate quite alot on weekends even in the rain I wouldn't have to worry about them rusting and emptying my wallet, also I already love the normal zealous so this would be a nice upgrade.

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  • louis

    They just look good and look fast I would use them in my area 51 wheels on my atom drop deck thanks

    Ps: My facebook name is Louis goldsack

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  • Paul

    Je les ai mis sur ma sector nine tiffany avec des trucs ronin et roues dtc c'est juste le rêve ! :-D je voudrais en mettre sur mon autre planche donc j'adorerais gagner :* j'en ai pas racheter car j'en ai un qui a malheureusement casser lors d'un slide et qui maintenant ne tourne plus....

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  • Ben stainer
    Ben stainer 19/10/2015 at 08:04

    Zealous bearings are the AK47 of the bearing world and then ceramics seem to be just as tough. Add to this that ceramics can roll faster then an obese man down a grass slope, they're something to behold!

    The dream setup.for these bearings would be Root slayer of the unicorn, Aera k4 and volante checker 68mm

    Ben stainer is my Facebook name

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  • Louis Keelinh
    Louis Keelinh 19/10/2015 at 17:28

    Need these so bad, current bearings are awful. Meaning to get some for sometime and was going to get some Zealous for Christmas anyway. I'd put it with my Jet Baked Potato, Paris 43 degree trucks and Remember Peewees

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  • Jack Patten
    Jack Patten 19/10/2015 at 20:10

    I would use these on my EW Hell Camino with Cult Creators because there is a special section of hell reserved for speed rings and spacers. I'm convinced that section is linked to every patch of grass and tarmac upon which I have changed bearings in the last century.

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  • Gergely Bíró

    Since Marty McFly is arriving tomorrow to Hill Valley, I'll need something to keep up with the DeLorean when it hits 88 mph. I'd trust my green Zealous bearings on this one, but the Doc said that there will be a high chance of rain, and I don't want to blow my only chance to travel in time.. So I need these ceramics pretty badly as you can see. They would go on a Rayne Mike Fitter Bro Model V1, with some sweet Skoa stream 7-s, and some 76mm Cannibals.

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  • Jamal Malik
    Jamal Malik 22/10/2015 at 15:22

    Why settle with balls of steel? The final and crucial components to a truly dank, sleazy setup are the bearings. With regular zealous, the setup balls. With ceramic zealous, I can be sure that I'll be balling hard forever on hard ceramic balls. What's not to love? If you gotta go fast, sonic recommends ceramic zealous bearings 420/69 times for your lubricated, speed induced balling needs.

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