If there is one thing we see a lot in comments sections about ceramic bearings, it is people claiming ceramic bearings do not offer benefits and are not worth their cost. Let’s analyze the pros, cons and applications.
For the simplicity of this article, we only look at hybrid ceramic bearings with steel races. In the humble opinion of Kogel Bearings, outside of derailleur pulleys, full ceramic bearings are too fragile for bicycle use and downright dangerous to use in hubs. A hard impact from a pothole could crack the races and freeze the hub instantly. Not exactly the warranty call I would like to receive on any given Monday.