When you think about what keeps your skateboard moving, the first thing that comes to mind are the wheels that carry you forward. Perhaps more importantly, however, are the bearings that sit within these wheels.

Since these bearings tend to be more of an afterthought, a lack of understanding and a lack of proper maintenance for bearings seem to go hand in hand. To clear up some of the most common misconceptions, we dug deep into the factors behind them.

As part of the Fireball Artist Series we’re not only bringing you some super rad limited edition deck designs, but giving you an insight into the minds of the artists ‘behind the boards’. Kicking off the series is Manila based illustrator Lei Melendres, best known for his ‘Infinity Mix’ style of doodling.

Whether you’ve just finished setting up your very first complete skateboard or you’ve been thrashing around the streets for some time, the sensation of popping in a fresh set of bearings is up there with the greatest feelings a skateboarder can experience.

In the process, the first instinct for many is to give their wheels a spin with their hands as soon as they finish screwing on the axle nuts. At this point, the moment is often spoiled by an underperforming first roll that leads skaters to thinking something must be wrong with their bearings.

Though bearings may be the smallest part of the skateboard, they enable the fun of riding unlike any other component. While many companies have tried creating their own versions over the years, the quality and performance of skateboard bearings has fluctuated over the years. 

In the case of Dragon Bearings, searching for the right materials to craft the perfect bearings has been the primary focus since their 2016 inception. Over time, Dragon has quietly but steadily grown to be one of the top selling bearing brands on the market today.