Straitline Components , who manufacturers brake levers, bash rings, guides and pedals, has switched to using plastic plain bearings in its mountain bike flat pedals after roller bushings led to premature wear.
igusÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ iglideÃ‚Â® G300 polymer plain bearings are used to support the rotating member of its precision bike pedals to ensure they turn properly. With the pedals predominantly being used by extreme mountain bikers, they are susceptible to increased wear from riders standing up on the pedals, creating higher static and shock loads.
By using iglide bearings, Straitline claims their pedals will have reduced wear, lower costs and longer life. iglide G300 plain bearings require no lubrication and so are maintenance-free. They also provide a smoother ride; handling up to 11,600 pounds per square inch (PSI) and absorb any vibrations caused by tough terrain. The bearings are not affected by outdoor elements such as dirt, heat and water.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The roller bearings we were using had a short life cycle,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Dennis Paulson, one of the owners of Straitline, Ã¢â‚¬Å“iglide bearings cost slightly less, but the most important advantage is that they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t need to be replaced by riders. They last for the entire life of our pedals.Ã¢â‚¬Â