Boulder, CO – Seismic is proud to unveil a CERAMIC version of its patent-pending Tekton™ self-aligning bearing system – only eight months after the wildly successful introduction of the original steel-balled Tekton ABEC-7 bearing.

Prototypes of the ceramic Tektons, along with Seismic 85mm Speed Vent wheels, helped propel Seismic Team Rider Mischo Erban to victory at the 2011 IGSA World Downhill Championships last November in Teutonia, Brazil.

“They rolled fast and smooth all day – no need to relube the bearings or change wheels despite multiple runs with top speeds over 70 mph,” said the new World Champion.

“The Tekton design is already in a class by itself, with its integrated spacers, self-aligning flange system, and tight seals to keep dirt out,” added Erban, who relied on the original Tektons and Seismic wheels to set the IGSA Downhill Speed World Record of 80.83mph in the fall of 2010.

“The ceramic balls send the Tektons to a whole new realm of fast.”

Compared to even the finest steel bearing balls, ceramic balls have several remarkable advantages that justify their higher cost. They’re significantly lighter and lower in friction, so they accelerate faster and roll further at a higher speed, even with little or no lubricant. They’re so hard and strong that they crush dirt, debris, and even rust, which keeps the steel raceways clean and polished. They dissipate heat better, so bearings (and wheels) run cooler. They’re also rustproof, so they last longer even when ridden in wet conditions.