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Found out they were fake after a few uses
on 28 August 2015
NOTE: I'm modifying my previous 5* review of what I thought were genuine Bones Reds. Please read for an explanation.
I've been using Bones Reds for a very long time and they are beautiful bearings, however the supplier I purchased from delivered non-genuine bearings to me. I appreciate this might not be their fault, but I'd recommend you purchase these bearings from somewhere you trust rather than online.
Before I knew these were fakes, I'd assembled my board and had already started riding. I visited my local skate shop later and purchased another set of Bones Reds just for the sake of having a replacement in the case of too much wear/tear on the ones I was already using.
After a few rides (under 10), my board started rattling really loudly when I was riding it. At first I thought it was just a simple case of tightening a few nuts here and there; I tried this but to no avail. Then I thought I'd replace the bearings and see if that helped at all...
I opened the new set and laid them out and prepared them. As I started removing the previously used bearings I put them side-by-side with the new ones and noticed the difference immediately. As you can see in the picture, the difference is very distinct - and is not because of wear. The real bearings that I'd purchased from my skate store for £20 are pictured on the right, and have thicker metal rims and a very different internal composition (for example, you can actually see the ball bearings in all of them). On the other hand the fakes (right) are all very inconsistent in their transparency. I tested the spin by putting two wheels on with both of the different sets and the real ones spun for around 35 seconds without further treatment and the fakes spun for 15 (do factor in prior wear as well, so maybe 20 at best).
Bones China Reds are tried and tested by the community and are incredibly good products, however I am leaving an honest review of the product I received - and it was this: usable at first, then absolutely balls.
I am not the first person to report to receiving false Bones bearings ordered from Amazon - someone ordered the Ceramic £80 bearings and received false bearings from the (albeit different) supplier also. I've since binned the ones I got from Amazon and will be sticking to purchasing in-store.
tl;dr: Thought they were real, they were fake. Replaced with genuine Reds and my board suddenly started working like a charm.