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Old February 8th, 2011, 06:55 PM   #1
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Are these boss swiss bearings any good? They look very much like the old school WIB swiss bearings I have. Ill give them a roll here soon I was just wondering. They feel very smooth in my hands but they are brand new.



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Old February 8th, 2011, 07:00 PM   #2
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same exact bearings as a bones swiss and a WIB... normally the brownish cage with metal shield means before 1990 in age.... atleast for bones that was how it went... then they went to bones swiss gold till 1999.... i have a set of these a set of NOS bones swiss from 1985 and a set of WIB all skate the exact same.... those look to be in great shape too....


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Old February 9th, 2011, 01:41 AM   #3
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The BSB swiss are by far my favorite of the swiss variety of bearings-I like them better than Bones swiss. They can get noisy after abuse but they still roll like hell!

The newer BSB swiss have red nylon cages. Easiest bearing to spot IMO.
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Old February 9th, 2011, 01:44 AM   #4
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The BSB swiss are by far my favorite of the swiss variety of bearings-I like them better than Bones swiss. They can get noisy after abuse but they still roll like hell!

The newer BSB swiss have red nylon cages. Easiest bearing to spot IMO.
we arent talking new bearings though here... i have a few sets of this style... you can see they were made by the exact same company and just have diffrent shields...
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Old February 9th, 2011, 02:02 AM   #5
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Had a set of Boss Swiss in my inlines back in the early 90's. They lasted one speed practice and one open session before the slop got so bad the wheels started rubbing on the frame. Sold them to a session quad skater that used them for years afterwords swearing they were the best bearings ever. He was happy with them.
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I was never able to get my Boss swiss to roll as well and as quiet as my Bones. Mine have red cages.. I would say they are good with better being Bones.
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I love my bones reds. They make a little bit of noise but theyre aint nothin stoppin them
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Old February 9th, 2011, 02:46 PM   #8
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The BSB swiss are by far my favorite of the swiss variety of bearings-I like them better than Bones swiss. They can get noisy after abuse but they still roll like hell!

The newer BSB swiss have red nylon cages. Easiest bearing to spot IMO.
Yup, I have a set of BSB, and they do make a bit of noise, but roll real where where it counts, underload.
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The BSB swiss are by far my favorite of the swiss variety of bearings-I like them better than Bones swiss. They can get noisy after abuse but they still roll like hell!

The newer BSB swiss have red nylon cages. Easiest bearing to spot IMO.
Yup, I have a set of BSB swiss, and they do make a bit of noise, but roll real where where it counts, underload.
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Old February 10th, 2011, 09:34 AM   #10
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same exact bearings as a bones swiss and a WIB... normally the brownish cage with metal shield means before 1990 in age.... atleast for bones that was how it went... then they went to bones swiss gold till 1999.... i have a set of these a set of NOS bones swiss from 1985 and a set of WIB all skate the exact same.... those look to be in great shape too....


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I have some Bones Swiss from somewhere around 1985. The have a semi transparent blackish cage in them. The sheilds read SWISS WIB 627. Not sure of the number as I am not looking at them. They are the best bearings Ive ever owned IMO. I have some SWISS BSB's for my inlines and they are comparable, but I like my Bones Swiss better. Though that may just be due to the fact that I like my quads better then my inlines.
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Old February 10th, 2011, 02:27 PM   #11
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I have some Bones Swiss from somewhere around 1985. The have a semi transparent blackish cage in them. The sheilds read SWISS WIB 627. Not sure of the number as I am not looking at them. They are the best bearings Ive ever owned IMO. I have some SWISS BSB's for my inlines and they are comparable, but I like my Bones Swiss better. Though that may just be due to the fact that I like my quads better then my inlines.

those arent bones swiss they are WIB swiss.... but from every way i can tell they are the same exact bearing just a diffrent shield.... as long as they have that transparent brownish cage
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those arent bones swiss they are WIB swiss.... but from every way i can tell they are the same exact bearing just a diffrent shield.... as long as they have that transparent brownish cage
Are you sure of that. I remember purchasing them back in the day. They were packed in 2 bearing tubes. They were then in a white box with a red cross that said Bones Swiss on the box. I bought them from my pro shop back in the day. Do you think they were packed wrong? I paid somewhere between 60 and 80 bucks for the set. I love the bearings anyway but they were packaged as Bones Swiss. The cage looks closer to black with the naked eye, but when shining a light throght they look brownish in color.
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Old February 11th, 2011, 12:21 AM   #13
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Are you sure of that. I remember purchasing them back in the day. They were packed in 2 bearing tubes. They were then in a white box with a red cross that said Bones Swiss on the box. I bought them from my pro shop back in the day. Do you think they were packed wrong? I paid somewhere between 60 and 80 bucks for the set. I love the bearings anyway but they were packaged as Bones Swiss. The cage looks closer to black with the naked eye, but when shining a light throght they look brownish in color.
well see i thought that the WIBs were swiss for a while too until some here said they wernt...WIB is its own company.... i couldnt tell a diffrence between the new bones or the new WIBs i got when i compared them and they look exactly the same... both i can see were made from the same company (maybe WIB??) and then packaged with a diffrent shield... my bones swiss from that era said Bones Swiss Bearings on them and were new still in the box from mid 1980s... verified threw the skating rink at which found them with a reicept wraped around them showing how much they were and when they ordered.... i can tell diffrence skating or looking at the bearings(other then the shield) between all 3 brands of that era making these metal shielded bearings
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Old February 11th, 2011, 12:59 AM   #14
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From my research WIB is a Swiss bearing manufacturer. I believe that they made the Bones bearings that were labeled as Swiss. I am just kind of confused why my bearings do not have a shield saying Bones on them. They were packed as such. Maybe the lot I bought had the wrong shields on them? Anyway they do appear to be the same bearings other than the shield.
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From my research WIB is a Swiss bearing manufacturer. I believe that they made the Bones bearings that were labeled as Swiss. I am just kind of confused why my bearings do not have a shield saying Bones on them. They were packed as such. Maybe the lot I bought had the wrong shields on them? Anyway they do appear to be the same bearings other than the shield.
thats pretty much the same conclusion i had... maybe they used the WIB swiss for some time before their name was put on them??
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I believe that is correct. That is exactly what it says if you look on the Bones history page on their website. It says that they partnered with a small Swiss bearing manufacturer, presumably WIB to make their Swiss bearings initially, maybe still I am not sure. They also say the patnered with a Chinese bearing co. to make Bones reds.
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I believe that is correct. That is exactly what it says if you look on the Bones history page on their website. It says that they partnered with a small Swiss bearing manufacturer, presumably WIB to make their Swiss bearings initially, maybe still I am not sure. They also say the patnered with a Chinese bearing co. to make Bones reds.
yea never read that.... i got comfirmation from bones that the silver shield was made from the start to 1990 then they switched to the gold shield till 2000 when the black shield was put in.... i never asked about the WIB.... but im guessing BOSS did the same thing... meaning that BOSS BONES and WIB are all the same bearing... no mater what people think that is the fact
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WIB did not make a bearing for skates until partnering with Bones. Therefore any skate bearings from WIB are made using the Bones design. Therefore all WIB skate bearing are Bones Swiss bearings. That seems to be logical. Thanks for the help.
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I had a set of Boss Swiss in the early to mid 90s. I hated them. They slowed down and got really crappy feeling after about a month. I clean and reoiled them and it didn't help. I chucked them and bought a set of China Bones and the were 10x better.
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I had a set of Boss Swiss in the early to mid 90s. I hated them. They slowed down and got really crappy feeling after about a month. I clean and reoiled them and it didn't help. I chucked them and bought a set of China Bones and the were 10x better.
do you know where these were chucked??? lol.... i dont think 20 years later is to hard to find them??? lol.... i love these bearings i have a few sets.... ive sold off everything else and i had alot of bearings
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