Seismic Tektons

Posted: 2019-03-29 in Gear Reviews

They’re noticably faster than something like a Biltin, although I’m not entirely sure Tektons are worth the extra few bucks if you’re not in an IGSA race.


Equipment Review

How long have you ridden them?

1 year

What Setup are you running them on?

Many different setups.

Typical Discipline?


How much did you pay for them?


Where did you buy them?

Shop I work at

What are their weaknesses?

L-O-U-D! Due to their factory lube, they get loud after you ride ’em for a while. Another odd thing I noticed is that they make the ride feel “rockier,” or less smooth.

What are their strengths?

F-A-S-T! I can honestly feel a difference riding Tektons versus any other bearing. They spin up to speed VERY quickly and hold that speed for a long time.

What similar equipment have you ridden?

Biltins, Indy 7’s, Toy Machine T-Sects

Would you recommend them?

When I was working at the skateshop for a few years, I got a pretty hearty discount on these bearings, so they quickly became a staple in my quiver.  I’ve got more of these bearings than any other brand.  They’re solid as a rock, and fast!  These were the bearings that made me begin rethinking my thoughts on cheap bearings.  If I could roll an extra 10 yards on my little makeshift test path, and these bearings were the only difference, that means that I either held speed better through the drifty S-turns I’d skate, or these bearings would spin up to speed quicker.  Either way, with consistent results run after run (that disappeared after I changed back to other bearings), I knew there was something a little special about these.  The races are precise, to the point where they sometimes don’t fit nicely into wheel cores (as the wheel cores are not nearly as precise as these guys), but there’s just a little bit of play in the balls that presumably reduces friction on the side of the raceways and gives a little more speed.  Dan at Seismic said in an email that Tektons have a proprietary 2-stage lube that goes on wet, then dries out, leaving a protective coating with no drag or fluid friction from excess grease or oil…that’s why Tetkons are sometimes louder than other types of bearings.

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