“Digital bikes” and “bikes as vehicles” are some of the trends that are of great importance in today’s bicycle world, with electrification also introducing new application potentials for bikes used in everyday life. This changes the demands of the components installed on the bike: impact and shock loads are exerted on the bearings used in the components while riding mountain bikes across uneven ground, whereas the e-bike is designed to cover the greatest possible range with one battery charge. To ensure the bike is lightweight, has a long service life and is low maintenance, self-lubricating iglide® plain bearings should be implemented. iglide® bearings made of high-performance plastics are low in cost, more wear resistant than metallic bearings, durable in extreme environmental conditions, characterized by low friction values, and they defy shocks and bumps. Overall, iglide® plain bearings provide savings in weight, maintenance and price.
In pedals, seat posts, brakes, brake levers, shocks, suspension forks, derailleurs and many more parts – iglide® plain bearings are already used in many different parts from the broadest range of manufacturers. Here, you will find several potential uses for plastic plain bearings in mountain bikes.
iglide® J plain bearings in adjustable seatposts.
iglide® J3 bearings in oscillating joints.
iglide® J bearings for use in suspension forks.
iglide® J3 bearings in pedals.
iglide® G300 bearings in derailleurs.
iglide® L280 bearings in freewheels.
iglide® J bearings in brake calipers.
iglide® H4 bearings in disc brakes.
iglide® G300 bearings in cantilever brakes.
iglide® G300 bearings in brake levers.
iglide® G300 bearings in racing bike brakes.
igubal® spherical bearings in tie rods used to regulate cornering tilt.
Smooth running thanks to low coefficient of friction
Reliable, maintenance-free and dirt-resistant
Precise and fast switching
Resistant to high frequency shocks and vibrations
Highly resistant to wear with low coefficients of friction
No 'stick slip'
High impact strength, maintains shape
Sensitive feedback from the rear shock
Dimensional stability of the bearing
Temperature resistant up to +392 °F
Corrosion resistant, no seizing.
Extreme wear resistance
Resistant to dirt
Extremely high wear resistance and low coefficient of friction
Self-lubrication and maintenance-free
Angle and tolerance compensation
Light, self-lubricating therefore insensitive to dirt
Crank Brothers, a company in the USA, relies on premium components from igus® for its pedals, among other things. Weight-reducing iglide® plastic bearings withstand even the most extreme conditions.
iglide® G300 plastic bearings from igus® used in SRAM derailleurs work extremely well and, in contrast to aluminum or metal bushes, are characterized by low weight and high wear resistance.
Weight plays a crucial role in bike sport. iglide® J bearings from igus® are around five times lighter than metal bearings and are ideal for suspension forks. Not only weight but also manufacturing costs were reduced.
For this cargo bicycle, robust iglide® bearings are used in the handlebars, among other things. Apart from the price-reduction and space-saving factors, the plastic solutions from igus® are also self-lubricating and maintenance-free.