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Change your bike bearing! 40% lower costs, 80% less weight & 100% less maintenance

“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.

The advantages listed here have been proven in practice in millions of cases:

  • Self-lubricating dry operation
  • Insensitive to impacts and shocks (no elongation, no displacement)
  • Very light compared to metallic bearings
  • Resistant to corrosion and chemicals
  • Extremely strong and wear-resistant
  • Vibration-dampening properties

Applications of igus® bearings made of high performance plastics

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.


Seat posts

iglide® J plain bearings in adjustable seatposts.

Oscillating joint

Oscillating joint

iglide® J3 bearings in oscillating joints.

Suspension fork

Suspension fork

iglide® J bearings for use in suspension forks.



iglide® J3 bearings in pedals.



iglide® G300 bearings in derailleurs.



iglide® L280 bearings in freewheels.

Brake callipers

Brake callipers

iglide® J bearings in brake calipers.

Disc brake

Disc brake

iglide® H4 bearings in disc brakes.

Cantilever brake

Cantilever brake

iglide® G300 bearings in cantilever brakes.

Brake handles

Brake handles

iglide® G300 bearings in brake levers.

Racing bike brake

Racing bike brake

iglide® G300 bearings in racing bike brakes.

Tie rod

Tie rod

igubal® spherical bearings in tie rods used to regulate cornering tilt.

bicycle box

Free dry-tech® sample box for the bicycle industry!

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Self-lubricating and maintenance-free plastic bearings for bicycles

iglide® G300

iglide® G300 plain bearings

Smooth running thanks to low coefficient of friction

Reliable, maintenance-free and dirt-resistant

Precise and fast switching

iglide® J

iglide® J plain bearings

Resistant to high frequency shocks and vibrations

Highly resistant to wear with low coefficients of friction

No 'stick slip'

iglide® J3

iglide® J3 plain bearings

High impact strength, maintains shape

Sensitive feedback from the rear shock

Dimensional stability of the bearing

iglide® H4

iglide® H4 plain bearings

Temperature resistant up to +392 °F

Corrosion resistant, no seizing.

Extreme wear resistance

iglide® L280

iglide® L280 plain bearings

Resistant to dirt

Extremely high wear resistance and low coefficient of friction

Self-lubrication and maintenance-free

igubal® spherical bearings

igubal® spherical bearings

Absorb vibrations

Angle and tolerance compensation

Light, self-lubricating therefore insensitive to dirt

igus® products used successfully in the bicycle industry

Crank Brothers pedals

Long service life under the most adverse conditions

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.

SRAM derailleur

Precision and durability

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.

igus® in suspension forks

Low-cost, light and low-maintenance

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.

Freight bicycle

Cost-effective and space-saving

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.

Tested for wear resistance and coefficient of friction

Test: Linear wear rate
Test: Rotating wear rate
Test of coefficients of friction (rotating)
Test: Pivoting wear rate

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Application Assistance

For further questions or product information, please contact:

Nicole Lang

iglide® Product Manager


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