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The skate industry is full of lies, false information, marketing hype, false advertising, and deception. It is very important for consumers to be aware and use caution before purchasing any product(s) that appears to be innovative, or have added benefits.
This video points out two brands that are lying to consumers about their "titanium products.
Titanium and most titanium alloys are NOT magnetic. This is obvious because magnets are not attracted to the metal.
Most "titanium" ball bearings are coated with a titanium ceramic on the surface, and each coating has a distinct color.
We received a set of Lucky Titanium Bearings, and instantly inspected the balls' surface for color. When the balls appeared to be made of steel, we instantly reached for a magnet. Sure enough, the balls were very attracted to the magnet. The container actually reads, "Solid titanium balls".
When we called Lucky Bearings inquiring about their titanium bearings and ABEC ratings, we received no information and were told to go to the "American Bearings Association" website to know what their ABEC ratings are.
It's actually the American Bearing Manufacturing Association, and they do not collect data on brands, including Lucky Bearings. When we explained this to the representative at Lucky, they hung up.
To gather more answers, we took a set of Lucky Titanium Bearings to a laboratory for an analysis. We spent over $300 for an analysis using a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) to determine what the chemical makeup of the balls are.
The SEM fires an electron beam from an electron gun at the ball bearing sample. The electrons interact with atoms in the sample, producing various signals that can be detected and return information about the sample's surface topography and composition.
We were able to determine that the Lucky titanium balls were in fact stainless steel. This gave us all the proof and evidence we needed to show that Lucky Bearings is false advertising to consumers. THIS IS FRAUD!
Theeve Titanium Truck Company supplies skateboard trucks that claim to have a "Titanium Alloy Blend" hanger. Aluminum alloy is the standard metal used in the production of skateboard trucks, and is roughly 35%-40% LIGHTER than titanium alloy. Sometimes aluminum alloys can be over 40% lighter.
This should raise a big red flag for anyone considering purchasing trucks that are around 40% heavier than a standard truck.
An Independent truck (139), with no hollow kingpin, no forged baseplate, or titanium axle was only 11% heavier than the Theeve (TiAX 5.25") with a titanium axle. They claim the axle is a 40% weight reduction than a steel axle, but that doesn't really change the over-all truck weight compared to other skate trucks. Theeve used tricky wording to fool consumers.
We exchanged emails with a representative at Theeve Titanium Truck Company before filming.
The word "blend" is not used in metallurgy, so we asked about it.
In an email they said, "An Alloy is a mix of steels. A blend just means we have added to the Alloy." This is nonsense, so we asked for more details. They admitted the 'blend' word is, just marketing".
It was very gracious of them to admit contradiction and public deception.
We took a Theeve truck to a laboratory for a chemical analysis to be performed by a staff of experts in the field of metallurgical science.
They broke down the chemical composition of the Theeve hanger and determined that it's not a titanium alloy. The hanger is actually 356 aluminum alloy!
We spent hundreds of dollars to have these products analyzed for you- the consumer, because of the important to be aware of pop-out products that are not what brands say they are.
We have the documented proof provided by laboratories.
After this video we purchased Diamond Supply Co. Titanium Bearings, and Rush Bombers Titanium Coated. Diamond Titanium bearings are magnetic. Titanium coatings are noncorrosive, but both of these bearings rusted very easily within a day when exposed to water. We suspect these bearings have no titanium coating, or the coating is so thin that it has no added value.
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