If you’re looking for a good performing skateboard bearing at the lower end of the mid price range then you could do a lot worse than to consider ‘new kid on the block’ Andale Bearings.
Founded in 2010 by Joey Brezinski and Paul Rodriguez, Andale Bearings is a 100% skater owned and operated company with a heavy emphasis on connecting with their consumer base through regular events like the ‘Wheelie Dope’ series, and through a direct customer-facing approach to Social Media.
Andale Bearings mission statement is to bring you the best affordable bearings with a touch of personality that reflects their riders and these Andale P-Rod Pen Box Pro Rated Skateboard Bearings are a perfect example of this strategy.
Each of Andale’s premium Pro-endorsed range of bearings (they also manufacture standard versions with an Abec 5 and Abec 7 rating) come in packaging directly related to the pro endorsing the product.
“Andale Bearings mission statement is to bring you the best affordable bearings with a touch of personality that reflects their riders”
So, in Paul Rodriguez’ case here we get a gold pen box design bearing case harkening back to P-Rod’s pre-Primitive gold blank boards and his subsequent gold coloured pro model boards on the Primitive brand.
Bearing wise you’re looking at a P-Rod tested and endorsed set of bearings with gold coloured outer rings and white removable non-contact rubber bearing shields to allow easy access for cleaning and lubrication.
Additionally these Andale P-Rod Pen Box Pro Rated bearings come with 4 polished silver bearing spacers to place in between the bearings in your wheel to insure perfect positioning.
In line with their fun approach to packaging, each of the other pro Andale riders offer bearings with branded packaging related to their own tastes, with Daewon Song’s bearing line coming in a doughnut themed case, and Guy Mariano’s in a faux Hot Sauce bottle.
Despite not offering the kind of engineering hallmarks of a higher end bearing like a Bronson Speed Co or a Bones Swiss, Andale still produce a quality product tested and endorsed by some of the best in the game and serve it up at an affordable price. If you’re after bearings that will perform in a straightforward street environment that also come with an idiosyncratic approach to marketing, then give Andale a try. Tell Joey that we sent you.
- ANDALE – P ROD BEARINGS
- RRP: £29.95