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'brifter' is f'ing stupid
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there are lots of factors that will affect the life of any bearing, standard, stainless, ceramic hybrid or full ceramic. the first thing is how precisely machined the space they fit into is. if it's not square and concentric, any bearing will wear quickly. in the case of a bottom bracket, the frame needs to be faced so the cups (if an external cup bb is used) have a flat surface to bear against that is perpendicular in all directions to the spindle.
after all this is taken care of, most bearings will last quite a while. it's tough w/ ceramic hybrids because the races are still steel and the ceramic balls are harder. if any dirt or corrosion gets past the shields, it just gets turned into a rusty/dirty paste. i don't think it's worth the $$$ for a normal road or mountain bike. i have hybrids in the bb and rr hub of my track bike, and full ceramics in the front hub. the bb is from enduro and the cane creek hubs are machined perfectly. i've seen no wear at all since that bike is only ridden on the track, never gets dirty, thus never needs to get wet. i re-lube them every 5-8 days of riding at the track and they're fine.
 
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