At MySanDiego, we love to highlight unique businesses that are doing great work and providing excellent products and services to the people of San Diego, as well as to customers all around the world. One local business that is doing that is CBR Bearing. CBR manufactures high-quality, affordable ceramic hybrid ball bearings. And while this isn’t a product that the average San Diego consumer needs, for those who do, CBR is a lifesaver!
Ceramic hybrid ball bearings are used in industrial settings, helping large electric motors run more efficiently, and also in motocross and kart racing.
Since their bearing lab and machine shop is right here in San Diego, CBR Bearing is able to provide very fast turnaround times for customers needing specialty or custom bearings. They can often ship out custom orders next day, where larger factories, or those overseas, may take weeks to get the needed bearings to their customers. Why is a fast turnaround time so important? Well, most of CBR’s customers are mechanics who work on large industrial electric motors. These motors power things like conveyor systems in factories, large pumps, and oil wells. When this type of equipment goes down, it typically means that business grinds to a halt, and every day that the equipment is down means money lost for a company.
When mechanics purchase ceramic hybrid ball bearings from CBR, not only will they get their equipment up and running again sooner, they will also be preventing future breakdowns, as bearings with ceramic balls (as opposed to steel) have been shown to last longer and cause motors to run more efficiently.
For their customers in the racing industry, ceramic hybrid ball bearings have been shown to increase horsepower and have a higher speed rating than traditional steel ball bearings. They can give racers that “edge” they are looking for over their competition. Ceramic hybrid bearings made by CBR were recently used on the motorcycle that Ralph Hudson rode to break the world record for the fastest partially streamlined motorcycle!
For a long time, ceramic hybrid ball bearings were cost prohibitive for many people, but the prices have been coming down in recent years, and now more and more mechanics and racers are discovering the advantages of ceramic hybrid ball bearings over steel bearings. Even high-end ball bearings, like the ones CBR manufactures, are affordable when you take into consideration their longevity and performance benefits.
CBR’s owner, Charlie Rowlett, is all about customer service when it comes to the business he founded more than 20 years ago. He has been known to personally spend hours on the phone with potential customers who have questions about ceramic hybrid bearings. He is passionate about what he does and works hard to make sure every customer is completely satisfied with his company’s products and service.