ALT ALT HUB AND SUSPENSION BEARING PRESS SYSTEM REVIEW

Replace your suspension pivot and hub bearings at home.

ALT ALT HUB AND SUSPENSION BEARING PRESS SYSTEM REVIEW

Tech features:

Alt Alt’s bearing press system is designed to remove and install suspension pivot and hub bearings. The kit includes a press and numerous pilots, drifts, stops and sleeves. These parts are made of acetal thermoplastic to keep costs reasonable for the home mechanic. Most notable is the clever Alt Drift with an offset head for removing bearings with a spacer and no continuous edge to press against. The whole system includes anodized handles for the press, but the system can be ordered a la carte for more basic needs, and individual replacement parts are also available. The kit comes with a foam organizer to keep things neat, tidy and easily accessible.

Shop test results:

The kit has so many parts that it can be overwhelming at first as you shuffle through the various pieces. Experienced mechanics will have little trouble understanding the system and how to use it. Novices will benefit from Alt Alt’s excellent video tutorials and instructional diagrams that walk you through removal and installation steps. The kit is beyond complete and incredibly well thought out. There is seemingly a solution to just about any small cartridge bearing removal or installation found in a suspension pivot or hub. We removed and installed bearings just for fun with this kit; it really makes the task that easy.

 

This kit may seem expensive to some, but something this complete at the shop level would cost hundreds. Just one hub or pivot replacement will likely cost you the same as this kit in shop labor, so if you ride a lot, especially in wet climates, it will pay for itself quickly. And, there’s no waiting for the shop to fit you in. Plus, your friends will owe you big time when they have a crunchy bearing; trust us, eventually they will.

 

HITS:

• Affordable
• Complete
• Great online video tutorials

MISSES:

• None

STAR RATING: ★★★★★

Price: $145, press system; $50, ALTD-1 Alt Drift kit
Contact: www.altalt.ca

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