All Balls ... Moose Racing ... whatever ... same same. Comes down to being distributors for KML Bearings out of China. Ok ... sour-assed political gripes and nationalization idioms out of the way here ... I seem to be able to find either very happy folks, or very disatisfied folks. I figure some of the disgruntled are just trying to "fit in with the kewl kids" and slam the bearings because they think it sounds neat to be so decisive. I figure there is yet another group that uses big hammers and lots of beer to install bearings and seals which explains those failures. Yet even still it seems to be about a 50/50 split on love 'em/hate 'em. Seems like they have some QC issues then? About half of their stuff is crap, about half of their stuff is great. I've been a metal worker most of my adult life. I used to chuckle at the old timers that would bitch about imported steels, saying they weren't as good. Until I got better at metalworking. Then I started noticing very definite differences in US or German steel vs other imported steels. The good stuff just cuts better, welds better, shapes and behaves better. It's just .. better. Having said that I can easily imagine what type of crappy metalurgy that could end up in the balls themselves. All of the greatest greases and finest triple-lip seals on the planet aren't worth two nickles if the metalurgy in the bearings themselves isn't up to it. Recently I had a long talk with my local bearing supplier at Kaman Bearing here in Yuma. Jill is very knowlegable, and we've been buying bearings from her for nearly 17 years now. We used to own and operate an industrial power equipment repair center. We were the warranty and factory authorized repair center for about fourty different power tool and power equipment manufactureres from 1994 to 2009. I bet we installed over two thousand bearings in that time. In any case we were talking to Jill and she was telling us that most of the imported cheepo bearings have been lasting the industrial users about 30% of the time that better bearings last. That "1/3rd" figure seem to be consistant with most of the disatisfied folks you find on the mighty mighty internet as well. Seems those folks say that on their bikes the imports last only about 30% as long as the better ones. Anyhow ... I did the search gig here, and didn't find much. Is the same 50/50 split here as well? Are the unhappy ones seeing about a 30% lifetime of better bearings with imported/All Balls type stuff? I had a friend lose her life on an LA freeway in 1992. The paramedics said she probably died after the fourth car hit her. Thinking of Linda, I can only imagine what a locked front wheel bearing on a busy freeway must be like. The horror of it all must be overwhelming. Hopefully it doesn't last too long. So anyway .. any thoughts on the Chinese bearings or the fork seals? I've heard great and terrible about both of them. Ugh! It's just too ambiguous for me. I think I'll chicken out and go ahead and pay the extra $30 for NTN or FAG or SKF or something. And in the forks, OEM fork seals seem to be better than anything aftermarket anyhow. Like Kenny Roberts used to say in the Bell Helmet ads of the 1970s ... "Got a $10 head? Wear a $10 helmet!". Amen.