My bike started eating the right side bearing 100 miles into a 250 mile ride yesterday. I knew they were worn, I'd started noticing a little bit of side-to-side play when I had it up on the centerstand for chain stuff the last few months, but I didn't expect it to get as bad as quickly as it did in one day. With 46k miles on the bike I'm not even really mad, I had plenty of warning and it's my own dang fault that now I have to park the bike until I can get new bearings.
Anyways, my choices seem to be: 1) pop out old bearings, go to local supplier and get a match. 2) Order OEM, at OEM prices. 3) Get a set from All Balls or Pivotworks through the shop I work at, at employee prices.
1 I'm concerned about whether they'll be the same spec as the OEM bearings even if the size is the same. I don't really know how bearings are rated as far as strength goes.
2 is obviously both expensive and slow, but if the consensus is that OEM bearings are the best, I'll deal with it.
3 I haven't heard great things about All Balls, although the fact that I can get the kit for about twenty bucks is a compelling argument. Is Pivotworks better? They'll run me about $55 and that seems like a very large price difference.