The Story So Far
CeramicSpeed is more than just bearings. We are a company founded on innovation and a relentless desire to change the world of competitive cycling. We’ve grown rapidly over the years, distributing to over 20 countries, with an ever expanding team of unique individuals in offices across Europe, Asia, and America.
How it all began
In 1998, Jacob Csizmadia broke the world record for 24hr inline skating – using skates equipped with ceramic ball bearings. Two years later, he introduced ceramic bearings to professional cycling. A winning mentality is how it all started, and it’s this guiding principle that continues to drive us forward.
In 2001, Jacob went on tour with Team CSC where ceramic bearings were used at the Tour de France for the very first time.
After this success, CeramicSpeed was founded, and we started producing hybrid bearings in Holstebro, Denmark, for both sports and industrial applications.
Using technology developed as part of NASA’s space program in the 1990s, our hybrid bearings are made with top-grade silicon nitride ceramic balls, making them 58% lighter and 30-50% faster than traditional steel bearings. The production of each ball takes from 50 to 70 days, but the result is worth the wait.
The knowledge from bicycle bearings was the launch pad into industrial applications, and we work with global manufacturing companies across an array of sectors to achieve operational savings that allow them to remain competitive and continue to grow. In 2014, CeramicSpeed received FDA certification, producing the only bearings in the world with approval for direct contact with food products.
The acquisition of the Colorado-based testing lab, Friction Facts, in 2016 bolsters our ability to deliver efficiency, quality, and groundbreaking results within the cycling industry. Innovation is in our DNA, continuously bringing new and improved products to market, setting new standards, and pushing the boundaries of the cycling technology.
Today, people are the heart and soul of our company. Operations are still based at our headquarters in Holstebro, where the team continue to assemble every single bearing by hand. While the company keeps growing in all corners of the world, our culture and values remain rooted in our history.
Every year, we find the time to get together, Danish style. We cycle; we laugh; we share stories from the road, over a beer or two.