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Tech up & cost down
motion plastics for the
bicycle industry

40% lower costs, 80% less weight and 100% less maintenance

E-bikes and cargo bikes are two trends that play an important part in today's bicycle world. Save weight, increase service life and minimise maintenance intervals with igus®. Dry operating iglidur plain bearings made of high-performance polymers are lightweight, extremely wear-resistant and characterised by very low friction values. They defy shocks and bumps and are more resistant than metallic bearings - especially in extreme environmental conditions. Dirt, temperature, detergents and humidity are no longer challenges. By the elimination of external lubricants, maintenance is also minimised.

Advantages of igus® polymer plain bearings:

  • Lightweight
  • Maintenance-free and lubrication-free
  • Cost-effective
  • Wear-resistant
  • Long service life
  • Corrosion-free
  • Resistant to dirt
  • Resistant to impacts and shocks

New from April 2020


Four highlights in a three-minute video

Innovations for the bicycle industry

Tech up, cost down - with iglidur E plain bearings in chassis or pedals, the vibration-dampening endurance runner with 20% less wear than iglidur J.
You can find more information on these and further product innovations at our 400m2 trade show stand. You can either explore it virtually on your own or together with our industry expert. Make an appointment now for a guided virtual tour with individual consultation:

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iglidur plain bearings SG03 with felt seal  
Plain bearings with felt seal

▲ Tech up

Protection against dust and dirt with felt seal

Ready-to-install solution

▼ Cost down

Lubrication-free and maintenance-free

High running performance

More information about iglidur SG03 plain bearings

igubal KARM metal rod end  
Metal rod ends for greater loads

▲ Tech up

Metallic housing and hence five times higher breaking strength than igumid G

▼ Cost down

No minimum order quantity, no tool costs for igus standard

Short delivery time

More information about igubal KARM rod end

3D printing service worldwide  
3D printing service worldwide

▲ Tech up

Wear-resistant functional components, prototypes and replacement parts delivered within two to five days around the world

▼ Cost down

Lower shipping and product development costs due to local production and faster functional prototypes

More information about the worldwide 3D printing service

Lubrication-free and maintenance-free polymer bearings for bicycles

iglidur G  
iglidur G plain bearings

Smooth running due to low coefficient of friction

Reliable, maintenance-free and dirt-resistant

Precise and fast switching

iglidur J  
iglidur J plain bearings

Resistant to high-frequency shocks and vibrations

Highly resistant to wear with low coefficient of friction

No 'stick slip'

iglidur J3  
iglidur J3 plain bearings

High impact strength, maintains shape

Sensitive feedback from the rear shock

Dimensional stability of the bearing

iglidur H4  
iglidur H4 plain bearings

Temperature-resistant up to +200°C

Corrosion-resistant, no seizing

Extreme wear resistance

iglidur W300  
iglidur W300 plain bearings

Resistant to dirt

Extremely high wear resistance and low coefficient of friction

Lubrication-free and maintenance-free

igubal spherical bearings  
igubal spherical bearings

Absorb vibration

Angle and tolerance compensation

Light, lubrication-free and therefore insensitive to dirt

Request customised components  

Your component made to your design in the desired quantity and material

Special solutions are just as much part of the igus product range as standard parts. Our experts match the choice of the manufacturing process and the component material precisely to your needs. The right material for your purposes is selected from a wide range of wear-resistant and maintenance-free high-performance polymers.

Advantages of igus® products for the bicycle industry


  • Self-lubricating dry operation
  • Insensitive to impact and shock (no elongation, no displacement)
  • Very light compared to metal bearings
  • Resistant to corrosion and chemicals
  • Extremely durable and wear-resistant
  • Vibration-dampening properties

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Dry-operating plastic bearing for road and mountain bikes


Potential application areas

In pedals, seat posts, brakes, brake levers, shocks, suspension forks, derailleurs and many more parts – igus plain bearings are already used in many different parts from the broadest range of manufacturers. Here, you will find several potential uses for polymer plain bearings in mountain bikes.

Seat posts

Seat posts  

iglidur® J plain bearings in adjustable seat posts.

Oscillating joint

Oscillating joint  

iglidur® J3 bearings in oscillating joints.

Suspension fork

Suspension fork  

iglidur® J bearings for use in suspension forks.



iglidur® J3 bearings in pedals.



iglidur® G bearings in derailleurs.



iglidur® W300 bearings in freewheels.

Brake callipers

Brake callipers  

iglidur® J bearings in brake calipers.

Disc brake

Disc brake  

iglidur® H4 bearings in disc brakes.

Cantilever brake

Cantilever brake  

iglidur® G bearings in cantilever brakes.

Brake handles

Brake handles  

iglidur® G bearings in brake levers.

Racing bike brake

Racing bike brake  

iglidur® G bearings in racing bike brakes.

Tie rod

Tie rod  

igubal® spherical bearings in tie rods used to regulate cornering tilt.

Tested for wear resistance and coefficient of friction

Test: Linear wear rate


Test: Rotating wear rate


Test of coefficient of friction (rotating)


Test: Pivoting wear rate


igus® products used successfully in the bicycle industry

Here, you can see some examples of our customers' applications

Long service life under the most adverse conditions

Crank Brothers, a US-based company, relies on premium components from igus® for its pedals, among other things. Weight-reducing iglidur® plastic plain bearings withstand even the most extreme of conditions.
igus® throughout the world of cycling sport

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Cost-effective, lightweight and low-maintenance

Weight plays a crucial role in cycling sport. iglidur® J plain bearings from igus® are around five times more lightweight than metal bearings and are ideal for suspension forks. Not only weight but also manufacturing costs were reduced.

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Precision and durability

iglidur® G plastic bearings from igus® used in SRAM derailleurs work extremely precisely and, in contrast to aluminium or metal bushes, are characterised by their lightweight properties and high wear resistance.

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Cost-effective and space-saving

For this freight bicycle, robust iglidur® plain bearings are used in the handlebars, among other places. Apart from the price-reduction and space-saving factors, the plastic solutions from igus® are also lubrication-free and maintenance-free.

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