It's funny when people say things like "ceramics will absorb the lube".
Ceramics were designed to be chemical resistant. They are even used in acidic operations. Ceramic bearings do not absorb anything.
Correct me if I'm wrong, as I may very well be and I'm too lazy to research this.
With ceramics, aren't they not really "smooth"? As in, being a ceramic material, they are covered with microscopic pits. As such, lube can get into those pits and appear to be absorbed, but in reality are just merely suspended in the pits.
I don't really get where people are coming up with the concept that the balls in ceramic bearings are porous. Yes, there are different types of ceramics, but most of the ones I am aware of are non-porous. Of course many of us have dealings with ceramics every day(sink, toilet, some tubs), but I know those are coated with a glaze to help ensure a long life as well as provide additional protection.
But, ultimately, I'm going to listen to people like John, who is preparing and then selling bearings under the Terrapin X brand. I would assume he knows what he's doing. If he's going to tell me to NOT lube the S/C bearing I have, well, who am I to argue with the guy making them and selling them? He knows WAY better than I do.
I'd also listen to people like Icthus, who based on his line of work, probably knows way more about bearings than perhaps he'd like to know. Then again, I'm assuming. Maybe he knows enough, or maybe he wants to know more. But, as someone who also does mods, I think his knowledge would be valid as well.
I'd also listen to companies like Dif-E-Yo, who SELL bearings. You think they'd also know what they are talking about.
So, someone please bring the deceased equine over on a flatbed trailer so we all can flog it repeatedly with whips, rods and poles. Because at that point, this is where this thread is going to be headed.