Alt / Alt Introduces New Inexpensive Suspension Bearing Press

Sep 16, 2021
by Stephen Boychuk  


PRESS RELEASE: Alt Alt Bike Products


ALT/ALT Bike Products is a new company formed by two guys who wanted to make suspension bearing replacement more accessible to the home mechanic.

DIY solutions are almost free but using a DIY solution to replace a suspension bearing is risky because you could damage the new bearing and possibly the bike frame. This is because DIY parts don’t properly fit the bearing OD or securely align on the bearing and frame. Even if DIY was free, finding replacement frame parts in 2021 isn’t easy. A specialized tool is a must.

We wanted to create a tool kit that was first and foremost safe to use as well as inexpensive. Just a bare bones kit focused on getting the job done and getting back to riding.

Alt Alt Suspension Bearing Press Kit
Alt Alt quality, bare bones, inexpensive, suspension bearing press (kit).


Introducing the ALT/ALT quality, bare bones, inexpensive, suspension bearing press (kit). This kit:

1. Removes and installs suspension bearings without damaging the new bearing or the frame components.
2. Fits lots of suspension bearing sizes. See below.
3. Is designed from the ground up to be inexpensive.





Alt Alt Suspension Bearing Press Acetal Parts
Acetal parts.

Quality Tool

The tool does a quality job because it’s made out of an engineering thermoplastic called acetal:
• Acetal can be machined to tight tolerances, so the tool aligns real nice on the bearing and frame.
• Acetal is real frame friendly. No scratches.





Alt Alt Suspension Bearing Press Parts
Kit parts labeled.


Inexpensive Tool

The kit is less expensive because:
• The parts are designed as simple shapes which are quick to manufacture.
• Acetal doesn’t require anodizing.
• Everything else in the kit is pared down to only what is necessary. Just a bare bones kit.




Bearing I.D O.D. Diagram


Bearing Sizes:

• ID: 8, 9, 10, 12, 15, 17, 20mm
• OD: 17, 19, 21, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32, 35, 37mm




Important info:

• The kit is $95 CAD.
• Includes shipping in Canada and USA. (Currently only available in Canada and USA)
• A bearing press works when there is a flat frame surface to put the tool against and where there is access to the back side of the bearing.
• Made in Canada.

How To Video Thumbnail
Check out our how to video on our website and Youtube


Check out our website for:

• Detailed instructions.
• How-to video.
• Learn about bearing replacement.
• Purchase the tool.

Learn more at altalt.ca






155 Comments

  • 69 0
 Right on. Looks great and the website explains everything really well. No longer will I be smashing bearings in with a hammer ha
  • 41 0
 You mean "I now have an option other than my swing press, to carefully replace bearings".

Gotta watch out for that potential warranty claim.
  • 5 0
 In order to buy this you gotta click Shop, the click the image of the tool...just fyi. It's not super obvious.

www.altalt.ca/products/suspensionbearingpress
  • 9 0
 LOL The "Glam Shots" on the website are hysterical.
  • 6 12
flag inshane-himself (Sep 16, 2021 at 12:48) (Below Threshold)
 @insertfunusername: Good point eh. Id like to clarify I haven't "installed" my own bearings in like 10 years.
Its best to leave that to the top tier mechanics at @evolutionwhistler. Support local
  • 20 6
 @inshane-himself: local is my own shop. It's as local as you can get. Bike shops are overpriced and lack the pride of ownership of a garage mechanic.
  • 11 0
 @camcoz69: Thanks for the help. I design bike tools and take glam shots. I'm not a web designer. I'll work on it though.
  • 6 0
 @RyanMTBx: I was hoping that someone would notice them. You should have seen the riot of a photo shoot!
  • 2 0
 @AltAlt: now I have buy a set on principle, because of the glam.
  • 2 0
 @alpinesnack: Public warning: No flowers or cacti were harmed in the shooting of the glam shots.
  • 2 0
 @inshane-himself I still will... its much cheaper Wink
  • 3 0
 @RyanMTBx: YES YES YES YES

*succulents*
  • 3 0
 Awesome product! Nice one guys.
  • 2 0
 @excavator666: Thanks! We’re working on international shipping BTW. Follow us to find out when we go international.
  • 45 0
 Nice - please reconsider international shipping…!
  • 10 0
 Second that!
  • 8 0
 Another vote! Whole kit in only RRP press price.
  • 7 0
 Another vote! I'm about to replace the bearings on a new frame and just buying the adapters for the different sizes would be substantially more than this whole kit!!!
  • 20 0
 Shipping from Canada to Europe is approx. $50 CAD. That's on a slow boat which is a lot! If there's enough interest we can certainly work it our with a 3PL solution. We're working on it! Thanks for showing interest.
  • 10 0
 @AltAlt: Please start sending them to Australia.. we need them more than Europe and are used to paying exorbitant shipping prices being a standalone island and all.
  • 10 0
 @MrZ32: Thanks for the feedback. We're working on international now. Make sure to follow us to find out.
  • 9 0
 Get this to Europe ASAP. Please.
  • 2 0
 @masacrejoe: We’re working on international shipping. Thanks for letting us know who needs the tool. Follow us to find out when we go international.
  • 36 0
 Anybody catch their "Glam Shots" page on their website. Made me LOL.
www.altalt.ca/glam
  • 9 0
 Always love it when companies don't take themselves too seriously
  • 14 0
 Work it, work it, work it. I'm spent!
  • 7 0
 @Mac1987: Thanks! Much appreciated.
  • 24 0
 Due to the overwhelming stoke of the Home-Mechanics-of-MTB, we are sold out of the Suspension Bearing Press. We will be receiving more inventory in the next few weeks, but we don’t know when. To ensure that the most enthusiastic of you get the tool first, we have opened up orders on a pre-order arrangement. We will post more info about the ETA of the inventory on Pinkbike, Instagram and FB.
Thank you all for your radness!
  • 5 0
 Are the pre-orders sold out now too? I went on your site and there's nowhere to pre-order from. Looks like a fantastic tool.
  • 3 0
 @swenzowski: It's not a form. Its a purchase. Like a back order. You buy it now and when the parts are in inventory we will ship. Thanks for the props.
  • 3 0
 @AltAlt: Ah I'm an idiot, the title of the item is a link that leads you to the product purchase page. In my defense, this page does kind of look like the purchase page:

www.altalt.ca/shop
  • 3 0
 @AltAlt: maybe an "order here" or something would clear things up for the dumbos like me
  • 3 0
 @swenzowski: You're not the only one. I'm not happy with it either. I gotta look into making that better.
  • 16 0
 Nooo! Already sold out! .....Crying>
  • 3 0
 Big sad :{
  • 3 0
 Seriously frustrating. Just put the shipping time on the website and take my money please.
  • 3 0
 Oh damn...glad I pulled the trigger this morning!
  • 5 0
 We have opened up pre-orders. See our comment below ...and thanks for the comments!
  • 13 0
 For those wondering

$95 CAD equals roughly $75 USD.
  • 8 0
 $75.28 according to my Citi charge. A great deal.
  • 9 3
 Give it a year with Canada’s inflation rate and it’ll be $20 USD
  • 2 0
 Don't forget GST for Canadians!
  • 1 0
 Thanks for the help. I'm getting this question too.
  • 2 0
 @DizzyNinja: hey now, don't forget the US is trying hard to win the prize for highest inflation!
  • 8 1
 Hmm this complete set for $75, or the competing manufacturers bare threaded rod with fancy anodizing for $100 and two dozen individual bearing press cups at $20 each... decisions decisions.

Thanks Alt Alt. Hope you're product isn't crap, about to order.
  • 3 0
 Does the complete set come as pictured in a box with all the different drift sizes, sleeves sizes, pilots, rod, nut, and step? I went to their website and it says $95CAD and there's no description of what the package contains. Also, not sure if $95CAD is just a specific drift/sleeve size for a specific bearing like some Chinese sellers on Ebay would do. Also note that the complete package will not remove a double press bearing which needs to be pulled out using a blind hammer puller (like on my Specialized Stumpjumper's rear triangle axle pivot).
  • 7 0
 Thanks for noticing. This is exactly why I designed this kit. Well, that and our two bikes have 5 different sized bearings and who knows what my next bike will have. The Forbidden druid has a 37mm suspension bearing!!! Covered. PS. I tried real hard not to design crap.
  • 4 0
 @CSharp: Yes. It comes as pictured with all the parts. The kit fits all the bearing sizes listed on the home page and the shop page. I made the website clearer.
Ps. Thanks for the heads up on the Stumpy's rear bearings! I'm going to look into it.
  • 6 0
 Talk about perfect timing. I have a blind puller, but no bearing press and need to do a set for a friend on a Bronson. Given the number of bikes I service, a no brainer addition to my toolkit.
  • 3 0
 Right on! Let me know how it goes. There are so many suspension designs and it's thanks to feedback from people like you that will define our product.
  • 8 3
 Stainless steel is the WRONG choice for the bolt and nut. Hopefully they never see a stuck bearing and a 200lb gorilla using the wrenches 'cause that will gall together and cold-weld nicely. Zinc-plated 12.9 or 8.8 would have been fine and saved a couple more bucks. Odd choice to go stainless if they're all about low cost.
  • 11 0
 I haven't run into the problem yet, but it sounds like I'll be doing some testing. THANKS for the suggestion!
  • 6 0
 hey @AltAlt: design engineer here with a bit of experience with stainless fasteners in various industries. They are all good until they're not, and then they are really really not, and need to be cut apart. The main issue that starts galling is excessive heat via excessive friction, say like someone using a rattle gun and spinning nuts down really fast, but can also be caused by a bit of dirt etc in the thread causing heat to start. A bit of anti-seize goes a long way to preventing it, that and the person using the hardware to be attentive (both out of your control I acknowledge)

Look forward to seeing when shipping to NZ is available, looks like a great product at a solid price point! Hat's off!
  • 2 0
 I watched a youtube science video today about nasa's unfounded concern about cold welding in the vacuum of space. Surely there'll be enough grease present in the home workshop environment to not have it as problem. That said, I have cold welded an ally elbow into an ally heater jacket on an Zetec engine when dry fitting almost straight after machining.
  • 3 0
 @feazel: This kind of feedback is gold! Do you agree with the Zinc-plated alternative recommendation? THANKS!
  • 2 0
 @AltAlt: I have owned a Wheels Manufacturing press kit for a long while, works great. Also, the poverty method of sockets and threaded rod does the exact same job, IF you have the right Ø sockets. And while yes the forces needed to pull or push a bearing from it's race shouldn't be high, if anything goes wrong (like complete user error not removing a pivot fastener) then the stainless hardware has a good chance of making a bad party go worse very quickly. Plus what's the BOM price for 18-8 versus 8.8 for the end user, that's a couple bucks that could be shaved off. Seems like you guys are on the right track but stainless just stuck out like a sore thumb to me. Thanks for replying!
  • 1 0
 @AltAlt: Can't see any issue with it, like yeah they're not as resistant to corrosion as stainless, but seeing this tool will spend the majority of it's life either in the box it came in or a toolbox it's not going to be too much of an issue, and rather that the tool becoming stuck in a frame!
I was thinking you could just swap the nuts to keep costs and waste down, but dissimilar metals could end up with galvanic corrosion happening if the end user left them assembled in storage etc
PS I'll flick you a stunning example of galling through on instagram
  • 2 0
 @vr6ix: When using the DIY socket (used for removal) I didn't like two things. 1) Socket size. The bearing needs to clear into the socket, so you pick the socket based on the bearing OD size. Fine. Then you hope that the frame you have has room for that size socket. There are a lot of frames that have angled features in the area that you need to be flat. If you're good there then 2) the socket has a square drive. If it's a 3/8 drive then it's a 10mm square "hole" to fit, so you got to find the tightest bolt that goes through there so that the tool stays aligned. Crooked removal pooches your frame. Chances are the bolt to socket are loose. PS. you probably have more than one size bearing to do. I was lucky, my Django has one bearing size, but the Mrs. Trek Fuel has 4 diameters to deal with! Then there's install where the "washer" to push in the bearing MUST be the exact dia as the OD of the bearing otherwise you will damage the bearing and have to replace it sooner. $100 for a bearing set? Yeah. This is the reason I designed the tool. I'm going to do a video on just this because there are lot's of DIY videos that are leading folks down a dangerous path. PS. I'm going to get some new screws and nuts and do some testing. THANKS for the input!
  • 4 0
 Wow- awesome. Hitting the impossible 3 out of 3-Inexpensive, good quality, and lightweight- not to mention simple, useful, ingenious, and versatile. I want to put it in my pack with some bearings and offer trailside healy the creaky servicesSmile Can we nominate you for best new product of the year? Slide hammers now following shock/fork elastomers and 26 ers into biking oblivion.
  • 5 0
 Ordered a set! Seems simple and well thought out. I'm sure with the right combinations and a longer bolt it could easily do wheel bearings and PF BBs.
  • 2 0
 my thoughts exactly. cheaper than the wheels mfg sets too.
  • 2 7
flag Darwin66 (Sep 16, 2021 at 12:18) (Below Threshold)
 My only question is why do you tolerate PF BBs?
  • 3 0
 Thanks for the order AND the suggestion.
  • 3 0
 @AltAlt: Just got them in today. They look great, cant wait to try them out. I appreciate the little pamphlet in the box!
  • 4 0
 The centering pilot that goes inside the ID of the bearing is a really cool future. Seem like it would be very helpful in keeping the bearing centered and square when pressing in.
  • 4 0
 Sold as well! Now I can stop using “C” clamps, washers and my cocker set to remove/install bearings. Good work Alt/Alt. More of this please.
  • 2 0
 Cool! Any tool suggestions?
  • 2 0
 No way to place an order to ship when the come back in stock. Alt/Alt, please update your site to support backorders, or at least get a notification when you make some more.

Stoked to see a cheaper option for bearing presses. After this, the only thing left to take my bike to the LBS for will be suspension rebuilds!
  • 2 0
 Many sites also have suspension rebuild kits, cheap - not hard to do, just messy.
  • 2 0
 Yeah. Square Space doesn't support back orders, so we opened pre-orders. We will post more info about the ETA of the inventory on Pinkbike, Instagram and FB. Thanks for posting!
  • 2 0
 I tried a cheaper bearing press kit from bearingprotools.com and was very unimpressed. The threaded rod actually bent and pushed the bearing sideways into the alloy frame a little. Fortunately I could smooth it out. I bit the bullet and ordered a wheels manufacturing press and the drifts I need for my bike and am totally in love. It was probably about twice the price of this for just the sizes I need, but I would say well worth it for the peace of mind. A good tool is worth it when I could damage my frame, like I almost did with the cheap tool.
  • 3 0
 Which tool? I'll look at their design and try not to repeat the flaw. THANKS.
  • 2 0
 @AltAlt: I had the bearing bress with t bar handles for bicycles. www.bearingprotools.com/collections/presses
  • 2 0
 I have a bearingprotool press and can't get my bearings out. I wish they didn't rely on tapping the bearings out - a press in/out is much better. Will buy the Alt/Alt one as soon as it's back in stock and the website isn't down!
  • 1 0
 @rickybobby18: We are currently taking pre-orders for when inventory arrives. That will ensure that you get a tool when they're available. Otherwise follow us on social media to find out when we have stock. I'm real curious about the website being down. Were you not able to get on at some point?
  • 4 0
 Thanks for the reminder that I should probably replace those bearings soon. Sigh...more tools to order.
  • 15 0
 YAY! MORE TOOLS TO ORDER!
  • 6 0
 Finally.
  • 1 0
 THANKS!
  • 2 0
 I have a Wheels Mfg. press set, and it's great. But it's awesome to see a more affordable option available!! If you have a FS bike and do your own wrenching, a set of bearing drifts is a really good addition to the toolbox.
  • 2 0
 I've been considering the RRP bearing press but that requires a separate adapter purchase(s) based on bearing size. This seems to solve that issue and is good enough for occasional home use.
  • 6 0
 Bob Ross lives!
  • 2 0
 Best comment yet! ...and just take this smiley happy bearing and smooooooth some grease aaaallll the way around...
  • 2 0
 Dang, would love to pick up a set. AltAlt if you are reading this please add the ability to get an email notification when they come back in stock! This would be really helpful and I will buy this once it's available again.
  • 3 0
 Sorry about that. Square Space doesn't support back orders, so we opened pre-orders. We will be receiving more inventory in the next few weeks, but we don’t know when. We will post more info about the ETA of the inventory on Pinkbike, Instagram and FB. Thanks for posting!
  • 2 0
 Im stoked on this. i dont have the sizes with me now but i know i have to change out the DU bushings in my rock shox rear shock. do you know if this will work in that case? thanks
  • 1 0
 We designed this kit for suspension bearings only, so I hadn't even considered using it on DU bushings. If your DU busing is 10mm, 12mm or 1/2in, our kit will be way too large for this. But thank you for bringing this need to our attention. We'll look into this kind of tool.
  • 1 0
 For those of you who have pre-ordered the Suspension Bearing Kits, new inventory is arriving on October 8th. Your order is expected to ship within a couple days of this. Please understand that there is a large number of orders going out in this shipment. Thank you for your patience.
  • 1 0
 Due to continued stoke of the Home-Mechanics-of-MTB, we have sold out the Oct. 8th batch of inventory. Our next shipment of inventory will be received October 22th. We are currently taking pre-orders for this shipment. Thank you for your continued radness!
  • 3 0
 Another invention I wish I would have thought of. Well done. Have added to my list of items to purchase.
  • 2 0
 We came up with it because we tried DIY ourselves. Too sketchy for an expensive bike.
As for the kit, we sold out and have how opened pre orders for when the inventory comes in. We will be receiving more inventory in the next few weeks, but we don’t know when. We will post more info about the ETA of the inventory on Pinkbike, Instagram and FB.
  • 3 0
 This is not a new tool. Automotive industry has used this type of tool for decades. This is just sized for bicycles.
  • 1 0
 @m1dg3t: Similar indeed.
  • 2 0
 Love the look of this! Curious what the "screw" size is, and if the ID of the drifts is compatible with other bearing presses on the market.
  • 1 0
 The screw size is a M8x1.25. As for compatibility, I haven't checked.
  • 3 0
 @AltAlt: cheers M8
  • 3 1
 Well this sure beats the Aliexpress bearing press kit ive been using. It only cracked 2 frames out of 5. not bad.
  • 2 0
 OMG! Its sold out. Is there a way to get notified via the email once its available?
  • 2 0
 Sorry about that. Square Space doesn't support back orders, so we opened pre-orders. We will be receiving more inventory in the next few weeks, but we don’t know when. We will post more info about the ETA of the inventory on Pinkbike, Instagram and FB. Thanks for posting!
  • 3 1
 Nice idea but 95$ is not what i call 'inexpensive" for a bolt, a nut and qome plastic washers...
  • 1 0
 Fair comment. Don't think we haven't talked about how inexpensive we could make it.
  • 2 0
 Amazing looking product, would love to get my hands on a set. Please do consider UK (and other international shipping).
  • 1 0
 Seriously working on it. Follow us on social media to find out when it's available. Thanks for letting us know.
  • 2 0
 Lucky riders from USA and Canada.
God knows when we can get this tool in the UK?
It's so simple and easy to use.
  • 2 0
 Hmmmmm, Alt/Alt Bike bearing press for $95 or Muc Off's New lube for 90$. No brainer! New press!!!!
  • 1 0
 I've been running a threaded rod and a stack of washers "bearing press" for years and it works great... this is a really classy upgrade to my existing set up - nice work!
  • 3 0
 Damn. We're working on international shipping. Thanks for letting us know who wants it.
  • 3 0
 Awesome
  • 3 0
 Socket* not my cock haha
  • 2 0
 Bearing remover is what we need.
  • 2 0
 A bearing press does both removes and installs ...depending on your frame. Watch the How To on our Youtube.
  • 2 2
 Looks like a nice little kit, but every frame I've replaced bearings on has required a blind puller for some of the bearings.
  • 2 0
 When did Plus turn to Outside+?
  • 3 0
 Yea, this is my issue. I get excited when I see a new bearing kit, only to find there is no new blind puller. There really needs to be some innovation and improvement around removing blind bearings, the tools I've used on the market today suck and it is always an anoying, tedious process.
  • 1 2
 @bbmbc: I only noticed it started changing it in my comments like a week or two ago.
  • 1 0
 @shinook: I've seen some somewhat affordable bearing pullers at Harbor Freight or something to that effect. They connect in and then have a slide puller. Is that stuff all lame BS? I've not much experience with it.
  • 1 0
 @andeh23: Yours is the first I noticed and why I asked. The times are a changing.
  • 1 2
 @shinook: I've got the Wheels Mfg extractors that correspond to my current bike, and they seem to work ok. It just seems like the trick with blind pullers is to make sure all grease is cleaned from the inner race, the puller head is tightened to many ugga-duggas, and you've got some way to hold the part of the frame while you hammer a piece of rod against the puller.
  • 1 0
 @shinook: Yeah. Blind puller is a tough one. So happy to hear you feel the same about that tool. Thanks for sharing your suggestions.
  • 1 0
 @bbmbc: The paywall is just around the corner
  • 2 0
 Looks like it would work with shock eyelets too, no?
  • 1 0
 I haven't thought of that. What shock are you talking about?
  • 3 0
 Out of stock.
  • 2 0
 Sorry about that. Square Space doesn't support back orders, so we opened pre-orders. We will be receiving more inventory in the next few weeks, but we don’t know when. We will post more info about the ETA of the inventory on Pinkbike, Instagram and FB. Thanks for posting!
  • 2 0
 Sold out. Did they only have 7 of these on hand?
  • 2 0
 Sorry about that. Square Space doesn't support back orders, so we opened pre-orders. We will be receiving more inventory in the next few weeks, but we don’t know when. We will post more info about the ETA of the inventory on Pinkbike, Instagram and FB. Thanks for posting!
  • 1 0
 Orange have been producing something like this for their bikes for years, it makes the job so easy.
  • 2 0
 Sold out. Damn that was quick!!
  • 1 0
 Sorry about that. Square Space doesn't support back orders, so we opened pre-orders. We will be receiving more inventory in the next few weeks, but we don’t know when. We will post more info about the ETA of the inventory on Pinkbike, Instagram and FB. Thanks for posting!
  • 2 0
 Can't wait for it to be available again!!
  • 1 0
 Sorry about that. Square Space doesn't support back orders, so we opened pre-orders. We will be receiving more inventory in the next few weeks, but we don’t know when. We will post more info about the ETA of the inventory on Pinkbike, Instagram and FB. Thanks for posting!
  • 3 0
 yes plez
  • 2 0
 This or a bag of rusty sockets, who'd you rather?
  • 1 0
 Exactly!
  • 1 0
 When will it be available in Australia through a retailer or able to post outside North America?
  • 2 0
 Another one from the old world calling please send !!!
  • 1 0
 Working on it. Follow us on social to find out when it's available. Thanks for letting us know who's interested.
  • 2 0
 Great idea, ordered one.
  • 2 0
 Order number 00041!
  • 2 0
 Oos !!!
  • 1 0
 Sorry. We're taking pre-orders now, so that when inventory comes in, we will ship.
  • 2 0
 sold out! missed it :/
  • 4 0
 Me too - what a bummer.
  • 2 0
 Sorry about that. Square Space doesn't support back orders, so we opened pre-orders. We will be receiving more inventory in the next few weeks, but we don’t know when. We will post more info about the ETA of the inventory on Pinkbike, Instagram and FB. Thanks for posting!
  • 2 0
 Impressive.
  • 2 0
 Marry me.
  • 1 0
 Well, this trumps the Bob Ross comment. Sorry dude, the Mrs. beat you to it.
  • 1 0
 they are still quite expensive for me
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