Frank, I wouldn't worry about drag on new bearing. New seals and grease are usually cause. Be sure to align the chain sprockets when you get things together. Glad to hear you finally got inner race off. I remember working mine down shaft about 2" at a time.
Thanks for alleviating my concerns about the stiffness of that bearing. Will put it together soon, although its still snowing and the paint is still drying so maybe hit the driveway with it tomorrow.dk is right on, grease. By holding the inner race and spinning the outer race with your finger, you'll get maybe 6 revolutions from an oil lubricated bearing, but only 1/4 revolution from a grease lubricated bearing. You're good to go, have fun in the snow! Bob