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How to replace a bottom bracket
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Nowadays, bottom brackets have disposable sealed cartridge bearings and, as frames have got beefier, bearings have increased in diameter to allow for lighter, stiffer chainsets using larger axles. And so goes the irresistible march of technological progress. However, while a traditional bottom bracket sits inside the frame and includes the axle in a single unit, Hollowtech bearings sit outside the frame and the axle is integrated into the crank. To check if your BB needs replacing, drop the chain off of the smallest chainring and spin the cranks. The left-hand crank is secured by two pinch bolts the compression cap in the end presses the axle against the bearings while the pinch bolts hold it in place. To remove the crank, first you must loosen the pinch bolts using a 5mm allen key.
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Bottom brackets should be seen and not heard. And when it comes time to replace a worn bottom bracket, it can be mystifying trying to get the correct replacement. In an ideal world, there would be one single bottom bracket standard, but in a sport that has seen vast technological advances, the bottom bracket has been dragged, sometimes kicking and screaming, into the modern world with the result being a veritable minefield of choice.
The bottom bracket forms the interface between your bike frame and the cranks. However the bearings and related fittings live in a relatively dirty and potentially moist environment. For decades the bottom bracket standards found on road bikes were just that; relatively standard. Your bottom bracket system is determined by the bike frame and manufacturers usually tie their allegiance to a particular standard, touting the advantages of whatever system they choose. What follows is a rundown of the features, benefits and idiosyncrasies of the current day bottom bracket systems.